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Arizona State redshirt senior G Christian Westerman has "very quick feet with ability to mirror as well as any guard in college football," writes NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

The former Auburn Tiger transferred west in 2012. He still very much as the looks of an SEC offensive lineman, though now he creates space in the Sun Devils' breakneck offense. "I see an athletic guard who lacks the power at the point of attack that scouts will be looking for and a move to center might be warranted," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 1 - 1:45 PM

Arizona State senior OW D.J. Foster's "athletic ability and competitiveness will help him learn and thrive quickly at his new position," believes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Foster is moving from RB to WR -- though Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell says Foster will be played at every single skill position this year -- which Zierlein believes "should bode well for his chances on the next level." The scribe ranks Foster as the No. 9 receiver in the land. "Scouts are interested to see how Foster handles a full-time workload at receiver, but with his instant acceleration and willingness to finish his runs after the catch, my guess is that Foster's athletic ability and competitiveness will help him learn and thrive quickly at his new position," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 30 - 2:13 AM

Arizona State senior S Jordan Simone "has become an unexpected star of the Sun Devils defense," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The scribe ranks Simone, who began at Washington State and transferred to Arizona State as a walk-on, as the No. 15 safety in the country. "He was awarded a scholarship last August heading into his junior season, and in his first year seeing playing time, he became a starter and racked up 100 tackles and two interceptions, proving to be a valuable tackling machine," Brown wrote.
Jun 29 - 6:37 PM

Arizona State freshman DL George Lea has been suspended for an incident involving a BB gun.

Lea was charged with first-degree burglary involving a weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful imprisonment. The freshman apparently entered a teammate's apartment and pointed a BB gun, wrapped in a towel, at him while saying "I heard this is where all the money is at." Lea contends he was just joking, but the teammate feared for his safety at the time despite later saying Lea could have been horsing around.
Jun 24 - 12:33 PM

Arizona State senior OW D.J. Foster's "blend of acceleration and toughness gives fodder to those comparing him to 2015 first-round choice Melvin Gordon," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Since Foster is ticketed for receiving duties, the analyst offers a far more topical comparison. "Foster decided he is best served using his excellent receiving skills in the slot for his senior season," Reuter wrote. "It is not difficult to imagine Foster in the same sort of backfield/slot/outside receiver role that Randall Cobb plays for the Green Bay Packers." The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Foster had 1,081 rushing yards and 688 receiving yards on 62 catches last year. You probably won't be surprised to learn that he's the only returning FBS player with 1,500 career rushing and receiving yards.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 18 - 6:48 PM

Arizona State LB Davon Durant was sentenced Monday to two years of supervised probation.

He is also barred from contacting his girlfriend until he takes a domestic violence program. Durant pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct last month. The linebacker, a JUCO transfer, was charged with one count of felony aggravated assault and three counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Durant's girlfriend told police that he hit her in the face and grabbed her around the neck. She later recanted her story but witnesses backed up the initial story. Authorities noted a "small contusion and red mark beneath her left eye and several abrasions and bruising around her neck consistent with finger marks from being grabbed around the neck." He is currently indefinitely suspended. Arizona State has yet to update his status.
Jun 15 - 10:09 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown believes there is "plenty of evidence already that [Arizona State senior OW D.J. Foster will] excel in that position as a senior as he gets ready to potentially play that position in the NFL."

"Foster is one of the hardest players to gauge in these player rankings, but he certainly belongs somewhere on these lists," Brown wrote. He ended up settling on ranking Foster as the No. 19 receiver in the nation. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Foster had 1,081 rushing yards and 688 receiving yards on 62 catches last year. Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell said recently that Foster will be played at every single skill position this year.
Jun 14 - 9:31 PM

NFL Media believes "there simply isn't a more dangerous pass catcher out of the backfield in the country" than Arizona State senior OW D.J. Foster.

