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Arizona State signed four-star RB Chase Lucas.

Washington, Arizona and Oregon State (among others) showed interest in Lucas before he signed his letter of intent with the Sun Devils. The 6-foot, 170-pounder's a native of Chandler, Arizona, and offers "a nice blend of size, speed and ball skills when projecting as a college all-purpose back," per ESPN 300's scouting report. He could also contribute on kick returns. While they're keen on his do-everything abilities, they "do not see load-back attributes." Adding weight with the Sun Devils could help him to weather a higher number of carries. Lucas is one of four ESPN 300 names Arizona State secured on National Signing Day. All four play on the offensive side of the ball.
Feb 10 - 12:00 AM

Arizona State signed four-star QB Dillon Sterling-Cole.

Boise State, Florida and Houston (among others) showed early interest, but Sterling-Cole committed to Arizona State over the summer and there was no budging when National Signing Day arrived. The 6-foot-3, 191-pound gunslinger out of Houston checks into the ESPN 300 at No. 205, while Scout.com ranks him slightly lower at No. 252. Scout hands him the "game manager" label, noting that he "takes what the defense gives him and usually finds a playmaker on his team who has it going for that game."
Source: scout.com
Feb 8 - 10:39 PM

Arizona State signed four-star C Cohl Cabral.

Cabral hails from Rancho Cucamonga, California, and drew the most interest from the likes of Arizona, Boise State and Cal. ESPN 300 ranks the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder as their 199th prospect for the 2016 recruiting cycle, noting that he "ultimately could offer valuable versatility/depth to an O-Line unit." While they're keen on his versatility, they see him sticking at center with the Sun Devils. Cabral, they believe, "can deliver a good initial pop and flashes good inline strength to generate movement when he stays low and gets positioning, but needs to more consistently roll hips and maintain a good base."
Feb 8 - 2:15 PM

Arizona State G Christian Westerman "will rank higher for teams looking to shore up interior pass protection in a zone-blocking scheme," according to Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo.

The power-blocking guards like Joshua Garnett and Sebastian Tretola are all the rage in this class, leaving Westerman, in Palazzolo's eyes, a potential steal. "The one-on-one drills in the trenches largely favor the defensive players, but Westerman acquitted himself well all week," he wrote of the Senior Bowl." He came into the week with the top pass-blocking grade among the guards in attendance (+8.4), after surrendering only a sack, five hits, and nine hurries on 608 attempts this season, and he backed that up this week, as he was one of the top one-on-one performers." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded the 6-foot-4, 301-pounder as a fifth-rounder over the summer.
Feb 2 - 6:10 PM

Arizona State WR D.J. Foster was added to the Senior Bowl roster.

Foster was spurned by the event all the way up until late Monday afternoon. After receiving the call, he was on a plane in time to get to Mobile for the first North squad practice. "My agent called and said 'Hey, they have a slot for you'," he said. "I was ecstatic. I've been traveling here all day. ... They put me in with the first reps today and I was catching on fast, but I have film to watch and a lot of stuff to look over tonight." Foster will be measured and weighed later this week. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Foster "may be pigeon-holed as a Dexter McCluster-type tweener that helps move the chains but doesn't offer many impact plays," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, because he was "put in a bad spot by those that wanted him to switch positions for his senior year." Foster, a former running back, kicked outside to play receiver.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 27 - 1:26 PM

Arizona State OC Chip Lindsey, a leading candidate to become Southern Miss' head coach, will remain with the Sun Devils.

Once Todd Monken shockingly left Southern Miss to become Dirk Koetter's offensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lindsey became the No. 1 candidate to replace him. Lindsey served as USM's OC last year before being lured by Sun Devils coach Todd Graham to the dessert to replace Mike Norvell, who left to become the head coach at Memphis. Lindsey has decided to honor his commitment to ASU and pull out of the Eagles' coaching search.
Jan 26 - 1:40 PM

Four-star WR N'keal Harry committed to Arizona State in November.

Harry received a number of offers from other Pac-12 outfits, including Oregon, Colorado, Arizona and Washington. He ultimately opted for the Sun Devils in November. Unlike many prospects at this stage, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound wideout's already built like a college receiver. ESPN 300 (which ranks him at No. 54) noted that Harry is more than just his frame, though, praising his agility and quickness off the snap before predicting that he could be one of the "better prospects in this position class."
Jan 17 - 4:53 PM

Arizona State redshirt senior S Jordan Simone (knee) accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

The Sun Devils’ leading tackler suffered a season-ending injury against Washington in November. Details are sparse on the nature of that injury, but we figure to know more by the time Shrine practices kick off. The 6-foot, 193-pound Simone, strong against the run and in need of coverage work, had 91 tackles, four breakups, two picks and 9.5 TFL before going down this fall.
Jan 15 - 5:45 PM

The East-West Shrine Game added Arizona State senior LB Antonio Longino to the roster.

