Sun Devils Nolan is a high-scoring defender

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Arizona State safety Troy Nolan has scored three touchdowns this year, two by interception return and one on a fumble recovery. His latest score was a 100-yard interception return against UCLA last Friday that transformed the complexion of that contest.

So how does a safety with three TDs stack up?

Nolan is tied for third on the Sun Devils, equal to running backs Dmitri Nance and Keegan Herring. The team's leading TD makers, receivers Mike Jones and Kyle Williams, each have four.

But Nolan isn't only measuring up on his offensively challenged team.

Nolan has one more touchdown than USC's touted running back Joe McKnight.

Nolan would be tied for second at UCLA with tight end Ryan Moya.

Oregon receiver Jaison Williams also has three touchdowns.

Nolan would be tied for first at Washington with quarterback Jake Locker and running back Brandon Johnson.

He'd also be tied for first at Washington State with running backs Logwone Mitz and Dwight Tardy and quarterback Kevin Lopina. Receive Brandon Gibson was first-team All-Pac-10 last year, but he has fewer touchdowns (2) than Nolan.