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12/06/17 - (WR) - NKeal Harry, So, 6-3, 216
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR N'Keal Harry, So., Arizona State,...At 1,000 yards thus far this season, Harry is second in the conference and 16th nationally en route to Pac-12 All-Conference honors. With 73 catches this season, Harry is seventh in receptions in Sun Devil single-season history. The single season record is 87 by Shaun McDonald in 2002. Harry has proved himself as a valuable possession receiver as well and has 69 receptions on 103 targets this season - both totals good for first in the Pac-12 this season and 13th and 18th nationally on the year. The sophomore has appeared in all 24 games at Arizona State - starting 23 of those - and has a catch in all 24 games. He is the only true sophomore in the country to have a catch in the first 24 games of their career. - Arizona State Football


12/06/17 - (DE) - *JoJo Wicker, Jr, 6-2, 273
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL JoJo Wicker, Jr., Arizona State,...Wicker came on strong during the second half of the season, finishing third among 3-4 defensive ends with 37 pressures this season while also sitting 20th among all ends with a 5.9 run-stop percentage. Wicker finished sixth on the team with 39 total tackles, matching his career high from last season with the Sun Bowl still remaining to play. His 12.0 tackles for loss were a career best and were tied for sixth in the Pac-12 Conference. - Arizona State Football


12/06/17 - (CB) - Chase Lucas, rFr, 6-0, 178
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Chase Lucas, RFr., Arizona State,...Lucas earned Second Team honors at defensive back after an incredible freshman campaign in 2017, despite never playing a single snap at Division I cornerback in his career prior to this season and not playing as a day-to-day player at the position in high school. He has allowed just 40 catches despite being targeted 78 times this season (second among Pac-12 corners) for a menial completion percentage while allowing an NFL QBR of 72.4 with two interceptions and six passes defensed. Despite being targeted more than any of the 23 Pac-12 corners that have played at least 60 percent of snaps this season (once every 4.6 passing plays), Lucas has allowed the fifth-lowest completion percentage of any corner in the conference - regardless of year. - Arizona State Football


12/06/17 - (ILB) - DJ Calhoun, Sr, 5-11, 244
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DJ Calhoun, Sr.,...D.J. Calhoun earned All-Conference honors for the second time in his career and first time since his freshman season. He was fourth in the Pac-12 in averaging 5.1 solo tackles per game and seventh with 7.8 tackles per game following the regular season. Calhoun is one of just nine inside linebackers in the country this season to miss two or fewer tackles on the year on 830 total snaps this season. He has missed one tackle on a running play and one tackle on a passing play, good for a 49.5 tackle efficiency rating from Pro Football Focus that ranks third among all inside linebabackers. The remarkable turnaround comes after Calhoun was eighth in the FBS among all inside linebackers for most missed tackles last season with 18. - Arizona State Football


12/06/17 - (FS) - Chad Adams, Sr, 5-09, 191
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB Chad Adams, Sr..,...Chad Adams wrapped up his career as a daily starter at safety this season, and earned the Darren Woodson Outstanding Secondary Award at the team's annual awards banquet. Adams was fourth on the team with 64 tackles - a career best -including a career-high 13 tackles on Senior Day to help the Sun Devils reclaim the Territorial Cup against Arizona. - Arizona State Football


12/06/17 - (RB) - Demario Richard, Sr, 5-08, 220
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): RB Demario Richard, Sr.,...Demario Richard led all Pac-12 running backs with 598 rushing yards in November (149.50 yards per game) - good for fourth nationally, as were his seven touchdown runs during the month. Richard became the fifth running back in school history to surpass the 3000-yard career rushing mark, doing so against Arizona. At 3,152 career yards, he is second in the Pac-10/12 era in ASU history and needs 147 yards in the bowl game to become ASU's leading rusher all time in the era (J.R. Redmond at 3,299).

