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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
Dec 5 - 7:45 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.
Nov 29 - 4:57 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.
Nov 26 - 12:01 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.
Nov 26 - 11:44 AM

Arizona State freshman WR N'Keal Harry caught six passes for 114 yards in Saturday's 44-18 loss to Washington.

With his 114 yards receiving on Saturday, the baby Sun Devil notched his second career 100-yard receiving effort. Both of those have come over the last two games, a strong sign that Harry has started to acclimate to the collegiate game. He will try for a three straight over the century mark in the regular season finale against Arizona next Friday. Arizona State will need to win that one to become bowl eligible.
Nov 19 - 11:31 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Cameron Smith (knee) is likely out for the season.

This according to coach Todd Graham. Injuries wrecked Smith's season. He had 11 receptions for 183 yards.
Nov 17 - 8:11 PM

Arizona State HC Todd Graham will be retained for the 2017 season.

Said AD Ray Anderson, "There should be no question in anyone’s mind as far as I’m concerned. He’s brought stability here and discipline and accountability." The Sun Devils opened the 2016 campaign with a 4-0 record, improving to 5-1 after six games. They have not won any of the four contests since. For his career as a whole at Arizona State, Graham holds a 39-24 record. Much of that comes on the strength of back-to-back 10-win campaigns in 2013 and 2014.
Nov 16 - 2:21 PM

Arizona State junior RB Kalen Ballage totaled 244 yards and a touchdown between rushing, receiving and kick returns in Thursday's 49-26 loss to Utah.

Fantastic all-around game for Ballage, though the oodles of yardage came in somewhat backward fashion. The junior back rushed for just 46 yards, working to a 3.1 YPC clip. He added 80 yards on four kick returns, but what truly boosted his game into the stratosphere was his effort as a receiver. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder caught seven passes for 118 yards. The yardage mark led the team, while the seven catches were second only to freshman N'Keal Harry's eight (Harry finished with 114 yards receiving). Ballage has just one 100-yard rushing game to his name this season, but has come on of late, scoring four touchdowns in his last three games. He has also surpassed 100 yards receiving in each of his last two.
Nov 11 - 1:53 PM

The Arizona Republic's Doug Haller said that Arizona State redshirt sophomore QB Manny Wilkins (shoulder) looks likely to start against Utah on Thursday.

"All signs point to him starting Thursday," Haller noted. Wilkins has been rehabbing from an injury to his right shoulder initially sustained in a loss to Washington State on October 22. He then sat out this past weekend's loss to Oregon (Arizona State is looking to snap a three-game losing streak on Thursday). Wilkins was a fun fantasy own early in the season, but holds just a 6/5 TD/INT ratio on the season and has not put forth a worthwhile fantasy showing since September 24. Against an always well-coached Utah defense, we would recommend against starting him this week.
Nov 10 - 1:21 PM

Arizona State junior RB Kalen Ballage totaled 167 yards and two touchdowns between rushing and receiving in Saturday's 54-35 loss to Oregon.

Ballage was actually more prolific in the passing game (six catches for 105 yards) than the rushing game (18 carries for 62 yards) here. Both of his touchdowns came on the ground, though. The 6-foot-3, 222-pound junior has several strong performances under his belt, including an eight-touchdown romp against Texas Tech in September, but the consistency has been lacking. Prior to hitting the end zone for two scores on Saturday, he had scored just one touchdown in his last five games.
Oct 29 - 9:16 PM

Arizona State freshman QB Dillon Sterling-Cole will start against Oregon in place of the injured Manny Wilkins (shoulder) on Saturday.

Sterling-Cole saw legitimate playing time after Wilkins injured his shoulder against Washington State last Saturday. He completed 7-of-16 passes for 86 yards in that one. While the 6-foot-3, 191-pounder ranked as a four-star recruit out of high school (ESPN 300 No. 205), he is just too raw to trust for fantasy purposes here, even against Oregon's near non-existent defense.
Oct 29 - 4:54 PM

Arizona State redshirt sophomore QB Manny Wilkins (shoulder) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Oregon.

Tough fantasy break, as Wilkins would have had an opportunity to feast against the Ducks had he been healthy enough to give it a go. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder is nursing a right shoulder injury suffered against Washington State last weekend. True freshman gunslinger Dillon Sterling-Cole draws the start in Wilkins' place.
Oct 29 - 4:50 PM

Arizona State redshirt sophomore QB Manny Wilkins (shoulder) is a game-time decision for Saturday's game against Oregon.

Wilkins entered Saturday's showdown with Washington State nursing an ankle injury. He exited that game with a new ailment, as he looked to injure his right arm in the first quarter against the Cougars and was unable to return to action. On Monday, HC Todd Graham deemed the 6-foot-3, 180-pound redshirt sophomore's situation to be a "day-to-day, week-to-week deal." On Tuesday, he offered at least a little more clarity, calling him a game-time decision and saying that he is "close." If Wilkins is physically unable to play against Oregon on Saturday, freshman Dillon Sterling-Cole (ESPN 300's No. 205 prospect for 2016) would draw the start. The entire situation is dicey for fantasy purposes and we would recommend Wilkins owners line up potential filler options. If Wilkins can play, though, he does draw a strong match-up against a porous Oregon defense.
Oct 25 - 3:57 PM

Arizona State redshirt sophomore QB Manny Wilkins (ankle) completed 13-of-35 passes for 149 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 40-16 loss to Colorado.

Due to an ankle injury, Wilkins did not play against UCLA last weekend. While he was able to start and complete Saturday's contest without complicating his health, the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder was unable to do much through the air against Colorado. Wilkins has had his share of shining moments for the 5-2 Sun Devils this season, but has now thrown an interception in five of his six games played.
Oct 16 - 12:57 PM

Arizona State redshirt sophomore QB Manny Wilkins (ankle) will start in Saturday's game against Colorado.

Things were tracking in this direction during the practice week, with HC Todd Graham saying several days ago that he expected Wilkins to be able to give it a go against the Buffs on Saturday. Per Graham, freshman quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole is also likely to see snaps in this one.
Oct 15 - 8:05 PM


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