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02/24/15 - 2015 NFL Combine, 25 Takeaways: Five Players Who Helped Themselves: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State: Scouts liked the aptly-named Strong's bulked-up 6-2, 217 pound and his aggression in securing contested passes but in proving his explosiveness (4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash) and leaping ability (42" vertical jump), the former Sun Devil may have sealed up a spot in the first round. If so, he'd be the first skill-position player from ASU to hear his name called in the first round since Todd Heap was picked No. 31 overall by Baltimore back in 2001. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/17/15 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 27/5. *Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State, 6-3, 215, 4.55, 1-2...Aptly named, Strong is almost animalistic in how he pursues a football. He shows exceptional hand-eye coordination that maximizes his long arms and huge hands. Add to that intense focus and an ability to snag the ball regardless of its trajectory or defensive traffic and this is a receiver with mad ball skills. Academically ineligible for most colleges after high school, Strong sat out the 2011 season then grabbed footballs and attention at Pierce Junior College in 2012 (67 catches, 1,268 yards, 15 touchdowns). He improved each year at Arizona State with 75 catches, 1,122 yards, seven scores in 2013 and 82 receptions for 1,165 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Strong's father, John Rankin, was a standout basketball player at Drexel, but died of leukemia when Jaelen was only nine. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
11/11/14 - What appeared to be a program-defining win in the first half had turned on Arizona State. The Sun Devils were on their heels, a 31-point lead down to three with a few minutes left, another spirit-crushing loss seemingly on the way. But something changed in the Sun Devils. They didn't back down from the challenge. They rose up, finding a way to pull out the kind of victory that had eluded them. Regaining composure after Notre Dame's furious second-half rally, No. 11 Arizona State scored three late touchdowns and bolstered its playoff hopes with a 55-31 victory over the eighth-ranked Irish on Saturday. "You're not going to be great without facing adversity," Arizona State coach Todd Graham said. "But I sure wish it was easier."
Since he arrived in the desert three years ago, Graham has told his players that to be in the national championship conversation, they would have to win games like this. The Sun Devils had struggled to come through in the big moments, often in disastrous fashion. Playing in one of the biggest home games in program history, Arizona State (8-1, No. 9 CFP) appeared to be headed toward a dominating victory, harassing Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson into three turnovers in a 4-minute span in the first half. Spurred by the momentum-swinging plays, including Damarious Randall's 59-yard interception return for a touchdown, the Sun Devils raced to a 34-3 lead against one of the nation's premier programs. - AP Sports
11/11/14 - Baylor, Arizona State and Ohio State all took big steps forward in The Associated Press college football poll after big wins, and Auburn dropped out of the top five after being upset. For the fifth straight week, the top two are Mississippi State (9-0) and Florida State (9-0). The No. 1 Bulldogs received 49 first-place votes Sunday. The second-ranked Seminoles have 12. Oregon jumped to No. 3 past Alabama, which remained No. 4. No. 5 TCU also moved up a spot. Baylor climbed four places to sixth after romping at Oklahoma, 48-14. Arizona State is up four spots to seventh after a 55-31 victory against Notre Dame. Ohio State moved five spots to No. 13 after beating Michigan State 49-37. Auburn fell 41-38 to Texas A&M, dropping the Tigers from third to ninth. Oklahoma dropped out of the rankings for the first time since the final poll of the 2009. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Arizona State coach Todd Graham has pointed to Stanford as a model of what the Sun Devils should aspire to as a program: The character, the discipline, the efficiency and, certainly, the winning. But each time the teams met on the field, Arizona State fell flat, overrun by the powerful Cardinal. That's what made this one so sweet. Not only did the Sun Devils finally beat Stanford, they won in Stanford-like fashion. Dominating on both sides of the ball, the 17th-ranked Sun Devils cleared a big hurdle by racing past No. 23 Stanford 26-10 Saturday night. "To turn the tables and beat a team like that and dominate them physically the way we did, because of the respect we have for their program, that one meant more to me personally than any win we have had," Graham said.
The Cardinal had become a nemesis of sorts for Arizona State, powering past the Sun Devils in two games last season, including a dominating win in the Pac-12 Championship game. Arizona State (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) reversed the field against Stanford in the desert rematch with an efficient performance on both sides of the ball. The Sun Devils scored the most points allowed by the nation's top-rated defense behind a nice mix of run and pass. - AP Sports