Sun Devil Football Opens Pac-12 Play at Home vs. Colorado – Arizona State University Athletics


THE GAME –  The Solar Satan Soccer program returns residence this weekend seeking to shake off its first lack of the yr because it hosts the Colorado Buffaloes in each groups’ Pac-12 Opener this Saturday, Sept. 25 at Solar Satan Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The sport is scheduled for a 7:30 AZT kickoff and will likely be broadcast nationally on ESPNU (Mike Corey and Tom Ramsey on the decision) and accessible over the airwaves regionally on 620 AM/98.7 FM HD-2 (Tim Healey, Jeff Van Raaphorst, Jordan Simone, Jeff Munn).


THE BUFFALOES/PAC-12 OPENERS –  This would be the second straight regular season ASU has taken on Colorado to kickoff Pac-12 play (L, 31-34 in 2019). Whereas ASU is 8-3 within the all-time collection in opposition to Colorado, the Buffaloes have received three of the final 4. The Solar Devils have a penchant for placing up huge numbers over Colorado, averaging 36.5 factors per recreation within the collection with simply three video games coming below the 30-point mark. 

ASU is 17-23-2 all-time in Pac-12 Openers general, although it’s 26-15-1 all-time in its first Pac-12 HOME recreation of the yr. 


KICKING OFF

  • ASU’s secondary has mixed for 135 profession begins, a complete that’s second within the nation behind solely Indiana. The group is led by Chase Lucas’ 42 profession begins, who wants six extra begins this season to interrupt the Solar Satan faculty report at present held by Dexter Davis (47).
  • ASU has 25 dashing touchdowns in its final 6 video games – essentially the most of any FBS staff over their most up-to-date six-game stretch forward of Buffalo (21).
  • ASU has compelled 40 turnovers in its final 14 video games relationship again to 2019, good for essentially the most within the nation over an 14-game span and 6 greater than another staff over that 14-game span (Iowa, 34).
  • ASU has held three straight opponents below 400 whole yards of offense, the primary time it did so since holding three straight below 300 yards in 2014 (Stanford, @Washington, Utah). ASU held 5 straight opponents below 400 whole yards of offense in 2013 (COLO, UW, @WSU, @UTAH, OSU).
  • The Solar Devils rank twenty seventh within the FBS in common beginning subject place (31.1 yard line) whereas holding the opposition to the Nineteenth-worst place (24.5 yard line). 
  • The Solar Satan secondary has compelled 12 “protection sacks” (performs the place the opposing QB needed to maintain the ball for 3.0 plus seconds or throw it away), good for Tenth-most within the nation.
  • ASU has rushed for 150 or extra yards in eight straight video games relationship again to 2019. It’s the longest such streak since a 12-game span between 1975-76.

AN ASU VICTORY WOULD…

  • Transfer the Solar Devils to 26-15-1 all-time within the staff’s first HOME Pac-12 recreation
  • Enhance ASU to 18-23-2 all-time in Pac-12 openers (general) 
  • Make ASU 9-3 within the all-time collection over Colorado
  • Be the primary time ASU began Pac-12 play 1-0 below Herm Edwards

MILESTONE WATCH

  • 33 passing/dashing yards by Jayden Daniels to succeed in 5,000 in his profession (At the moment at 4,967)
  • 2.0 tackles for loss by Tyler Johnson to succeed in 25 in his profession (At the moment at 23.0)
  • 6.5 sacks by Tyler Johnson to maneuver into the High-10 in ASU profession historical past (wants 19.0, at present at 12.5)
  • 6 begins by Chase Lucas to grow to be ASU’s all-time chief in profession begins (wants 48, at present at 42)
  • 4 tackles by Chase Lucas to succeed in 200 in his profession (at present at 196)
  • 5 tackles by Darien Butler to succeed in 200 in his profession (at present at 195)
  • 15 tackles by Evan Fields  to succeed in 200 in his profession (at present at 185)

BY THE NUMBERS

135 – ASU’s secondary has mixed for 135 profession begins, a complete that’s second within the nation behind solely Indiana (150). The group is led by Chase Lucas’ 42 profession begins, who wants six to interrupt the Solar Satan faculty report at present held by Dexter Davis (47). Since 2018, that secondary has allowed simply 5 passing performs over 50 yards (none final yr or this yr thus far). The Solar Satan secondary has compelled 12 “protection sacks” (performs the place the opposing QB has to carry the ball for 3.0 plus seconds and/or throw it away), good for Tenth-most within the nation.

