Pac-12: Bo Moos

Arizona State: What went wrong?

November, 23, 2011
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Guess what? There's a silver lining to Arizona State's crash and burn. It hasn't been due to sloppiness, which was a trademark of the program's struggles heading into the 2011 season.

During a three-game skid, Arizona State has just four turnovers. Sure, the team has created just three during that span, but a negative-1 margin explains little.

And the Sun Devils' penalty numbers are better during the three-game losing streak recorded against UCLA, Washington State and Arizona (combined record 13-20) than they were during a 6-2 start that pushed them to No. 19 in the BCS standings. Sun Devils opponents actually have produced more penalty yards (75.1 yards per game) than the Sun Devils have (74.9) this season.

Of course, this silver lining is wrapped around a heap of misery. And bad football.

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Jennifer Hilderbrand/US PresswireAfter a promising 6-2 start, Dennis Erickson's Sun Devils have lost three in a row.
That's the problem. Football, not miscues, has undone Arizona State. The Sun Devils are more talented than UCLA, Washington State and Arizona, but they played worse football against three foes who appeared to care just a little bit more.

Dropped passes, poor tackling, missed assignments and guys getting whipped at the point of attack -- surely every Sun Devils fan reads that and immediately recalls specific moments when those things happened.

Blame falls everywhere, but the defense is the top culprit. The Sun Devils were giving up 381 yards per game during the first eight games. Not exactly great, but the total ranked sixth in the conference. During the three-game losing streak -- against the conference's Nos. 8, 6 and 3 offenses -- they yielded 515.7 yards per game.

To parse the defense's failings, it's been about defending the pass. The Sun Devils yielded nine touchdown passes in the first eight games. They've surrendered eight in the past three. They had 13 interceptions in the first eight games, but zero in the last three. They've skidded from third in the conference in pass efficiency defense to eighth.

It's pretty obvious that opposing offensive coordinators figured out the Sun Devils were vulnerable in the secondary.

Further, Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic pointed this out in an article looking at the Sun Devils' collapse: "At one point this season, ASU led the nation in third-down percentage defense. The last three weeks the Sun Devils are 22 of 46 (47.8 percent). Spread out over the season, that percentage would rank 109th out of 120 FBS teams."

The offense also has slipped -- the running game has been less reliable and the performance in the red zone hasn't been nearly as efficient -- but it's less to blame. The ground game has actually gained more yards and been better on third down during the losing streak.

A common denominator during the losing streak has been fourth-quarter chokes. In every game, the Sun Devils not only were in the game, they led in the fourth quarter.

"It seems like early in the year when we were 6-2 and ahead in the fourth quarter, we won games," coach Dennis Erickson said.

Considering that the Sun Devils are actually healthier now than they were at 6-2, it's fair to wonder if something went wrong in the locker room. At the beginning of the season, the Sun Devils repeatedly talked about chemistry and senior leadership.

Where is that now?

Defensive tackle Bo Moos told Haller this after the Arizona loss. "We have a group of 30 seniors. You should expect it to be there, but something within the chemistry hasn't been right for the past month and I really cannot put my finger on what it is."

That seeming bewilderment, even as players and coaches try to put a happy face on their perversely resilient Pac-12 South Division championship hopes, is a main reason Erickson's situation is tenuous at best. No one can figure out why the most talented team in the South Division -- at least that isn't saddled with NCAA sanctions -- isn't playing good football.

What remains are players constantly peppered with questions about Erickson's future.

“That’s a situation that I don’t pay much attention to," quarterback Brock Osweiler said. "Whatever is going to happen is going to happen."

Resignation? Perhaps. But we still don't know what will happen with Arizona State. If it beats California on Friday, and UCLA loses to USC and Utah beats Colorado -- results the odds-makers predict, by the way -- the Sun Devils will be the South Division champions and will still have a shot at the Rose Bowl.

Hey, stranger stuff has happened. Not often, but it has.

But at this point, it's difficult to imagine this season won't conclude with a miserable "what might have been" and search for a new coach.

Pac-12: Did you know?

