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SunDevilSource staff predictions

The SunDevilSource staff come together and offered preseason predictions for Arizona State's statistical leaders.

Ahead of Saturday night's season opener for Arizona State, the SunDevilSource staff was polled on a number of different topics and asked to give their takes for preseason predictions.

Staff members were asked to submit their answers privately, so as not to influence one another's predictions.

Over/Under

Category Chris Karpman Kerry Crowley Kevin Stewart Samantha Pell Jacob Garcia Zane Hopen
An ASU QB throw for 3,000 yards Over Over Under Over Under Under
Demario Richard rushes for 1,000 yards Over Over Over Over Over Over
Kalen Ballage rushes for 1,000 yards Under Under Under Under Over Over
ASU averages 3.0 sacks per game Over Over Over Over Over Over
ASU averages 8.0 tackles for loss per game Over Over Over Over Over Under
Tim White catches eight touchdowns Over Under Under Over Even Under
Joseph Wicker records eight sacks  Over Over Over Over Under Over
Offense averages 375.0 yards per game Over Over Over Over Over  Under
Defense allows an average of 400.0 yards per game Over Over Under Over Over Under

 Statistical Leaders

Category Chris Karpman Kerry Crowley Kevin Stewart Samantha Pell Jacob Garcia Zane Hopen
Rushing leader (Yards) Demario Richard Demario Richard Demario Richard Demario Richard Demario Richard Demario Richard
Rushing leader (TDs) Demario Richard Demario Richard Demario Richard Demario Richard Demario Richard Demario Richard
Receiving leader (Yards) Tim White Tim White Tim White Tim White Tim White Tim White
2nd leading receiver (Yards) Cameron Smith Cameron Smith Jalen Harvey Cameron Smith Cameron Smith Cameron Smith
3rd leading receiver (Yards) N'Keal Harry N'Keal Harry Cameron Smith Kody Kohl N'Keal Harry N'Keal Harry
Receiving leader (TDs) Tim White Tim White Jalen Harvey Tim White Tim White Cameron Smith
2nd leading receiver (TDs) Cam Smith Kody Kohl Tim White Cameron Smith Cameron Smith Tim White
Leading tackler Salamo Fiso Christian Sam Christian Sam Christian Sam Christian Sam Christian Sam
2nd leading tackler Christian Sam  Salamo Fiso Salamo Fiso Salamo Fiso          Joseph Wicker Salamo Fiso
Sacks Leader                       Joseph Wicker    Joseph Wicker     Joseph Wicker    Jospeh Wicker     Joseph Wicker     Jospeh Wicker    
2nd in sacks Koron Crump Koron Crump Malik Lawal D.J. Calhoun D.J. Calhoun Koron Crump
Tackles for loss leader Salamo Fiso Salamo Fiso Joseph Wicker Salamo Fiso Salamo Fiso Salamo Fiso
2nd in tackles for loss Joseph Wicker D.J. Calhoun Christian Sam Tashon Smallwood Joseph Wicker Joseph Wicker
Interceptions leader Kareem Orr Armand Perry Armand Perry Armand Perry Armand Perry Armand Perry
2nd in interceptions              Armand Perry    Kareem Orr         Kareem Orr        Kareem Orr           Kareem Orr         Kareem Orr        

Season Predictions
Chris Karpman (6-6): Final answer. It's close between 6-6 and 7-5 with Texas Tech being a critical early game and then ASU needing to beat at least two of Colorado, Washington State and Utah in order to finish above .500. I went with 6-6 because I think 5-7 is more likely than 8-4 and my goal as an analyst is to get as close as possible to the most likely outcome.

Kerry Crowley (6-6): I went back and forth between 6-6 and 7-5, but when making predictions, I like to think about margin for error. The Golden State Warriors had an incredible margin for error, and could take quarters off, have a key player miss a few games, and still not have trouble against 75 percent of their opponents. ASU has a slim margin for error, especially in the secondary, where its an Armand Perry or Kareem Orr targeting penalty or injury away from needing to use players who haven't demonstrated consistency or competency. 7-5 is feasible, but this team's razor thin margin for error forced my hand.

Kevin Stewart (7-5): I expect a mixed bag all season as a young group grows up. I think both quarterbacks get a chance. Special teams are strong. The offense will be good enough and the defense is better than people expect. 

Samantha Pell (6-6): Coming off a 6-7 season, I think ASU should finish with around the same record again this year. I think ASU will be able to put points on the board behind strong games from Demario Richard on the ground and Tim White through the air, but the secondary will still be a lingering concern throughout the season. If ASU's defensive backs can stay healthy and keep up with the production sure to come from its front seven, ASU could finish with a slightly better record and better defensive numbers. 

Jacob Garcia (5-7): ASU will finish the season with a 5-7 record, and Manny Wilkins and Brady White will end up with about the same number of starts. Wilkins starts the first few games, shows flashes, but is ultimately yanked from the starter’s role when the cries for Brady White intensify following a Houdini act to escape UTSA, and spill over the top with a loss to Cal. White starts ASU’s next five games, goes 2-3, plays decently, but not enough to prevent Todd Graham from mixing and matching for the next three games. It’ll be like the 2014 quarterback controversy on steroids. Everyone’s going to have an opinion, and it’ll distract people seeing the loads of upward-trending talent that ASU has at nearly every other position.

Zane Hopen (6-6): It all relies on the quarterback play, and the performance from whoever is under center is crucial in the first four games, which are very winnable. Once conference season begins, I see ASU beating Colorado, and its best odds come against Oregon and Utah with their questions at quarterback. They may also have the pieces to take one from USC. The Sun Devils will beat Arizona handedly.


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