Newcomer Report

If the Sun Devils are to have a successful 2002 campaign, their young talent will have to step up and perform. On Saturday, ASU lost to a superior Washington State team 44-22. Here are the contributions of the first-year players for the Devils.

Starting running back Cornell Canidate brought life to the backfield this week with 11 carries for 64 yards. His backup for the game, Hakim Hill had six carries for 17 yards, along with three catches for 26 yards. Hill also had 162 yards returning kicks, averaging a espectable 18 yards a return. Once the game was out of hand, backup quarterback Chad Christensen saw some playing time. He didn't complete his lone pass while being sacked twice. True freshman Derek Hagan had one reception for nine yards. Left guard Tim Fa'aita and right tackle Chaz White started on the offensive line. Redshirt freshmen Matt Miller, Lee Burghgraef, and Grayling Love all saw action, along with true freshman Mike Talbot.

Defensive tackle Shane Jones and cornerback Brett Hudson started, recording six and four tackles respectively, while Hudson had an interception. Safety Joey Smith had another decent game with four tackles and one broken up pass. Cornerback Josh Golden and defensive end Nick Johnson each recorded a tackle, with Johnson's tackle being for a loss. Linebacker Jamar Williams also saw playing time on defense.

Punter Tim Parker had five punts for an average of 34 yards. He had a beauty of a punt that went for 73 yards, but was called back on a penalty. However he also had some shanked punts – one of them going for eight yards.

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