The Sun Devil Baseball program leads all four-year universities with six former players on the active roster of a team in Major League Baseball’s postseason.
Eric Sogard (2005-07) – Oakland Athletics
Kole Calhoun (2009-10) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Andre Ethier (2002-03) - Los Angeles Dodgers
Ike Davis (2006-08) - Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew Romine (2005-07) - Detroit Tigers
Ian Kinsler (2002) - Detroit Tigers
In addition, three former Sun Devils and one almost Sun Devil are part of the Kansas City Royals organization that clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 1985.
Don Wakamatsu (1982-85) – Bench Coach
Doug Henry (1983-85) – Pitching Coach
Lou Medina (1984-85) – Special Asst. to GM/Player Personnel
Eric Hosmer (signee) – First Baseman
One former Sun Devil is a member of the AL West Division Champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Ric Wilson (1981) – Director, Amateur Scouting
Three schools – Long Beach State, Stanford, Vanderbilt – each have five former players on the active roster of a team in the postseason.
Five schools – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Fullerton, North Carolina, Texas, TCU - each have four former players on the active roster of a team in the postseason.
Arizona, Cal, Oregon State, UCLA and USC each have two former players on active playoff rosters.
Nine different former Sun Devil student-athletes have been on the active roster of a MLB postseason team over the past two years. In 2013, five former Sun Devils played in the postseason (Ethier, Jason Kipnis, Mike Leake, Dustin Pedroia and Sogard).
Sun Devil Postseason Viewing guide
- Sogard and the A’s face off against the Royals at 5:07 pm PT on Sept. 30
- Davis and the Pirates host the Giants at 5:07 pm PT on Oct. 1
- Calhoun and the Angles host the winner of the AL Wild Card game for a five-game series Oct. 2-8
- Kinsler, Romine and the Tigers head to Baltimore for a five-game series Oct. 2-8
- Ethier and the Dodgers host the Cardinals for a five-game series Oct. 3-9
Sun Devil football, soccer and volleyball compete this weekend. Catch them on television or online at the times below!
Swimming vs. Wisconsin at 1pm on Friday at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university
Volleyball @ Colorado 5pm - Pac–12 Network
Soccer vs. Oregon 7pm - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university
Football @ USC 4:30pm - FOX
Volleyball @ Utah 11am - Pac–12 Network
Soccer vs. Oregon State 1pm - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university
By Alex Nash, SDA Media Relations (@DashOfNash)
Will Sutton (Chicago Bears): Sutton got his first start as an NFL player on Monday night as the bears took on the New York Jets. He was constantly in the backfield causing trouble for the Jets offense. He recorded three tackles, all solo including one for loss. Sutton was moved from end to tackle throughout the game depending on the offensive scheme and was effective in any and all situations. This was the first start for the former two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, but it certainly won’t be the last.
3 solo tackles, one tackle for loss
Rashad Ross (Chicago Bears): Ross saw his first action on an NFL squad as well on Monday night. After being signed to the Bears 53-man roster at the end of last week, he found some significant playing time this week. Ross was used as the main kick returner on special teams. He had three returns for 63 yards (21.0 average yards per return). He showed signs of explosiveness and his speed has not dwindled since his days as a Sun Devil.
3 kick returns for 63 yards
Vontaze Burfict (Cincinnati Bengals): Burfict was listed as Day-to-Day going into Sunday’s game against the Titans. During week one he showed concussion like symptoms and aggravated the symptoms after taking a hit in week two. This move seems to be precausionary. Burfict should be back next week if he passes the league concussion protocol.
Listed as Day-to-Day
Terrell Suggs (Baltimore Ravens): Suggs and the Ravens took on the Cleveland Browns during week three. He was his usual force on the defensive front and seems to be in midseason form on a depleted Ravens defense. Suggs had three tackles on the day, all solo, including two tackles for loss. His most notable play of the game came in the third quarter when blew up a Cleveland running play for a loss of 10 yards. Suggs looks to continue to be a problem for offensive lines and will continue that role as the season goes on.
3 solo tackles, 2 tackles for loss
Zach Miller (Seattle Seahawks): Miller and the Seahawks met the Denver Broncos for a Super Bowl rematch on Sunday. Miller was targeted two times throughout the day as he pulled in two catches for 12 yards. The Broncos defensive held the Seahawks to 26 points which resulted in a slow week for the former ASU tight end. Miller has pulled in every pass that has been thrown to him on the season and looks to be a reliable option in the passing game.
2 receptions for 12 yards
Brandon Magee (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Magee made his NFL debut with the Buccaneers on Thursday night. Magee was activated off the practice squad following week two and is going to be used in situational play as part of the line backing core. Magee made his mark on the game mid-way through the fourth quarter as he recorded his first and only tackle, stopping an Atlanta run play. He saw some significant playing time in the second half as the Buccaneers attempted to switch up the defense. Look for Magee to get scattered playing time as the year goes on.
