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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

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks observed that Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong is an "athletic guy" who fit the profile of a No. 1 receiver.

"[He] is big-bodied," Brooks wrote of the 6-foot-4, 212-pound Strong. Brooks noted that the junior "has a lot of the traits [NFL teams] look for" in a top receiving pick. Brooks has been high on Strong for a while, as back in October he wrote that "with the NFL trending toward 'big' receivers on the perimeter, Strong's standout performance [against USC] showcased his potential at the next level." Rotoworld's Josh Norris has Strong ranked as the eighth wide receiver on his board, behind USC's Nelson Agholor and ahead of Auburn's Sammie Coates. The junior's seen as a borderline first-round pick.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 7 - 6:35 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Arizona State junior RB D.J. Foster was a "dynamic weapon on offense."

Brugler noted that not only has Foster rushed for 701 yards, but he's third in the country in receptions with 38. "He's second on the team in receiving behind the Sun Devils No. 1 option," wrote Brugler. Only stud wideout Jaelen Strong has done more for the Sun Devils' receiving game. The receptions are a good sign, as that part of the college runners' game is often the last to develop. It should help him in NFL evaluations. Over the summer, CBS Sports' Rob Rang Perhaps praised his pass-catching ability, saying, "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."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 6 - 8:05 PM

Arizona State sophomore DT Jaxon Hood is not expected to play against Notre Dame according to co-defensive coordinator Keith Peterson.

Hood had started every game for the No. 9 Sun Devils. Hood hasn't practiced this week, but there are no indications of an injury and nobody in Arizona State's camp is being more specific as to his absence beyond "personal issues." Back in the summer, Hood was away from the team for 26 days for undisclosed reasons, though there is no link to the two absences so far as we know.
Source: USA Today
Nov 6 - 4:52 PM

Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell said that redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong combines talent with a knowledge of "what [defenders] are being taught to do."

Strong has caught 57 receptions for 821 yards and eight touchdowns this season. The junior said that he "write[s] everything down" when DBs are being coached in practice, saying that "I know if [the opposing DB is] in the right spot at the right time" on game-day because of his observations in practice. While Strong doesn't have blazing speed, he has used his intelligence and precise route running to turn himself into an NFL prospect. Strong is expected to go in the first or second round if he declares for the 2015 draft as analysts think he will.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 4 - 8:41 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong had five receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's overtime victory against Utah.

The 6-foot-4, 212 pound redshirt junior is up to 57 receptions for 821 yards and eight touchdowns this year. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline and Sports Illustrated both reported last month that Strong will jump to the pros early. An NFL scout told SI that Strong can expect to go in the late first- or early second-round. "He’s not a burner," the scout said. "He’s probably 4.53 in the 40, but Marques Colston and all these guys get in the league and do really well. He’s one of those."
Nov 2 - 7:07 PM

Arizona State redshirt senior QB Mike Bercovici "might not have ideal size at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, but he has shown he can make all the throws" writes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

Bercovici impressed when he took over the reigns of the Sun Devil system after starter Taylor Kelly was hurt. Bercovici threw for 1,243 yards and nine touchdowns in three starts before Kelly returned last week. Davis wrote that "[Bercovici] still has to overcome some system-QB stigma, but he has another year of eligibility and should take full advantage of it with Kelly, a senior, moving on." Bercovici has a rocket arm and could be an enticing draft prospect if he puts up numbers in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 6:35 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong's contributions led to two key touchdowns against Washington on Saturday, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Strong's matchup against Huskies' CB Marcus Peters will be broken down by scouts all the way up until the spring draft. "The 6-foot-4, 212 pound redshirt junior sparked ASU's scoring with a 16-yard touchdown in front of Peters in the second quarter," Rang wrote. "Though it didn't get his teams points directly, Strong's fourth quarter catch on a deep post also proved critical. For a player with his lanky build, Strong showed very impressive balance and quickness to shake Peters for 23 yards on the route, setting up the Sun Devils' game-winning score." It has been reported that Strong will declare for the spring draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 26 - 9:56 PM


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