The website ranks Foster as the No. 5 most versatile player in the nation, quite the compliment to the players who finished above him. He's the only returning player in the nation with more than both 1,500 rushing and 1,500 receiving yards in his career. He's also caught a ball in 40 straight games. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Foster had 1,081 rushing yards and 688 receiving yards on 62 catches last year. This season, he's been quasi-moved from RB to offensive weapon, with Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell promising he'll be played at every single skill position this year.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 8:51 PM

Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell's age "actually might appeal to some ADs, especially when they consider his body of work," believes NFL Media.

The 33-year-old has been a coordinator for four seasons. Norvell spent four seasons as Tulsa's wide receiver coach, was a coordinator at Pitt in 2011, and has been running the Sun Devils' offense since then. Norvell's ASU offenses have had at least 2,194 rushing yards and at least 3,370 passing yards in each of his seasons. NFL Media ranks Norvell as the No. 4 assistant coach prospect in the land.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 8 - 5:14 PM

Arizona State senior OW D.J. Foster "is an elusive, shifty runner who runs with good pad level and has a burst to him," according to Walter Football.

The site ranks Foster as the No. 6 draft-eligible RB prospect and gives him a Rds. 2-4 projection. "While he has been a quality runner for Arizona State, his receiving skills will get NFL teams really excited," WF noted. To wit, the 5-foot-11, 203-pound Foster had 1,081 rushing yards and 688 receiving yards on 62 catches last year. This season, he's been quasi-moved from RB to offensive weapon, with the school promising he'll be played at every single skill position. "At the very least, he could have a role as a third-down back," concluded WR.
May 29 - 9:34 PM

Arizona State LB Davon Durant pled guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Durant, 247Sports.com's No. 6 JUCO recruit in the country and ESPN.com's top-ranked JUCO product, was arrested in March and charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. After the incident was initially reported, he was suspended indefinitely from the football team. Durant's girlfriend told police that he hit her in the face and grabbed her around the neck. Authorities noted a "small contusion and red mark beneath her left eye and several abrasions and bruising around her neck consistent with finger marks from being grabbed around the neck." The woman later recanted her story but witnesses backed up the initial story.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 7:45 PM

Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell said graduate WR Devin Lucien can pick up some slack left from the departure of No. 1 receiver Jaelen Strong.

Lucien, a UCLA graduate transfer, was recruited by Norvell when the latter coached at Tulsa. "He can be a home run hitter for us, a big play threat," Norvell says. "He can help us do some of the things Jaelen did." D.J. Foster has also been ticketed for more time on the perimeter to make up for Strong's absence.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 10:59 PM

Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell said Arizona State senior OW D.J. Foster will "line up at every position you can possibly imagine."

For starters, you'll see Foster as a running back, slot receiver and lined up on the perimeter. "Our versatility will allow us to keep free from too many tendencies," Norvell said. The Sun Devils lost top receivers Jaelen Strong (NFL) and Cameron Smith (knee surgery) this offseason, which means they must replace 123 catches and 16 touchdowns. Despite that, ASU should light up the scoreboard again in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 10:00 PM

Former 3-star Notre Dame LB recruit Bo Wallace has now signed with Arizona State.

Wallace's separation with Notre Dame was a "mutual decision." The Sun Devils' website describes Wallace as a "lightning-quick edge-rusher with a nose for the quarterback that could fit well into ASU’s Devilbacker scheme." Wallace, who currently stands at 215 lbs, will need to gain weight to hold up against Pac-12 edge offensive linemen.
May 16 - 10:16 AM

Arizona State senior D.J. Foster is moving from RB to WR.

"They wouldn't have made this move had they not had confidence in Foster's supporting cast," Doug Haller writes. Receiving was arguably Foster's best skill out of the backfield, so a transition to the slot makes a lot of sense. Sophomore Demario Richard should take over as the top running back. The transition should help Foster's NFL future.
Source: AZ Central
May 15 - 10:46 AM


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