Six years ago, the Pac-12 started the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award to honor its top senior student-athletes in each of its 22 sponsored sports. With all the results in for 2012-13, an updated tally had the Sun Devils taking home top honors 24 times in those six years, the second-most in the Pac-12, behind only Stanford (39).
PREVIOUS SUN DEVIL PAC-12 SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR WINNERS
Jacqueline Cako, Tennis (B.S., Biological Sciences, May of 2013)
Carrick Felix, Men’s Basketball (B.S., Communication, May of 2012)
Nick Happe, Men’s Track & Field and Men’s Cross Countyr (B.S., Finance, May of 2013)
Jake Meredith, Wrestling (B.I.S. Business and Urban Planning, May of 2012)
Giulia Molinaro, Women’s Golf (B.S., Tourism Development and Management, December of 2012)
Katelyn Boyd, Softball (B.S., Family and Human Development, May of 2012)
Elina Eggers, Women’s Swimming and Diving (B.S., Economics, May of 2012)
Rihards Kuksiks, Men’s Basketball (B.I.S. Interdisciplinary Studies Concentrations in Communications and Sociology, May of 2011)
Mary Atkinson, Gymnastics (B.S. Biological Sciences Emphasis in Genetics and Cell and Developmental Biology, May of 2011)
Lesley Rogers, Softball (B.A. Sociology, May of 2011)
Brandon Bethke, Men’s Cross Country (B.I.S. Interdisciplinary Studies Emphasis in Organizational Studies, May of 2010)
Mike Nixon, Football (B.A. Political Science, December of 2009)
Knut Borsheim, Men’s Golf (B.S. Finance, Certificate in International Business Studies, December of 2010)
Juliana Murcia, Women’s Golf (B.F.A. Art Emphasis in Sculpture, May of 2010)
Ryan Whiting, Men’s Track and Field (B.S.E Civil Engineering, May of 2010)
Sybil Dosty, Women’s Basketball (B.I.S. Interdisciplinary Studies Concentrations in African & African American Studies and Communication, August of 2008)
Jenna Kingma, Women’s Cross Country (B.S. Marketing, May of 2008)
Azahara Muñoz, Women’s Golf (B.A. Psychology, May of 2009)
Jessica Mapes, Softball (B. S. Family and Human Development, May of 2009)
Sarah Stevens, Women’s Track and Field (B.S. Kinesiology, May of 2008)
Jackie Vasquez, Softball (B.A.E. Special Education (December of 2008)
Steve Neuwert, Men’s Swimming and Diving (B.S. Finance, December of 2008)
April Kubishta, Women’s Track and Field (B.A. Mathematics of May 2007)
The Sun Devils are currently ranked 11th in the AP poll, after starting the year unranked.
Incredibly, ASU is the fifth-highest ranked team that was not in the preseason poll.
Auburn (third), Missouri (fifth), Baylor (ninth), Michigan State (10th) all were unranked at the beginning of the year, along with ASU, as well as UCF (15th), Northern Illinois (16th), Duke (20th) and Fresno State (24th).
PRESEASON AP TOP 25 (CURRENT RANKING)
1. Alabama (4)
2. Ohio State (2)
3. Oregon (12)
4. Stanford (7)
5. Georgia (25)
6. South Carolina (8)
7. Texas A&M (22)
8. Clemson (13)
9. Louisville (19)
10. Florida (NR)
11. Florida State (1)
12. LSU (14)
13. Oklahoma State (6)
14. Notre Dame (NR)
15. Texas (23)
16. Oklahoma (18)
17. Michigan (NR)
18. Nebraska (NR)
19. Boise State (NR)
20. TCU (NR)
21. UCLA (17)
22. Northwestern (NR)
23. Wisconsin (21)
24. USC (NR)
25. Oregon State (NR)
We keep winning so what the heck, we keep updating…
Here are the updated coaching records for the coaches hired after the 2011 season.
There were 27 coaching changes that year, three schools have already made changes, and Todd Graham’s 18-7 mark is fourth-best.
RECORDS FOR COACHES HIRED AFTER 2011 SEASON
24-0: Ohio State (Urban Meyer)
19-5: Fresno State (Tim DeRuyter)
19-6: Texas A&M (Kevin Sumlin)
18-7: Arizona State (Todd Graham)
18-8: UCLA (Jim Mora)
16-9: Toledo (Matt Campbell)
15-9: Penn State (Bill O’Brien)
15-10: Arizona (Rich Rodriguez)
14-10: Rutgers (Kyle Flood)
14-10: North Carolina (Larry Fedora)
14-11: Ole MIss (Hugh Freeze)
13-11: Houston (Tony Levine)
12-13: Pittsburgh (Paul Chryst)
11-14: Colorado State (Jim McElwain)
9-14: Washington State (Mike Leach)
9-15: Tulane (Curtis Johnson)
7-16: Memphis (Justin Fuente)
7-18: New Mexico (Bob Davie)
6-18: Illinois (Tim Beckman)
6-18: Akron (Terry Bowden)
5-19: UAB (Garrick McGee)
4-20: Hawaii (Norm Chow)
4-20: Kansas (Charlie Weis)
2-22: UMASS (Charley Molnar)
*Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss have all made coaching changes in the last 2 years.