46 – For the reason that begin of final season, the Solar Satan defensive position has compelled a quarterback strain on 46.7 p.c of opponent passing performs – the second-highest within the FBS in that span. This feat is made extra spectacular contemplating ASU has blitzed simply 19.2 p.c of snaps in that point – ninth fewest nationally .Since final season, ASU’s defensive position has recorded 33 tackles for loss or tackles for no acquire – second within the Pac-12 (Colorado, 35), regardless of taking part in the fewest video games within the league in that point. The defensive position has compelled 61 pressures thus far this season, good for fourth within the Pac-12. 

40 – ASU has compelled 40 turnovers in its final 14 video games relationship again to 2019, good for essentially the most within the nation over an 14-game span. Actually, even with no takeaway in opposition to UNLV, ASU nonetheless has six extra over 14 video games than second-place Iowa. ASU has a number of takeaways in 11 of these (and three or extra in six of them). ASU has 45 takeaways general since 2019, Tenth amongst Energy 5 groups regardless of taking part in considerably fewer video games than most colleges in 2020. ASU has outscored opponents 792-403 since 2012 on factors of turnovers, scoring 63.9 p.c of the time after a takeaway.

23 – ASU has held opponents to lower than 30 factors in 23 of 33 video games below Herm Edwards, notable because it DID enable 30+ in 32 of 43 earlier video games relationship again in a span from 2013-17. The Solar Devils have allowed simply 93 offensive touchdowns (2.8 per recreation/33 video games) since Herm Edwards assumed the reins in 2018 – Fifteenth-fewest amongst FBS packages. For reference, ASU gave up 109 offensive touchdowns alone between 2016 and 2017 (4.4 per recreation/25 video games).The Solar Devils have held their opponents below 400 yards of whole offense in three straight video games for the primary time since 2014 (STAN, @WSU, UTAH). It had 5 straight video games with the feat in 2013. 

7 – ASU has allowed simply seven performs over 50 yards to opponents because the 2018 season over 33 video games. The .21 50+ yard performs per recreation allowed are second-fewest within the FBS in that point behind solely Washington (.12 p.c on 4 performs over 34 video games). ASU ranked within the backside 10 nationally in 50+ yards performed allowed annually from 2014-17. .Since 2018, ASU has allowed simply 46 30-yard performs (1.4 per recreation/33 video games)). For perspective, from 2014-17, ASU gave up 38, 44, 40, 40 such performs, respectively ranked 116th, 124th, 117th and 119th. ASU is certainly one of simply 10 remaining FBS groups to not enable a play over 40 yards thus yr.

1 – ASU’s offensive line has allowed a strain on simply 15.7 p.c of quarterback dropbacks this yr, the bottom whole within the FBS. All instructed, the ASU offensive line has allowed simply 14 quarterback pressures this yr – eight fewer than another Pac-12 faculty and Tenth-fewest within the FBS (although triple possibility offenses Military and Air Drive rank first and ninth). The staff has a 84.8 p.c rating as a pass-blocking unit, almost 10-points greater than another Pac-12 faculty and fourth within the FBS. ASU’s offensive line has allowed simply 228 mixed quarterback pressures by opponents since 2019 – Seventh-fewest amongst Energy 5 faculties.


