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2015 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

2015 Arizona State Sun Devils football
Conference Pacific-12 Conference
South Division
2015 record 4–4 (2–3 Pac-12)
Head coach Todd Graham (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Mike Norvell (4th year)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson (2nd year)
Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball (3rd year)
Base defense Hybrid Attacking
Home stadium Sun Devil Stadium
(Capacity: 64,248)
2015 Pacific-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
#9 Stanford   6 0         7 1  
Washington State   3 2         5 3  
Oregon   3 2         5 3  
California   2 3         5 3  
Washington   2 3         4 4  
Oregon State   0 5         2 6  
South Division
#13 Utah   4 1         7 1  
#22 UCLA   3 2         6 2  
USC   3 2         5 3  
Arizona State   2 3         4 4  
Arizona   2 4         5 4  
Colorado   1 4         4 5  
Championship: December 5, 2015
As of October 25, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Sun Devils football team will represent Arizona State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They are led by fourth year head coach Todd Graham and play their home games at Sun Devil Stadium. They are a member of the South Division of the Pacific-12 Conference.

Contents

  • Personnel 1
    • Coaching staff 1.1
  • Previous season and offseason 2
    • Players Drafted 2.1
    • Class of 2015 signees 2.2
  • Schedule 3
  • Game notes 4
    • Texas A&M 4.1
    • Cal Poly 4.2
    • New Mexico 4.3
    • USC 4.4
    • UCLA 4.5
    • Colorado 4.6
    • Utah 4.7
    • Oregon 4.8
    • Washington State 4.9
    • Washington 4.10
    • Arizona 4.11
    • California 4.12
  • Rankings 5
  • References 6

Personnel

Coaching staff

Name Position Seasons at
ASU
Alma Mater
Todd Graham Head coach 4 East Central (1987)
Mike Norvell Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks 4 Central Arkansas (2005)
Keith Patterson Defensive coordinator 2 East Central (1986)
Shawn Slocum Special teams coordinator 1 Texas A&M (1987)
Chris Ball Co-Defensive Coordinator, Defensive backs 4 Western State College (1985)
Chris Thomsen Offensive line 3 TCU (1993)
Jackie Shipp Defensive line 3 Oklahoma (1983)
Chip Long Tight ends 4 North Alabama (2005)
DelVaughn Alexander Wide receivers 4 USC (1995)
Josh Martin Running backs 1 Tarleton State (2011)
Reference:[1]

Previous season and offseason

Arizona State finished the 2014 season 10–3 (6–3 in the Pac-12), with a 36–31 victory over Duke in the Sun Bowl. The Sun Devils began the season ranked #19 in the AP Poll and won their first three games convincingly, but suffered a major loss when third-year starting quarterback Taylor Kelly broke his foot against Colorado. Backup junior Mike Bercovici made his first career start in a 62–27 loss to UCLA, the Sun Devils' worst loss under Todd Graham. The team quickly bounced back with a 38–34 victory over USC thanks to a Hail Mary with no time remaining to Jaelen Strong, a play dubbed by the media as the "Jael Mary". This momentum carried on as the Sun Devils defeated perennial Pac-12 power Stanford on ESPN.

Kelly returned from injury against Washington, and led them to a 24–10 victory. The following week ASU won a critical Pac-12 South game against top-25 Utah on a Zane Gonzalez field-goal in overtime. The following week, the Sun Devils played their biggest game in the Todd Graham era against highly ranked Notre Dame, a game that many analysts viewed as an elimination game for a spot in the first-ever College Football Playoff. ASU stormed out of the gates leading 34–3 late in the first half, and although the Irish managed to cut the lead to 3 in the fourth quarter, the Sun Devils pulled away and secured a 55–31 victory. With the win, ASU moved into the top-10 for the first time since the 2007 season. The good feelings did not last long however as the Sun Devils were upset the following week at Oregon State. Despite the loss, ASU went into the final week of the season with a chance to clinch the Pac-12 South championship, and earn the right to play Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

In the final week of the regular season, ASU was fighting for the Pac-12 South with UCLA, and in-state rival Arizona. UCLA was considered the favorite since they were playing unranked Stanford. But with a loss, the Arizona-Arizona State game would decide the division champ. Both games kicked-off simultaneously, and word had reached Tucson that Stanford upset UCLA with minutes to play. Arizona pulled away and defeated the Sun Devils 42–35, clinching the Pac-12 South. The following week, the Wildcats were defeated by Oregon who was selected to play in the inaugural College Football Playoff. ASU was invited to the Sun Bowl were they were matched with Duke. The game was expected to be a shootout as both teams had dynamic offenses. A late interception by ASU's Kweishi Brown sealed a 36–31 victory for the Sun Devils. Freshman running back Demario Richard scored all four Sun Devil touchdowns, and Zane Gonzalez added three field goals. A critical play was freshman Kalen Ballage's 96-yard kickoff return after Duke had taken a 31–30 lead to set up the go-ahead score. The 2014 season was a successful one in Todd Graham's third year as head coach. It marked the first time since 1973 Arizona State won ten or more games in back-to-back seasons.

