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Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Ballage is a freak athlete and even opened his collegiate career splitting time as an edge rusher. With that said, Ballage only topped 100 rushing yards once this season. It will be a great platform for Ballage to show his pass protecting and receiving skills.
Dec 5 - 10:41 AM

Arizona State hired Herm Edwards as head coach.

The idea, per Arizona State, is to develop a program structure "similar to an NFL approach using a general manager." We assume that means that the 63-year-old Edwards will allocate more duties than the typical head coach to his staff. On that note, it's possible that Herm's staff will look much like the deposed Todd Graham's. Edwards has said he's willing to retain ASU’s two coordinators, OC Billy Napier and DC Phil Bennett. Edwards went 54-74 in eight NFL seasons. His only college coaching experience was as San Jose State's defensive backs coach from 1987-89. There is an assumption that he'll be good at recruiting because of his television personality, but he'll be among college football's oldest coaches and has little actual recruiting experience. ASU players reportedly weren't as familiar with him as reporters assumed they'd be. The Sun Devils took an enormous risk by hiring Graham, a proven coach, to hire Edwards. We think they miscalculated.
Source: Sun Devils
Dec 4 - 11:00 AM

Devils Digest is reporting that the meeting between president Dr. Michael Crow and Herm Edwards went well, and he's expected to be named head coach on Monday.

This was probably more formality than serious issue, but there were reports that Edwards was going to need approval from Dr. Crow in order to get the job. It appears he's going to get just that. Edwards last coached in college as a defensive back coach nearly 30 years ago for San Jose State, so it'll be fascinating to see how the former Chiefs and Jets coach translates to the next level. Stay tuned.
Dec 2 - 6:03 PM

247Sports' Chris Karpman reports that pending approval from Arizona State president Dr. Michael Crow, the football program will hire ESPN analyst Herm Edwards as head coach.

Karpman hears that if Dr. Crow gives Edwards his stamp of approval, the former Jets and Chiefs head coach will be brought on to take over for the recently terminated Todd Graham as soon as next week. It would be a dodgy, somewhat confusing hire. Edwards has never held a coordinating or head-coaching position at the collegiate level. Indeed, he has not coached in the college ranks since he served as San Jose State's defensive backs coach from 1987-1989. He last coached, at all, when he was in his final season with the Chiefs back in 2008. Edwards will be meeting with team officials as well as Dr. Chow this weekend.
Source: 247Sports
Nov 29 - 7:21 PM

Former NFL HC Herm Edwards told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he will be interviewing for the open head-coaching position at Arizona State this weekend.

Reports began to surface earlier on Tuesday that Arizona State was very seriously looking into Edwards as their Todd Graham replacement. Looks like those were on the money. He is reportedly open to the possibility of retaining DC Phil Bennett and OC Billy Napier. Not only is that something that AD Ray Anderson favors, it would certainly help in terms of cushioning Edwards from having to jump into the recruiting fire feet first. The current ESPN analyst has never held a head-coaching position in college, nor has he held either a defensive or offensive coordinator position -- Edwards' sole experience with college coaching came when he was a defensive backs coach with San Jose State from 1987-1989. Even setting that near complete lack of collegiate coaching experience aside, Edwards was last seen roaming the NFL sidelines as head coach of the chief nearly a decade ago. It would be a problematic hire.
Nov 28 - 7:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that "several insiders in the southwest" believe that Arizona State redshirt junior G Sam Jones could potentially be selected on Day 2.

"Jones is a smart, athletic guard who does a great job using angles as well as body positioning to take defenders from the action," Pauline writes, adding that "[h]e’s nimble on his feet, effective blocking on the second level and comes with a nice degree of growth potential." The analyst notes that the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Jones began to make his presence known in scouting communities after he took over as starter last season.
Nov 28 - 6:45 PM

98.7 FM Arizona Sports' Paul Calvisi reports that former NFL HC Herm Edwards is a "serious candidate" for the open head-coaching position at Arizona State.

While Edwards has extensive experience as a head coach at the NFL level -- he served in that capacity with the Jets from 2001-2005 and with the Chiefs from 2006-2008 -- he has never worked as a head coach in college. Indeed, his only experience at that level came when he was defensive backs coach with San Diego State from 1987-1989. Per Calvisi, Edwards would be open to retaining DC Phil Bennett and OC Billy Napier, something that AD Ray Anderson has been pushing for. Former Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin and Michigan passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton are two other potential names to watch as the Sun Devils continue their coaching search.
Nov 28 - 5:50 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Arizona State's decision to fire HC Todd Graham could be impetus for redshirt junior LB Christian Sam to declare for the NFL Draft.