Longino got an honorable mention when All-Pac-12 Conference team honors were handed out recently. The 6-foot-2, 229-pounder was named NFL.com's No. 6 most physical player in the sport over the summer, noting that he "runs well and generally arrives in a foul mood."
Jan 13 - 5:08 PM

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl added Arizona State graduate WR Devin Lucien to the roster.

Lucien, a UCLA graduate transfer, caught 66 passes for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns in his final season of eligibility for the Sun Devils. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound wideout really got hot at the end of the year, logging 26 catches for 534 yard and five touchdowns over the Sun Devils' last three.
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Jan 6 - 9:27 PM

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans reports that Memphis will hire Arizona State TE coach/offensive special teams coach Chip Long to serve as their offensive coordinator.

He might not be the most famous football Chip in America--that one doesn't have a job at the moment--but Long appears to be heading to Memphis to help fill out Mike Norvell's staff. The move's not official yet, but should be made so in the coming week. In addition to filling the offensive coordinator position for the Tigers, Long would also serve as TE coach. The young whippersnapper is just 32 years old. He's just a smidge younger than the 34-year-old Norvell. The two kids worked together on Arizona State's staff this past season, where Norvell acted as offensive coordinator before taking Justin Fuente's old job at Memphis.
Jan 3 - 5:47 PM

Arizona State head coach Todd Graham apologized for mismanaging a late two-point conversion decision in Saturday's game against West Virginia.

The Sun Devils dropped a 43-42 decision to the Mountaineers in the Cactus Bowl in Phoenix. In part, ASU lost by one-point because Graham curiously opted to kick an extra point to build a six-point lead with 4:56 to play. "It’s my fault," Graham said. "We have a chart in the (coaches) box that we go by. We’re supposed to be going for two. We didn’t. Mismanagement on my part. That’s my responsibility." West Virginia, of course, drove down for a late touchdown to win by one. ASU was mismanaged throughout the contest. Graham wasted a critical timeout in the fourth, for instance, after sending out the wrong kickoff team for an onside kick attempt. Penalties, defensive brain farts and coaching confusion marked ASU's fall to 6-7. An Arizona paper called Saturday night the lowest point of Graham’s career at Arizona State, a hard sentiment to argue with after giving away such a winnable game.
Jan 3 - 3:43 PM

Arizona State graduate WR Devin Lucien caught nine passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 43-42 loss to West Virginia in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

Lucien did nice work on his 19-yard touchdown reception with five minutes gone in the second quarter, catching a 10-yard pass and stepping through several tackles before extending the whole of his 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame to just sneak the ball past the goal line. His numbers over the last three games are something to behold. Against Arizona on November 21, he caught nine passes for 190 yards and a touchdown. He surpassed those silly numbers just a week later, tallying eight catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns against Cal. And then Saturday's 9-144-1 line versus West Virginia. For the season as a whole, he finishes out having caught 66 passes for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns.
Jan 3 - 3:14 AM

Arizona State redshirt senior QB Mike Bercovici completed 29-of-52 passes for 418 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 43-42 loss to West Virginia in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

Bercovici saved his best work for the second half, when he tossed three of his four touchdown passes. His 58-yard touchdown pass to Gary Chambers with 4:58 remaining in the contest boosted Arizona State to a 42-36 lead, but as has been the case in several high-scoring contests this season, the Sun Devil defense couldn't find that last stop in their bag of tricks. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Bercovici finishes the 2015 campaign having thrown for 3,860 yards with a 30/9 TD/INT ratio. He closed the season hot, surpassing 300 yards passing in each of his final three contests with a 10/1 TD/INT ratio in that space.
Jan 3 - 2:58 AM

Arizona State sophomore S Jayme Otomewo and junior DT Deonte Reynolds have been dismissed from the team following their arrests for an alleged burglary.

According to court documents, Otomewo and Reynolds were arrested on Saturday after authorities received a call about an in-progress burglary at a Tempe apartment complex. With their dismissals from the Sun Devils, neither player will be suiting up for Arizona State's showdown with West Virginia in the Cactus Bowl on January 2.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 08:41:00 PM


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