November, 11, 2011
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Some notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
  • Four Pac-12 teams are already bowl-eligible: Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State and Washington (USC doesn't count due to NCAA sanctions). Three more can become bowl-eligible with a victory Saturday: California, UCLA and Utah. UCLA and Utah are playing each other, so at least one more team will become bowl-eligible.
  • Stanford can clinch the Pac-12 North with a victory over Oregon. The Cardinal haven't won a conference championship since 1999. With a win, Oregon puts itself in the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 North and a third consecutive outright Pac-12 title is well within reach. How impressive would that be? USC (three times) is the only other school since the conference formed in 1959 to win three outright conference titles in a row.
  • The Ducks gave the Cardinal their only loss last season, a 52-31 walloping in Eugene. But Stanford hasn't lost since, winning 17 straight — the longest active streak in FBS.
  • Oregon has won eight of nine against Stanford. It also has won 18 consecutive conference games, last losing at Stanford in 2009.
  • Stanford’s remaining three regular season games are at home, a place where they’ve won 11 straight times.
  • No team has been better than Stanford in the red zone this season. The Cardinal are a perfect 52-for-52 in the red zone, and 41 of those scores have been touchdowns.
  • Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games.
  • With a win, Stanford will have the first back-to-back 10-win seasons in school history. In fact, entering last season, Stanford had only three 10-win seasons ever.
  • Stanford targets its tight ends on 35.6 percent of its pass attempts this season. The Cardinal tight ends have caught a touchdown in every game this season and in 19 of 22 games since the start of 2010. No other BCS top-10 team utilizes its tight ends in the passing game as often as Stanford. The Cardinal go to the tight ends at an even greater rate inside of the red zone. Overall, the tight ends are targeted on 48.5 percent of Stanford’s red zone passes and have caught 13 of Stanford’s 19 red zone touchdowns.
  • Colorado leads its series with Arizona 12-1, but the Wildcats won the most recent game 24-21 in 1986.
  • Arizona quarterback Nick Foles needs 84 yards of total offense to break Willie Tuitama's school record of 8,727, set from 2005-08.
  • Last week against USC, Buffs running back Rodney Stewart set a new school record for all-purpose yards (4,466), passing his offensive coordinator, Eric Bieniemy.
  • USC leads the series with Washington 49-28-4 but the Huskies won the last two, including a 32-31 victory last season.
  • Huskies quarterback Keith Price needs four touchdown passes to eclipse the school record of 28 thrown by Cody Pickett in 2002.
  • USC has blocked six kicks this year.
  • Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley threw a school-record six touchdown passes in the win over Colorado, and he leads the conference with 28 touchdown passes.
  • California leads its series with Oregon State 33-30-0, but the Beavers have won four in a row, including a 35-7 victory last year.
  • Oregon State's redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Mannion has thrown for 200 or more yards in eight consecutive games, most for the program since Derek Anderson went 13 in a row in 2003.
  • Cal receiver Keenan Allen took nine games to reach 1,000 yards receiving, the fastest of any receiver in school history.
  • Cal is ranked 19th in the nation in total defense.
  • UCLA leads the series 8-1 against Utah, but the Utes won the last meeting, 44-6 in 2007.
  • The Utes have been to a bowl game the past eight seasons, and they are 7-1 in those games.
  • Utes running back John White is the 11th player in school history to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing. He had his fifth 100-yard rushing game against Arizona. The Utes are 5-0 when he rushes for 100 yards.
  • The Bruins are ranked 11th in the Pac-12 in rushing defense (186.4 yards per game).
  • Arizona State leads the series with Washington State 23-12-2, and the Sun Devils won 42-0 last year.
  • After a 3-1 start, the Cougars have lost five in a row.
  • Sun Devils running back Cameron Marshall leads the Pac-12 with 13 touchdowns.
  • Sun Devils defensive tackle Bo Moos is the son of Washington State athletic director Bill Moos.
  • Cougars receiver Marquess Wilson needs 26 yards to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving this year, which will make him just the second wideout in school history to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (Jason Hill, 2004-05).
  • Cougs kicker Andrew Furney is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award.

Quick look at Week 11 games

November, 8, 2011
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Here's a quick look at Week 11 in the Pac-12.

All times are ET.

Arizona (2-7, 1-6) at Colorado (1-9, 0-6) 2:30 p.m. FCS: Is Colorado going to win a Pac-12 game? This might be its best chance, considering its final two games are on the road, where the Buffaloes never win. The Buffs lead the series 12-1, but the Wildcats won the last game 24-21 in 1986. Arizona quarterback Nick Foles needs 84 yards of total offense to break Willie Tuitama's school record of 8,727 set from 2005-08. Last week against USC, Buffs running back Rodney Stewart set a new school record for all-purpose yards (4,466), passing his offensive coordinator, Eric Bieniemy.

