FOOD FOR THOUGHT
For the second time in four years, the Sun Devils will enter a season without a
quarterback on the roster that has started a collegiate game. To put that into
perspective, 2016 will be just the 11th time in the last 50 years that the team
will not have a single quarterback start returning and just the fifth time since
1992 that it has occured.
» For whatever it is worth, ASU is 76-42-1 all-time in those previous 10
seasons where it did not have any quarterback starts returning.
» Last season, ASU’s roster combined for 27 occurrences of a player eclipsing 100
all-purpose yards in a game this season, compared to 16 times in all of 2014.
» Demario Richard had seven 100-yard rushing games last year, becoming
just the fourth Sun Devil in history to do so in seven or more games in a
season (Freddy Williams-8/1975, Art Malone-8/1968), Woody Green-
7(x2)/1972 and 1973).
» After playing in its fifth straight bowl game last year, ASU broke the previous
record of four straight bowl teams held by Frank Kush’s 1970-73 squads.
» The Sun Devils played 10 teams that advanced to a bowl last season
(only exceptions being Cal Poly (FCS) and Colorado), tied with USC,
Washington and Oregon State for the most in the Pac-12.
» The ASU offense returns a grand total of 90 career starts this season.
Conversely, those seniors that graduated after last season had a combined
178 career starts, meaning the Devils lost over 65 percent of their career
starts heading into this season.
GETTING STARTED ON THE RIGHT FOOT
The Sun Devils have outscored their opposition 473-256 in the first quarter
under Todd Graham and 84-60 in games last season
» Overall, ASU only had 40 kicks or punts returned against them this
season out of 165 total kicks (24.2 percent). The 40 returns were the
ninth-fewest given up by any FBS team last season (three teams tied
for the national lead at 25 returns allowed).
SEAL THE DEAL
» ASU has outscored other teams 537-423 in the fourth quarter and
overtime under Todd Graham.
» The Sun Devils finished sixth nationally against FBS teams with 10.6 points
per fourth quarter in 2014, 10th (9.9) in 2013 and eighth (9.3) in 2012.
» The Sun Devils averaged 18.5 second half points per game last season
against FBS opponents, good for 13th nationally.
» ASU struggled defensively in the second half, however, giving up 18.8
second half points per game to opponents, the 14th-worst total nationally.
» ASU did hold Washington scoreless in the second half, however, the
first time it had held a conference opponent scoreless in the second half
sincethe 2012 season.
» The Sun Devils are winners of eight of the last 13 true road contests.
» ASU has 12 wins in the past 22 road games, including 10 Pac-12 Confer-
ence road wins in the past 18.
» Todd Graham has 10 Pac-12 road victories under his belt already, the
second-most among all ASU coaches since 1980 behind only Bruce
Snyder’s 18 from 1992-2000.
» Graham is 10-8 in Pac-12 road games at ASU, notable as the Devils were
5-13 in four seasons prior.
» The Sun Devils have won their Los Angeles games in each of the last three
seasons (UCLA in ‘13, USC in ‘14, UCLA in ‘15). Only once before in the
Pac-12 era (‘91-’93/USC/UCLA/UCLA) has ASU accomplished that.
T.N.T., WE'RE DYNAMITE
» The Sun Devils have a classification of “explosive plays” that equal a run
of 12 or more yards or a passing play of 16 or more yards. ASU had 12
such plays against Cal and 125 this season (9.6 per game).
» ASU finished 30th nationally in plays over 10 yards last season with 216
and 27th in 30+ yard plays at 35.
» ASU finished 24th nationally with 20 plays over 40 yards in 2014 after
having just 16 total in 2013 and eight the year before. ASU was 26th
nationally in plays of 20 or more yards with 71.
» The Sun Devils finished 2013 tied for seventh in the nation in plays longer
than 20 yards with 86 after having 72 in 2012, which was good for 19th
in the country in the category.