DANNNGGGGG DANIELS

  • Jayden Daniels is at present the Seventh-highest graded offensive participant within the Pac-12 this season (80.1) and third amongst quarterbacks.
  • Daniels is Twentieth within the FBS since 2019 in fourth quarter passing yards (1,030) whereas his 10 landing passes within the last body are tied for Tenth.
  • Daniels has an NFL passer ranking of 115.6 within the fourth quarter of video games, third-highest amongst FBS quarterbacks since 2019. 
  • Since 2019, Daniels is fifth within the FBS in yards per move try with 11+ yards to go at 11.3 ypa whereas he’s second in yards per completion within the class (17.8 on 894 yards and 50 catches). His NFL passer ranking with over 11+ yards to go since 2019 is 122.0, second within the nation.
  • His 953 dashing yards general (sacks excluded) are Seventeenth amongst energetic quarterbacks and his 6.2 yards per rush are 14th. 
  • Daniels rushed for 125 yards in opposition to UNLV, his second profession 100+ yard recreation and the fourth-most by a quarterback in program historical past (he additionally holds the fifth-best tally with 111 at USC final yr).
  • Daniels has picked up a primary down together with his toes on third down 54.8 p.c of the time – Thirteenth amongst FBS operating backs since 2019.
  • Amongst gamers with no less than 400 passing makes an attempt since 2019, Jayden Daniels ranks fourth in fewest interceptions with simply six on 494 makes an attempt (1.2 p.c of his throws).
  • Daniels has thrown only one interception on third down in his profession, tied for third-fewest within the FBS since 2019 (min. 75 makes an attempt). The interception did not come till the Nineteenth recreation of his profession (BYU this season).
  • Since 2019, Daniels is third amongst FBS quarterbacks in yards per try on third down at 9.3 (1,149 yards on 123 makes an attempt).
  • Amongst Energy 5 quarterbacks with no less than 75 third-down makes an attempt since 2019, Daniels is Fifteenth with an NFL quarterback ranking of 100.6.

RUSH HOUR

  • ASU’s 25 dashing touchdowns over its final six video games are essentially the most within the FBS over a six-game span forward of Buffalo (18).
  • ASU has gone over the 200-yard mark on the bottom in six of its final 9 video games relationship again to 2019. The Maroon & Gold are averaging 248.0 yards dashing over their previous seven video games. 
  • ASU has eight-straight video games relationship again to 2019 with over 150 dashing yards. It’s the longest such streak since a 12-game run over 150 yards over the ultimate 9 video games of 1975 and first three of 1976.
  • ASU is 18th nationally and first within the Pac-12 with 226.3 dashing yards per recreation this season.
  • ASU led the Pac-12 and was seventh nationally in averaging 264.2 dashing yards per recreation final season. It was the very best single-season tally at ASU because the 1981 staff posted 266.6 yards per recreation on the bottom. 
  • ASU’s success this season has come largely by its receivers grinding on the skin with the trio of Andre Johnson, Johnny Wilson and Ricky Pearsall rating as the first, 2nd, and third highest-graded receivers within the Pac-12 as run blockers and 1st, 2nd and 14th amongst FBS receivers general.
  • Beginning with 1996 season, ASU’s 22 dashing touchdowns within the final two video games of 2020 and first two of 2021 had been essentially the most by any Pac-12 staff over a four-game stretch (Oregon, 21, 2013). Actually, it’s the fourth-most by any FBS staff in that span (Nebraska 25, 27, 24, 23 at factors within the 1997 season; Georgia Tech, 25 from 2014-15 and Georgia Tech once more, 24 in 2018). ASU’s 19 dashing touchdowns between the ultimate two video games final season and first of this yr had been the second within the FBS general since 1996 over a three-game stretch subsequent to the Nebraska staff.

THE PRICE IS WHITE

  • Rachaad White has a dashing landing in 5 straight video games relationship again to final season and has a number of in 4 of these. His 5 dashing touchdowns this season are ninth within the nation
  • White is the highest-graded operating again within the Pac-12 this season (75.1) and the Twenty third-highest graded one within the FBS.
  • He’s additionally the second-highest graded operating again within the league as a receiver (74.6) and ninth-highest graded within the class nationally amongst backs. His 15 targets within the run recreation are 5 greater than another Pac-12 participant and seventh amongst operating backs nationally. His 14 receptions are six greater than another Pac-12 again and sixth amongst FBS operating backs.
  • White has rushed for 15 first downs this season, second amongst Pac-12 backs
  • A credit score to his easy cuts and the large males in entrance of him, 58.0 p.c of White’s dashing yards got here earlier than contact final season. He averaged 5.8 yards per rush with out being touched on the yr – tops within the nation and three.0 extra yards than another participant within the league
  • White led the nation in averaging 10.0 yards per rush (420 yards on 42 makes an attempt) whereas he was 14th nationally in all-purpose yards per recreation (151.0). He was second amongst Pac-12 operating backs with 151 receiving yards and caught all eight of his targets.

