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Podcast: The state of ASU football

This week's edition of the 'Sun Devil Source Report' features a breakdown of Arizona State's disastrous Territorial Cup loss and a look at the state of the Sun Devils' program under head coach Todd Graham.

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Each week, hosts Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman talk about the latest updates from their coverage of the Sun Devil program with expert analysis and informative guests who strive to give you the most up to date perspective on ASU.

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Episode History

Episode 18: Following Arizona State's disastrous Territorial Cup loss against Arizona on Friday, 'Sun Devil Source Report' hosts Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman take a detailed look at the state of the Sun Devils' program and analyze the downfall under fifth-year head coach Todd Graham. After starting the year 5-1, ASU collapsed with six straight losses to end a season that raises questions about the direction of the program under Graham and about what can be done to recover from such a devastating year. Kerry and Chris talk about the glaring mistakes ASU made against Arizona and put them in historical context, and also dive into how ASU's performance in 2016 compares with the Sun Devils' previous seasons under Graham. After finishing the year at 2-7 in Pac-12 play and in fifth place in the Pac-12 South, ASU has a long list of issues it needs to address this offseason and Kerry and Chris spell out where the Sun Devils can begin working. The episode concludes with Kerry and Chris talking about the transfer or redshirt freshman running back Jason Lewis, and whether ASU fans can expect more attrition from the program in the near future. 

Episode 17: Friday's Territorial Cup matchup between Arizona and Arizona State is the fifth time head coaches Rich Rodriguez and Todd Graham will meet in their school's rivalry game. On this edition of the 'Sun Devil Source Report' podcast, hosts Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman look at the big picture implications of Friday's matchup for both schools, as Arizona hopes to avoid its first winless season in conference play since 1957 while ASU wants to ensure bowl eligibility for the sixth straight season. Kerry and Chris break down Arizona's offensive threats and how the Wildcats will look to challenge an ASU defense that has surrendered at least 40 points in each of its last five games. Kerry and Chris also talk about why Arizona is a better matchup for ASU than most teams, and analyze the ways in which the Sun Devils will try to attack a Wildcats' defense that has brought more pressure this season under first-year defensive coordinator Marcel Yates. At the end of the episode, Kerry and Chris stray from Territorial Cup chatter and talk about the games that will help decide the Pac-12 division champions this week, and offer their predictions for those contests. 

Episode 16: For the first time since 2012, ASU is riding a four-game losing streak following a 49-26 loss the Sun Devils suffered against the Utah Utes on Senior Night at Sun Devil Stadium. On this edition of the 'Sun Devil Source Report' podcast, hosts Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman break down the Sun Devils' collapse against the Utes and discuss how a promising start once again turned into a derailed finish for ASU. After leading 13-0 at the end of the first quarter, familiar issues popped up for the Sun Devils as they were outscored 49-13 the rest of the way thanks to three 30-plus yard touchdowns Utah scored on Thursday night. Kerry and Chris discuss why the Sun Devils' turnover margin has suffered this season, and why playing more conservatively defensively hasn't paid off the way head coach Todd Graham had hoped. After breaking down the ASU football team's struggles, Kerry and Chris talk about the start of ASU's basketball season, which included a pair of wins for the Sun Devils during the team's opening weekend. Chris dissects the Sun Devils' first two wins before talking about his expectations for ASU's newcomers and the season as a whole. 

Episode 15: Following a disappointing loss in Eugene against an underwhelming Oregon squad, Arizona State enters its bye week with the goals of improving its overall team health and regrouping in time for the final stretch of the season. After a dismal defensive performance from the Sun Devils, 'Sun Devil Source Report' hosts Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman break down the prolific offensive numbers ASU's recent opponents have put up against the Sun Devils and discuss why turnover margin is the best indicator of a team's overall success in the Pac-12. Chris and Kerry contextualize the sacks and tackles for loss ASU's defense are still racking up by examining why the the Sun Devils have failed to generate turnovers and why that's the ultimate key to defensive success within Todd Graham's scheme. After breaking down the Sun Devils' defensive output, Chris and Kerry discuss the challenges ASU's offense faced against an Oregon defense it still should have dominated without much of its key personnel. Kerry and Chris then finish the episode with discussions of larger themes that have emerged from this season, such as where the Sun Devils' quarterback situation stands in Manny Wilkins' first year as a starter, why a sixth win and bowl practices are essential for the overall health of ASU's program, and how the Pac-12 has evolved over the course of the year.

Episode 14: The Sun Devils entered their weekend showdown with Washington State limited due to injuries and absences to key players like sophomore left guard Sam Jones, junior center A.J. McCollum and sophomore safety Armand Perry, and Arizona State's showdown with the Cougars left Todd Graham's team in an even worse space injury-wise. In this week's episode of the 'Sun Devil Source Report,' hosts Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman break down the Sun Devils' injury situation which now includes another injury to sophomore quarterback Manny Wilkins and an injury linebacker Salamo Fiso suffered in the fourth quarter of ASU's 37-32 loss. After breaking down how ASU adjusted its game plan for freshman quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole and the Sun Devils' reliance on their "Sparky" package, Kerry and Chris talk about the key plays and important missed opportunities that helped define Saturday's game. At the end of the episode, Kerry and Chris discuss the current Pac-12 landscape, and dive into the issues ASU's next opponent, Oregon, is facing defensively. 

Episode 13: Arizona State entered Saturday's matchup against Colorado with an opportunity to take control of its own destiny in the Pac-12 South, but the Sun Devils floundered in a 40-16 blowout loss at the hands of the Buffaloes. After picking the Buffaloes to win in a dominant fashion last week, hosts Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman are back to explain why they felt the Buffaloes were the superior team and what Colorado did to control the game at the line of scrimmage. With an injury to quarterback Manny Wilkins hampering ASU's offensive capabilities, Kerry and Chris explain why the Sun Devils were better off starting Wilkins than his freshmen backups. Additionally, Kerry and Chris talk about ASU's tackling issues, which have become a reoccurring theme for the Sun Devils throughout the last two seasons. After diving into another outstanding special teams performance by kicker Zane Gonzalez and punter Matt Haack, Kerry and Chris take their regular swing around the Pac-12 and look at the standings and the outlook moving forward. The episode finishes up with Kerry and Chris' reviews of their favorite spots they visited in Boulder, Colorado over the weekend. 

Episode 12: The Sun Devils came into Saturday's matchup with their backup quarterback and as 10-point underdogs, but emerged victorious as Arizona State took down UCLA by a final score of 23-20. Redshirt freshman Brady White started in place of sophomore Manny Wilkins who missed the game with an ankle injury, and White ended up suffering a season-ending injury in the fourth quarter that leaves ASU's quarterback depth in a world of uncertainty at the halfway point of the season. 'Sun Devil Source Report' hosts Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman are back to break down the ASU quarterback situation and talk about what options the Sun Devils have moving into their matchup with the Colorado Buffaloes. Chris and Kerry break down how ASU's special teams served as an advantage for the Sun Devils yet again against the Bruins, and explain the specific adjustments the Sun Devils made against UCLA's offense that enabled defensive success, despite having to play most of the game without Kareem Orr at cornerback. Kerry and Chris start the episode with a breakdown of why ASU's uniforms against UCLA threw them off, and finish it up with a deep dive into the Pac-12 standings and a look around the league at the midway point of the year. 

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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