BETTER SUITTED FOR HANDKERCHIEFS
» Despite some atypical penalties last season, the Sun Devils were still ranked
in the top-20 in all the fewest penalties/fewest penalty yards per game
categories: 16th in fewest penalties (60), 12th in fewest penalties per game
(4.62), 18th in fewest penalty yards (518) and 15th in fewest penalty yards
per game (39.85), first or second in the Pac-12 in all categories.
» The Sun Devils averaged just 4.5 penalities for 32.4 yards per game in
2014, ranked 16th in fewest penalties per game and fourth in fewest
penalty yards per game in D-I. In 2013, the Sun Devils finished eighth in
fewest penalties per game (4.00) and seventh in fewest penalty yards
per game (31.4).
MORE ON PENALTIES
» ASU ranks first in the Pac-12 and third in the nation with an average
of 34.6 penalty yards per game (Navy, Air Force) under Graham and
ranks first in the Pac-12 and sixth in the nation with an average of 4.32
penalties per game (Navy, Air Force, Army, Ball State, Iowa).
» Twenty-six of ASU’s 30 least penalized games since 2006 have come
under Todd Graham.
» Since Todd Graham arrived at Arizona State, the Sun Devils have had just
229 penalties in 53 games (4.32 penalties per game).
USE THEM WISELY
» Since the start of the 2012 season, ASU has used 58 timeouts on defense
in third down situations, and have not allowed a first down on the ensuing
play or forced a turnover on 40 of those occasions (69.0 percent).
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
» ASU is 21-6 at Sun Devil Stadium under Todd Graham.
» In 26 regular season home games under Todd Graham, the Sun Devils
have averaged 42.1 points per game.
» ASU has posted under 20 points in a regular home game just twice in
Todd Graham’s tenure - a 19-16 overtime victory over Utah in 2014 and
a 42-14 loss to #19 USC in 2015.
» The Sun Devils are 278-101-3 (.731) all-time at Sun Devil Stadium
since 1958, the 25th-highest active winning percentage in a stadium
among all FBS schools.
IN-ZANE IN THE MEMBRANE
» Zane Gonzalez currently leads active FBS players in averaging 9.9 points
per game in his career. Additionally, he is first among all active kickers
with an average of 1.87 field goals per made per game in his career.
» He will challenge the NCAA record for career points per game for a
kicker (currently at 9.9, record is 9.6 by Roman Anderson, 1988-91),
total points scored by a kicker AND among all players (currently at 386,
overall record is 500 by Montee Ball, 2009-12, and the kicking record is
466 by Dustin Hopkins, 2009-12).
» Gonzalez had six field goals against Cal last season, a new career best,
tied for the Pac-12 single-game record, and the ASU single-game record.
With four more against WVU, he has connected on four or more field goals
five times in his career, setting a school record for most games with four or
more field goals, two more than any other ASU kicker ever.
» Gonzalez has scored at least one point in each of the 39 games he has
played at ASU and is well on pace to break the ASU school record of 45
such games held by Luis Zendejas for most games scoring a point.
» Gonzalez finished the 2015 season averaging 10.0 points per game,
good for second in the Pac-12 and 10th nationally.
» Zane Gonzalez averaged 9.8 points per game in 2014, ranked 12th
nationally and four among kickers while sitting first overall in the Pac-
12. His 81.5 percent field goal percentage on 22-of-27 kicking was 22nd
nationally. » As a freshman, Gonzalez led the Pac-12 with 25 field goals
and was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award. He was a semifinalist
last season as well and named to the preseason watch list for 2015.
» With 73 career field goals, Gonzalez has more field goals made than any
other player in the country and is just 15 shy of the FBS Career Record (88).
» Gonzalez was good on 26 field goals last season and became the
first ASU kicker ever to have 20 or more field goals in three different
seasons. In fact, only Luis Zendejas had two such seasons before. No
other player outside Zendejas and Gonzalez have had more than one.
» After just three seasons, Gonzalez now has 386 career points breaking
Ze- ndejas’ long-standing school record of 380 points from 1981-84.
Gonzalez still has one more season to add to that total.
