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Arizona State awarded redshirt senior OL Edward Sarafin and four others scholarships.

Redshirt junior defensive back Jordan Simone, redshirt sophomore receiver Fred Gammage, Brandon Matthews, and redshirt junior linebacker Jason Franklin were the other four players. Sarafin recently announced he is gay, making him the first active FBS player to do so.
Aug 21 - 10:12 AM

Arizona State junior RB D.J. Foster "absolutely could" total 1,000 receiving and rushing yards this season, according to an opposing head coach.

Foster posted 1,154 total yards last season behind Marion Grice, who is now in the NFL. We are not fans of Taylor Kelly's skills in terms of NFL success, but Foster and receiver Jaelen Strong could form a nice offensive duo for the Sun Devils.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 19 - 3:02 PM

Arizona State redshirt senior OL Edward "Chip" Sarafin said he is surprised by the attention he has received since announcing he was gay.

"I was a little nervous when it came to my attention what a big influence this was having," Sarafin said Thursday. "I did not intend for it to get to the magnitude that it did." In coming out during an interview with the magazine Compete, Sarafin became the first active openly gay Division I football player. "I'm hoping that stuff like this won't be such a big news story, that people will hear stories like this and it won't be such a big thing," Sarafin said. "Eventually, players will be who they are and it's just that, but right now there still needs to be role models for those types of players." Sarafin's teammates didn't take his announcement as a big deal. "I'm really proud of our guys. It's not something that's a surprise to us," Arizona State coach Todd Graham said.
Aug 17 - 1:08 AM

Arizona State redshirt senior OL Edward Sarafin announced he is gay during an interview with Compete.

Compete is a Tempe, Arizona-based LGBT publication. "It was really personal to me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly," Sarafin said regarding his decision to come out to his teammates last spring before announcing it to the public. Sarafin is the first active FBS player to publicly reveal he is gay. The redshirt senior has already graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering.
Source: Compete
Aug 14 - 9:21 AM

Arizona State coach Todd Graham says junior RB D.J. Foster will "become a household name this fall."

If you're looking for a breakout fantasy star, look no further than Foster, who will be tasked with replacing Marion Grice's 1,434 total yards and 20 touchdowns. "He'll become a household name this fall," Graham said. "He's a home run hitter. When he breaks it, he's gone. We'll find a way to get him 25 touches a game. He can be a 1,500-plus-yard back. He's physically a hard runner. He can handle the reps. The sky's the limit." Foster was ranked as ESPN's No. 5 breakout candidate, and is also one of CBS Sports' Rob Rang favorite breakout prospects. In Graham's dynamic spread-option offense, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Foster (he's reportedly bulked up to 208 pounds) could put up huge numbers. In addition to his work out of the backfield, Foster is an outstanding receiver. He collected 653 receiving yards in 2013 from both the slot and out of the backfield. "We haven't had the physical traits that he has," Graham said.
Aug 13 - 12:58 PM

Arizona State senior DL Marcus Hardison is a sleeper prospect who could break out in 2014, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"The junior college transfer comes with outstanding size/speed numbers and large degree of athleticism," Pauline wrote. "He has the physical ability to line up as a three technique tackle or a two-gap end. Hardison showed brief flashes last season but must put it all together in 2015 to move up the radar." The 6-foot-5, 298-pounder (4.7 forty) was one of the most heavily recruited JUCOs in the country when he committed to the Sun Devils.
Jul 22 - 4:56 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline writes that some believed he "lost all credibility" when rating Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong as a fourth-rounder.

It's unclear if Pauline is referring to scouts or NFL personnel men, or if he's meaning fans turned on him. Either way, he's far lower on Strong than most. "On film Strong presents himself as an averaged sized receiver with average speed and quickness," Pauline wrote. "And while he makes a few nice receptions what’s most disconcerting is the way he often loses out in battles and does not come away with contested passes." The 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect grabbed 75 receptions for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns as a Second Team All-Pac-12 performer last year. "Big frame, easy adjust and looks to have huge mitts on tape," ESPN's Kevin Weidl wrote of Strong last month.
Jul 22 - 4:30 PM

AZCentral's Doug Haller reports that juco transfer LB Darrius Caldwell, a junior-college transfer will not enroll at Arizona State "because of academic reasons."

"Linebacker Darrius Caldwell, a junior-college transfer expected to compete for a starting position, will not enroll at Arizona State because of academic reasons," Haller wrote. The 6-foot-6, 235 pound prospect recently played at Pearl River Community College in Hattiesburg, Mississipi. Caldwell initially signed with Illinois coming out of high school in 2011, but was dismissed for a violation of unspecified team rules.
Source: AZCentral
Jul 14 - 10:50 AM

Arizona State senior OT Jamil Douglas power cleans 385 pounds, squats 565 and has a body fat measurement in the teens.

