Newcomer Report

Through out the 2005 season, DevilsDigest will track the contributions of the team's first-year players. The following are the newcomers' contributions in Arizona State's 35-31 loss to LSU.

True freshman Keegan Herring followed up his flashy debut against Temple with a decent outing against a fast and physical LSU defense. The Peoria high school product rushed for 36 yards on 5 carries, one of which was a beautiful play in which he reversed field and gained 17 yards. Not counting any screen plays, that was ASU's biggest gain of the night on the ground. However, Herring fumbled the ball deep in LSU territory when the Devils were looking to go up 24-7. At that point, head coach Dirk Koetter opted to go back to the more experienced Rudy Burgess. Herring did redeem himself when he recovered a Zach Miller fumble.

Outside of Herring, there wasn't much else out of any of the newcomers on offense to report. Wide receiver Michael   Jones was the only other skill player that saw the field as Nate Kimbrough did not participate in the LSU contest. Offensive Linemen Paul Fanaika and Leo Talavou did see a few snaps at right tackle and left guard, respectively.

Three JC transfers continue to make strides on defense. Defensive end Will Kofe, safety Zach Catanese, and cornerback Keno Walter-White all started Saturday evening against the third-ranked Tigers. Catanese was the team's second leading tackler in the game behind linebacker Dale Robinson. The safety recorded 12 tackles, 6 of those were solo stops – both personal career highs thus far in the maroon and gold. Walter-White posted 5 tackles and had a nice pass break-up on a key LSU third down. Kofe also had a pass break-up on a lateral by JaMarcus Russell to go along with the assisted tackle for the night.

Redshirt freshman safety Jeremy Payton played on situational down and distances and posted two tackles. Other participants on defense that didn't record any stats were the other two JC transfers, defensive tackle Shannon Jones and linebacker Beau Manutai, and linebacker Adam Vincent.

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