Newcomer Report

If the Sun Devils are to have a successful 2002 campaign, their young talent will have to step up and perform. ASU pulled out a nail biting 13-9 win over the Oregon State Beavers. Here are the contributions of the first-year players for the Devils.

The running back duo of Cornell Canidate and Hakim Hill struggled for the second straight week to pull off a break out performance. Canidate rushed the ball 14 times for 20 yards. Hakim Hill only had 10 carries for 11 yards, but his 46-yard reception on a screen play was ASU's only touchdown, and ultimately won the game. True freshman wide receiver Derek Hagan had two huge receptions for 25 yards, which kept offensive drives alive. Hagan was also stellar on special teams. Also seeing time on offense were offensive linemen Grayling Love, Tim Fa'aita, and Chaz White, as well as, tight end Lee Burghgraef, and wide receiver Matt Miller.

The reason the Devils won the game, would be have to the outstanding performance by the defense. Cornerback Brett Hudson had five tackles to lead all newcomers, and came up with a key interception that was returned for a touchdown that was called back on a penalty. Fellow cornerbacks Mike Davis Jr. and Josh Golden had three and one tackles respectively. Defensive lineman Shane Jones had four tackles, including a half tackle for loss. Linebacker Jamar Williams came up with two tackles. Also seeing playing time on defense were safety Joey Smith, and on the defensive line, Matt Mason and Nick Johnson.

The best performance by an ASU newcomer probably belonged to punter Tim Parker. The junior had eight punts for an average of 46.0 yards per kick, and helped pinned down the Beavers deep in their own territory.

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