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Arizona State hired Oklahoma State offensive analyst Josh Henson to serve as OL coach and run-game coordinator.

Henson had acted as offensive analyst for the Cowboys each of the past two seasons. Prior to his work in Stillwater, he served as offensive coordinator at Missouri from 2009-2015. He wasn't kept on staff in the coaching transition from Gary Pinkel to Barry Odom, at which point he moved on to Oklahoma State. At Arizona State he will be replacing OL coach Chris Tomsen, who is taking a job at TCU. In a statement, Henson said, "One of the things that attracted me to ASU is that Coach Graham has a track record of winning wherever he's been. And he has a track record of developing young men. Winning is important, but being involved in their lives is also what appeals to me."
Jan 17 - 2:26 PM

Alabama three-star 2017 verbal K commit Brandon Ruiz flipped his commitment to Arizona State.

Ruiz decommitted from Alabama on Sunday, then pledged himself to Arizona State on Monday. SEC Country's Chris Kirschner hears that the 5-foot-10, 176-pounder out of Gilbert, Arizona, decided upon the Sun Devils in part because he would like to stay close to home as he embarks on his college journey. Chris Sailer of ChrisSailerKicking.com views Ruiz as having the ability to "dominate the next level."
Jan 16 - 6:06 PM

Arizona State junior RB Kalen Ballage announced his decision to return to school for the 2017 season.

Instead of entering a loaded running back class in 2017, Ballage will wait for the loaded 2018 running back class. Ballage's collegiate career has been an interesting, bursting on to the scene after splitting time between running back and edge rusher. He only produced one game of over 100 yards in 2016. He stands at a monstrous 6-foot-3 and 230-pounds.
Jan 12 - 10:07 AM

Arizona State hired former Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett to the same position.

Arizona State head coach Todd Graham simply had to fix his broken defense, and he's tabbed Bennett to do it. The Sun Devils have had the nation's worst passing defense in yards allowed the past two years. Not coincidentally, they had losing seasons both years. Bennett's hiring suggests that former defensive coordinator Keith Patterson is headed towards retirement. Bennett has been the defensive coordinator at Iowa State, Purdue, LSU, TCU, Texas A&M, Kansas State and Pitt.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 11 - 5:33 PM

Arizona State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 RB Eno Benjamin.

In addition to the Sun Devils, Benjamin was also considering Michigan, Texas, Utah and Baylor. He ranks as ESPN 300's No. 86 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder had been committed to Iowa during the summer before backing off that pledge this past autumn. Scout.com's Gabe Brooks notes that Benjamin is "a highly instinctive, high-volume running back who possesses big-play ability as well as workhorse production." Brooks refers to him as a "dangerous start-stop runner."
Source: Scout.com
Jan 7 - 1:59 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell was disappointed by the showing of Arizona State four-star 2017 verbal QB commit Ryan Kelley at the Under Armour All-America Game.

"Kelley didn’t look good at all in practice and missed the game with a shoulder injury," Farrell wrote. "Whether it was the shoulder or just a poor performance, we came away disappointed regardless." The 6-foot-3, 180-pound dual-threat committed to the Sun Devils last May. At the time, ESPN's Tom Luginbill noted that Kelley still had physical development ahead of him before he unlocks his potential. A redshirt would probably best serve his progression, particularly given that former five-star QB Blake Barnett transferred over to Arizona State in December.
Source: Rivals
Jan 3 - 6:27 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill notes that Arizona State four-star 2017 verbal CB commit Alex Perry is a "[q]uick, instinctive athlete with better burst than top-end speed."

"Perry's commitment is big," Luginbill writes, "as ASU is need of young, athletic corners and with his range, athleticism and ball skills, this ESPN 300 corner should contribute quickly as the Sun Devils' field corner." The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder ranks as the Worldwide Leader's No. 153 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. Luginbill comps him to current Vikings corner Mackensie Alexander due to his ability to compete against larger wideouts despite an outward size disadvantage. While ASU has just two ESPN 300 commitments currently in their stable, they also picked up a pledge from former Alabama five-star QB Blake Barnett earlier in December.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 01:40:00 PM

AL.com is reporting that incoming FAU HC Lane Kiffin attempted, through an intermediary, to get transferring Alabama redshirt freshman QB Blake Barnett to flip from Arizona State to FAU.

