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Arizona State junior RB Demario Richard rushed for 95 yards on 22 carries in Friday's 32-28 win over UTSA.

UTSA mostly held Richard in check. He averaged 4.3 YPC with a long run of 13 yards for the evening. Through three games, the 5-foot-10, 220-pounder has now rushed for 282 yards and a touchdown. He has not been held under 75 yards rushing in any of ASU's three games this season.
Sep 17 - 1:18 AM

Arizona State junior RB Kalen Ballage rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Friday's 32-28 win over UTSA.

Ballage tied an FBS record by scoring eight touchdowns against Texas Tech in last Saturday's 68-55 win, but UTSA held him out of the end zone until 3:15 remained in Friday's game. When he finally scored from two yards out, it pushed the Sun Devils to a 32-28 lead, their first of the game. Ballage totaled 202 yards between rushing, receiving and kick returns. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder could have added punt returns to that tally, except HC Todd Graham yanked him from those duties after he committed a silly turnover on his first attempt.
Sep 17 - 1:13 AM

Arizona State senior WR Tim White (undisclosed) could be limited in Friday's game against UTSA.

While HC Todd Graham expects White to play, he might not see the field for his usual number of snaps. The versatile senior suffered a mystery injury against Texas Tech in last Saturday's wild shootout win and sat out the fourth quarter of that contest. Through two games, White has caught 15 passes for 135 yards and returned eight kicks for 198 yards. Fantasy owners would probably do best to find another option given the injury uncertainty here.
Sep 16 - 4:29 PM

Arizona State redshirt sophomore QB Manny Wilkins threw for 351 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 68-55 victory over Texas Tech.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Wilkins also showed off his dual-threat chops on the ground, getting out of the pocket for 50 yards on 10 carries. The quick-snapping, lightning-fast attack of the Sun Devils may have found itself something in Wilkins, the type of athlete that, fully realized, makes a spread-tempo attack all the more terrifying. It's too soon to say, of course, as Wilkins has only sliced up the paper sack defenses of Northern Arizona and Texas Tech. But he's completing 75-percent of his passes for 531 yards, a 2/1 TD/INT ratio and 144 yards and a score on the ground. The Sun Devils travel to UTSA on Friday.
Sep 11 - 11:41 AM

Arizona State junior RB Kalen Ballage tied an FBS record with eight touchdowns scored in Saturday's 68-55 win over Texas Tech.

Ballage tied the record set by Illinois' Howard Griffith in 1990, scoring seven of his eight touchdowns rushing, with the other coming via a 39-yard scoring catch with 11:18 remaining in the first half. The 6-foot-3, 222-pound junior scored four times in the second quarter, twice in the third quarter and twice more in the fourth. His final touchdown came on a breakaway 75-yard dash up the middle. While he received a relatively modest 13 carries for the game, over half of them went for touchdowns. Ballage finished out with 137 yards rushing. In terms of fantasy, Demario Richard is the lead back here, posting 30 carries on Saturday, but Ballage is an asset in his own right. He will try for an encore against UTSA on Friday.
Sep 11 - 2:18 AM

Arizona State named redshirt sophomore QB Manny Wilkins the starter for 2016.

No huge surprise here. Wilkins was handling walk-through duties with the first-team offense last week, a sign that he was likely to start the season-opener against Northern Arizona. It is official, now. Said HC Todd Graham, "We have great confidence in Brady [White] as well, but Manny's our guy. He'll run out with the first group and we'll go from there." The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Wilkins was a four-star recruit out of high school and brings a high level of mobility to the proceedings. While Northern Arizona should serve as a cakewalk, Wilkins will see a tougher task in what could be a fantastically fun shootout with Texas Tech on September 10.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 2:02 PM

Arizona State redshirt sophomore QB Manny Wilkins worked with the first-team offense during ASU's walk-through for the season-opener.

Wilkins hasn't officially been named the starter over highly-lauded recruit Brady White, but for all intents and purposes, HC Todd Graham has shown his hand. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Wilkins was a four-star recruit, himself, for the 2014 cycle. He brings a dual-threat aspect to the table that White (who is more of a pure passer) does not. Wilkins isn't taking his job for granted, though, saying, "The way we both look at it is, whoever goes out there and starts, the other guy is one play away."
Aug 24 - 12:32 PM

The Arizona Republic's Doug Haller relays that redshirt freshman QB Brady White and sophomore Manny Wilkins "appear to be sharing first-team reps [in camp]."

