Newcomer Report

Several Sun Devil newcomers made significant contributions in the 35-14 win over the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Thursday night. Three of the five ASU scores on the night came from newcomers, including the lone defensive touchdown.

Running backs Ryan Torain, a junior college transfer, and true freshman Dimitri Nance chipped in two of the four offensive touchdowns. Torain's score came on a screen pass from quarterback Rudy Carpenter that the junior took up the sideline for a 39-yard gain. Perhaps, Torain will fill some of the void of moving all-purpose player Rudy Burgess back to receiver as he can also catch the ball well out of the backfield.

Nance capped off a long offensive drive in the fourth quarter by punching it in from six yards out. The Texas freshman was the team's leading rusher for the night with 61 yards.

Highlighting a second half defensive shutout was a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior cornerback Chris Baloney. The junior college transfer originally signed with Arizona State in 2005 but did not enroll in the fall due to personal reasons. Baloney recorded two tackles off the bench and is pushing senior Keno Walter-White for the starting job opposite Justin Tryon. Tryon, another junior college transfer, was one of three newcomers that made their first starts and finished with a solo stop.

Of the three defensive line transfers finally eligible this season, Michael Marquardt was the lone participant against the Lumberjacks. Marquardt started at one defensive tackle spot and recorded one of the Sun Devils' nine sacks of the evening. The former BYU Cougar posted one other tackle.

Defensive coordinator Bill Miller runs a base 4-3 defense but opted to go with a nickel package due to NAU's spread offense, which prompted the starting debut of safety Ryan McFoy. The true freshman recorded two tackles in his debut.

Two linebackers also saw their first action of their Sun Devil careers, Mike Nixon and Travis Goethel. Nixon finished with three tackles, one for a loss of 5 yards, while Goethel notched a sack.

Junior college transfer Jonathan Johnson also had an impressive debut punting the ball. The junior averaged 49.2 yards on 4 punts, with the longest going for 58 yards. Johnson's hang time was also particularly impressive.

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