Barnett, a former five-star recruit who is leaving to find a depth chart that isn't headlined by Jalen Hurts, committed to Arizona State last Monday. A source told AL.com that an assistant expected to join Kiffin's first FAU staff reached out to Barnett last week and "told him that they want Barnett to be their quarterback at FAU." Kiffin helped recruit Barnett to Alabama and then functioned as his OC. Barnett said he is sticking with his commitment to Arizona State. If we were him, we'd consider Kiffin's pitch; Manny Wilkins is probably the favorite to retain ASU's starting QB gig, regardless of whether or not Barnett is on campus next summer.
Source: AL.com
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 01:13:00 PM

Arizona State senior K Zane Gonzalez was named the winner of the Lou Groza Award.

The Lou Groza is handed out annually to the nation's best placekicker. While this is the first time that Gonzalez has hauled in the honor, he has been tracking toward it his entire collegiate career. The 6-foot-1, 160-pounder was named a Pac-12 first-teamer as a freshman and his 96 career field goals are most in FBS history. This season, he had one stretch where he booted off to the tune of 17 straight kicks made, ultimately finishing 23-of-25. He was 7-of-9 on kicks over 50 yards and his 59-yard field goal against Colorado set a school record.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 03:50:00 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 RB Eno Benjamin will take an unofficial visit to Texas this weekend.

Benjamin -- ESPN 300's No. 86 overall prospect -- initially committed to Iowa early in the summer, but has since reopened his recruitment. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder will be one of several recruits on hand for Tom Herman's first recruiting weekend with the Longhorns. QB Sam Ehlinger, WR Omar Manning (currently a TCU commit), DL Jayden Peevy and TE Reese Leitao (Nebraska) will also take part. Ehlinger is key to this weekend, as the Texas quarterbacking pledge will serve as something of a point man for other recruits. The Longhorns currently have seven commitments under their belt, five of whom land on the ESPN 300.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 05:40:00 PM

Alabama redshirt freshman QB Blake Barnett announced his transfer to Arizona State.

Barnett left the school in late September and has taken classes at the JUCO level since. He played in the season opener but decided to leave once Jalen Hurts took over as the starter. Alabama beat writer Matt Zenitz notes Barnett will be eligible to play following the fourth game of next season. Barnett has three years of eligibility remaining.
Source: AL.com
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 08:47:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg relays that Arizona State OC Chip Lindsey has been in contact with Georgia State regarding their vacant head-coaching position.

Lindsey was a hotly-rumored candidate to take over as head coach at Southern Miss last winter. Jay Hopson ultimately landed that gig. Looks like Lindsey is trying once more to hop onto the coaching carousel. Georgia State fired HC Trent Miles in mid-November. The Panthers finished the campaign holding a dismal 3-9 record.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 07:45:00 PM

Arizona State redshirt freshman RB Jason Lewis will transfer.

"My reason for leaving is not any bad blood between people or anything. I just believe I didn't fit into the system," Lewis wrote on Twitter. "I felt I could best be used at a school where I fit in and will be used well." The 6-foot-3, 235-pound redshirt freshman did not receive a carry this season, though he did appear on special teams in several contests. Rivals graded Lewis as their No. 167 overall prospect for the 2015 cycle, so there is still theoretically plenty of talent for another team to tap into. Lewis' transfer destination is not known at this juncture.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 04:57:00 PM

Arizona State freshman WR N'Keal Harry caught nine balls for 51 yards and a touchdown in Friday's loss to Arizona.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Harry, an elite recruit in this past cycle, closes out his true freshman season with 58 catches for 659 yards and five scores on 11.4 ypc. That'll be it, because the 5-7 Sun Devils missed bowl eligibility by one win. Harry will ascend to the No. 1 receiver role in this offense next fall, with Tim White moving on to the NFL.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 12:01:00 PM

Arizona State redshirt sophomore QB Manny Wilkins completed 43-of-58 passes for 372 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Friday's 56-35 loss to Arizona.

In addition to this strong passing performance, Wilkins also led the team with 79 yards rushing. He wouldn't throw his first touchdown pass until the closing seconds of the first half, then proceeded to throw one in the third quarter and another in the fourth. Both Friday's three touchdown passes and 372 yards passing represented season-highs for Wilkins. The Sun Devils needed to win this one to achieve bowl eligibility. Not to be, not to be. Wilkins finishes out his 2016 season having thrown for 2,329 yards (63.3% completions) with a 12/9 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 246 yards and five touchdowns over the course of 10 games played. He missed two contests due to injury.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 11:44:00 AM


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