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Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong will play in Saturday’s Territorial Cup battle against Arizona.

The Arizona State prospect was held out of the Sun Devils game against Washington State for precautionary reasons, after sustaining a concussion the previous week versus Oregon. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Strong has hauled in 71 receptions for 982 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
Nov 26 - 4:03 PM

TFY Draft Insider notes that scouts are "concerned" with Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong's "lack of speed, quickness and the struggle he’ll have separating at the next level."

"Arizona State receiver Jaelen Strong receives a lot of attention on the outside as the junior is in the midst of a career campaign. Speak to scouts and you’ll get a different point of view. Many are concerned with his lack of speed, quickness and the struggle he’ll have separating at the next level," Pauline writes. The Arizona State prospect has sustained his preseason buzz at the position and has displayed an ability to win at the catch point. He has totaled 71 receptions for 982 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Pauline notes that "scouts have stamped Strong as a third rounder based off the film and many grade Dres Anderson of Utah as a better receiver prospect for the next level."
Nov 24 - 3:39 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong is expected to play against Arizona after sitting out last weekend's game with a concussion.

Strong appeared to go through warmups against Washington State but was ultimately held out of the contest. Strong has been just that, winning in contested situations at the catch point and will likely jump to the NFL after this season.
Nov 24 - 2:18 PM

Arizona State senior DL Marcus Hardison "showed burst, agility and strength to rip through blocks and to pull down ball carriers" on Saturday against Washington State, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Hardison collected two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble, spurring a Sun Devils comeback. "Perhaps his most impressive play of the game came when he dropped off the line to snag a quick slant from Falk with just over three minutes remaining in the first half," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 298-pound Hardison (4.7 forty) was one of the most heavily recruited JUCOs in the country when he committed to the Sun Devils. "Hardison showed not only impressive recognition and hands on the interception, but good overall athleticism, vision and balance in returning the ball to the 13-yard line," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 23 - 10:23 PM

Arizona State junior RB D.J. Foster demonstrated the "versatile skill set that has led scouts to compare him to current New England Patriots back Shane Vereen" against Washington State, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The Sun Devils relied on Foster to provide the offensive fireworks against Washington State with projected first-round wide receiver Jaelen Strong out due to a concussion. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Foster spent large portions of the game unable to find room to run, but Wazzu wasn't able to deny him completely. Foster finished with 96 rushing yards and three touchdowns, as well as 59 yards receiving.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 23 - 10:10 PM

Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly threw for 232 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday against Washington State.

He finished 15-for-25 with no interceptions, a highly efficient game which accrued the highest QB rating he's enjoyed in 2014 (190.8). Kelly has been up-and-down since his return from a broken left foot a little over a month ago. For instance, he played a critical role in the blowout win over Notre Dame, and then, seven days later, was awful in an upset loss to Oregon State. Hopefully Saturday's game portends a hot stretch of football to end Kelly's collegiate career.
Nov 23 - 7:26 PM

Arizona State junior RB D.J. Foster rushed for 96 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries in Saturday's win over Washington State.

Always the versatile threat, Foster added five receptions for 59 yards. Foster is one of the nation's most underrated backs, caught in the long shadows of Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Ameer Abdullah, et al, but he's certain to make a living on Sundays, whether that begins in 2015 or 2016. At present moment, he has 968 yards and nine rushing touchdowns, and 52 catches for 586 yards and three receiving scores.
Nov 23 - 7:11 PM

Updating a previous item, Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong will not play against Washington State.

There were conflicting reports earlier and we chose to go with a beat writer who said Strong was expected to play after the receiver went the warmups. We apologize for that information being wrong. Strong suffered a concussion last week.
Nov 22 - 1:03 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong suffered a concussion during Saturday's game and is considered questionable versus Washington State.

Head coach Todd Graham said Strong is "probably 50-50" to play. Graham even went on to call it a "light" concussion. We did not know those existed. Strong has sustained his preseason buzz at the position and has displayed an ability to win at the catch point. He has totaled 71 receptions for 982 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
Nov 19 - 9:22 AM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong caught nine passes for 109 yards in Saturday's loss to Oregon State.

Coming into the game, scouts wanted to see a consistent game from Strong, who had not topped 80 yards receiving in any of his last five efforts. The junior looked the part of a No. 1 wideout against Oregon State, though. Unlike most of his teammates, Strong seemed perfectly comfortable on a frigid night. He converted multiple first downs and almost made a highlight reel touchdown catch over a defender in the corner of the end zone. Strong wasn't quite able to tap his toe down despite hauling in the ball. At several points, he looked exasperated at quarterback Taylor Kelly's various misthrows, but Strong showed a good head not to get too frustrated.
Nov 16 - 5:55 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong has to "continue to do the things it takes to be a No. 1 receiver" through the rest of the season.

As NFL.com analyst Brooks noted, Strong will be the best prospect on the field in this weekend's match-up with Oregon State. These are the kinds of games where Strong should shine. While the big-bodied (6-foot-4, 212 pounds) junior has seven touchdown catches in his last five games, he has not cracked 80 yards receiving in any of those contests. Strong put up huge games against USC and UCLA earlier this season, but scouts want to see a little more consistency.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 14 - 6:36 PM

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that as a "pure matchup headache," Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong is one of the best in the country.

Kiper actually said that he might be the best match-up headache for opposing defenses in the entire draft class, period. We'd probably take Louisville's DeVante Parker in that category, but Strong is definitely a troublemaker. Kiper notes that the 6-foot-4, 212-pound junior could be this draft's Mike Evans or Kelvin Benjamin with his ability to climb the ladder.
Nov 13 - 9:55 PM

Arizona State OC Mike Norvell said that he thought senior QB Taylor Kelly "feels 100%."

Kelly missed three games with a broken left foot and has had to work his way back to game speed. On Saturday, the Idaho native completed 17-of-28 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns in the team's win over Notre Dame. "I feel very confident that with each week that goes by he’ll be sharper and sharper. It’s hitting at the right time for us coming down the stretch," Norvell told Inside Read. If Arizona State has any chance of busting into the playoff party, they'll need Kelly to play high-level football.
Nov 12 - 6:51 PM

Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday.

This was Kelly's best outing since returning from a foot injury in late October. The senior showed nice touch on several deep balls and completed 17-of-28 passes in route to his 224 yards. Despite some nice performances like this, we don't consider Idaho-native Kelly to be a legitimate NFL prospect.
Nov 8 - 7:41 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong had five receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 55-31 win over Notre Dame.

Strong's been held under 80 receiving yards in four straight contests, but he's compensated by hauling in touchdowns in each of his last five. Strong's scored seven times in his current scoring streak. He's a big target at 6-foot-4, 212 pounds and that size advantage comes in handy in the red zone. Come the draft, the athletic receiver is considered a borderline first-round pick.
Nov 8 - 7:29 PM


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