Richard recorded his 13th career 100-yard rushing game this season, becoming the first Sun Devil in the Pac-10/12 era to reach 13 such games. He is now in sole possession of fifth place in school history with his 13 100-yard rushing games. Richard has a touchdown rush in nine of his last 11 games and has 33 touchdowns overall in his career (rushing and receiving) - good for eighth in Sun Devil football history. With 23 more yards, Richard would become the first Sun Devil with multiple 1,000-yard seasons since Freddie Williams in 1974-75 and thus the first Sun Devil in the Pac-12 era to do so. In fact, he'd be one of just three players ever to accomplish the feat, with only Woody Green joining he and Williams on the list. - Arizona State Football

12/06/17 - (OG) - *Sam Jones, rJr, 6-4, 290
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL Sam Jones, RJr.,...Sam Jones started every game for the Sun Devils this season and helped pace the offensive line to an impressive turnaround in the running game this year. ASU had the 34th-best run-blocking game this season as graded by Pro Football Focus after finishing 39th last season. Jones led the charge and finished as the only guard in the Pac-12 to not give up a sack or a quarterback hit this season. He is was 24th nationally among guards with a 98.5 pass blocking efficiency rating according to Pro Football Focus - third among Pac-12 guards. - Arizona State Football


12/06/17 - (QB) - Manny Wilkins, rJr, 6-2, 200
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): QB Manny Wilkins, Jr.,...Manny Wilkins established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in a loaded Pac-12 Conference this season and was easily one of the most improved players, regardless of position, in the league. Behind Wilkins, ASU psoted the 10th highest-graded passing attack this season, according to Pro Football Focus, improving 76 positions from its 86th-place rating last season - the third highest swing among FBS teams this season. Wilkins needs just 82 more passing yards to become only the ninth Sun Devil in history to reach 3,000 passing yards in a season. Wilkins, who earned Pac-12 All-Conference honors this season, is under 100 yards from moving into ASU's all-time Top-10 in career passing yards. Wilkins finished the regular season with 2,918 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for six more. One of the most accurate passers in the nation and in the history of Sun Devil football, Wilkins broke the school record for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception at 192 dating back to last season before his first quarter interception against Stanford, breaking Rudy Carpenter's previous school record of 149 from the end of 2005 to 2006. - Arizona State Football


12/06/17 - (DT) - Tashon Smallwood, Sr, 6-0, 280
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DL Tashon Smallwood, Sr.,...Tashon Smallwood is seventh nationally among all FBS defensive tackles with 32 quarterback pressures this season. Smallwood logged a career best 4.0 tackles for loss with two sacks against NMSU, becoming the first Sun Devil to have 4.0+ tackles for loss since Antonio Longino against Arizona in 2015. - Arizona State Football


12/06/17 - (ILB) - *Christian Sam, rJr, 6-1, 237
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Christian Sam, Jr.,...Sam reached double-digit tackles in seven consecutive games prior to the UCLA contest, more than any other Sun Devil had accomplished since AT LEAST 2000 - let alone in consecutive games. He has nine total games this season with double-digit tackles. Over the last three years, there have been 34 instances of a Sun Devil reaching double digit tackles. Sam is responsible for 13 of those while 11 other players combined for the other 21. His 127 total tackles are third among Power Five linebackers while his 87 solo tackles are second in the country. The 87 solo tackles are tied for fourth in ASU history and the most since Adam Archuleta had 93 in 2000. Christian Sam is finished the regular season ranked second in the nation and first in the Pac-12 with 7.3 solo tackles per game. He is 7th nationally and first in the conference in averaging 10.6 tackles per game. - Arizona State Football


11/25/17 - (QB) - Manny Wilkins, rJr, 6-2, 200
Manny Wilkins threw three touchdown passes and Arizona State ran for three more as the Sun Devils came from behind to defeat Arizona 42-30 in the annual Territorial Cup rivalry game on Saturday afternoon in Tempe, Ariz. While ASU (7-5, 6-3 Pac-12) found consistency on offense, Arizona (7-5, 5-4) couldn't as it imploded in the second half behind an uncertain quarterback situation and a punting game that has been inconsistent all season. ASU took advantage of all of it. Wilkins completed 11 of 17 passes for 163 yards. Arizona, up 24-14, opened the second half with junior quarterback Brandon Dawkins, who lost his starting job in early October. Arizona starter Khalil Tate was seen favoring his left non-throwing shoulder as he left to the locker room at halftime, but he did make a brief second-half appearance before again leaving the game. Arizona went three-and-out on its first possession of the second half, and then had its punt blocked in a momentum-changing moment. ASU turned into the possession into a touchdown when Demario Richard scored from the 1-yard line to make it 24-21. - The Sports Xchange


