Podcast: ASU-USC takeaways

This week's episode of the 'Sun Devil Source Report' features takeaways from ASU's first loss of the season against USC.

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Episode History

Episode 11: Arizona State dropped its first Pac-12 road contest of the season in a 41-20 blowout loss against USC, and 'Sun Devil Source Report' hosts Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman are back to put the defeat in perspective for the Sun Devils. Kerry and Chris talk about the loss of quarterback Manny Wilkins and what his injury means for the Sun Devils, why ASU struggled to move the ball offensively against a USC defense that had trouble with its opponents throughout the month of September, and what issues ASU will face moving forward. Kerry and Chris break down the performance of redshirt freshman quarterback Brady White who came in to relieve an injured Wilkins, discuss how ASU's tackling issues have evolved over the course of the season and why the Sun Devils failed to execute defensively against USC, and what the loss to a Pac-12 South foe means for ASU in the grand scheme of the 2016 season. Kerry and Chris wrap up the episode with a detailed look at the race in the Pac-12, with looks at some of the surprising teams of the season in Washington and Colorado. 

Episode 10: Episode 10 of the 'Sun Devil Source Report' podcast features a detailed breakdown of Arizona State's 51-41 win over the Cal Bears. Hosts Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman dive into the significance of ASU's 4-0 start and discuss what has enabled early season success for the Sun Devils and talk about some of the themes that have emerged for ASU so far this year. Against Cal, the Sun Devils once again got off to a slow start, and Kerry and Chris analyze why ASU has struggled in the first half and succeeded in the latter half of games. Kerry and Chris talk about the importance of ASU's in-game adjustments, which includes the ability of offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey to stick to his game plan and the decisions defensive coordinator Keith Patterson has made that have led to increased effectiveness in the second half. Special teams have been a hallmark of ASU's success this season, and Kerry and Chris break down the importance of winning the field position battle against an Air Raid opponent like Cal and how the reliability of Zane Gonzalez has evolved through his career. The episode concludes with a roundup of Pac-12 scores from the weekend, which includes a discussion of the wide open race for the South Division and an analysis of the importance of next Saturday's game for USC head coach Clay Helton. 

Episode 9: Arizona State played in Texas for the third time in the Todd Graham era, and the Sun Devils narrowly escaped with a 32-28 victory over the University of Texas-San Antonio. ASU needed a late rally to overcome a 16-point deficit and notch its largest comeback win on the road since 2002, and Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman break down the game, analyze why ASU dug itself into a hole early in the contest, and what adjustments the Sun Devils made to enable the team's late success. Kerry and Chris start the episode with a discussion of ASU's special teams performance in light of kicker Zane Gonzalez's outstanding performance and then discuss how Manny Wilkins performed in his first start on the road. The Sun Devil Source Report hosts analyze how UTSA's scheme impacted Wilkins' decision-making, and why the Roadrunners posed a tougher test for the young quarterback than Texas Tech. Before moving onto the defensive side of the ball, Kerry and Chris analyze freshman receiver N'Keal Harry's early success and what his NFL prospects look like. After talking Harry, Kerry and Chris highlight the two key defensive adjustments ASU made in the second half that stopped the Roadrunners in their tracks and allowed ASU to complete a comeback victory. 

Episode 8: Arizona State's offense racked up more than 650 total yards in a 68-55 victory over Texas Tech to push the Sun Devils to 2-0, and Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman are back to break down the Sun Devils' performance in the latest episode of the 'Sun Devil Source Report.' Kerry and Chris talk about the surprising breakout performance from sophomore quarterback Manny Wilkins and whether his effort is indicative of what the Sun Devils can expect from him in the future, about the well-designed game plan of first-year offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, and about junior running back Kalen Ballage's record-setting performance. Kerry and Chris also break down ASU's defense, which used more three-man rushes than a typical Todd Graham front employs. Even when the Sun Devils opted to sit back in coverage, ASU experienced a handful of coverage breakdowns that contributed to Texas Tech scoring plays, and Kerry and Chris dissect the troubles ASU's secondary is facing. The episode wraps up with Kerry and Chris' thoughts on the Pac-12 through two weekends of play and their quick takes on ASU's next opponent, UTSA. 

Episode 7Arizona State's season-opener promised to serve as an important measure for evaluating the Sun Devils, and ASU's 44-13 win over Northern Arizona left the Sun Devil Source crew with plenty of takeaways. In episode seven of the 'Sun Devil Source Report,' Chris Karpman and Kerry Crowley dive into the offensive tendencies of first-year coordinator Chip Lindsey, the debut performance of starting quarterback Manny Wilkins, and the play of the Sun Devils' new offensive line. After breaking down the Sun Devils' offense, Chris and Kerry dissect ASU's defensive play-calling, analyze the challenges presented by playing with a depleted linebacking corps, and highlight some of the Sun Devils' defensive standouts. The episode wraps up with Chris and Kerry's thoughts on the performances of Pac-12 teams on opening weekend, as well as a quick preview of ASU's upcoming opponent, Texas Tech. 