The former high school tight end was named the No. 16 "Freak" on Bruce Feldman's "Freak" list. He arrived on the ASU campus at 260 pounds, but now stands 6-foot-4 and 301 pounds thanks to his strength work. In fact, NFL.com passed along in May that Douglas is "legendary" in ASU's weight room. He runs a sub-5 second forty.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 13 - 9:12 PM

Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly and Stanford redshirt junior QB Kevin Hogan received free agent preseason grades from draft insider Tony Pauline.

Pauline's extended thoughts are to follow the next few days. It is a notable projection, since many list Kelly and Hogan among the top five seniors at their position. We, on the other hand, side closer with Pauline regarding Kelly's label compared to those who label him a top two day prospect. Among Pac-12 quarterbacks, Pauline ranks them in this order: Marcus Mariota (first-round), Brett Hundley (second-round), Sean Mannion (fifth-round) and Cody Kessler (sixth- or seventh-round).
Jul 7 - 2:15 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong is a a 1-on-1 downfield and red zone problem for defenses, according to ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

"Big frame, easy adjust and looks to have huge mitts on tape," Weidl wrote. Strong broke out in a big way for the Sun Devils last season, hauling in 75 receptions for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns as a Second Team All-Pac-12 performer. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect's ideal frame gives fits to smaller corners, and his supreme athleticism makes it difficult for larger safeties to blanket him. He'll be one of the Pac-12's best fantasy performers in 2014.
Jun 19 - 1:13 PM

Arizona State junior RB D.J. Foster is expected to break out with Marion Grice off to the NFL.

We already know that Foster is an outstanding receiver, as he collected 653 receiving yards in 2013 from both the slot and out of the backfield. "Foster's comfort with the ball in his hands is his greatest attribute," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. "He is a fluid athlete, who accelerates and cuts smoothly. He has very good field vision, knowing when to throttle down and exercise some patience to set up blocks and when to drive ahead to get what he can. Perhaps best of all, he's a reliable pass-catcher who shows the ability to extend and pluck outside of his frame as well as track over his shoulder." In coach Todd Graham's dynamic spread-option offense, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Foster (he's reportedly bulked up to 208 pounds) could put up huge numbers. He's a running back to target in Pac-12 leagues, and you might get him at a discount due to his modest rushing stats over the past few years.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 18 - 9:18 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls Arizona State senior OT Jamil Douglas "one of the team's most intriguing NFL prospects."

"Douglas looks the part of an NFL offensive lineman with broad shoulders, a trim middle and good balance," Rang wrote. "He is quick off the snap and plays with good leverage in pass protection to absorb bull rushers, showing good flexibility and core strength. He slides well laterally and looks to help his teammates when not covered up, often shoving unsuspecting defensive linemen to the ground." Douglas has made 27 consecutive starts, most coming at LG, where he likely projects in the NFL. This season, however, the Sun Devils plan to shift Douglas, their best offensive lineman, to LT. "Douglas is a bit more inconsistent in the running game," Rang wrote. "He plays a bit high while drive blocking, dropping his head and leaving himself vulnerable to over-arm swim moves."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 18 - 8:44 PM

Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly is "athletic, instinctive, a gifted passer" according to Rob Rang of CBS Sports.

Kelly threw for 3,635 yards on a school record 67.1% completions to go with 28 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions in 2013, earning Second Team All-Pac-12 honors. He also ran for 823 yards -- excluding sacks -- and scored nine rushing TDs. "Kelly has a slim build, especially in his lower half, which will raise concerns about his ability to stand up to pressure in the NFL, despite the fact that he's proven durable throughout his collegiate career," Rang wrote. "He has a quick set-up and release but is allowed to simply flick passes without stepping into them based on the quick tempo of this read-option attack. When he steps into his throws, Kelly can deliver passes with impressive velocity. When he doesn't, however, too many of Kelly's passes flutter. Kelly's ball placement, especially on intermediate and deep passes with low trajectory, is inconsistent, though he does show good touch." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior runs a 4.84 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 9:22 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes that Arizona State redshirt sophomore WR Jaelen Strong is an "effective vertical threat."

"He runs hard and forces defenders to take him to the ground, fighting through arm tackles to generate good yardage after the catch. His size makes him equally effective on the perimeter (where he excels on back-shoulder fades) and when dragging across the middle. Strong accelerates quickly off the line, making him an effective vertical threat," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 205 pound prospect has a "well-built" frame for the position. With his ideal size and athleticism, Strong is able to matchup well against smaller defenders in jump-ball situations. As a JUCO-transfer from Pierce College, Strong was a breakout star for the Sun Devils hauling in 75 passes for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns. The Arizona State prospect was even named Second Team All-Pac-12 honors in 2013. If Strong can put together another productive season this year, he could make a strong case for himself to make the jump to the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 11:19 AM


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