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September 03, 2021 Morning Edition: Arizona State Football News Roundup

This is your Arizona State Stats, News, Rumors, and Commentary Roundup for the Morning of September 03, 2021.

Arizona State Sun Devils 2021 Recruiting Class

Name High School Position Height Weight Stars Rating Hometown
Isaiah Johnson St. Bernard CB 6’2″ 180.0 4 0.9382 Playa Del Rey, CA
Tommi Hill Edgewater ATH 6’1″ 185.0 4 0.9142 Orlando, FL
Ezra Dotson-Oyetade Lakeview Centennial OC 6’3″ 285.0 4 0.9055 Garland, TX
Junior Alexander Kennedy Catholic WR 6’3″ 189.0 4 0.9016 Burien, WA
Jaydon Williams South Oak Cliff OLB 6’1″ 195.0 3 0.8863 Dallas, TX
Robert Regan Orange Lutheran CB 6’0″ 186.0 3 0.8742 Orange, CA
Finn Collins Bishop Alemany PRO 6’3″ 178.0 3 0.8635 Mission Hills, CA
Eric Gentry Neumann Goretti WDE 6’6″ 205.0 3 0.8619 Philadelphia, PA
Austin Barry John W. North OT 6’6″ 260.0 3 0.8614 Riverside, CA
Isaia Glass Queen Creek OT 6’5″ 245.0 3 0.8606 Queen Creek, AZ
Gharin Stansbury Franklin WDE 6’5″ 230.0 3 0.8573 Franklin, LA
Armon Bethea Erasmus Hall OG 6’5″ 310.0 3 0.8451 Brooklyn, NY
Byron Green Prince Avenue Christian School ILB 6’1″ 240.0 3 0.8165 Powder Springs, GA
Edward Czaplicki Providence K 6’1″ 185.0 3 0.8028 Charlotte, NC

Arizona State Sun Devils 2022 Recruiting Class

Name High School Position Height Weight Stars Rating Hometown
Carter Brown Dawson K 6’1″ 185 3 0.8065 Pearland, TX

Now onto the News, Rumors, and Commentary…

“For the most part, it’s fun to win a football game. We covered our cats, and they did a lot of mesh routes, where they try to pick you off and do some things we saw that you could call it off, and take it, and Darien did a nice job of — he ended up [with] two interceptions, right? That’s impressive. So with that being said, there’s a lot of things we have to improve on, and when we stop playing the Sun Devils, because they’re really not on our schedule, we might have a chance to be a pretty good football team. So, I said, ‘You’re getting close, though.’ I’m glad for him, because he’s a hard working kid, he really is, and just to watch him mature from when we got him here, to right now it’s just gratifying for him to have success like that.” On the status of the defensive line without junior defensive tackle Jermayne Lole, who is out for several months with a right triceps tear, and junior defensive end Tyler Johnson, who was disqualified from the game for targeting: “Well, Tyler, you know, he looks up and says, ‘What’d I do?’ And I go, ‘You don’t even know what you did?’ ‘No.’ ‘You can’t hit a guy with your helmet.’ I said, ‘If you wanted to get out and you were tired, just let me know.”

Above is the summary of: Video/quotes: Herm Edwards on undisciplined play, Daniels’ performance… tap or click to check out the full article.

“So at the end of the day, we’ve got to clean that up.” And while the second half featured far fewer penalties — just two for 15 yards — the Sun Devils’ 135 penalty yards were the most by an ASU team in a single game since it committed 136 yards of errors in a 33-14 win over Colorado in 2007. “The Sun Devils actually played the Sun Devils tonight,” ASU head coach Herm Edwards said. Penalties played such a role in the first half of Thursday night’s game that ASU was limited to just 9:40 of possession time. In fact, the Sun Devils played one of their sloppiest contests in recent history in terms of penalties.”

Above is the summary of: Penalties bog down Sun Devils in season-opening win… tap or click to check out the full article.

““The Sun Devils played the Sun Devils tonight,” Edwards said. “It was hard to watch,” Edwards said. That success primarily came on the ground, as the Sun Devils picked up from where they left off last season when they led the Pac-12 comfortably with over 260 rushing yards per game. However, Edwards said he still felt the team could have been sharper there, and Southern Utah has struggled to run the ball recently, regardless of opponent.”

Above is the summary of: Sun Devils controlled by emotions in ‘sloppy’ win over Southern Utah… tap or click to check out the full article.

“Got to be a smarter football team, can’t grab the face mask, can’t hit the quarterback and can’t jump offsides.” On the play from his defensive line: “I thought the [defensive line] did good. I don’t think a lot were emotional penalties, some were boneheaded.” On senior cornerback Jack Jones: “I think just focus, with Jack he has always been talented. That’s a good corner and that’s what we want those guys to do.” On the potential for Chase Lucas to play more in the slot: “Well I think you got veterans back there you can move them around. Jack has always been the man and sometimes he thinks he has to make a highlight play every play.”

Above is the summary of: Video/quotes: Pierce on ASU defensive performance in win over Southern Utah… tap or click to check out the full article.

“On the learning curve of a first game: “Yeah, I think you learn a lot in the first game and I think the guys get that transition of practice reps, what it feels like in practice, and then game time, and then we can clean some things up and you always learn from that first game and obviously it was a little sloppy and there was a lot of things in there, either from operational stuff or just the penalties that are taking us into some tough situations or taking a look at our third downs, we were rough on third downs, there was a lot of long-yardage situations, so anyway, we’ve just got to clean a lot of that stuff up, but first game — anytime you come out with a win, feeling good.” On sophomore quarterback Jayden Daniels: “I thought he did a good job. We couldn’t get in a good flow.” On the performance of the run game: “We’ll have a look at it from a run blocking standpoint to see if those holds were holds or not. I thought they did a good job of communicating.” On Daniels’ completion to redshirt freshman Andre Johnson in the first quarter: “It was good to see. I thought they did a good job.”

Above is the summary of: Video/quotes: Hill on ASU offensive production in 41-14 win over Southern Utah… tap or click to check out the full article.

“Rachaad White spearheaded the ground attack with 58 yards on seven carries, adding two touchdowns. He took the driver out and hit it out of bounds…but it’s the first game.” When a team wins by multiple possessions, these hiccups seem minor, especially when they mostly occur in the first quarter. There was one bright moment for special teams coach Shawn Slocum’s unit: freshman punter Eddie Czaplicki. “That being said, I’ve never had a bad win.” Special teams was already under a microscope for a multitude of reasons: a hands-team mishap against USC in 2020 arguably lost ASU its opener last year (and never really improved outside of the return game), nationally-recognized punter Michael Turk transferred away from the program, and kicker Christian Zendejas dipped his toe in this transfer portal before ultimately making the decision to return to Tempe.”

Above is the summary of: ASU Football: Sun Devil penalties, special teams lowlight in season-opening victory… tap or click to check out the full article.

” “I think we did all right on defense,” Butler said. “When you got guys that played a lot of football, the game slows down for them,” defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce said. “It was bad football,” Edwards said. “Losing Tyler is always big, man,” Butler said.”

Above is the summary of: ASU’s defensive domination was still far from being error-free… tap or click to check out the full article.

” Special Teams Punter Eddie Czaplicki was the highlight for the ASU special teams’ young guns. “We want guys like (B.J. See all the guys go up to him and really hype for him.” Offense On offense, two newcomers saw somewhat extended playing time. Defense The newcomer making the biggest spark on defense, and perhaps on the entire team, was B.J.”

Above is the summary of: Greene, Czaplicki highlight ASU’s newcomers in win over Southern Utah… tap or click to check out the full article.

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