Haller notes that Sun Devils HC Todd Graham has "tightened media viewing periods," making it at least somewhat difficult to parse where the competition actually stands. Graham said that the biggest factor in his decision between White and Wilkins will be based in large part on which gunslinger is more capable of avoiding turnovers. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports wrote earlier this offseason that White is "very accurate and smart." Wilkins is more of a dual-threat option. It is possible that Graham rolls with a committee to start the season.
Aug 20 - 4:31 PM

Arizona State junior RB Demario Richard (leg) returned to practice earlier this week.

Richard was sporting crutches about a week ago due to either a leg or foot injury, but HC Todd Graham referred to it as a minor injury at the time and the 5-foot-10, 220-pound back was able to make it back into the practice fold in relative short order. Richard and the fast-as-lightning Kallen Ballage make up one of the tighter running back duos in the Pac-12.
Aug 17 - 2:00 PM

Arizona State junior RB Demario Richard was using crutches following an undisclosed injury.

Before Sun Devil fans start to get too nervous about Richard's status moving forward, HC Todd Graham told reporters that the unknown ailment is "nothing major." No timetable as to how long it will take the 5-foot-10, 220-pounder to return to the practice field, but if this is just a minor blow, he should be back on his feet soon enough. Last season, Richard rushed for 1,104 yards (5.3 YPC) while chipping in with 31 catches for 303 yards. Between rushing and receiving, he accounted for 10 total touchdowns.
Aug 10 - 12:08 PM

Texas sophomore WR Ryan Newsome transferred to Arizona State.

Michigan State was also in play for Newsome's transfer, but a marriage between the 5-foot-8, 166-pounder and the Spartans just wasn't to be. Now joining the Sun Devils, Newsome will reunite with OC Jay Norvall, who initially recruited him to the Longhorns during his stint as WR coach. Norvall took over the same position at Arizona State back in February. Last season, Newsome's offensive contributions with Texas were limited (five catches for 28 yards, six kick returns for 110), but he should have opportunities to see the field in 2017. He will sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Jul 30 - 4:14 PM

Arizona State senior WR Tim White indicated that he is not discouraged by low preseason expectations.

"Everybody is hungry, everybody wants a bite of their own and we are going to take that and run with it," White said in a radio interview on Arizona Sports 97.8 FM. The Sun Devils were largely ignored in the Pac-12 media's preseason poll, receiving not-a-one first-place vote for the South Division. Indeed, they were picked to finish fifth there. If they are to surprise in 2016, White figures to be a key cog in the machine. Last season, he did a little bit of everything, catching 57 passes for 633 yards and eight touchdowns, rushing twice for a meaty 69 yards and returning 36 kickoffs for 972 yards (27 YPR) and a touchdown. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder believes he will be able to showcase an even more well-rounded game this coming season, noting that he "gained a lot of experience" and is a more patient player in his route-running, now.
Jul 27 - 1:10 PM

Transferring Texas freshman WR Ryan Newsome is deciding between Michigan State and Arizona State.

No such luck for Alabama, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC. Those four squads made Newsome's initial top-six transfer considerations, but he axed them out of the proceedings via a Twitter post this weekend. A former three-star recruit, the 5-foot-8, 166-pounder hauled in five passes for 28 yards in 2015. He also returned six kicks for 110 yards.
Jul 26 - 2:06 PM

Texas freshman WR Ryan Newsome will transfer.

No word as to where Newsome might be looking to land, but he was choosing between UCLA and Texas during the 2015 cycle. Rivals graded him as a three-star recruit out of high school, tagging the 5-foot-8, 166-pounder as the No. 47 wide receiver in the country for 2015. Last season, he played on both offense and special teams, making five catches for 28 yards while returning six kicks for 110 yards (18.3 YPR). He is the cousin of Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome.
Jul 18 - 12:27 PM

Oklahoma State three-star 2017 S Ty Thomas flipped his commitment to Arizona State.

"I think systematically, I am just a better fit in [the ASU] program," Thomas explained. "They run a defense that better matches my style of play." The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder indicated that the "bandit" role on Arizona State intrigues him. He is on track to be an early-enrollee with the Sun Devils.
Jun 24 - 1:45 PM


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