One solo tackle
Omar Bolden (Denver Broncos): Bolden saw his first action of the season as the Broncos took on the Seattle Seahawks in week three. He was used on special teams, giving speed to the punt and kickoff team. He recorded two tackles on punts, one of them solo, as he helped prevent big returns from the Seahawks. Bolden will be seeing some more time on special teams due to his speed and open field tackling ability.
2 tackles, one solo
Week Three DNP/No Stats Available:
Mike Pollak (Bengals), Brock Osweiler (Broncos), Robert Nelson (Browns), Lawrence Guy (Chargers), Carl Bradford (Packers), Shaun Lauvao (Washington), Paul Fanaika (Cardinals), Derek Hagan (Titans), Davon Coleman (Cowboys)
*** Arizona Cardinals signed RB Marion Grice to the active 53-man roster from San Diego practice squad***
***New York Jets promoted CB LeQuan Lewis to the active 53-man roster***
If you’re a member of #SunDevilNation, but don’t live in the Valley, then we have you covered for tonight’s game vs. No. 11 UCLA. Whether you’re living in New York City or Colorado Springs, Colo., check out our viewing guide for where to watch the game or check out the ASU Alumni Association’s game watching locations map at http://alumni.asu.edu/events/game-watching. #GoDevils
Majerle’s Sports Grill
102 West Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Sportsman’s Bar & Grill
1000 N Humphreys St
Buffalo Wild Wings
4280 S. Hualapi Way #108
Las Vegas, NV 89147
Fox and Hound Bar & Grill
3101 New Center Point
Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Blake Street Tavern
2301 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80205
Rueben’s Burger Bistro
1800 Broadway #150
(Corner of Broadway and Walnut)
Sliders Bar and Grill
1006 Spring Creek Ln.
Fort Collins, CO
The Phoenix on Westheimer
1915 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77098
Fox and Hound Bar & Grill
12651 Vance Jackson Road #110
San Antonio, TX 78230
600 W 6th St
Henderson Tap House
Suite 101-102, 2323 N Henderson Ave
Catch 22 Bar & Grill
770 North Milwaukee Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
16 S 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
The Cubby Bear
1059 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60613
1833 McKees Rocks Road
McKees Rocks, PA
Tavern on Broad
200 S Broad St
Kellys Brew Pub
3222 Central Avenue Southeast
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Buffalo Wild Wings
985 E Fort Union Blvd
Midvale, UT 84047
7305 Aurora Ave. N, Aurora Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
Macadam’s Bar & Grill
5833 Southwest Macadam Avenue
Portland, OR 97239
American Junkie in Hermosa Beach
68 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA
The Local Pacific Beach
809 Thomas Ave.
San Diego, CA
Grand Avenue Bar & Grill
752 Grand Ave.
1065 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Barney’s Beanery in Burbank
250 N. 1st St.
The Parlor in Hollywood
7250 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
2406 Newport Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Rookies Sports Lodge
1535 Meridian Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
1326 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Firehouse No. 37
250 Market Place
San Ramon, CA 94583
Firestone Public House
1132 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tavern at Medlock
3230 Medlock Bridge Rd #101
Boomer Esiason’s Stadium Grill
222 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Crystal City Sports Pub
529 23rd St. S
Arlington, VA 22202
My family, my kids and their spouses. Ten family members and 12 ASU degrees with one more graduating in December!
An average of 62,689 watched us play eight games between the Buttes in 2013
501,509 helped us fill Sun Devil Stadium through December
Our students’ voice grew louder as “The Inferno” became the largest in the Pac-12
#SunDevilNation has never been stronger and with our community’s continued support, our program will maintain its momentum.
As part of the season-long celebration of the best fans in college football, we are recognizing season-ticket holders whose support through the years has played an integral role in building our program.
Congratulations to this game’s Sun Devil Football Legacy Supporters, Brian and Debbie Middleton.
Check back with Pitchfork Posts all season long to learn about all 12 of our Football Legacy Supporters.
Describe your favorite Sun Devil Football road game trip.
It has been awhile, but throughout the years easily my favorite has been traveling to Tucson to watch my Sun Devils beat the U of A, which has occurred several times. I have sent my kid to the more significant away games, including the Georgia game in Athens, Ga., and the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas in San Diego, and my ticket mates to both Rose Bowl games in Pasadena, Calif. However, I have informed those who share tickets with me (including Jerry Gaffaney all 39 years) that I am going to the next Rose Bowl no matter what!
What are you most looking forward to in regards to the new stadium?
This is easy: The move away from the hard aluminum bench seating.
What do you like most about game day?
