Newcomer Report

Through out the 2003 season, DevilsDigest will track the contributions of the team's first year players. The following are the newcomers' contributions in Arizona State's season opening 34-14 win over Northern Arizona.

On offense, redshirt running back Loren Wade led the way with 11 carries for 64 yards and also had an eight-yard catch for a touchdown. Fellow redshirt freshman Randy Hill carried the ball eight times for 43 yards. On the receiving end, redshirt freshman Terry Richardson caught one ball for a gain of 10 yards. Richardson had also two punt returns for 12 yards. While true freshman quarterback Sam Keller completed one of two passes for 10 yards. Kicker Jesse Ainsworth booted his first ever kickoff into the end zone, but the true freshman's subsequent kicks were not as deep. Long snapper and redshirt freshman Jason Burke did a solid job against the Lumberjacks. Redshirt freshman Andrew Cranahan started as expected at left tackle, and fellow linemen Stephen Berg and Zach Krula logged some playing time as well. Additional newcomers that saw time on offense were the tight end duo of redshirt freshman Jamaal Lewis and JC transfer Aaron Austin.

Defensively, junior college transfer Justin Burks had seven total tackles in his Sun Devil debut to lead all defensive newcomers. Randy Hill collected three tackles on special teams, which is the same number of tackles that JC transfer defensive end Ishmael Thrower had – one of them for a loss. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Ali Likio also had a trio of stops, and against NAU he tallied his inaugural sack in the maroon and gold. Safety true freshman Daniel Varvel accumulated two tackles of his own. Other defenders seeing time in their first ever game as Sun Devils were redshirt freshman linebacker Jordan Hill, JC transfer cornerback Chris McKenzie, true freshman safety Josh Barrett, redshirt freshman safety J.W. Lucas, true freshman linebacker Mark Washington, and JC transfer defensive tackle Gabe Reininger.

Overall, 11 players saw their first ever action on offense, while 10 did the same on defense. Five of the players on both sides of the ball were true freshmen.

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