Washington (6-3, 4-2) at USC (7-2, 4-2) 3:45 p.m. FX: USC leads the series 49-28-4, but Washington has won the last two, including a 32-31 win last year. Huskies quarterback Keith Price needs four touchdown passes to eclipse the school record of 28 thrown by Cody Pickett in 2002. USC has blocked six kicks this year. Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley threw a school record six touchdown passes in the win over Colorado, and he leads the conference with 28 touchdown passes.

Oregon State (2-7, 2-4) at California (5-4, 2-4) 6:30 p.m. CSNBA: California leads the series 33-30-0, but Oregon State won last year 35-7. After posting their first losing season under coach Jeff Tedford, the Bears need one win to become bowl eligible. The Beavers are already assured a second consecutive losing season. Oregon State's redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Mannion has thrown for 200 or more yards in eight consecutive games, most for the program since Derek Anderson went 13 in a row in 2003. Cal receiver Keenan Allen took nine games to reach 1,000 yards receiving, the fastest of any receiver in school history. Cal is ranked 19th in the nation in total defense.

UCLA (5-4, 4-2) at Utah (5-4, 2-4) 6:30 p.m. KJZZ: The winner becomes bowl eligible. UCLA leads the series 8-1 but Utah won the last meeting, 44-6 in 2007. The Utes have been to a bowl game the last eight seasons, and they are 7-1 in those games. Utes running back John White is the 11th player in school history to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing. He had his fifth 100-yard rushing game against Arizona. The Utes are 5-0 when he rushes for 100 yards. The Bruins are ranked 11th in the Pac-12 in rushing defense (186.4 yards per game).

No. 7 Oregon (8-1, 6-0) at No. 4 Stanford (9-0, 7-0) 8 p.m. ABC: It looked like the Pac-12 game of the year in the preseason and it turned out to be exactly that. Stanford leads the series 44-29-1, but Oregon won 52-31 last year. Oregon running back LaMichael James leads the nation in rushing with 151.57 yards per game. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck ranks fifth in passing efficiency. Both were Heisman Trophy finalists last year. The Ducks have won 18 consecutive conference games. Stanford has won 17 games in a row, the nation's longest winning streak. This is the Cardinal's first 9-0 start since 1951. Stanford leads the nation in red zone efficiency. It's perfect at 52 of 52. The Ducks lead the Pac-12 with 29 sacks, or 3.22 per game. Stanford has yielded the fewest sacks in the conference, just four, which is tied for fewest in the nation.

Arizona State (6-3, 4-2) at Washington State (3-6, 1-5) 10:30 p.m. Versus: Arizona State leads the series 23-12-2, and the Sun Devils won 42-0 last year. After a 3-1 start, the Cougars have lost five in a row. Sun Devils running back Cameron Marshall leads the Pac-12 with 13 touchdowns. Sun Devils defensive tackle Bo Moos is the son of Washington State AD Bill Moos. Cougars wideout Marquess Wilson needs 26 yards to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving this year, which will make him just the second wideout in school history to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (Jason Hill, 2004-05). Cougs kicker Andrew Furney is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award.

Weekend rewind: Pac-12

September, 26, 2011
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Taking stock of the fourth week of games in the Pac-12.

Team of the week: Arizona State ended an 11-game losing streak to USC with a 43-22 victory in front of an inspired home crowd. The win pushed the Sun Devils back into the national rankings and bolstered their position in the Pac-12 South Division.

Best game: Washington outlasted California 31-23, with the Huskies' defense getting a fourth-down stop on their 2-yard line to preserve the win.

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Matt Kartozian/US PresswireBrock Osweiler threw for 223 yards as Arizona State snapped its losing streak to USC.
Biggest play: With USC down six and facing a third-and-5 from the Arizona State 14-yard line, Sun Devils defensive end Greg Smith sacked and forced a fumble from Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley, and defensive tackle Bo Moos recovered. The Sun Devils then drove 82 yards for a touchdown and a 36-22 lead with 6:48 remaining in the game.

Offensive standout: LaMichael James rushed for a school record 288 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns in the Ducks' 56-31 win at Arizona.

Defensive standout: Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan had 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss to go along with five total tackles in the Ducks' win over the Wildcats.