I love tailgating with family and friends, I love walking into the stadium and seeing all the color in the stadium from the teams to the fans, and finally I love an ASU victory. The very first game of the season is particularly rewarding after the long offseason. I can also say the first thing I do after taking in the general sights is look to the student section to see how full it is and see the sea of color. Interesting the bigger the game, the bigger that section is (by the way, the student section shows well on TV).
What is your favorite uniform combination?
I love the Blackout games and the black uniforms are cool, but after all these years my favorite uniform combination is Gold/Maroon/Gold. I am a purest and a traditionalist who first started going to the ASU games in the early 1960s, and the Gold/Maroon/Gold combination is burned into my heart and soul.
What is your favorite Sun Devil Athletics memory?
WOW! Being a lifetime fan I don’t have one single memory because there are so many that stand out. Some pre-date my season ticket time and go back to my student days or even before when my parents would take me to games in the early 1960s. Below are a few that just jump out to me in no particular order:
- Virtually all the Danny White era games with Woody Green, Ben Malone and Steve Holden
- The 1972 BYU game in Provo (a loss) where Woody Green had two 80-yard touchdown runs
- 1973 Territorial Cup game in which Danny White was nearly prefect in a runaway win
- “The Catch” by John Jefferson. Sitting in the south end of section 4 it seemed JJ was running directly toward us and it felt like “The Catch” was in our laps
- 19-0 – I can’t forget the 1996 win over the No. 1-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers (and the goal posts ultimately ending up somewhere on Mill Ave). There was not one, but two safeties in that game. This was the best defensive game I can remember!
- Mark Malone’s roughly 90-yard touchdown run around the end while being chased all the way to the end zone by a USC star defensive back
- ASU’s 20-7 defeat of the No. 3-ranked USC Trojans in 1978 (first year of the Pac-10). USC scored with about one minute to play otherwise it was a shutout.
- Mike Pagel outduels John Elway in an away game with Stanford
- The 1987 Rose Bowl
- Jake Plummer’s 11-yard touchdown run in the 1997 Rose Bowl
- The 1996 UCLA game at the Rose Bowl when ASU came from behind to beat the Bruins on the road en route to the 1997 Rose Bowl game vs. Ohio State
- The 1996 overtime win against USC
- Totally throttling highly ranked Iowa and allowing only a late touchdown or the game would have been a shutout
- ASU’s 55-7 win over Wisconsin in 1968
- Pat Tillman’s play in all games while at ASU
- ASU’s win over Cal in 1996 to sew up the Rose Bowl bid
I could go on and on, but no doubt these are just a few of my remembrances during a lifetime of ASU football fandom that began with Joe Zuger, Charley Taylor and Tony Lorrick, and virtually every game since!
Me and my grandson taking in a game in 2013. Hopefully he will be a fourth generation Sun Devil.
My son, son-in-law and friends in the front row if the Student Section. During their college years they made the sacrifices necessary to be front row numerous times. In fact, my son Paul had one of his front row photos posted as the featured photo on the Sun Devil Football website for about a year.
Some random notes on both ASU and UCLA being ranked in this week’s Associated Press poll…
—Thursday will mark the first regular season between AP ranked teams at Sun Devil Stadium since 2007 (this doesn’t include Pac-12 title game, note the words regular season).
—ASU will look for its highest win over a ranked opponent since 45-42 win at Oregon on Oct. 19, 2002.
—ASU will look for its highest win over a ranked opponent at home since 44-31 win over #10 Washington State on Nov. 1, 1997.