GOING OFF THE RAILS ON A CRAZY TRAYANUM

  • DeaMonte Trayanum was the highest-graded operating again within the Pac-12 in Week One, posting an general offensive rating of 86.1.
  • Trayanum was the highest-graded operating again within the Pac-12 final season by PFF with a rating of 87.6 – 4.4 factors greater than another again within the league. White was fourth within the Pac-12 with a rating of 82.5.
  • Towards UCLA, Chip Trayanum turned the primary true freshman to hurry for 100 yards in a recreation since Demario Richard in 2014 (14 for 116 vs. Utah – the eighth recreation of the yr). In doing so in simply his second recreation as a Solar Satan, he turned the quickest freshman to have a 100-yard recreation since Keegan Herring rushed for 134 yards on 12 carries in his debut within the season opener for ASU
  • Trayanum averaged a primary down or landing on 36.7 p.c of his carries final season, tops within the league simply forward of his teammate, White (35.7).

IN-NGATA DA VIDA

  • To not be misplaced within the shuffle of ASU’s dynamic 1-2 punch, redshirt freshman Daniyel Ngata has quietly put up the Pac-12’s fourth-highest grade amongst operating backs with no less than 40 snaps (77.9).
  • Ngata has simply 46 snaps on the yr, of which 20 have been acknowledged as “key snaps” by PFF, notable because the 14 gamers with extra within the class within the Pac-12 have between 56-136 offensive snaps.
  • Ngata has registered 12 first downs/touchdowns dashing on 25 makes an attempt this season, a 48.0 first down/TD proportion price that’s eight factors greater than any participant within the league and 15 factors greater than teammate Rachaad White (33.3) – who’s a decent fifth within the Pac-12 within the class.
  • Amongst all FBS backs with no less than 25 carries, that 48.0 proportion is fourth within the nation and second within the Energy 5 (Auburn’s Jarquez Hunter at 50.0 p.c).
  • Ngata’s success has come from his unimaginable skill to hit the holes with an awesome sprint of velocity, as 64.5 p.c of his whole yards have earlier than he’s even touched – the second-highest tally within the league (Stanford’s Austin Jones at 65.3).
  • Ngata has averaged 4.7 yards per rush earlier than contact this yr, essentially the most within the Pac-12.

HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS

  • Arizona State has performed in 11 whole video games determined by 4 factors or much less within the Herm Edwards period (since 2018), which is tied for fifth within the FBS in that point behind Kansas State (13), Iowa State (12), TCU (12) and North Carolina (12).
  • ASU has seven wins in video games determined by 4 factors or much less (7-4 report), tied for second behind Nevada (8) for essentially the most wins by 4 factors or fewer since 2018.
  • The Solar Devils have performed in 19 video games determined by a landing or much less since 2018, going 9-10 in that point. The 19 video games are fourth behind Texas (21), Oklahoma State (20) and North Carolina (20) for essentially the most within the nation in that span.

A HAND IN THE COOKIE JAR

  • ASU has compelled 40 turnovers in its final 43 video games relationship again to 2019, good for essentially the most within the nation over an 14-game span. Actually, even regardless of not having a takeaway in opposition to UNLV, the subsequent closest staff (Iowa) has simply 34. ASU has a number of takeaways in 11 of these (and three or extra in six of them).
  • ASU has compelled 45 offensive turnovers general since 2019, Tenth amongst all FBS groups regardless of taking part in considerably fewer video games than most colleges in 2020.
  • The Devils had been tops within the nation in turnover margin final season at 2.00. ASU was sixth nationally in turnover margin in 2019 (1.08). 
  • ASU (eleventh in 2018) is certainly one of simply two groups nationally to rank within the High-25 in turnover margin in every of the final three seasons (Georgia Southern) and solely ASU was within the top-15 in every of these seasons.
  • The Solar Satan protection has compelled a fumble 38 instances on 1,426 performs run in opposition to it since 2019. The two.7 fumble proportion is essentially the most of any Energy 5 faculty in that point.
  • ASU compelled a turnover on 4 of Southern Utah’s 11 drives within the opener (36.4 p.c). ASU compelled an opponent turnover on 25.0 p.c of drives final season, tops within the nation. ASU compelled a turnover on 17.5 p.c of opponent possessions in 2019, good for 4th nationally. 
  • ASU has outscored opponents 792-403 in factors off takeaways since 2012. 
  • Since 2012, ASU has scored 63.9 p.c of the time following an opponent turnover (133 of 208) whereas discovering the top zone 98 instances in that span (47.1 p.c).
  • Conversely, opponents have scored simply 47.8 p.c of the time following an ASU turnover since 2012 (68 of 142) with 52 touchdowns (36.6 p.c).
  • ASU turned the ball over 5 instances final yr, seventh nationally. The Devils turned the ball over simply 14 instances in 2019 – the Twentieth-lowest whole within the FBS. 
  • ASU is certainly one of simply three groups to rank within the High-25 in fewest interceptions thrown in every of the final three seasons, alongside triple-option offenses from Air Drive and Navy.