Pauline writes that he has been hearing that Sam could be a draft jumper for about a month, with Graham's firing potentially the final straw to lead the 6-foot-2, 237-pounder into the spring pool. The analyst stamped him as a sixth-round selection prior to the season, though that was based almost exclusively on film from 2015 -- Sam missed the bulk of the 2016 season due to a leg injury. The redshirt junior bounced back like it was nothing this year, registering 127 tackles (9.5 for loss) and an interception. "He’s a smaller run-and-chase linebacker," Pauline notes, "with a nice degree of scheme versatility."
Nov 28 - 5:38 PM

Arizona State AD Ray Anderson said that he would like to retain OC Billy Napier and DC Phil Bennett.

While the Sun Devils cut bait with HC Todd Graham earlier on Sunday, they are apparently pleased with what Graham's assistants have shown this season. Depending on who they hire to replace Graham, though, it wouldn't be a surprise to see some shuffling on staff. Stay tuned.
Nov 26 - 3:47 PM

Arizona State fired HC Todd Graham.

Graham was reportedly informed of the decision on Sunday morning. He exits stage left from the Sun Devils after six seasons at the helm. In that space, the 52-year-old head coach compiled a 46-31 record (31-23 in conference). He notched back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2013 and 2014, but followed those prosperous years up with just a combined 18 wins over the last three seasons. Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic is reporting that Graham is still expected to coach the team's bowl game next month -- the Sun Devils finished the 2017 campaign with a 7-5 record.
Nov 26 - 11:25 AM

Arizona State sophomore WR N'Keal Harry scored twice while hauling in four passes for 43 years in a 42-30 victory over Arizona on Saturday.

Harry was mostly held in check in this one, but he made two big plays that helped the Sun Devils win the Territorial Cup. His five-yard score made it 28-24 ASU in the third quarter, and his nine-yard score -- both coming from quarterback Manny Wilkins -- made it the final of 42-30. Harry his a budding star, and will get one more chance to play in 2017 when ASU heads to a bowl game next month.
Nov 25 - 7:59 PM

Arizona State senior RB Demario Richard ran for 165 yards on 22 carries while scoring twice in Saturday's 42-30 victory over Arizona on Saturday.

Richard finished his year as hot as any running back in the conference, going over 119 yards in his last four games and scoring seven touchdowns during that time frame. His two touchdown scores were big, but arguably his biggest play was a 63-yarder that from inside the Arizona State five that sealed the victory for the Sun Devils. Arizona State finishes the regular season 7-5 and and Richard will look to keep the hot streak going in their bowl game.
Nov 25 - 7:54 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior QB Manny Wilkins completed 12-of-19 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 40-24 win over Oregon State.

Wilkins added 60 yards rushing on eight attempts in the easy victory. The redshirt junior went through a three-game stretch without a touchdown pass earlier this season, but has been a consistent -- if mostly unspectacular -- performer outside of that little rut. He's thrown for 2,755 yards with a 14/4 TD/INT ratio in 11 games on the year. ASU will wrap their regular season up with a showdown with in-state rival Arizona next Saturday.
Nov 18 - 6:37 PM

Arizona State senior RB Demario Richard rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in Saturday's 40-24 win over Oregon State.

Richard (5'10/220) wasn't ripping off epic runs left and right in the win, but he consistently managed to accrue positive yardage on his way to leading the Sun Devils in rushing for the contest. After failing to top 100 yards in any of his first seven games this season, the senior has gone off for 433 yards in his last three contests.
Nov 18 - 6:35 PM

Arizona State sophomore WR N'Keal Harry caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 44-37 loss to UCLA.

Harry (6'3/210) opened the game's scoring with an innocuous seven-yard touchdown grab early in the first quarter. The two teams would proceed to put up a boatload of points while living up to the conference's defense-optional ways. After posting a promising true freshman campaign in 2016, Harry has taken exactly the sort of developmental steps you would like to see in Year 2, improving on both the receptions front -- already eight more than in 2016, with two games left to play in the regular season -- and the yardage front. Harry currently owns a 66-889-5 receiving line on the year.
Nov 12 - 12:47 PM


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