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 huge upset defeating the #6 ranked Oregon Ducks 45-42. Here are the contributions of the first-year players for ASU.

The running backs once again did not have a great game, with Cornell Canidate getting the majority of the carries. He had 19 rushes for 47 yards and one touchdown. The redshirt freshman also had one kickoff return for 17 yards, and a lone reception for three yards. His backfield teammate, redshirt freshman Hakim Hill had a mere seven rushes for 16 yards, to go along with one reception that went for seven yards. Hill also returned two kickoffs for 46 yards. Fullback Mike Talbot was the recipient of Tim Parker's pass on a fake punt. The trick play went for 23 yards and kept a late first half drive that ended with a field goal.

Wide receivers Derek Hagan and Matt Miller both came up with huge catches In the game. Hagan had five catches for 95 yards, while Miller had two catches for 68 yards, both of them for first downs. Offensive lineman Tim Fa'aita (who actually one tackle for loss) and Chaz White started the game, and Grayling Love played in long stretches. A somewhat surprise starter was tight end Lee Burghgraef .

On the defensive side of the ball, the newcomers, despite giving up 42 points, came up huge in the end. Brett Hudson had five tackles in the game, but his interception, which was returned for 40 yards, was his biggest contribution as it put the nail in the coffin for Oregon with a little less than two minutes remaining. Equally impressive was his former JC teammate Josh Golden who led the Devils with nine tackles. The other newcomer in the secondary, Joey Smith , had one tackle for his efforts. The linemen duo of true freshman Nick Johnson and junior college transfer Shane Jones had three and two tackles respectively. True freshman linebacker Jamar Williams had one tackle, and fellow line mate Tyrone Bowers also saw action. Punter Tim Parker had four punts for an average of 37.2 yards, but as mentioned his key play was his fake punt that resulted in a 23-yard pass completion.

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