Newcomer Report

If the Sun Devils are to have a successful 2002 campaign, their young talent will have to step up to the plate. ASU beat a Washington team, which had their number the last few years, 27-16. Here are the contributions of the first-year players for the Devils.

Running back Hakim Hill had a solid game, pulling in two touchdowns, one receiving and one rushing. He had 13 carries for 35 yards, and had two receptions for 10 yards. His backfield counterpart Cornell Canidate had 11 carries for 21 yards and had three catches for 29 yards. Both redshirt freshmen backs were spectacular returning kicks. Hill had a 44-yard kickoff return, while Canidate had a 33 yarder.

Backup quarterback and redshirt freshman Chad Christensen saw playing time when the game was out of hand, and had one pass attempt, which was not completed. On the offensive line, JC transfer Tim Fa'aita started as usual, with redshirt freshman Grayling Love and true freshman Chaz White also seeing playing time. Wide receivers Derek Hagan (true freshman) and Matt Miller (redshirt freshman), and redshirt freshman tight end Lee Burghgraef also participated Saturday night.

The defense once again had a nice showing, with the newcomers pouring in some key stats. JC transfer defensive tackle Shane Jones led all newcomers with five tackles, including two tackles for loss. The cornerback duo of redshirt freshman Josh Golden and true freshman Mike Davis Jr. had three and two tackles respectively. Last week's hero, JC transfer cornerback Brett Hudson, had one forced fumble to go along with his three tackles. He effectively limited Washington's star wide receiver Reggie Williams, who was a non-factor all game. True freshman defensive end Nick Johnson had four total tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss, and fellow classman, linebacker Jamar Williams, had four tackles with a half tackle for loss. Redshirt freshman safety Joey Smith had one tackle – an 11-yard sack. JC transfer defensive linemen Matt Mason also saw playing time on defense. JC transfer punter Tim Parker had another solid night with five punts averaging 44.2 yards.

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