The most impressive newcomer debut in Arizona State's 63-16 romp over the Temple Owls came in the backfield. True freshman Keegan Herring shattered a school record for most yards by a debuting freshman, previously held by Woody Green. Herring ran for 134 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown. The Peoria product was third in the rotation at tailback, behind Rudy Burgess and Randy Hill.
Rudy Carpenter made his quarterbacking debut Thursday night in relief of Sam Keller. Carpenter was 5 of 7 and threw for 51 yards and one score. More
importantly, the signal-caller didn't throw any interceptions and appeared to be
comfortable in the offense.
Two redshirt freshman receivers saw their first action as Sun Devils. Nate Kimbrough caught two passes, one of those was a 17 yard pass from Carpenter for
his first touchdown. Michael Jones caught one ball for 6 yards in his debut.
Several newcomers got in on the action for the defense. Four JC transfers
made some significant contributions and two of them, DE Will Kofe and CB Keno Walter-White, got the starting nods. Kofe finished with 4 tackles while
Walter-White notched a pair himself. At linebacker, Beau Manutai, had the best game,
statistically speaking, of the new group. Manutai had 6 tackles and one of
those were for a loss. Safety Zach Catanese finished with 4 tackles on the night.
Michigan State transfer, Derron Ware, had one of the defense's two
interceptions of the night and returned it for 20 yards. Safety Jeremy Payton notched a
nice pass break-up to go along with his pair of tackles. Three Chandler
Hamilton products saw playing time for the first time, DL David Smith, LB Adam Vincent and Safety Myrio Davis. Smith made a nice tackle for loss and Vincent recorded a pair of tackles.
It appears that cornerback Grant Crunkleton may not redshirt as he saw the
field as a true freshman. Both he and fellow CB Uriah Marshall each had a
Other newcomer participants in the Temple game included offensive linemen Leo Talavou and Paul Fanaika as well as JC transfer DT Shannon Jones.
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