Special teams standout: Oregon State's Jordan Poyer returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown against UCLA. He also had 56 yards on two kickoff returns. He ended up with 156 return yards in the game.

Smiley face: Washington's maligned defense held California to just three second-half points, including none in the fourth quarter. The Bears had just one TD in five red zone chances.

Frowny face: Arizona gave up 415 yards rushing to Oregon. The Wildcats presently rank 114th in the nation in run defense (233.5 yards per game). They also rank 106th in the nation in scoring defense (35.0 ppg) and 112th in total defense (484 ypg).

Thought of the week: Assuming that Stanford's Andrew Luck will win first-team All-Pac-12 quarterback, who would you pick for second team right now? Eight conference QBs rank among the top 40 in the nation in passing efficiency. While USC's Barkley, Arizona's Nick Foles and Oregon's Darron Thomas entered the season as "name" QBs, through four games the second-best Pac-12 QB would be Washington's Keith Price, followed closely by Arizona State's Brock Osweiler.

Questions for the week: At 0-3, Oregon State is the first team to have a stamp of doom put on its season. Who's next? You might be able to say that the loser of Arizona's visit to USC and Washington State's trip to Colorado will start to see reasons for optimism this season slip away.

Video: Arizona State's Bo Moos

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Ted Miller interviews Arizona State defensive tackle Bo Moos following the Sun Devils' 43-22 win over USC.

Pac-12 lunch links: Is it Tuel's time?

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I know that one day Veronica and I are gonna to get married on top of a mountain, and there's going to be flutes playing and trombones and flowers and garlands of fresh herbs. And we will dance till the sun rises. And then our children will form a family band. And we will tour the countryside and you won't be invited.

Arizona-ASU: Present, future at issue

December, 1, 2010
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On page 13 of Arizona State's weekly release you find the team's depth chart. You don't need to review it now. We'll come back to that in a bit. The immediate business at hand for the Sun Devils is their game Thursday with rival Arizona.

The matchup is meaningful, and not just because it's a rivalry game that divides the state. It's also meaningful because the Sun Devils are still angling for a bowl berth.

While there are already 70 bowl-eligible teams, and Arizona State can't win seven games, the amount required by NCAA rules on bowl eligibility when you play two FCS teams, as the Sun Devils have, they nonetheless have submitted a waiver to the NCAA Legislative Relief Committee for review, and the Pac-10 office is backing that appeal with "emails and phone calls," according to a conference spokesman, Dave Hirsch.

"It is our hope that the waiver receives full consideration," Hirsch wrote in an e-mail. This was first reported by the Arizona Republic.

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Kyle Terada/US PresswireArizona State coach Dennis Erickson only has 13 seniors on his 2010 roster.
So the Territorial Cup may or may not serve as a launching point for the Sun Devils in 2011. For one, they could lose; they are the underdogs in Tucson, where the 'Zona Zoo can be a bit of a problem. And, if they win, it might not be their last game, with the Holiday, Sun or Las Vegas bowls being potential options if the NCAA grants the waiver.

But now let's return to that depth chart. Just two likely starting position players against the Wildcats are seniors: receiver Kerry Taylor and defensive tackle Saia Falahola, who is listed as a co-starter with Bo Moos. In fact, the Sun Devils only have 13 total seniors. The only area in which graduations hits hard is with the specialists: both kicker Thomas Weber and punter Trevor Hankins are seniors.

That youth, coupled with a 5-6 record that includes four defeats by four or fewer points, suggests the Sun Devils could be pretty salty in 2011. As in: Top-25, top-third of the Pac-12 salty.

But, alas, coach Dennis Erickson wouldn't play along with this line of thinking -- Thursday as a potential launching point for promising 2011 campaign -- which is probably wise. He does have a game to get ready for, you know.

"I don't know if you can look at it as that. You've got to look at it as what it is," he said. "We're worried about what is going to happen Thursday, not next year. But when they're young like that, with some of the guys we've got coming back, you look forward to the next year -- when this year is over with."

As for the Wildcats, the present situation is they are headed to a good bowl game, but they'd like to show up at that game without a sign saying "Four-game losing streak!" blinking over their collective heads. A win, and they likely head to the Alamo Bowl. A loss, and they might end up the Holiday Bowl if Washington beats Washington State.

Coach Mike Stoops doesn't beat around the bush when assessing why his team's fortunes have been sagging of late after they played into the nation's top-10 earlier in the season.