LOCKING IT DOWN

  • ASU is certainly one of 10 remaining FBS groups to not enable an opponent play over 40 yards this yr. The staff has the Seventeenth-fewest 20+ yard performs allowed (8) and Thirteenth-fewest 30+ yard performs (3).
  • The Solar Devils have compelled a three-and-out on 14 of opponents 33 drives this season (42.4 p.c).
  • The Solar Devils have held their opponents below 400 yards of whole offense in three straight video games for the primary time since 2014 (STAN, @WSU, UTAH). It had 5 straight video games with the feat in 2013. 
  • ASU has allowed simply seven performs over 50 yards to opponents because the 2018 season over 33 video games. The .21 50+ yard performs per recreation allowed are second-fewest within the FBS in that point behind solely Washington (.12 p.c on 4 performs over 34 video games). ASU ranked within the backside 10 nationally in 50+ yards performed allowed annually from 2014-17.
  • ASU is certainly one of simply seven groups within the nation to rank within the High-35 in fewest performs over 30 yards allowed in EACH of the final three seasons (Cal, Washington, Utah, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern). 
  • Since 2018, ASU has allowed simply 46 30-yard performs (1.4 per recreation/33 video games)). For perspective, from 2014-17, ASU gave up 38, 44, 40, 40 such performs, respectively ranked 116th, 124th, 117th and 119th. 
  • Within the final three-plus seasons mixed, the Solar Satan secondary has allowed simply 16 whole passing performs over 40 yards. For perspective, it had 12 alone in 2017, 22 in 2016 and 24 in 2015 – the latter two ranked second to final and final, respectively, within the nation.

KEEP ‘EM OFF THE BOARD

  • ASU shut out UNLV within the second half, the primary time it held an opponent scoreless within the second half since doing so in opposition to Washington on Nov. 14, 2015.
  • The Solar Devils have allowed simply 93 offensive touchdowns (2.8 per recreation/33 video games) since Herm Edwards assumed the reins in 2018 – Fifteenth-fewest amongst FBS packages. For reference, ASU gave up 109 offensive touchdowns alone between 2016 and 2017 (4.4 per recreation/25 video games).
  • ASU has held opponents to lower than 30 factors in 23 of 33 video games below Herm Edwards, notable because it DID enable 30+ in 32 of 43 earlier video games relationship again to a span from 2013-17. 
  • Final season, ASU was first within the Pac-12 in permitting simply 23.2 factors per recreation (thirty second nationally). In 2019, ASU was thirty fifth within the nation, permitting 22.4 factors per recreation. The Solar Devils allowed simply 25.5 factors per recreation in 2018, good for 53rd nationally. These totals are notable as ASU was 103rd nationally at 32.8 factors per recreation allowed in 2017 and had completed 99th or worse in three consecutive seasons previous to the marked enchancment the previous three seasons. 
  • Since 2019, ASU has allowed a a second half landing on simply 19.8 p.c of drives (25 of 126) – the 18th-fewest within the FBS.

THE NEXT LEVEL

  • The Solar Satan secondary has compelled 12 “protection sacks” (performs the place the opposing QB has to carry the ball for 3.0 plus seconds and/or throw it away), good for Tenth-most within the nation.
  • Opponents have an NFL quarterback ranking of simply 59.5 this season – 14th-lowest within the nation.
  • ASU is 14th within the nation in permitting simply 143.3 passing yards per recreation.
  • ASU’s protection has a compelled incompletion proportion of 13.3 p.c – Tenth within the nation
  • Since 2020, ASU has allowed an explosive passing play (15+ yards) simply 11.2 p.c of the time (31 on 277 makes an attempt) – the Fifteenth-lowest tally within the FBS.