SUN DEVIL WINS VS. RANKED TEAMS SINCE NOV. 1, 1997 WIN AT HOME OVER #10 WASHINGTON STATE
Nov. 23, 2013: #17 ASU 38, @#14 UCLA 33 (COACH GRAHAM)
Oct. 19, 2013: ASU 53, #20 Washington 24 (GRAHAM)
Sept. 14, 2013: ASU 32, #20 Wisconsin 30 (GRAHAM)
Sept. 24, 2011: ASU 43, #23 USC 22 (COACH ERICKSON)
Sept. 9, 2011: ASU 37, #21 Missouri 30 (OT) (ERICKSON)
Oct. 27, 2007: #7 ASU 31, #18 California 20 (ERICKSON)
Sept. 18, 2004: #22 ASU 44, #16 Iowa 7 (COACH KOETTER)
Oct. 19, 2002: ASU 45, @#6 Oregon 42 (KOETTER)
Nov. 1, 1997: #20 ASU 44, #10 Washington State 31 (COACH SNYDER)
REGULAR SEASON GAMES BETWEEN RANKED TEAMS AT SUN DEVIL STADIUM
Nov. 22, 2007: #11 USC 44, #7 ASU 24
Oct. 27, 2007: #7 ASU 31, #18 California 20
Oct. 8, 2005: #25 Oregon 31, #17 ASU 17
Oct. 1, 2005: #1 USC 38, #14 ASU 28
Sept. 10, 2005: #5 LSU 35, #16 ASU 31
Sept. 18, 2004: #22 ASU 44, #16 Iowa 7
Nov. 1, 1997: #20 ASU 44, #10 Washington State 31
Sept. 21, 1996: #17 ASU 19, #1 Nebraska 0
Sept. 28, 1991: #16 Nebraska 18, #24 ASU 9
Oct. 31, 1987: #7 UCLA 31, #13 ASU 23
Sept. 26, 1987: #2 Nebraska 35, #12 ASU 28
Nov. 1, 1986: #7 ASU 34, #6 Washington 21
Sept. 13, 1986: #18 ASU 20, #20 Michigan State 17
Jan. 1, 1983: #11 ASU 32, #12 Oklahoma 21 (Fiesta)
Nov. 13, 1982: #7 Washington 17, #3 ASU 13
Nov. 6, 1982: #4 ASU 30, #16 Oregon State 16
Oct. 30, 1982: #7 ASU 17, #12 USC 10
Sept. 13, 1980: ASU 29, #9 Houston 13
Dec. 25, 1977: #8 Penn State 42, #15 ASU 30 (Fiesta)
Nov. 12, 1977: #17 ASU 24, #13 BYU 13
Sept. 7, 1976: #17 UCLA 28, #3 ASU 10
Dec. 26, 1975: #7 ASU 17, #6 Nebraska 14 (Fiesta)
Nov. 29, 1975: #8 ASU 24, #12 Arizona 21
Nov. 16, 1974: #16 North Carolina State 35, ASU 14
Sept. 7, 1974: #15 ASU 30, #11 Houston 9
Oct. 30, 1971: #13 ASU 44, #18 Air Force 28
Sept. 18, 1971: #16 ASU 18, #20 Houston 17
Sun Devil Football, Volleyball and Soccer will all be on television this week as Volleyball kicks off the 2014-15 Territorial Cup Series at Arizona on Wednesday night. Don’t miss any of the competition!
Week of September 22nd-29th
Volleyball @ Arizona 7:30pm - Pac–12 Arizona
Football vs. UCLA 7pm - Fox Sports 1 & Fox Deportes
Soccer vs. UCLA 4pm - Pac–12 Network
Volleyball @ USC 6pm - Pac–12 Network
Volleyball returns home this week for the Residence Inn Invite. If you can’t make it to Wells Fargo Arena, catch all of the action with the links below!
Volleyball vs. Colorado State 7 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university
Volleyball vs. NCCU 12 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university
Volleyball vs. Pepperdine 7 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university
Former Arizona State University defensive linemen Junior Ah You and Dan Saleaumua have been named finalists for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
The hall of fame’s selection committee will meet again in the coming weeks to select the six members (five players and one coach/contributor) who will be inducted as the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
“Over the past several weeks the Selection Committee has been deliberating over the 2015 Finalists,” said Dick Tomey. “Each year, the task of selecting Polynesia’s great players, coaches and contributors is a major challenge because there are so many worthy candidates.”
Last year, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrined legends Junior Seau, Kevin Mawae, Kurt Gouveia, Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson, Herman Wedemeyer,Olin Kreutz and Ken Niumatalolo as the Inaugural Class.
This year’s inductees will be announced on October 8, 2014. They will be honored during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, to be held on January 23 & 24, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawai’i. For more information you can visit www.PolynesianFootballHOF.org.
Junior Ah You
Ah You was named co-outstanding player in the Sun Devils’ 1970 Peach Bowl victory over North Carolina and outstanding defensive player in the 1971 victory over Florida State in the Inaugural Fiesta Bowl. Ah You was a three-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection at defensive end, and in 1971 he was selected to United Press International’s second-team All-American. Following his Sun Devil playing days, he went on to a distinguished Canadian Football League career. He was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in 1984.
Saleaumua was a four-year defensive lineman for the Sun Devils and a starting defensive tackle on ASU’s 1986 Rose Bowl Championship team. He helped shut Michigan out in the second half and held the nation’s top-rated passer, Jim Harbaugh, to just 13 completions and under 180 yards. A three-year starter, Saleaumua also helped the Devils to an 8-4 record in the 1985 and a berth in the Holiday Bowl.
September is another chance for our staff to be on the road recruiting. We’ve spent the last two weeks criss crossing the country visiting schools to talk with and observing future Devils. It’s more challenging in September with our team in classes and doing individual skill. We keep one eye here in Tempe and the other on the future!
And we are counting down to our first official team practice in October when we can bring the team together 20 hours a week. Right now we are in individual skill with groups of four. Next week we can pull the team together for two hours a week and then in October we begin regular practice. We hope you can join us in Weatherup on October 11th for an open practice.
Good luck to our own James Harden and the USA Basketball Team in the Championship Game of the FIBA World Cup on Sunday.