Damarious Randall (D), Dec. 2
Zane Gonzalez (ST), Dec. 2
Chris Young (D), Nov. 35
Robert Nelson (D), Nov. 18
Taylor Kelly (O), Nov. 4
Alden Darby (D), Sept. 30
Gonzalez (ST), Oct. 21
Will Sutton (D), Oct. 1
Rashad Ross (ST), Oct. 16
Brandon Magee (D), Nov. 26
Shelly Lyons (D), Sept. 26
Jamal Miles (ST), Oct. 3
Junior Onyeali (D), Nov. 1
Brock Osweiler (O), Nov. 28
Mike Nixon (D), Sept. 5
Mike Nixon (D), Nov. 1
Jamal Miles (ST), Nov. 28
James Brooks (D), Dec. 6
Thomas Weber (ST), Dec. 6
Gerald Munns (D), Sept. 6
Thomas Weber (ST), Nov. 8
Troy Nolan (D), Nov. 29
Robert James (D), Sept.1
Thomas Weber (ST) Sept. 29
Thomas Weber (ST), Oct. 6
Thomas Weber (ST), Dec. 1
Jesse Ainsworth (ST), Nov. 11
Dale Robinson (D), Sept. 10
Jamar Williams (D), Sept. 24
Terry Richardson (ST), Oct. 1
Rudy Carpenter (O), Oct. 29
Dale Robinson (D), Sept. 11
Jamar Williams (D), Sept. 18
Jesse Ainsworth (ST), Sept. 18
Emmanuel Franklin (D), Sept. 25
Andrew Walter (O), Oct. 11
Hakim Hill (ST), Sept. 7
Josh Amobi (D), Oct. 12
Andrew Walter (O), Oct. 19
Mike Barth (ST), Oct. 19
Terrell Suggs (D), Oct. 26
Alfred Williams (D), Oct. 20
Nick Murphy (ST), Sept. 2
Adam Archuleta (D), Oct. 23
J.R. Redmond (O), Nov. 6
Todd Heap (O), Nov. 27
Adam Archuleta (D), Sept. 26
Robert Nycz (ST), Sept. 14
Ryan Kealy (O), Oct. 11
Pat Tillman (D), Oct. 18
Ryan Kealy (O), Nov. 1
Marcus Willliams (ST), Nov. 1
Michael Martin (O), Sept. 7
Robert Nycz (ST), Sept. 7
Mitchell Freedman (D), Sept. 21
Pat Tillman (D), Sept. 28
Jake Plummer (O), Oct. 12
Lance Anderson (ST), Oct. 19
Terry Battle (ST), Nov. 2
Derrick Rodgers (D), Nov. 9
Jake Plummer (O), Nov. 4
Brian Singleton (ST), Nov. 11
Jon Baker (ST), Oct. 8
Jake Plummer (O), Oct. 29
Jon Baker (ST), Oct. 29
Mario Bates (O), Oct. 30
Jon Baker (ST), Oct. 30
Dan Lucas (D), Nov. 13
Arizona State Defense (D), Oct. 24
Brett Wallerstedt (D), Nov. 14
Israel Stanley (D), Nov. 21
Brett Wallerstedt (D), Sept. 21
Eric Guliford (ST), Nov. 23
Nathan LaDuke (D), Sept. 15
Paul Justin (O), Nov. 10
Paul Justin (O), Oct. 28
Ron Fair (O), Oct. 28
Paul Justin (O), Oct. 22
Eric Crawford (D), Oct. 29
Mike Schuh (ST), Sept. 12
Eric Allen (D), Oct. 17
Mike Schuh (ST), Oct. 31
Jeff Van Raaphorst (O), Oct. 4
Scott Stephen (D), Oct. 4
Greg Clark (D), Oct. 18
Channing Williams (O), Nov. 1
Stacy Harvey (D), Nov. 1
David Fulcher (D), Sept. 28
Greg Battle (D), Oct. 26
Scott Stephen (D), Nov. 9
Darryl Clark (O), Sept. 29
David Fulcher (D), Sept. 29
Anthony Parker (D), Oct. 20
Jeff Van Raaphorsrt (O), Nov. 3
Darryl Clark (O), Sept. 24
David Fulcher (D), Oct. 1
Darryl Clark (O), Oct. 15
Todd Hons (O), Oct. 15
- ASU is No. 3 nationally in fewest penalty yards per game (28.50)
- ASU is No. 3 nationally in passes intercepted (21)
- ASU is No. 5 nationally in fewest penalties per game (3.67)
- ASU is No. 6 nationally in red zone offense (0.928)
- ASU is No. 6 nationally in turnovers gained (30)
- ASU is No. 8 nationally in scoring offense (43.3)
- ASU is No. 8 nationally in team pass sacks (3.00)
- ASU is No. 9 nationally in turnover margin (1.1)
- ASU is No. 11 nationally in first downs offense (305)
- ASU is No. 13 nationally in first downs defense (201)
- ASU is No. 16 nationally in fumbles lost (6)
- ASU is No. 20 nationally in 4th down conversion percentage (0.647)
- ASU is No. 21 nationally in total offense (473.3)
- ASU is No. 22 nationally in team tackles for loss (7.1)
- ASU is No. 24 nationally in total defense (351.0)
- ASU is No. 25 nationally in passing offense (285.4)
- ASU is No. 27 nationally in team passing efficiency defense (116.22)
