Dubious honor for two Sun Devils
Most of the periodicals on the shelves have the Arizona State Sun Devils struggling under first year head coach Todd Graham. And most cite a loss of talent as the reason why ASU will be lucky to be bowl-eligible this season.
Yahoo! Sports is on board with the magazines, as Mike Huegenin has written an article highlighting the nation's best players who play on teams that will struggle this season. And wouldn't you know it? The Devils have not one, but two players on that list.
Both senior running back Cameron Marshall, who ranked second in the Pac-12 in touchdowns a year ago, and senior jack-of-all- trades Jamal Miles have landed on Huguenin's rundown.
Writes Huguenin on Marshall:
Marshall, a senior, is heading into his third season as a starter. He became an every-down back last season and responded by rushing for 1,050 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also is a good receiver, a facet of his game that should be used more by the Sun Devils' new coaching staff. He looks to be a good fit for the new offense, and for a guy who weighs 225 pounds, he has a nice burst.
And on Miles:
Miles, a senior, is one of the most dangerous big-play guys in the nation, and you can bet Arizona State's new coaching staff is working on ways to get Miles the ball a variety of ways in the Sun Devils' version of the spread. One troubling aspect for Miles is that he has averaged just 7.9 yards on his 91 career receptions. Given his speed and shiftiness, that is an embarrassingly low number. Still, he has scored via the run, pass receptions and on kickoff and punt returns, and also has thrown a TD pass in his career.
One could certainly look at things differently -- if Marshall and Miles are that good, pressure will certainly be taken off whomever wins the starting quarterback job for the Sun Devils. And having two outstanding offensive weapons makes winning immediately possible.
ASU was one of four schools to land two players on Huguenin's dubious list, joining Washington State, Vanderbilt and Colorado.
- Steve Patterson, ASU athletic director - Tuesday May 14Patterson talks to the guys about the Territorial Cup & scheduling with Notre Dame Football
- Steve Patterson, ASU athletic director - Tuesday May 7Patterson talks to Doug & Wolf about the state of Sun Devil Athletics
- Steve Patterson, ASU Athletic Director - Thursday May 2Doug and Wolf talk to Patterson about the latest news coming out of the Pac-12 meetings.
- Brandon Magee , Former ASU Linebacker - Wednesday May 1Doug & Wolf ask Brandon Magee about signing with the Cowboys after going undrafted.
- Steve Patterson, ASU Athletic Director - Tuesday April 23Patterson talks to Doug and Wolf about ASU football games potentially being played at Chase field du