I’m glad that the season is about to start up because I’m ready to stop all of the talking about having a great season and actually turn those words into action. It was cool hosting radio shows, making news channel appearances and also being a guest on the Diamondbacks pregame show, but it’s time for me to get back on the field. I can really see myself working in some aspect of the media sometime after my sporting career is over, but as of right now I am focused on one thing and that’s winning a championship this year!
With Arizona State football kicking off against NAU Thursday at 7:30 p.m., there has been a lot of energy on campus and within the community about ASU’s new identity. Lots of things have changed since new head coach Todd Graham took over and a lot of people say it’s a start of something great boiling down in Tempe! There are a lot of critics that say Arizona State will finish toward the bottom of the Pac-12 this year because of the coaching change, as well as a lot of questions concerning the offense and defense with the departure of multiple team leaders at key positions. Despite all of the naysayers, the players and the coaching staff are speaking victory and are expecting a huge season, and we can’t wait to get things started vs. NAU.
One of the concerns going in to this season was how the offensive line will adjust to the new scheme and how successful they will be in paving the way for the stock of solid running backs, led by stud Cameron Marshall.
“Every day we’ve been trying to get better,” left tackle Evan Finkenberg said. “[Offensive line] Coach Bob Connelly has been working hard on our fundamentals, trying to drill that into is, and it’s going show on the field.”
There are 17 seniors, including myself, entering their last season playing as Sun Devils and they plan on going out on top and being known as the class who put Arizona State football back were it belongs, which is No. 1. One guy that really wants to make this season a great one is senior cornerback Deveron Carr. Carr, who is known as a very intelligent player, is on a mission this season to prove his place among ASU greats and knows he can’t do it alone.
“I want everybody to want to win just as much as the seniors do,” Carr said. “And that means playing every down, every snap, every second, every minute of the game, every hour that were on the field, like it’s their last game.”
I know I can’t wait to start my final season in Tempe and I’m looking forward to spending the year playing in front of the best fans in the conference. Follow me on Twitter at @BMagee8!