"We've played better teams down the stretch, teams that emphasize running the football," he said. "Our inability to stop the run consistently has led a little bit to our demise."

The last three foes -- Stanford, USC and Oregon -- each rushed for more than 200 yards in wins over the Wildcats, including 389 yards on the ground from the Ducks. But the Sun Devils, not unlike the Wildcats, are a passing team. Arizona ranks No. 1 (314 yards passing per game) and the Sun Devils second (288.2 yards per game) in the Pac-10 in passing.

Speaking of passing, both teams have interesting quarterback situations, which will be interesting heading into the offseason and spring practices as well.

When Sun Devils starter Steven Threet suffered a concussion early against UCLA, Brock Osweiler came off the bench and was brilliant, passing for 380 yards and four touchdowns. He'll start Thursday, and if he plays well, expect there to be another tight QB competition in Tempe before the 2011 season.

As for the Wildcats, Nick Foles is one of the best quarterbacks in the country and likely will get preseason All-American attention in 2011. He threw for a career-high 448 yards at Oregon last week. Still, backup Matt Scott did enough in two starts while Foles was hurt to make a big impression on Stoops.

"It will be a conversation for another day how we move forward with both of these players moving into their senior year next year," Stoops said.

In other words, he wants Scott to anticipate playing a role next fall as more than a pure backup.

Last year's game between these two was a defensive-minded thriller, a 20-17 Arizona victory that was heartbreaking for the Sun Devils. ASU receiver Kyle Williams made a spectacular catch in the end zone to tie the game at 17, but just moments later he muffed a punt that set up the Wildcats' game-winning field goal. Afterwards, their was a brief fight at midfield as tempers flared.

Expect another tight one in this underrated rivalry.

"They are much improved football team than they were a year ago," Stoops said. "They are way better offensively. They have an identity."

If Stoops' team prevails, it figures to return to the national rankings -- it's already No. 23 in the BCS standings -- and then play in a quality bowl game against a nationally ranked Big 12 team.

It's not yet certain what a win would mean for the Sun Devils in terms of the postseason. But an upset victory might be viewed this way in the big picture: As a launching point for justifiable optimism heading into 2011.

What desert 'sickness' will Oregon bring?

September, 21, 2010
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Oregon is just sick. And by "sick" we mean sick in the ironic way the cool kids talk. Just go look at these numbers. We'll wait here.

See? Sick. Oregon ranks No. 1 in the nation in just about all the cool statistical categories -- total and scoring defense, total and scoring offense, etc.

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Kirby Lee/US PresswireDarron Thomas (left), LaMichael James and the rest of the Ducks are sitting atop the NCAA offensive rankings.
Of course, not everything is perfect. Oregon only ranks No. 2 in the nation in rushing offense, averaging a scant 380.67 yards per game, so that's a problem. Better get on that, Chip Kelly.

It's fair to ask if there's anything the fifth-ranked Ducks aren't doing well.

"I don't know the answer to that," Kelly said. "We don't put a whole heck of a lot into the stats after three games... I think we are playing well. I think we're playing hard. I like our effort. But we still have a ways to go to be a really, really good football team."

Oregon is bringing its PlayStation numbers to Arizona State on Saturday. In the preseason, this game probably elicited a "meh" from most observers. Oregon was projected No. 1 in the Pac-10. ASU was tapped ninth. And two games into the season, the reaction was likely the same.

But then the Sun Devils outplayed No. 11 Wisconsin on the road in a 20-19 defeat. There were so many ways that game could have turned in their favor, but there was an obvious positive spin, despite the loss: Arizona State can compete at a high level.

No, coaches and players don't like to talk about "moral" victories, but let's just say Kelly won't need to work hard this week to get his players to take their visit to Tempe seriously after they look at the Sun Devils-Badgers game film.

Coach Dennis Erickson said his team is more confident.

"I would say we are," he said. "We had chance to win a football game on the road against what we thought was a good football team. And yet, in looking at it, we did not play like we're capable of playing."

It's another good sign for the Sun Devils that a question about "moral" victories and "gaining confidence" seems to make quarterback Steven Threet wrinkle his nose in irritation.

"We didn't feel like the underdogs," he said. "I feel like going into it we knew we were a good team. I think some people thought it was a measuring stick for us, but I don't think anybody on our team believes in moral victories. We went in there to win the game. That was our goal."