11/18/17 - (QB) - Manny Wilkins, rJr, 6-2, 200
Manny Wilkins threw touchdown passes on Arizona State's first two drives and Demario Richard rushed for three scores as the Sun Devils ran their way to a 40-24 victory over Oregon State on Saturday in Corvallis, Ore. The victory made the Sun Devils bowl eligible at 6-5 (5-3 in the Pac-12) while the Beavers (1-10, 0-8) lost their ninth consecutive game. Oregon State will need to defeat Oregon in the Civil War to avoid finishing winless in the conference for the second time in three years. Richard finished with 119 rushing yards on 17 carries as the Sun Devils rushed for 286 yards. Kalen Ballage added 103 yards and Wilkins scrambled for another 60. Wilkins also completed 12 of 19 passes for 167 yards as Arizona State finished with 453 yards of total offense. The Sun Devils dominated the first half in taking a 30-7 lead. Wilkins threw for two touchdowns and Richard ran for two short scores as Arizona State collected touchdowns on four of its first six possessions. Arizona State was also awarded a safety en route to a 30-0 lead when Oregon State quarterback Darell Garretson was flagged for intentional grounding on a throw from his end zone. - The Sports Xchange


11/05/17 - (RB) - Demario Richard, Sr, 5-08, 220
Demario Richard rushed for a career-high 189 yards and a touchdown and Manny Wilkins accounted for 297 yards total offense and three touchdowns in Arizona State's 41-30 Pac-12 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium. Freshman Eno Benjamin scored his first career touchdown on a 19-yard run with 5:33 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Arizona State a 34-30 lead, and Wilkins capped an 85-yard drive on the next possession with a 1-yard run with 46 seconds remaining. The Sun Devils (5-4, 4-2) rushed for 381 yards and had 583 yards total offense while overcoming a 27-17 deficit with five minutes remaining in the third quarter to remain in contention in the Pac-12 South despite loss to USC last week. Wilkins completed 18 of 34 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 95 yards in Arizona State's 600th victory. Steven Montez completed 23 of-41 passes for 345 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Colorado (5-5, 2-5), which had won two of its previous three. Montez also rushed for 41 yards. - The Sports Xchange


10/23/17 - (K) - Brandon Ruiz, Fr, 5-10, 171
OCT 23 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Ruiz, Fr., PK, Arizona State (Gilbert, Ariz.)...Was perfect for the day, connecting on all three of his field goal attempts (47, 40, 30 yards) and all three PATs...Scored ASU's first nine points of the game in helping the Sun Devils come away with points on their first three possessions to take a 9-0 lead after one quarter...Four of Ruiz' seven kickoffs were touchbacks. Utah's average starting field position on the seven kickoffs was its own 21-yard line. - Pac-12 Football


10/23/17 - (OLB) - Alani Latu, rSr, 6-2, 248
LB Alani Latu did not play last week after suffering a foot injury against USC. ASU coach Todd Graham said he will likely play against USC on Saturday.


10/21/17 - (RB) - Demario Richard, Sr, 5-08, 220
Demario Richard rushed for a season-high 93 yards and a touchdown, Kalen Ballage added 75 rushing yards and Arizona State forced four turnovers to lead the Sun Devils to a 30-10 win over Utah on Saturday. Manny Wilkins threw for 140 yards on 19-of-29 passing to help Arizona State (4-3, 3-1 Pac-12) snap a seven-game road losing streak. The Sun Devils also ended a two-game skid against the Utes. Tyler Huntley started again for Utah at quarterback after sitting out losses to USC and Stanford with a shoulder injury. Huntley struggled in his return to action, throwing for 155 yards and four interceptions on 19-of-35 passing. Arizona State clamped down on defense and held Utah in check throughout the first half. The Sun Devils allowed the Utes to gain 93 total yards and seven first downs. They also stopped a pair of Utah drives by intercepting Huntley twice. - The Sports Xchange


10/16/17 - (RB) - Kalen Ballage, Sr, 6-2, 230
RB Kalen Ballage has five rushing touchdowns this season and 26 in his career, getting closer to ASU's career Top 5 in that category. He finished the game against the Huskies with only 17 yards rushing on nine carries but he had the only offensive touchdown for the Sun Devils.


