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From the moment he was introduced as Arizona State University’s head football coach on

December 14, 2011, Todd Graham made it clear he was a visionary. A throwback. A teacher

who truly believes in the virtues of hard work, dedication and giving back.

He had a plan to infuse the program with a culture that was

about winning in all facets of a student-athlete’s life. Graham

referred to it simply as, ‘The Sun Devil Way.’

“Our goal as a program is that we are going to first and foremost

bring out the best in every single person’s character that’s involved

in our program,” Graham said. “I’m not only interested in winning on

Saturday... I want to win every day in every way. We will compete in

the classroom as we compete on the field.

“On the field we’re going to be passionate and disciplined.

Discipline is the key to winning football games. We’re going to be

involved in the community. The greatest joy that I’ve had in my life

is to learn to be a giver… I want our players to understand that

family and character and bringing out the best and being a giver,

that’s what I call unique character, is giving every day.”

Graham, the 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, enters his

fifth season at the helm of the Arizona State University football

program. Under his leadership, Sun Devil football has reached

levels of success not seen in more than 30 years. Graham’s most

impressive achievements include:

• With 34 wins in his first four seasons, Graham joined Frank

Kush and Darryl Rogers as the only Sun Devil coaches to

reach the 30-win mark within four seasons.

• Last season Graham, whose average of 8.5 wins per season

are tops in program history, established a new precedent in

becoming the only ASU football coach to have each of his

first four teams earn bowl-eligible status.

• The 2014 squad became the first to post back-to-back

10-win seasons since 1973.

• Graham, who is 3-1 vs. Arizona, has already climbed to

No. 2 among Sun Devil head coaches in Pac-12 road wins.

His 10 victories trail only Bruce Snyder, who won 18 from

1992-2000. Another feat ensconced within that achievement

is the Sun Devils have brought home conference wins from

Los Angeles each of the last three seasons – UCLA in 2013,

USC in 2014 and UCLA in 2015. Only one other time (1991-

93) had ASU accumulated as many successive Pac-12 wins

in the City of Angels.

• Under Graham’s direction ASU ranks first in the Pac-12 and

third in the nation with an average of 34.6 penalty yards per

game and ranks first in the Pac-12 and sixth in the nation

with an average of 4.32 penalties per game.

Graham’s influence on ASU football has been just as significant

off the field where his student-athletes have been trailblazers in

the classroom. In the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR)