Newcomer Report

If the Devils are to have a successful 2002 campaign, their young talent will have to step up and perform. Once again, the Devils started off slow, but rallied later in the game to beat San Diego State 39-28. Here are the major contributions of the Sun Devils' first year players in that game.

Quarterback Chad Christensen started the game and struggled early, going 3 for 11 with 17 yards passing. Therefore, he got yanked in favor of Andrew Walter and in all probability has lost his starting job for the foreseeable future. The running back duo of Cornell Canidate and Hakim Hill once again had a solid game. Canidate rushed 15 times for 85 yards to lead the team. Hill only had four yards rushing on four carries, but also returned five kickoffs for 122 yards, and two punts for eight yards. Redshirt freshmen Matt Miller had his first ever catch as a Sun Devil that went for 44 yards. True freshmen Derek Hagan also had a catch, gaining eight yards. On special teams, punter Tim Parker punted 10 times for an average of 41.7 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, safety Brett Hudson had six total tackles including a sack. Two of his secondary teammates, Josh Golden and Matt Fawley, ended up with four tackles, and two tackles respectively. Safety Joey Smith had no tackles but recovered a fumble. Linebacker Jamar Williams had four solo tackles, including a blocked punt, that Matt Miller returned for a touchdown, as well as a forced fumble. Defensive linemen Shane Jones had two total tackles, Nick Johnson had one tackle for a loss, Matt Mason had also one solo tackle and a fumble recovery, and Ali Likio had one tackle.

Tight end Lee Burghgraef, center Grayling Love, right tackle Chaz White, and cornerback Mike Davis Jr. all saw some playing time as well.

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