NCF Nation: Kweishi Brown
August, 5, 2014
By Kyle Bonagura | ESPN.com
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Previewing the 2014 season for the Arizona State Sun Devils.
2013 record: 10-4-4, 8-1 Pac-12; lost to Texas Tech in the National University Holiday Bowl, 37-23.
Final grade for 2013: B+. Following the regular season, the Sun Devils were in line for an A, but lopsided losses to Stanford in the conference title game and to Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl knocked them down a peg.
Key returnees: QB Taylor Kelly, WR Jaelen Strong, RB D.J. Foster
David Madison/Getty ImagesTaylor Kelly and the Sun Devils will look to build on their winning 2013 season.
Key losses: DT Will Sutton, RB Marion Grice, TE Chris Coyle, LT Evan Finkenberg, DB Alden Darby, DB Robert Nelson, LB Carl Bradford
Instant impact newcomers: OL Christian Westerman, CB Kweishi Brown
Projected winning percentage (ESPN.com Stats & Information): .671
Chances to win the conference (ESPN.com Stats & Information): 6.5 percent
Most important game: versus UCLA, Sept. 25
Biggest question mark: After losing nine defensive starters, there are holes to fill on that side of the ball.
Best-case scenario: 12-2
Worst-case scenario: 4-8
Over/under win total (Bovada): 7.5
Upset special: UCLA starts the season as the Pac-12 South favorite, but the defending division champs have a chance to change that on Sept. 25.
They said it: "Our program's about winning championships, period. Our motto this year is unfinished business. You see it on my wristband." -- coach Todd Graham.