Newcomer Report

If the Devils are to have a successful 2002 campaign, their young talent will have to step up and perform. ASU lost to North Carolina 38-35 in a heart breaking loss. Here are the first year players who were contributions to the Sun Devil's first year players in that game.

Running back Hakim Hill outshined all newcomers with 193 total yards, including 56 yards on ten rushes, 81 yards on five receptions. Hill also had two touchdowns. Fellow back Cornell Canidate, who was injured in the game, rushed the ball 10 times for a mere eight yards and a score. He also fumbled twice, and lost a crucial fumble in North Carolina's territory. True freshman Wide Receiver Derek Hagan had two receptions for 24 yards. Also seeing playing time on offense were tight end Lee Burghgraef, offensive linemen Tim Fa'aita, Grayling Love, and Chaz White, and wide receiver Matt Miller.

On the defensive side of the ball, secondary teammates Brett Hudson and Josh Golden had five and three tackles respectively, with Golden coming up with a pivotal interception when the Tar Heels were driving into Sun Devil territory. Shane Jones had four tackles and linebacker Jamar Williams had three tackles. Joey Smith, Mike Davis Jr., Matt Mason, and Nick Johnson all saw playing time on defense.

On special teams, Punter Tim Parker punted three times for an average of 47.3 yards per punt.

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