THRILL OF THE CHASE

  • Chase Lucas has 42 profession begins, needing simply six to interrupt Dexter Davis’ faculty report of 47.
  • Lucas was the very best graded nook within the Pac-12 in protection final season with a grade of 84.7 and the Sixteenth-highest graded nook within the nation. He’s the fifth highest graded nook within the Pac-12 to date this season.
  • He allowed simply 109 yards in protection, seventh fewest within the Pac-12 whereas his 7.8 yards allowed per catch had been third within the league and solely allowed 5 first downs, fourth fewest within the league and compelled 5 incompletions – good for third within the league.
  • Lucas allowed a primary down or landing simply 31.8 p.c of the time, seventh-lowest within the Pac-12, and allowed only one participant over 15 yards, second-lowest within the league.
  • Amongst gamers with no less than 250 defensive snaps, Lucas was the fifth-highest graded defensive participant within the Pac-12, no matter place, with a rating of 81.4 from Professional Soccer Focus. He was the highest-rated cornerback within the league.
  • Lucas recorded a rating of 84.8 in move protection for the season, the very best for a cornerback within the league and the second-highest of any defensive participant.
  • He was the sixth-highest graded cornerback within the nation in move protection and the Twelfth-highest graded cornerback within the nation general.
  • Lucas compelled an incompletion on 27.3 p.c of the passes thrown his means, the ninth-best tally amongst corners nationally.
  • He was focused simply 22 instances on the season regardless of taking part in over 90 p.c of the staff’s defensive snaps, permitting simply 14 catches.

JACK OF ALL TRADES

  • Jack Jones is at present the highest-graded nook within the Pac-12 (80.5) and Tenth-highest graded nook within the nation.
  • Opponent quarterbacks have only a 33.3 NFL QB ranking when targetting Jones this season – the fourth lowest whole amongst Pac-12 corners (min. 50 snaps in protection).
  • Jones has been targetted on simply 10 of his 83 snaps in protection, a 12.0 goal proportion that’s sixth-lowest among the many league’s corners. 
  • Jones has allowed simply two first downs in protection on the yr, additionally good for the sixth-lowest tally within the league.

IN THE TRENCHES

  • Ladarius Henderson and Kellen Diesch are tied for sixth amongst offensive linement within the nation with just one QB strain allowed on the yr. Dohnovan West is fourth amongst Pac-12 heart with simply two QB pressures allowed whereas Henry Hattis and Ben Scott are tied for Sixteenth amongst all Pac-12 linemen with simply three.
  • All instructed, the ASU offensive line has allowed simply 14 quarterback pressures this yr – eight fewer than another Pac-12 faculty and Tenth-fewest within the FBS (although triple possibility offenses Military and Air Drive rank first and ninth). 
  • The road has allowed a strain on simply 15.7 p.c of quarterback dropbacks this yr, the bottom whole within the FBS.
  • The staff has a 84.8 p.c rating as a pass-blocking unit, almost 10-points greater than another Pac-12 faculty and fourth within the FBS
  • ASU’s offensive line has allowed simply 228 mixed quarterback pressures by opponents since 2019 – Seventh-fewest amongst Energy 5 faculties. That is made extra spectacular by the very fact ASU has confronted a blitz 36.8 p.c of the time in that interval – Twelfth-most among the many Energy 5.
  • Kellen Diesch is at present the second highest-graded offensive participant within the Pac-12 (87.5) and the Ninth-highest graded deal with within the FBS.
  • DohnovanWest was named a 2021 PFF Preseason All-America decide by Professional Soccer Focus, a 2021 Athlon Sports activities Preseason All-Pac-12 First Workforce Choice and is ranked because the 2021 No. 5 Lindy’s Preseason Middle.
  • West was the Seventh-highest graded guard within the Energy 5 final season, based on PFF (76.7) and tops amongst Pac-12 guards 
  • Kellen Diesch was the 18th highest-graded deal with in amongst Energy 5 faculties final yr, based on PFF and second within the Pac-12 with a rating of 81.3 (simply behind the 14th general choice within the 2021 NFL Draft, Alijah Vera-Tucker of USC (81.8). He’s the very best graded returning deal with within the league.
  • Diesch had the Twenty second-best move blocking grade within the Energy 5 (78.9), second within the league behind Vera-Tucker.