- ASU is No. 27 nationally in rushing defense (133.8)
- ASU is No. 31 nationally in 3rd down conversion percentage defense (0.357)
- ASU is No. 35 nationally in team passing efficiency (143.36)
- Marion Grice is No. 3 nationally in all purpose (176.45)
- Marion Grice is No. 5 nationally in scoring (10.9)
- Marion Grice is No. 14 nationally in rushing TDs (14)
- Taylor Kelly is No. 13 nationally in points responsible for (210)
- Taylor Kelly is No. 14 nationally in points responsible for per game (18.0)
- Taylor Kelly is No. 14 nationally in completions per game (22.42)
- Taylor Kelly is No. 15 nationally in total offense (314.5)
- Taylor Kelly is No. 15 nationally in passing TDs (27)
- Taylor Kelly is No. 15 nationally in passing yards (3,337)
- Taylor Kelly is No. 17 nationally in passing yards per game (278.1)
- Taylor Kelly is No. 37 nationally in passing efficiency (143.4)
- Zane Gonzalez is No. 3 nationally in field goals per game (1.8)
- Zane Gonzalez is No. 8 nationally in scoring (10.4)
- Zane Gonzalez is No. 19 nationally in field goal percentage (0.880)
- Jaelen Strong is No. 24 nationally in receiving yards (1,067)
- Jaelen Strong is No. 25 nationally in receiving yards per game (88.9)
- Robert Nelson is No. 5 nationally in interceptions (0.5)
- Carl Bradford is No. 18 nationally in tackles for loss (1.3)
- Carl Bradford is No. 35 nationally in forced fumbles (0.25)
- Chris Young is No. 23 nationally in solo tackles (5.6)
- ASU has now won 10 of the last 15 Territorial Cup games.
- ASU held Arizona 0-for-3 on fourth down conversions in the game Saturday.
Strong Makes Good On Sept. Promise
- After ASU suffered its first loss of the 2013 season, 42-28 on Sept. 21 to Stanford in Palo Alto, Sun Devil sophomore wide receiver Jaelen Strong was interviewed following the game. Here is an excerpt from that transcript:
JAELEN STRONG: "If we had just came out in the first half with the same intensity we came out in the second half, it would have been a different ballgame from the beginning. We didn’t execute our plays. We had a lot of critical errors on both sides of the ball. We had a lot of things on special teams. The upside of this is they’re in the Pac‑12, and we’ll see them again at the end of the year. We’ll be working as hard as ever.”
Q. You’re sure you’re going to see them again?
STRONG: "Yes, we will see them again."
77 days after that quote Strong and the Sun Devils will play host to Stanford this Saturday, December 7 in the 2013 Pac-12 Championship Game at Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field.
High Octane Offense
- ASU scored 58 points in the annual Territorial Cup rivalry game versus Arizona, the most points scored by either team in the series since ASU scored 61 in 1951. ASU has scored 519 points in 2013 through 12 games for a per-game average of 43.2 ppg. The 519 points scored in a single-season is tied for second-most in history with the 1973 team. The 1972 team scored 562 points. ASU’s per-game average of 43.2 points ranks No. 3 on the all-time single-season list behind No. 2 1973 (43.3) and No. 1 1972 (46.8).
- With the 58 points scored against Arizona, ASU now has six games of scoring more than 50 points in 2013. The six games posting 50 points or more is the most in a single-season in school history. That had never been accomplished until this year. Five of those games came against Pac-12 teams (62 vs. USC, 54 vs. Colorado, 53 vs. Washington, 55 vs. Washington State and 58 vs. Arizona). ASU also scored 55 in the season opener vs. Sacramento State.
