Newcomer Report

Many people pegged the Sun Devils heading into Berkeley, CA next Saturday with an undefeated record on the line. It's not the record that has come as a bit of a surprise, rather the defensive effort from a much maligned unit from last season. A big part of that defensive success so far has been the play of several newcomers.

Junior college transfer Justin Tryon has been one of the most consistent performers this young season for the defense. The cornerback's name hasn't come up quite as often but, rest assured, Tryon is doing his job just fine against opposing receivers. The junior had his finest game, statistically speaking, in the 21-3 victory over Colorado with 7 tackles, 1 sack, and fumble recovery. Chris Baloney, another junior college transfer, added 6 stops.

Gerald Munns, a true freshman, earned his first start as a Sun Devil. The linebacker finished the night with 5 tackles in his first extended series of time on the field. Freshman Mike Nixon had 3 stops, including one for a loss, in action behind starter Beau Manutai. Travis Goethel did see some action at linebacker and recorded a tackle late in the game.

Defensive line transfers Tranell Morant and Loren Howard did not play against Colorado. Howard's status remains questionable and may debut next week at Cal. Morant saw his first action in last week's Nevada game. Defensive tackle Michael Marquardt contributed 3 tackles for the defense.

Running back Ryan Torain had an impressive game against a Colorado front seven that was allowing just under 33 yards a game prior to Saturday's contest. The junior college transfer gained 80 yards on 18 carries and scored the lone rushing touchdown of the night for the Sun Devil offense. True freshman Dimitri Nance also added 8 yards and a key third down pickup on the ground.

Two of Jonathan Johnson's three punts in the game were downed inside the 20; the other was shanked a little to the side. The junior finished with a 31.3 yard average.

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