Arizona State has eight healthy players from Texas on its roster and all of them are on the program's official two-deep, including key starters Lloyd Carrington, Laiu Moeakiola, Billy McGehee, Christian Sam and Zane Gonzalez. They'll get a chance to play in their home state of Texas when the Sun Devils play Texas A&M in Houston on Saturday.
"I think we've done a good job personnel wise top to bottom," ASU coach Todd Graham said. "Going to Texas you've got to be careful because it's very competitive (in recruiting). But you get them out of there you're going to get quality players. They know what it takes to win. Those guys have been very productive for us."
Graham said one of the key focuses for the Sun Devils going into the game is making sure newcomers take care of the football and their own assignments. With as many as 13 senior starters and seven juniors, ASU is a more veteran team, but there's still inexperience at key spots.
"You've got two new (offensive ) tackles, so you've got to make sure you don't have any holding penalties. You've got some new people like Gump and people like that touching the football, you've got to make sure you take care of the football. Those are the things. In week one, it's the team that makes the least mistakes and plays most disciplined, error-free football that usually comes out on top, especially when you've got teams that are evenly matched."