HOLD THE LINE

  • For the reason that begin of final season, the Solar Satan defensive position has compelled a quarterback strain on 46.7 p.c of opponent passing performs – the second-highest within the FBS in that span. This feat is made extra spectacular contemplating ASU has blitzed simply 19.2 p.c of snaps in that point – ninth-fewest nationally.
  • Since final season, ASU’s defensive position has recorded 33 tackles for loss or tackles for no acquire – second within the Pac-12 (Colorado, 35), regardless of taking part in the fewest video games within the league in that point.
  • The group tallied 70 whole quarterback pressures final yr, sixth within the league however a 17.5 strain per recreation common alongside the road that was simply tops within the league.
  • D.J. Davidson is the Pac-12’s highest graded inside lineman in run protection this yr (84.3) and fifth amongst inside linemen within the nation.
  • Davidson is credited with 9 defensive “stops” on run protection, good for third amongst FBS inside linemen.
  • Tyler Johnson is ASU’s energetic chief in tackles for loss (23.0) and sacks (12.5). Final yr, he led the staff with 5.0 sacks and seven.5 tackles for loss, good for fourth within the Pac-12, respectively
  • Johnson was the ninth-highest graded edge defender within the Pac-12 final season as a move rusher (70.3). 
  • Johnson’s 19 quarterback hurries had been fourth within the league amongst edge defenders. He generated strain on 21.3 p.c of his move snaps, second most within the league and sixth-most nationally.
  • Johnson (78.4)  and Michael Matus (78.1) are the sixth and seventh-highest graded edge defenders within the Pac-12 this yr (min. 50 snaps). The duo has been particularly efficient in run protection, grading out foruth and fifth among the many league’s edge defenders this yr.
  • Matus has recorded seven “stops” on run protection, good for fourth amongst Pac-12 edge defenders.

GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ

  • Redshirt freshman defensive again D.J. Taylor picked up proper the place he left off final season. Taylor is fifth within the nation with 127 punt return yards – and that comes regardless of lacking a recreation this yr.
  • Taylor’s presence has led to some unimaginable subject place for ASU, even when he would not report a return resulting from groups kicking away from him or to different gamers. On particular groups performs with Taylor on the sector (six kickoffs, 12 punts, ASU’s common beginning subject place is its personal 34.6 yard line.
  • His efforts garnered him Pac-12 Particular Groups Participant of the Week in Week One. He went over 100 all-purpose yards for the third time in 5 video games as a Solar Satan in that recreation. Not solely did he gather 55 kick return yards, he added 87 punt return yards, the very best whole by anybody participant within the nation throughout week one. He solely wanted three makes an attempt to gather these 87 yards, averaging 29 yards per return. Taylor’s 47-yard punt return is the longest of any participant within the convention this season. 
  • Taylor was the highest-graded participant in the whole nation on punt performs in Week One (83.6) based on PFF. The 83.6 ranking was really 10 factors greater than another participant nationally. His elusiveness was on full show, as he compelled three missed tackles regardless of solely touching the ball 5 instances. 
  • D.J. Taylor was the highest-graded kick returner within the Pac-12 with a grade of 81.1 from Professional Soccer Focus final season – good for Twelfth nationally. Regardless of his knack for achievement on returns, he was really the fourth-highest graded participant on kickoff protection within the Pac-12 as effectively – with a rating of 77.7..
  • Taylor averaged 36.9 whole yards per kick return try (together with yardage on kicks taken out of the top zone), which was seven yards per return greater than another participant within the Pac-12 and fourth amongst any participant within the FBS with no less than 5 kickoff returns.
  • His 107 whole yards on his landing in opposition to Arizona was the longest of any participant within the FBS final season, based on PFF. Taylor took the opening kickoff again for a landing within the Territorial Cup, the primary Solar Satan to perform the feat in opposition to Arizona.
  • He was credited with no less than one deal with in three of the 4 video games final season on the return protection unit.

MIDDLE OF THE LINEUP

  • Darien Butler and Kyle Soelle are the 2nd and third highest graded linebackers general within the Pac-12.
  • Soelle is the league’s highest graded linebacker and third general in run protection this yr (86.4), good for sixth amongst all FBS linebackers. 
  • Soelle and Butler are the second and third highest graded linebackers within the league as move rushers as effectively.
  • Butler (85.7) stays the league’s highest graded linebacker in protection and sixth amongst all FBS linebackers. 
  • The duo lead the staff in tackles this season (Butler at 20 and Soelle at 19), accounting for twenty-four.2 of ASU’s whole tackles on the yr. 
  • Butler has 11 defensive stops on the yr, good for fifth among the many league’s backers.
  • Soelle is credited with only one missed deal with, tops amongst Pac-12 linebackers this yr.


 

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