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2015 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

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

2015 Arizona State Sun Devils football
Arizona State Athletics wordmark.svg
Cactus Bowl, L 42–43 vs. West Virginia
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionSouth Division
2015 record6–7 (4–5 Pac-12)
Head coachTodd Graham (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Norvell (4th season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorKeith Patterson (2nd season)
Co-defensive coordinatorChris Ball (3rd season)
Base defenseHybrid Attacking
CaptainMike Bercovici
D.J. Foster
Jordan Simone
Home stadiumSun Devil Stadium
(Capacity: 64,248)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 3 Stanford x$   8 1         12 2  
No. 19 Oregon   7 2         9 4  
Washington State   6 3         9 4  
California   4 5         8 5  
Washington   4 5         7 6  
Oregon State   0 9         2 10  
South Division
USC xy   6 3         8 6  
No. 17 Utah x   6 3         10 3  
UCLA   5 4         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         6 7  
Arizona   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   1 8         4 9  
Championship: Stanford 41, USC 22
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

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 offseasonEdit

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 where 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 draftedEdit

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 signeesEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown 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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Cade Cote
OG
Gilbert, AZ Williams Field High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 257 lb (117 kg) Jun 23, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Davon Durant
OLB
Greenwood, SC Butler Community College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Oct 21, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Raymond Epps
TE
Yuma, AZ Arizona Western College 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Apr 5, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Morie Evans
ATH
Buford, GA Buford High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jan 16, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Dillon Faamatau
DT
Norwalk, CA Norwalk High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 268 lb (122 kg) Jan 26, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Tommy Hudson
TE
San Jose, CA Archbishop Mitty High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Jul 1, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Malik Lawal
OLB
Murrieta, CA Chaparral High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Jun 18, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
George Lea
DT
New Orleans, LA Landry-Walker High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 258 lb (117 kg) Nov 12, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Jaason Lewis
ATH
Virginia Beach, VA Ocean Lakes High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 241 lb (109 kg) Sep 25, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Steve Miller
OT
Gilbert, AZ Gilbert High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 280 lb (130 kg) Jun 23, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Stanley Norman
CB
Gardena, CA Junipero Serra High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jan 3, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Kareem Orr
DB
Chattanooga, TN Notre Dame School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Feb 2, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Bryce Perkins
QB
Chandler, AZ Chandler High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 201 lb (91 kg) Apr 3, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Nick Ralston
RB
Argyle, TX Argyle High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Feb 1, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
DeOnte Reynolds
DT
Pinole, CA Contra Costa College 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 325 lb (147 kg) Feb 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Zach Robertson
OG
Bellflower, CA St. John Bosco High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 313 lb (142 kg) Dec 26, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Khaylan Thomas
OLB
Etiwanda, CA Etiwanda High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Apr 3, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Mason Walter
OT
Temecula, CA Chaparral High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Jun 23, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Brady White
QB
Newhall, CA William S. Hart High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 186 lb (84 kg) May 2, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Jay Jay Wilson
ATH
Valencia, CA Valencia High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Feb 2, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
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.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 54:00 PMvs. Texas A&M*No. 15ESPNL 17–3866,308
September 128:00 PMNo. 18 (FCS) Cal Poly*P12NW 35–2146,500
September 187:00 PMNew Mexico*
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, AZ
P12NW 34–1043,310
September 267:30 PMNo. 19 USC
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, AZ
ESPNL 14–4261,904
October 34:30 PMat No. 7 UCLAFOXW 38–2380,113
October 107:00 PMColorado
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, AZ
P12NW 48–2344,157
October 177:00 PMat No. 4 UtahESPNL 18–3446,192
October 297:30 PMOregon
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, AZ
ESPNL 55–61 3OT56,534
November 71:30 PMat Washington StateFS1L 24–3832,952
November 141:00 PMWashington 
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, AZ
P12NW 27–1751,695
November 211:30 PMArizona
FS1W 52–3764,885
November 288:00 PMat CaliforniaFS1L 46–4845,385
January 28:15 PMvs. West Virginia*ESPNL 42–4339,321
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Mountain time
Reference:[3]

Game summariesEdit

Texas A&MEdit

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 PolyEdit

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 MexicoEdit

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

USCEdit

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

UCLAEdit

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

ColoradoEdit

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

UtahEdit

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

OregonEdit

1 2 3 4OT2OT3OT Total
Ducks 10 7 17 7776 61
Sun Devils 0 14 17 10770 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–17 2012 ORE, 43–21

Washington StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 14 0 7 3 24
Cougars 0 10 7 21 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–13–2 2014 ASU, 52–31

WashingtonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 10 7 0 0 17
Sun Devils 0 3 7 17 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–15 2014 ASU, 24–10

ArizonaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 10 13 14 37
Sun Devils 14 17 0 21 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
39–48–1 2014 ARIZ, 42–35

CaliforniaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 10 17 6 13 46
Golden Bears 3 7 21 17 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–16 2012 ASU, 27–17

West VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 9 13 14 7 43
Sun Devils 3 15 14 10 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1979 ASU, 42–7

RankingsEdit

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 NR NR NR NR NR NR  
Coaches 16 RV RV RV NR RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

ReferencesEdit

  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.