- With the Territorial Cup win ASU now has 10 wins on the 2013 season and that is the first time since the 2007 season. In fact, in the history of Sun Devil football ASU has reached the 10-win plateau on 12 times. Here is a list of those 10-plus win seasons:
2013 — 10-2
2007 — 10-3
1996 — 11-1
1986 — 10-1-1
1982 — 10-2
1975 — 12-0
1973 — 11-1
1972 — 10-2
1971 — 11-1
1970 — 11-0
1959 — 10-1
1957 — 10-0
- ASU has 21 interceptions as a team in 2013, which ties last year’s total of 21. That is 42 interceptions by the defense in the Todd Graham era at ASU. The last time an ASU team had more than 21 interceptions in a single-season was in 22 in 2002. Prior to that the team high was 23 in 1991.
Best Homefield Advantage Around
- The attendance for Saturday night’s Territorial Cup was 72,542; it was the 12-largest crowd in Sun Devil Stadium history.
- ASU is 7-0 at home in Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field in 2013. The last time ASU went undefeated at home was in 2004 when the Sun Devils went 6-0. ASU went 7-0 at home in 1996, 7-0 in 1081, 7-0 in 1975, 6-0 in 1973, 6-0 in 1971, 6-0 in 1970, 6-0 in 1968, 7-0 in 1964 and 7-0 in 1959.
- With his 38-yard touchdown pass to Darwin Rogers in the first quarter, Taylor Kelly became Arizona State’s record-holder for total points responsible for, breaking Mike Pagel’s record of 198 set all the way back in 1981. Kelly has been responsible for a total of 210 points so far this season on 27 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns.
- Placekicker Zane Gonzalez has 124 points on the season, second in ASU history only to Wilford White’s 136 in 1950. Gonzalez’s 124 points also puts him first in points by kicking in a single season for a Sun Devil, breaking the previous record of 118 set by Thomas Weber (2007) and Mike Barth (2002). Gonzalez has made 22 field goals and 58 extra points thus far this season.
- True freshman placekicker Zane Gonzalez has made 18-straight field goals dating back to Sept. 28 against USC and has made 22 of 25 on the year (88 percent). With a 23-yard field goal late in the first half, Gonzalez broke Thomas Weber’s record of 17-straight makes, which he set in 2007.
With the win over Arizona last night, the Sun Devils will host the Pac-12 Championship game this Saturday! Also this Saturday, the annual Mill Avenue Arts Festival. The festival is scheduled for Dec. 5-9. The Pac-12 Championship game is Saturday, December 7 at 5:45 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field.
We LOVE the Mill Avenue Arts Festival, but it will make getting to Sun Devil Stadium to watch ASU vs. Stanford a little trickier. PLAN AHEAD! Below is a list of road closures and alternative routes. We want you in your seat for kick off!
Visit the link below to read this on the City of Tempe website:
Transit info and street closures for Mill Avenue Arts Festival
Date: 12/5/2013 - 12/9/2013
Location: Mill Avenue and University Drive
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Several Tempe streets will be closed for the Mill Avenue Arts Festival. The following street restrictions and closures have been identified. However others could be put in place to address public safety concerns that arise during the event. The information provided by the City of Tempe is for public information purposes only. All restrictions/closures are based on preliminary assessments and can be increased or decreased in scope without notice.
The following closures will occur from Dec. 5-Dec. 9.
• Mill Ave will be closed in both directions between University Dr. and 3rd St.
• 5th St. will be closed in both directions between Ash Ave. and Myrtle Ave.
• 7th St will be closed in both directions at Mill Ave. Local traffic only will be permitted west of Myrtle Ave.
The Sun Devils put up an impresive 58 points to seal the Territorial Cup victory over the Wildcats. The 58 points are the most-ever scored in a Territorial Cup matchup. The previous high was 56 from ASU in 1996.
ASU will host the Pac-12 Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 7 against Stanford. CLICK HERE for more information.
Osahon Irabor racked up the third interception for the Sun Devil defense and returned it two-yards to the Arizona 29 yard line to bring the ASU offense back out on to the field with under ten minutes left in the game.
ASU leads 51-21.
Running back DJ Foster continues to shine in the absence of Marion Grice as he rushed seven-yards into the end zone to extend the Sun Devils lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Foster now has 112 yards rushing on the night and two touchdowns.
ASU leads 51-21 with 13:17 left in the game.
The attendance for the Territorial Cup matchup was announced as 74,542, the 12th largest crowd in the history of Sun Devil Stadium.