Newcomer Report

If the Devils are to have a successful 2002 campaign, their young talent will have to step up and perform. ASU impressively beat a Stanford Cardinal team that had nine wins last year, and brought some attention to this young team. ASU won the game 65-24. Here are the first year players who were contributions to the Sun Devil's first year players in that game.

Running Back Cornell Canidate had a career game with four touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving). He rushed 15 times for 77 yards, to go along with two catches for 23 yards. Fullback Mike Talbot had one rush for negative two yards, while redshirt freshman receiver Matt Miller had one catch for seven yards. Quarterback Chad Christensen did see some playing time, once the game was out of hand. He went one for two for seven yards, and had 15 yards on two carries.

Others seeing playing time on the offensive side of the ball were starting left guard Tim Fa'aita, along with fellow starter right tackle Chaz White. Linemen Chad Rosson and Grayling Love also saw time on the offensive line. Wide receiver Derek Hagan and tight end Lee Burghgraef played on Saturday as well.

On defense the newcomers' impact was greatly felt. Linebacker Jamar Williams had seven total tackles, with a forced fumble and one and half tackles for loss. Safety Matt Fawley, who was injured in the game, had five tackles and a half tackle for loss. Starting cornerback Brett Hudson had four tackles. True freshman and fellow corner Mike Davis Jr. came up huge when the Cardinal were close to scoring with an interception, and had three pass deflections. Linebacker Tyrone Bowers and safety Joey Smith both had two tackles each, while cornerback Josh Golden, defensive ends Nick Johnson and Josh Brayer each had one tackle. Junior college transfer defensive tackle Shane Jones had one tackle and a key fumble recovery. Defensive linemen Matt Mason and Nick Baker also saw some playing time on defense.

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