Players Drafted

Round Pick Player Position NFL Team
1 30 Damarious Randall Safety Green Bay Packers
3 70 Jaelen Strong Wide Receiver Houston Texans
4 114 Jamil Douglas Offensive Guard Miami Dolphins
4 135 Marcus Hardison Defensive End Cincinnati Bengals
Reference:[2]

Class of 2015 signees

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jalen Bates
DE
Kaplan, LA Kaplan High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Oct 7, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Cade Cote
OG
Gilbert, AZ Williams Field High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 257 lb (117 kg) Jun 23, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Davon Durant
OLB
Greenwood, SC Butler Community College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Oct 21, 2014 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Raymond Epps
TE
Yuma, AZ Arizona Western College 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Apr 5, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Morie Evans
ATH
Buford, GA Buford High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jan 16, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Dillon Faamatau
DT
Norwalk, CA Norwalk High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 268 lb (122 kg) Jan 26, 2015 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Tommy Hudson
TE
San Jose, CA Archbishop Mitty High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Jul 1, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Malik Lawal
OLB
Murrieta, CA Chaparral High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Jun 18, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
George Lea
DT
New Orleans, LA Landry-Walker High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 258 lb (117 kg) Nov 12, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Jaason Lewis
ATH
Virginia Beach, VA Ocean Lakes High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 241 lb (109 kg) Sep 25, 2014 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Steve Miller
OT
Gilbert, AZ Gilbert High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 280 lb (130 kg) Jun 23, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Stanley Norman
CB
Gardena, CA Junipero Serra High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jan 3, 2015 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Kareem Orr
DB
Chattanooga, TN Notre Dame School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Feb 2, 2015 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Bryce Perkins
QB
Chandler, AZ Chandler High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 201 lb (91 kg) Apr 3, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Nick Ralston
RB
Argyle, TX Argyle High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Feb 1, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
DeOnte Reynolds
DT
Pinole, CA Contra Costa College 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 325 lb (147 kg) Feb 4, 2015 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Zach Robertson
OG
Bellflower, CA St. John Bosco High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 313 lb (142 kg) Dec 26, 2014 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Khaylan Thomas
OLB
Etiwanda, CA Etiwanda High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Apr 3, 2014 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Mason Walter
OT
Temecula, CA Chaparral High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Jun 23, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Brady White
QB
Newhall, CA William S. Hart High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 186 lb (84 kg) May 2, 2014 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Joseph Wicker
DT
Long Beach, CA Long Beach Polytechnic High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 260 lb (120 kg) Feb 4, 2015 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Jay Jay Wilson
ATH
Valencia, CA Valencia High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Feb 2, 2015 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 19   Rivals: 20  247Sports: 20  ESPN: 26
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 4:00 PM vs. Texas A&M* #15 NRG StadiumHouston, TX (Texas Kickoff) ESPN L 17–38   66,308
September 12 8:00 PM #18 (FCS) Cal Poly* Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ P12N W 35–21   46,500
September 18 7:00 PM New Mexico* Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ P12N W 34–10   43,310
September 26 7:30 PM #19 USC Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ ESPN L 14–42   61,904
October 3 4:30 PM at #7 UCLA Rose BowlLos Angeles, CA FOX W 38–23   80,113
October 10 7:00 PM Colorado Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ P12N W 48–23   44,157
October 17 7:00 PM at #4 Utah Rice-Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City, UT ESPN L 18–34   46,192
October 29 7:30 PM Oregon Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ ESPN L 55–61 3OT  56,534
November 7 1:30 PM at Washington State Martin StadiumPullman, WA FS1      
November 14 1:00 PM Washington Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ P12N      
November 21 Arizona Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ (Territorial Cup)      
November 28 at California California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA      
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Time.
Reference:[3]

Game notes

Texas A&M

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 0 7 7 3 17
Aggies 7 7 3 21 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

Cal Poly

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 0 14 7 0 21
Sun Devils 7 14 0 14 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 1947 ASU, 33–6

New Mexico

1 2 3 4 Total
Lobos 0 0 10 0 10
Sun Devils 0 10 14 10 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–5–1 2014 ASU, 58–23

USC

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 7 28 0 7 42
Sun Devils 0 0 7 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–19 2014 ASU, 38–34

UCLA

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 9 6 14 9 38
Bruins 0 10 0 13 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–19–1 2014 UCLA, 62–27

Colorado

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 7 3 7 6 23
Sun Devils 17 7 14 10 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–0 2014 ASU, 38–24

Utah

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 10 0 8 0 18
Utes 7 7 0 20 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–6 2014 ASU, 19–16

Oregon

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT Total
Ducks 10 7 17 7 7 7 6 61
Sun Devils 0 14 17 10 7 7 0 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–17 2012 ORE, 43–21

Washington State

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 0
Cougars 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–13–2 2014 ASU, 52–31

Washington

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0
Sun Devils 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–15 2014 ASU, 24–10

Arizona

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0
Sun Devils 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
39–48–1 2014 ARIZ, 42–35

California

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 0
Golden Bears 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–16 2012 ASU, 27–17

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 15 RV RV RV NR RV RV RV NR  
Coaches' 16 RV RV RV NR RV RV NR NR  
CFP Not released Not released


References

  1. ^ "Football – 2015 Coaches". Arizona State University Department of Athletics. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Football – 2015 NFL Draft". National Football League. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Schedule". Arizona State University Department of Athletics. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
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