Pac-12: Pierre Singfield

Arizona State takes a couple of hits at cornerback

November, 11, 2009
11/11/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Arizona State has announced an indefinite suspension for cornerback Terell Carr for violating team rules.

The East Valley Tribune reported that Carr was arrested on suspicion of three misdemeanor's Tuesday.

Coupled with cornerback Omar Bolden's season-ending knee injury, the Sun Devils are perilously thin at cornerback as they head to Oregon.

Redshirt freshman Deveron Carr, who made his first-career start last weekend against USC, and senior Pierre Singfield are expected to start for the Sun Devils on Saturday. Behind them are sophomore Josh Jordan and junior LeQuan Lewis, but the Arizona Republic reported that Jordan was slowed Tuesday by a sore ankle.

"Hopefully, he can play," coach Dennis Erickson told the newspaper. "If not, we're down to three corners."

Carr has started seven games this year.

This is the Sun Devils' second suspension this week. Running back Ryan Bass was suspended for violating team rules on Sunday.

Ranking the Pac-10 cornerbacks

August, 31, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller


As a UCLA observer wryly noted, ESPN.com has Bruins cornerback Alterraun Verner as a first-team All-American, while the Pac-10 blog had California's Syd'Quan Thompson and Oregon's Walter Thurmond III as the first-team All-Pac-10 corners.

Yes, there were coin flips involved. There are a lot of good cornerbacks in this conference.

Fact is, the guy who deserves to gripe the most is Arizona's underrated Devin Ross, who was second-team All-Pac-10 a year ago yet seems to be operating in the shadows.
  1. California: Might be the best pair in the nation. Two accomplished, full-time starting cornerbacks from 2008 -- senior Thompson (first-team All-Pac-10) and junior Darian Hagan -- return from a statistically impressive pass defense (24 Ints vs. 12 TD passes).
  2. USC: There are questions here -- is Shareece Wright going to be: 1. healthy; 2. eligible -- but even if Josh Pinkard has to move from safety back to corner, the Trojans are strong here based on pure athleticism.
  3. Arizona: We've mentioned Ross, but Trevin Wade, who steps in for the departed Marquis Hundley, tied Hundley for the team lead with four interceptions in 2008.
  4. UCLA: Verner is as good as anybody in the country, and expectations are high for redshirt freshman Aaron Hester.
  5. Oregon: Coach Chip Kelly tells anyone who will listen that Thurmond is the Ducks best player. Talmadge Jackson and Willie Glasper are 1A and 1B veterans on the opposite side.
  6. Arizona State: Omar Bolden expects to bounce back after a sub-par 2008 season. A troublesome back has returning starter Terell Carr now listed as second-team, with former walk-on Pierre Singfield now No. 1. Safety Clint Floyd might even see action at corner.
  7. Oregon State: The Beavers are replacing both cornerbacks but a strong preseason from Tim Clark and James Dockery ended a lot of hand-wringing over the issue. There's also solid depth.
  8. Washington State: The Cougars pass defense wasn't that bad last year, but that might have been because the run defense was horrible. Things are not completely set here. Brandon Jones will start if his ankle is OK, while Aire Justin is the frontrunner opposite him.
  9. Stanford: Richard Sherman and Corey Gatewood should upgrade the Cardinal's pass defense, but Sherman was a receiver in 2008 and Gatewood was injured. And Stanford was terrible against the pass last year.
  10. Washington: Speaking of terrible against the pass... the Huskies allowed opponents to complete 67 percent of their passes and surrendered 24 TD passes with just seven interceptions in 2008. Quinton Richardson will man one side while the uncertain health of redshirt freshman Justin Glenn means true freshman Desmond Trufant or junior Vonzell McDowell will start on the other side.

Fanaika joins special list of Arizona State walk-ons

April, 28, 2009
4/28/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Arizona State not only continued a tradition of getting at least one player selected in the NFL draft each of the past 45 years over the weekend, it also continued its recent tradition of former walk-ons getting drafted.

Offensive lineman Paul Fanaika, a former walk-on, was picked in the seventh round by the Philadelphia Eagles, so he now joins this impressive list -- it includes two first-round picks -- supplied by the ASU sports information department:

Adam Archuleta, safety, St. Louis Rams (1st round pick)
Vince Amoia, fullback, New York Jets
Brian Jennings, long snapper, San Francisco 49ers
Levi Jones, offensive line, Cincinnati Bengals, (1st round pick)
John Knight, linebacker, San Diego Chargers
Jason Kyle, long snapper/linebacker, Seattle Seahawks
Brad Williams, punter, Minnesota Vikings

Levi Jones has established the Levi Jones Scholarship at ASU, which can go to a deserving walk-on each year.

