Newcomer Report

Arizona State University kicked off the 2009 campaign with a 50-3 home win over Idaho State. Several first-year players played in ASU's victory and some of them had some notable contributions on Saturday night.

Due to the lopsided win Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler was able to get considerable playing time versus the Bengals. The true freshman threw a beautiful 16-yard touchdown strike in tight coverage to another player making his debut in the maroon and gold – senior walk-on wide receiver Brian Matsumoto.

Osweiler finished the night 4-5 for 43 yards and a score. Matsumoto's score was his only catch of the game.

On the ground, tailback Cameron Marshall had a respectable showing with five carries for 15 yards. The true freshman from San Jose fared well in the passing game too, hauling in two catches for 20 yards, with one of them going for 16. Additionally, Marshall showed solid pass protecting skills.

Redshirt freshman right guard Andrew Sampson, who received rave reviews for his performance in fall camp, was a starter in his first ever appearance for the Sun Devils, as was right tackle Matt Hustad.

No player's debut was more anticipated than that of true freshman Vontaze Burfict, and with his play the former Corona Centennial linebacker lived up to his accolades. The five-star prospect, easily the best newcomer on the field, tied former Centennial teammate Brandon Magee for five total tackles, 1.5 of them for a loss, and unleashed one of his signature full speed punishing sacks on Idaho State's quarterback Russell Hill. The linebacker also recovered a fumble caused by Dexter Davis.

Fellow true freshman and another high school teammate of Burfict, Will Sutton, also had a solid inaugural game with four total tackles, one of them for a loss. The defensive tackle played a major role in limiting the ground attack for the visitors.

JC transfer defensive end Dean DeLeone, who started on Saturday, assisted on two tackles. True freshman defensive tackle Corey Adams, junior linebacker Ryan Skorupka, redshirt freshman safety Keelan Johnson and redshirt freshman defensive end Toa Tuitea each assisted on a tackle.

On special teams, K.Johnson returned a second half kickoff for 36 yards, the largest return on the night for any Sun Devil.

Other newcomers that participated in Saturday's action included Deveron Carr, A.J. Pickens, Jonathan Clark, and Patrick Jamison.


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