Episode 6: With the 2016 season less than a week away, 'Sun Devil Source Report' is back with our season preview podcast. Chris Karpman and Kerry Crowley break down each position group for Arizona State and discuss the key personnel in each unit as well as what the realistic expectations are for each group in terms of on-field performance this season. Chris and Kerry also offer their season predictions for ASU and discuss the three most likely records the Sun Devils will finish with in Todd Graham's fifth season. After diving into some of the key things to watch during the first month of ASU's campaign, Chris and Kerry break down the Sun Devils' first opponent, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, and discuss what types of challenges the FCS opponent will present this weekend. 

Episode 5: In episode five of the 'Sun Devil Source Report' podcast, Kerry and Chris break down their projected two-deep depth chart for ASU. With position battles still brewing at quarterback, in the secondary and along the offensive line, the SunDevilSource crew talks about the different combinations of players ASU can use in given situations and what fans should expect to see when the Sun Devils release their depth chart. Kerry and Chris also open up the mailbag to questions from the Devils' Sanctuary and discuss what to expect from Chip Lindsey's offense, why younger players are making strides and how involved Todd Graham will be with defensive coordinator Keith Patterson during the 2016 season.

Episode 4: Part two of our two-part series from ASU football media day focuses on interviews with defensive coordinator Keith Patterson and some of the Sun Devils' key defensive personnel in senior safety Laiu Moeakiola, sophomore safety Armand Perry, junior defensive back Marcus Ball and junior linebacker D.J. Calhoun. In episode four, Patterson discusses his new role with ASU this season as the Sun Devils' defensive play caller and how he and head coach Todd Graham's scheme has evolved through their years of working together. Moeakiola talks about the challenges of moving back and forth from the safety and Spur linebacker positions throughout his career, as well as the type of legacy he wants to leave behind with the Sun Devils when his playing days are over. Perry missed ASU's 2015 season due to injury, and the redshirt sophomore discusses the challenges of sitting on the sidelines and how it's made him appreciate the game of football in a new way. Ball has also struggled to stay healthy through his career at ASU, and now that he's back to full strength, he discusses the opportunity to make a name for himself within the Sun Devil program. Finally, the show wraps up with an interview with Calhoun, who talks about some of the schematic changes ASU's defense will incorporate this season. Calhoun also opens up about his recruitment and his introduction to college football during his freshman season in a game against USC.

Episode 3: Part one of our two-part series from ASU media day focuses on the offensive side of the football as Kerry and Chris sit down with coordinator Chip Lindsey, offensive line coach Chris Thomsen, tight end Kody Kohl, quarterbacks Manny Wilkins and Brady White as well as running back Kalen Ballage. Lindsey discusses the transition from Southern Miss to ASU and his baptism by fire during the Sun Devils' bowl game last year, while also talking about his offensive background and how his philosophy as a coach took shape. Thomsen speaks about the raw talent of an offensive line group that returns just one starter, but possesses an impressive amount of potential and determination. Kohl reflects on committing to ASU when the program offered him in high school, and how as a fifth-year senior, he's still pushing to achieve goals he began his career with. Wilkins and White talk about the quarterback competition and their maturation process at the college level, as well as the type of coaching points Lindsey has given them and how they can apply Lindsey's lessons to practice on a daily basis. Lastly, Ballage opens up about the opportunity to play alongside junior running back Demario Richard under a new offensive coordinator with a history of managing two talented ball carriers.

Episode 2: This episode of Sun Devil Source Report details the 48 hours of uncertainty Arizona State redshirt freshman quarterback Bryce Perkins faced to start his week, as SunDevilSource reported Perkins was considering a transfer before he ultimately decided to remain at ASU and remain at quarterback. After SunDevilSource reported ASU coaches approached Perkins about a potential position change, Perkins suffered an injury during a practice that impacted his deliberations process regarding a potential transfer. After learning he would miss two-to-three months with a neck injury, Perkins decided he will stay at ASU. The team also discusses the injuries to junior running back Demario Richard as well as sophomore wide receiver Jalen Harvey, and they wrap up the episode by discussing potential position switches for junior linebacker Christian Sam, sophomore offensive lineman Quinn Bailey and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Zach Robertson

Episode 1: The pilot episode of Sun Devil Source Report covers the start of ASU's 2016 fall camp from Camp Tontozona and Payson. Kerry Crowley, Chris Karpman and Kevin Stewart set the stage for the season with a debate about the tradition of Camp T before diving into the race for the starting quarterback job. The crew highlights the position groups that figure to be strengths and weaknesses for ASU this season and talk about the newcomers that stood out during the first few days of camp. The episode finishes up with talk of ASU's 2017 recruiting outlook, before the SunDevilSource team discusses their favorite restaurants in the Payson area. 

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