10/10/17 - (WR) - NKeal Harry, So, 6-3, 216
WR N'Keal Harry, a sophomore, has started all 17 games in his career and he has at least one reception in all those games. He had three catches for 40 yards against Stanford two weeks ago. He leads the Sun Devils with 34 receptions for 476 yards and three touchdowns this season.


10/10/17 - (QB) - Manny Wilkins, rJr, 6-2, 200
QB Manny Wilkins had his school-record streak of 192 consecutive passes without an interception snapped two weeks ago at Stanford. He has completed 65.9 percent of his pass attempts (108-of-164) for 1,452 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.


09/30/17 - (DT) - Joey Bryant, , 6-5, 260
CB Joey Bryant, a junior who started the first three games of this season, tore an ACL during a non-contact drill in practice last week. He is out for the rest of the year.


09/30/17 - (OLB) - Koron Crump, Sr, 6-2, 222
LB Koron Crump, who suffered a left knee injury against Texas Tech on Sept. 16, won't return this season, coach Todd Graham said Saturday night. Crump, a senior, has a redshirt year available and might be able to get a medical redshirt for 2017. An edge rusher, he had nine sacks last season.


09/24/17 - (QB) - Manny Wilkins, rJr, 6-2, 200
Freshman Brandon Ruiz kicked a 41-yard field goal with 2:33 remaining and quarterback Manny Wilkins accounted for three touchdowns as Arizona State upset the No. 24 Oregon, 37-35, in the Pac-12 opener for both teams at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday. Wilkins drove Arizona State 57 yards in seven plays to set up Ruiz's field goal, and the Sun Devils held on by stopping Oregon on downs twice in the final 70 seconds. Wilkins passed for 347 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 35 yards and two scores for the Sun Devils' first victory in the series since Oct. 2, 2004 in Eugene, Ore.

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert passed for 281 yards and three touchdowns, but he was stopped on a 4th-and-3 scramble at midfield with 1:10 remaining. The Ducks (3-1, 0-1) got the ball back with 46 seconds remaining but misfired on four pass attempts from their 23 to turn the ball over. Herbert's 4-yard run with 6:41 remaining gave the Ducks a 35-34 lead, their first lead of the game after Sun Devils (2-2, 1-0) scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half for a 31-14 lead. Halfback Demario Richard rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown and wide receiver N'Keal Harry caught seven passes for 170 yards and a touchdown. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/17 - (RB) - Demario Richard, Sr, 5-08, 220
RB Demario Richard did not play last week against San Diego State after carrying the ball only once in the opener against New Mexico State before suffering a right knee injury in the first quarter. His status for Saturday's game at Texas Tech is uncertain.


09/11/17 - (RB) - Kalen Ballage, Sr, 6-2, 230
RB Kalen Ballage rushed for only 44 yards on 15 carries against San Diego State last week, but his rushing touchdown gives him 24 in his career. He is only four shy of Art Malone, who is fifth on the ASU career list.


09/08/17 - (OLB) - Marcus Ball, rSr, 6-1, 220
Arizona State's Ball retires from football because of seizures...Arizona State senior safety Marcus Ball announced on Wednesday that he will retire from football as he continues to battle what he termed uncontrollable epileptic seizures. Ball declared his decision on Twitter, noting that he has been dealing with the seizures for three years. "I want to make clear that I am now retiring from football so I can live a better quality of life," Ball wrote. "My health and family are first in my life, but I make it clear that Arizona State University has put me in a position as well as it can do with others to succeed in life!" Ball finished second on the team with 64 tackles last season, highlighted by a career-high 10-tackle performance in the Sun Devils' 23-20 win over UCLA. He also had an interception in that game. Ball was listed as the backup at both safety positions on the team's official depth chart prior to Arizona State's season opener against New Mexico State last week. He did not play, however. - The Sports Xchange


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