Who might be next?

Well, two former walk-ons are expected to see significant action next fall: running back James Morrison and cornerback Pierre Singfield.

ASU notes: Sullivan steps up

April, 9, 2009
4/09/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson began spring practices speaking highly of senior quarterback Danny Sullivan, and it now appears he wasn't just trying to buck up the three-year backup.

Sullivan is the clear No. 1 on the depth chart, with sophomores Samson Szakacsy and Chasen Stangel and true freshman Brock Osweiler battling for positioning in the overall pecking order behind him.

Sullivan's superior knowledge of the offense has helped, but he's also made plays, even with his feet, something the 6-foot-4, 242 pounder hasn't previously shown an ability to do.

"He's not the most mobile guy who's ever walked but he can run when he has to," Erickson said. "And he's got a gun. And he's been very accurate, which, to me, that's what it's all about."

While the defense has dominated spring practices, Sullivan appears to have earned team-wide respect.

"He'll be fine," linebacker Mike Nixon said. "He's a big guy with a strong arm who's smart. He knows the system. They're going to use him the right way and keep him within the system."

  • Sophomore Garth Gerhart, brother to Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, has passed returning senior starter Thomas Altieri at center.
  • Injuries have been a big issue. At least seven potential starters -- including three offensive lineman -- are sitting out.
  • Senior Dimitri Nance earned praise from Erickson for a good spring and is No. 1 at tailback.
  • With cornerback Omar Bolden sitting out while recovering from shoulder surgery Terell Carr, Pierre Singfield and LeQuan Lewis have played well, suggesting there's good depth at the position.
  • Linebacker prospect Jordan Zumwalt of Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., watched practice Wednesday. Arizona State, Washington State and Boise State have already offered him, but he's expected to draw more attention in the Pac-10 over the coming months.

Pac-10 Morning: Arizona in search of 2-0

September, 4, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

They say fans improve the most between week one and week two.

Pac-10 Morning: No more QB rotation for Cal

September, 3, 2008
9/03/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Anyone else believe the Pac-10 might be a little deeper than it was initially projected?

  • After Nate Longshore threw a pair of ill-advised interceptions during his brief playing time against Michigan State, California coach Jeff Tedford has decided that Kevin Riley is the exclusive QB. No more rotating, which is a good call, says Gary Peterson. Post-practice notes. More here.
  • Coach Mike Stoops on Arizona's defense: physical, good tackling. And that included the backups.
  • This might be a concern: After WR Chris McGaha nursed a pesky toe injury throughout the preseason, now WR Michael Jones, who caught six passes for 162 yards against Northern Arizona, is dealing with a strained Achilles tendon. Walk-on CB Pierre Singfield has broken through for Arizona State.
  • It's still uncertain who gets the QB call at Oregon with Justin Roper still sidelined with a concussion. Some notes.
  • In a big boost for Oregon State's defense, safety Al Afalava is back from suspension. Notes on Saint JoePa here and here. Is this a good time to play a ranked team on the road?
  • Stanford will need to challenge Arizona State's offensive line, And what about the Cardinal passing gameFirst-look Stanford and a feature on DT Ekom Udofia from an ASU perspective.
  • The lowdown on UCLA's injuries, including three senior starters on offense. Still, things are buzzing around the Bruins. The freshmen contributed. Beating Tennessee probably will help recruiting. But the work is far from done.
  • USC jumps to No. 1. What's up with Ohio State's Beanie Wells? USC's got its own injury issues, most particularly LB Rey Maualuga's finger.
  • The worst surprise for Washington at Oregon was the poor production from the offensive line and, ergo, the running game. The closest thing to a Huskies standout was true freshman TE Kavario Middleton.
  • Washington State remains hopeful but it doesn't help that another OL, guard Andrew Roxas, went down in Tuesday's practice with a right knee injury and will be out two games. However, Howie Stalwick's notebook includes this good news: "On a more encouraging note, projected starters Jeshua Anderson (wide receiver), Vaughn Lesuma (offensive tackle) and Reid Forrest (punter) all practiced after extended absences due to injury." More on injuries. The defense played fairly well against Oklahoma State.
  • Some SEC fans are coming to terms with the notion of respect. Dan Raley surveys the Pac-10, leading with speculation on Washington coach Tyrone Willingham's job status.

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