When evaluating the returning players of the ASU squad, first-year head coach Todd Graham had to mostly rely on footage of 2011. An old football adage states that game film doesn't lie, which is why Graham announced today that walk-on wide receiver Kevin Ozier will be awarded a scholarship.
"I'm obviously very excited to reward Kevin for his accomplishments in the classroom," Graham told Devils Digest, "and for his performances in the games he participated last year. He's a young man of great character. We lost a lot of wide receivers to graduation and I look forward to him having a big impact this year.
"We want to build our walk-on program and rewarding a guy like him is very exciting."
The 6-0 200 Kevin Ozier redshirted his freshman year, and was a member of the scout team the following season. Despite a senior-heavy wide receiver corps, Ozier was able to see some playing time as a sophomore and made the most of his opportunities averaging 15.4 yards a catch. He caught his first career touchdown, a 33-yard score, in ASU's 48-14 win over Colorado.
Ozier prepped at Mira Mesa (Calif.) High School and is the cousin of former ASU standout J.R. Redmond.