Team Previews: #47, Arizona State

By BenJ6257
May. 25, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 CollegeSportsCoverage Top 50 preview. Every other day we preview a new team in my top 50 rankings. Todays team is:

The Arizona State Sun Devils

Conference

PAC 12 (South)

2016 Record

5-7

Head Coach

Todd Graham (39-26, sixth year)

Coordinators

OC- Bill Napier

DC- Phil Bennett

Players Lost

K Zane Gonzales

LB Salamo Fiso

OL Evan Goodman

Key Players

RB Demario Richard

RB Kalen Ballage

WR N’Keal Harry

QB Battle: Blake Barnett (Transferred from Bama) vs Manny Wilkins

LB Koron Crump (Ronnie Lott Watch List)

Top Recruits/Class Rank

National Rank: 37

PAC 12 Rank: 8

Top Recruits

RB Eno Benjamin

QB Blake Barnett

CB Alex Perry

DE Tyler Johnson

2016 Recap

The Sun Devils started off the 2016 season hot, opening the year 4-0 with wins over Texas Tech and Cal in that stretch. Sadly, for the ASU faithful they did a complete 180 to close the year, going 0-6 in their final six games with all but one loss by double digits. There were some bright spots as QB Manny Wilkins was efficient prior to injuries, and the emergence of players like now sophomore WR N’Keal Harry, who lead the team in receiving. However, the Sun Devils do lose their unanimous All American Kicker and Lou Groza Award winner Zane Gonzales. Now Todd Graham brings back all of his offensive leaders, and throws former Elite 11 winner Blake Barnett (QB) into that equation, as the offensive is expected to lead the Sun Devils back to a bowl game.

Schedule

Aug 31. New Mexico State

Sep 9. San Diego State

Sep 16. at Texas Tech

Sep 23. Oregon

Sep 30. at Stanford

Oct 14. Washington

Oct 21. at Utah

Oct 28. USC

Nov 4. Colorado

Nov 11. at UCLA

Nov 18. at Oregon State

Nov 25. Arizona

Record Projection

W
W
W
L
L
L
W
L
W
L
W
W
(7-5)

MVP

QB Blake Barnett

WR N’Keal Harry