Plenty of newcomers made their mark on defense Saturday night in Corvallis. The trio of safety Zach Catanese, defensive end Will Kofe, and corner Keno Walter-White all started. Catanese has seemingly picked up where the departed Riccardo Stewart left off--making big plays. His nine tackles, one quarterback sack, and fumble recovery were among the biggest contributions on the night for the defense. Walter-White had the unenviable task of covering the speedy Beaver receivers and chipped in with seven tackles, along with a spectacular pass break-up and a forced fumble. Helping the Sun Devil corners Saturday night was the pressure up front on Beaver QB Matt Moore. Defensive end Will Kofe helped the cause with 3 tackles.
Nickel back Jeremy Payton had his second straight solid game with five tackles and a pass break-up. Three others had perhaps their best games so far: linebackers Chad Lindsey and Beau Manutai, and safety Derron Ware. Lindsey finished with four tackles and notched one of the defense's eight sacks of the night, while Manutai had four tackles and forced a fumble. Ware accrued two tackles in the secondary.
Two redshirt freshman, defensive lineman David Smith and linebacker Adam Vincent, both saw more action and notched a tackle each. Smith also recovered a Beaver fumble in the second half. JC transfer Shannon Jones finished the night with a lone tackle. The defensive tackle is providing good depth in the trenches and will be counted on more as the season unfolds with injuries taking a toll and his conditioning starting to improve.
Freshman running back Keegan Herring had a beautiful 29 yard run that went for a score in the third quarter. Herring had 15 carries and finished with 58 yards on the night. Because the Sun Devils padded their lead with a scoring barrage in the third, several of the younger guys on offense got some time in the fourth quarter. On the two occasions QB Rudy Carpenter didn't hand the ball off, he completed both of his pass attempts. Those both went to redshirt freshman receiver Nate Kimbrough. The longest hook-up went for an 11 yard gain midway through the quarter. True freshman running back Shaun DeWitty played on special teams and also managed 3 carries in the backfield for 11 yards.
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