Newcomer Report

One of the few bright spots in a 49-21 rout at California was the play of junior college transfer Ryan Torain. The junior turned in one of the finest performances on the road from an ASU running back in several years.

Torain carried the ball 24 times for 191 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Torain kicked things off on the first series of the game by scoring on a 9- yard pass from quarterback Rudy Carpenter. Perhaps one of the junior's best attributes would be the positive yardage he typically picks up with each carry. With sophomore Keegan Herring out due to a hamstring injury, Dimitri Nance continued to get a handful of carries. Against the Bears, Nance had 26 yards on 7 carries.

After the game was well in hand, Danny Sullivan relieved Carpenter at quarterback late in the action. The true freshman did not attempt any passes.

After a great outing at Colorado last Saturday, junior college transfer cornerback Justin Tryon understandably had his hands full with DeSean Jackson and the talented Cal receivers. Tryon finished with a pair of solo tackles. Chris Baloney chipped in a tackle at corner, as well. Freshman safety Ryan McFoy saw an extended amount of time against the Bears and notched 4 stops.

Linebackers Travis Goethel, Mike Nixon, and Gerald Munns assisted the defense in trying to corral Marshawn Lynch. The three freshmen combined for six tackles in the losing effort, including one for a loss from Nixon. Defensive tackle Michael Marquardt tallied the lone sack for the defense, chasing down Cal's signal caller Nate Longshore in the second half for a loss of 9 yards.

With a stymied Sun Devil offense, punter Jonathan Johnson got a lot of work in Saturday's action in Strawberry Canyon. The junior punted seven times for an average just shy of 42 yards per punt. His longest went for 53 yards.

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