Newcomer Report

If the Devils are to have a successful 2002 campaign, their young talent will have to step up and perform. The loss to Nebraska showed a lot of jitters for some of the 1st year players. Eight redshirt freshmen and 4 true freshmen played in the game. Here's a review of their notable accomplishments.

The most closely watched Devil newcomer in this game, and probably for the rest of the year was starting Quarterback Chad Christiansen. Much has been said about the Redshirt freshman who grew up in Nebraska, attended many games in Lincoln, but since moving to the valley has supported the Sun Devils. Early on Christiansen did not appear to be intimidated by the 75,000 + Husker fans in attendance. His passing stats (6 for 16 with 77 yards) are not eye popping, but the poise that he showed gave the Devils fans a feeling that he could be a very good QB in the future. He also rushed 8 times for 37 yards, coming up with some key 1st downs.

3rd stringer JC transfer Quarterback Andy Goodenough did get into the game. The move was merely to give him experience since the game was already out of reach. He went 4 for 8 for 52 yards with one interception that was returned for a touchdown.

Even though the play of Running Back Mike Williams out did the play of the redshirt freshman tandem of Cornell Canidate and Hakim Hill , they did get their share of rushes. Canidate rushed 5 times for 15 yards, while Hill went 3 times for 5 yards. Hill made a typical freshman error when he brought the ball out of the end zone on a kickoff, and returned the ball to just the 6-yard line. True freshman Wide Receiver Derek Hagan had a solid game with four catches for 36 yards.

Junior Punter Tim Parker got his fair share of punts with eight. His debut was far from successful. One punt was blocked for a touchdown, and another blocked punt gave the Huskers possession on ASU's 9-yard line, en route for an easy touchdown. One of his punts was shanked for 20 yards and would lead to another Nebraska score. Nevertheless, his 43.2 average yards per punt was more than respectable.

Freshman Defensive Back Josh Golden led all newcomers with four solo tackles, one of them for a loss. First year safety junior Brett Hudson assisted on two tackles. Linebacker and true freshman Jamar Williams and Redshirt Freshman Safety Joey Smith had two solo tackles each. One of Smith's tackles was a sack. Also recording a sack (which was also his lone tackle) was true Freshman Defensive End Nick Johnson. JC transfer Defensive Tackle Shane Jones assisted on three tackles, while his fellow JC transfer and Defensive Tackle Matt Mason had one solo tackle. Other Sun Devils making their debut were JC Transfer Offensive Guard Tim Fa'aita, and true Freshman Safety Matt Fawley. Fellow Redshirt Freshmen Wide Receiver Matt Miller, Center Grayling Love , and Tight End Lee Burghgraef also launched their ASU career last night in Lincoln.

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