» Gonzalez finished with 138 points in 2013, breaking the long-standing
school record in the category that was previous held by Wilford White’s
136 in 1950. Those 138 points demolished the previous scoring record by
an ASU kicker of 118 by Thomas Weber (2007) and Mike Barth (2002).
» With 25 field goals in 2013, Gonzalez tied the NCAA freshman record of
25 that was set by UCLA’s Kai Forbath in 2007 (25-30) that was four
more field goals than any other player in the FBS in the process.
» Gonzalez finished with 118 points in 2014, good for a tie for fourth all-
time on ASU’s single season scoring list. With 130 points last season, he
now owns the first and third-ranked marks in ASU single season-history.
TODD-BITS OF INFO
» Over his four seasons prior to coming to ASU -- one at Pittsburgh and
three at Tulsa -- Todd Graham’s teams rushed the ball on at least 53.4
percentof their total plays. The 2012 Sun Devils rushed the ball on 59.1
percent of their total plays followed by a 55.2 percent tally in 2013, 52.1
percent in 2014 and 50.2 percent last season. In 2011, ASU rushed just
44.5 percent of the time.
» Over the past 10 seasons at Pitt, Tulsa, Rice and now ASU, only one
Graham-coached team has ranked outside the top 50 nationally in
sacks. The Sun Devils averaged 4.0 sacks per game in 2012, the
second-best mark in the nation, and then finished with 2.9 per game in
2013 and 3.0 per game in 2014 to finish 17th and 13th, respectively, in
the country. ASU would earn the NCAA statistical trophy in the category
in 2015, leading the nation with 3.54 sacks per game.
» In 10 seasons, Graham is 30-28 in true road games. ASU was 3-3 in
such games in 2012, 3-2 in 2013 and 4-2 in 2014 before dropping to an
un- characteristic 1-4 last season (11-11 overall). In the previous four
seasons prior to Graham’s arrival, ASU was 5-16 in true road contests.
» In nine of the last 10 years, Graham’s teams have ranked 39th or better
nationally in fewest penalty yards per game. The Sun Devils averaged
34.92 penalty yards per game in 2012 (eighth nationally), 31.36 per
game in 2013 (seventh nationally) and 32.38 per game in 2014 (fourth
nationally) and 39.85 per game last season (15th nationally).
HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS
» ASU played in four games in 2013 decided by seven points or less, going
3-1 in those contests. The total is notable as ASU was just 4-13 in the
previous four seasons in games decided by less than a touchdown.
» ASU was 3-1 in 2014 in games decided by less than a touchdown
follow- ing the team’s 36-31 Sun Bowl victory over Duke.
» ASU has now gone 7-5 in games decided by a touchdown or less since
the 2012 Arizona comeback in Tucson. To put that in perspective, ASU
had gone 6-16 in such games since the 2007 season up until that
HOLD ON TO THAT BALL, ALSO
» In 2014, the Sun Devils had six games where they did not turn the ball
over and went 6-0 in those contests. That number was notable because
in the previous two seasons, ASU had just five combined games where it
did not turn the ball over.
» ASU is now 11-3 under Todd Graham in games where it does not have
TODD'S WINNING WAYS
» Graham has won 34 games in his first four seasons at Arizona State,
becoming just the third Sun Devil coach outside Frank Kush and Darryl
Rogers to accomplish the 30-win feat by his fourth season.
» He has become the only ASU head coach to be bowl eligible in each of
his first four seasons with the program.
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Maroon & Gold
Dr. Michael Crow
Vice President for University Athletics/AD:
Senior Associate Athletic Director of Football:
Dr. Jeffrey Wilson
Frank Kush Field/Sun Devil Stadium
Todd Graham (East Central University ‘87)
Graham’s Career Record:
83-48 (11th season)
Graham at ASU:
34-19 (5th season)
2015 ASU Record:
2015 Pac-12 Record (Finish):
(4th Pac-12 South)
Offensive Starters Returning/Lost:
Defensive Starters Returning/Lost:
SUN DEVIL FOOTBALL 2016