2012 ARIZONA STATE SEASON PREVIEW:
The Arizona State Sun Devils have been one of the most-improved programs in the PAC-12 over the past several years, and the 2011 season showed glimmers of the potential the team has going forward. With wins over top-notch programs like Missouri, USC, Oregon State and Utah, the Sun Devils looked like they were poised for a big season, but ended up losing six of their last seven games to finish with a 6-7 record overall. This year, new head coach Todd Graham looks to tighten the ship and help the squad become more consistent so they have a chance at making the leap to PAC-12 title contenders during his first year at the helm.
The Sun Devils will have to overcome losses on both sides of the ball this year, but the biggest changes will come on offense with redshirt sophomore Taylor Kelly expected to start. Kelly's potential as a passer and a runner could help the Sun Devil's offense compensate for their lack of playmakers. At running back, last year's 1,000-yard rusher Cameron Marshall will return to carry the rock, but runners James Morrison and Kyle Middlebrooks should also see more playing time. The receiving corps looks like one of the most promising units on offense, with seniors Jamal Miles and Rashad Ross back in their roles as starters. The offensive line still features two stalwarts in Brice Schwab at tackle and Andrew Sampson at guard, so they will play an important role in helping out the new underclassmen in the unit.
On defense, the Sun Devils have also experienced major changes but have gotten much healthier from a year ago. Defensive tackle Will Sutton is one of the stalwarts on the defensive line, and he should prove to be a valuable mentor for younger players like Gannon Conway and Carl Bradford. In the linebacking corps, the coaching staff is excited for the return of Brandon Magee, who should be the anchor of a relatively young group. While the secondary has suffered a few losses, it is surprisingly one of the most experienced squads on the team, including cornerback standout Osahon Irabor and safety Keelan Johnson.
Along with their tough PAC-12 opponents like Oregon, USC and Oregon State, the Sun Devils will have to match up with tough non-conference opponents like Illinois and Missouri. Thankfully, the Sun Devils have the talent and the new direction to surprise during the 2012 season, which could prove to be one of the most exciting in recent memory.
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS EXPERIENCE:
Location: Tempe, Arizona
Stadium: Sun Devil Stadium
Rivals: Arizona Wildcats
Notable Alumni: Danny White, Paul Justin, Todd Heap, Adam Archuleta
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The ASU Sun Devils play football in the Pac-12 Conference. The program has been in existence since 1897 and boasts 16 conference titles and in 1997 had a shot at a possible national title, falling in the Rose Bowl to Ohio State. Arizona State's chief rival is the University of Arizona. Their yearly “Duel in the Desert” is one of the most competitive traditions in college football. In recent years, the Arizona State Sun Devils have dominated the game, winning six of the last eight meetings. Arizona State Sun Devils has a long list of talented players who've donned the maroon and gold, including Mark Gastineau, Darren Woodson, Danny White, Jake Plummer, and Pat Tilman.
The Arizona State Sun Devils play their home games at Sun Devil Stadium. The stadium has a capacity of up to 76,000 spectators. The famous field has been home to NFL's Arizona Cardinals, the Fiesta Bowl, and a Super Bowl. Watching a home game at Sun Devils Stadium is a college football experience not to be missed, especially against ASU's cross-state rival. Buy Arizona State football tickets and watch the Arizona State Sun Devils compete for another Pac-12 title and a BCS National Championship!
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ASU's 2011 Season If quarterback Brock Osweiler lives up to expectations, the Sun Devils have a good shot at appearing in the first Pac-12 championship game. I am extremely impressed with the overall team speed of the ASU. I believe it will serve as a true advantage all season long. I see the Sun Devils offense averaging over 35 points per game and the defense living up to it's nasty, aggressive reputation. The schedule lines up well for the Devils. They avoid Washington and Stanford and their only two conference road games are at UCLA and Washington State. A key game will be at Utah in a Pac-12 South Division game. August 27, 2011