Oregon thrashed the Sun Devils 44-21 in 2009, but the offense the Ducks will face on Saturday is a far more talented and confident outfit. That can be traced first to Threet, who is second in the conference with 280 yards passing per game, then to better offensive line play -- see 156 yards rushing per game -- and a deeper, more athletic array of skill players who can punish a defense when it messes up an assignment.

A lot like Oregon can.

Of course, the Ducks defense will be the best unit the Sun Devils have seen. But the same can be said for the Ducks offense.

In fact, if you are looking for a key matchup, start with Sun Devils linebacker Vontaze Burfict vs. the Ducks spread-option. While it's always about disciplined team defense when opposing the Ducks misdirection, Burfict is the sort of individual talent who could make things tough on running backs LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner.

Burfict upped his game at Wisconsin and became a force. He needs to take it a few more clicks forward against the Ducks (without committing any boneheaded personal foul or conduct penalties).

"That's probably the best he's played [at Wisconsin]," Erickson said. "But he hasn't played near what he is capable of. He's getting better all the time. You've got to be disciplined against any offense but particularly this one. If you make a mistake and miss a tackle against Oregon, they'll take it to the house."

Another level of intrigue: Two Sun Devils have more than the obvious reasons to dislike the Ducks. Receiver Aaron Pflugrad transferred from Oregon to ASU after his father, receivers coach Robin Pflugrad, was fired by Kelly. And Sun Devils defensive tackle Bo Moos is the son of Bill Moos, who was forced out as Oregon's athletic director in 2007.

"Obviously, they both want to play well against the University of Oregon, where they have had ties over the years," Erickson said. "But I think they'll have the emotional aspect of it under control."

Oregon has looked sick on both sides of the ball thus far. But there will be strong emotions, newfound confidence, a home crowd and a hot desert evening swinging the Sun Devils way.

Maybe all that will combine to make the Ducks just sick enough -- in the traditional sense of the word -- that the Sun Devils can notch the upset.

Pac-10 lunch links: Darron Thomas takes over for Oregon

September, 3, 2010
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Happy Friday. A really happy Friday, in fact, eh?

Tuitea leads Sun Devils in weight room

May, 17, 2010
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Arizona State's Toa Tuitea, a sophomore defensive tackle, has been named the Sun Devils' "Hard Hat Program Champion," which recognizes his work in the football program's strength and conditioning program.

He topped a list of 48 Sun Devils who were honored.

A news release from the school said the "Hard Hat Program was created to reward those individuals who do what's right in the weight room even when no one is looking ... a Hard Hat Player is someone who is self-motivated, a competitor, committed to personal and team excellence, dependable, accountable, disciplined and most importantly, puts the team first."

To become a Hard Hat Player, a player has to achieve a certain point total during winter workouts. He earns points based on his effort for strength training, speed development and conditioning sessions. They are also awarded points for competitive events and performing extra workouts in the "Blitz Package Program." Each athlete is evaluated after every workout by the sports performance staff with input from an athlete's position coach when applicable.

The list of the honored includes: Corey Adams, Derrall Anderson, George Bell, Omar Bolden, Jarrid Bryant, Mike Callaghan, Jonathan Clark, Chris Coyle, Dean DeLeone, Eddie Elder, Steven Figueroa, Evan Finkenberg, Clint Floyd, Garth Gerhart, Lawrence Guy, Jon Hargis, J.J. Holliday, Matt Hustad, Osahon Irabor, Patrick Jamison, Keelan Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Anthony Jones, Kyle Johnson, Cameron Kastl, Ronald Kennedy, Dan Knapp, Trevor Kohl, LeQuan Lewis, Shelly Lyons, Cameron Marshall, Shane McCullen, Jamal Miles, Bo Moos, James Morrison, Gerald Munns, Brock Osweiler, Aaron Pflugrad, Cole Rarrick, Jamarr Robinson, Andrew Sampson, Zach Schlink, Max Smith, Adam Tello, Steven Threet, Matthew Tucker and Thomas Weber.

Starters or key contributors who didn't make the list (for whatever reason, including injury or excused absence) include: linebacker Vontaze Burfict, receiver Gerell Robinson, receiver Kerry Taylor, defensive end James Brooks, defensive tackle Williams Sutton, defensive tackle Saia Falahola, defensive end Greg Smith and linebacker Brandon Magee.

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