Arizona State Sun Devils football
|Head coach||Todd Graham
3rd year, 28–12 (.700)
|Home stadium||Sun Devil Stadium|
|All-time record||589–369–24 (.612)|
|Postseason bowl record||14–13–1 (.518)|
|Unclaimed national titles||2 (1970, 1975)|
Maroon and Gold
|Fight song||"Maroon & Gold"|
|Marching band||Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band|
The Arizona State Sun Devils football team represents Arizona State University in the sport of American football. The Sun Devils team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the South Division of the Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12). Arizona State University has fielded a football team since 1897 and has an all-time record of 589-369-24 (a .612 winning percentage). The Sun Devils play at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, which has a capacity of 65,870. The Sun Devils have won seventeen conference titles.
A number of successful and professional football players once played for ASU. The school has 2 unanimous All-Americans and 16 consensus selections and 13 alumni currently playing in the NFL. Among the most lauded and notable players the school has produced are Pat Tillman, Terrell Suggs, Mike Haynes (cornerback), Darren Woodson, and Charley Taylor. In addition to its players, ASU's football program has been noted for its coaches, most notably Frank Kush, for whom Frank Kush Field at Sun Devil Stadium is named. Kush also led the Sun Devils on their longest winning streak against the University of Arizona, ASU's traditional rival.
- 1 History
- 2 Head coaches
- 3 Home Stadium
- 4 Culture
- 5 Rivalry
- 6 Championships
- 7 Records
- 8 Practice facilities
- 9 Unanimous All-Americans
- 10 Consensus All-Americans
- 11 All-Americans
- 12 Retired jerseys
- 13 Current Professional Football players/coaches/commentators
- 14 Other notable players
- 15 Future non-conference opponents
- 16 See also
- 17 References
- 18 External links
The Sun Devils had great success in the 1960s and 1970s under head coach Frank Kush. In that 22-year stretch, they compiled a 176–54–1 record, putting Arizona State on the college football map. From 1969 to 1971, the team put together a school-record 21-game winning streak. The 1986 team won the Pac-10 Championship and went on to defeat the Michigan Wolverines in the 1987 Rose Bowl Game. In 1996, the Sun Devils came within a matter of seconds of winning the Rose Bowl against Ohio State that would have earned them an undefeated season and in position to claim the National Championship.
The Sun Devils play their home games at Frank Kush Field at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Sun Devil stadium was constructed in 1958 and originally held a capacity of 30,000.
Prior to the construction of Sun Devil Stadium, the Sun Devils played their home games at the following locations:
- Colors - Arizona State's traditional colors are maroon and gold.
- Songs - The fight songs for Arizona State are "Maroon and Gold" and "Go Go Devils". After a touchdown "Maroon and Gold" is played. After a field goal "Go Go Devils" is played. For big plays, a shortened version of either song is played.
- Mascot - Arizona State's mascot is "Sparky the Sun Devil". Sparky was adopted as ASU's mascot in 1946 following a vote was held to replace the Bulldog, the mascot at the time.
- Devil Walk - Prior to each home game, fans and the Sun Devil Marching Band welcomes the team inside Wells Fargo Arena (Tempe) as they head to the football stadium. At the conclusion of the event, the marching band performs a short concert.
- Marching Band - Main article: Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band
Arizona State fields a 300+ member marching band that performs at all home football games, bowl games, and the rivalry game with the University of Arizona. In addition to half time shows and stand tunes, the Sun Devil Marching Band always play the Arizona State fight songs and the Alma Mater.
Arizona State's main rival is the University of Arizona.
ASU has had its longest and most intense rivalry with Arizona. The football rivalry game between the schools is known as "The Duel in the Desert" and is played for the Territorial Cup. Arizona State won the first matchup in 1899, 11-2. The University of Arizona has the all-time series lead with a record of 47-39-1. This record dates back to 1899, before Arizona State was recognized as a university; however, ASU was a member of the Border Conference from 1931-1961 along with the University of Arizona. ASU was not considered a "major school" until 1931. Since that year the series is tied at 38-38-1.
Since becoming a university in 1958, Arizona State has the overall lead in the rivalry series with a record of 31-24-1. Since ASU and Arizona have become major conference members of the Pacific 12 in 1978, the University of Arizona leads the series 19-16-1. ASU has recently enjoyed more success in the series, winning six out of the past ten meetings. In recent contests, an unranked Sun Devils team upset a ranked Arizona Wildcats team 30-29 in Tucson in 2010. After a strong start in 2011, ASU ended the season with a loss to Arizona on November 19, 2011, 31-27 in Tempe. The Sun Devils finished the 2012 season with a win over the #24 ranked Arizona Wildcats in Tucson; ending the game with a score of 41-34. #13 ranked Arizona State won the latest match-up, defeating the Wildcats 58–21 on November 30, 2013 in Tempe.
|Total Conference Championships 17|
[*] denotes conference co-champions
All-time bowl record
Arizona State has played in 28 bowls in its history with a combined record of 14–13–1.
|January 1, 1940||Sun Bowl||T||Catholic||0||0|
|January 2, 1941||Sun Bowl||L||Western Reserve||13||26|
|January 2, 1950||Salad Bowl||L||Xavier||21||33|
|January 1, 1951||Salad Bowl||L||Miami (OH)||21||34|
|December 30, 1970||Peach Bowl||W||North Carolina||48||26|
|December 27, 1971||Fiesta Bowl||W||Florida State||45||38|
|December 23, 1972||Fiesta Bowl||W||Missouri||49||35|
|December 21, 1973||Fiesta Bowl||W||Pittsburgh||28||7|
|December 26, 1975||Fiesta Bowl||W||Nebraska||17||14|
|December 25, 1977||Fiesta Bowl||L||Penn State||30||42|
|December 16, 1978||Garden State Bowl||W||Rutgers||34||18|
|January 1, 1983||Fiesta Bowl||W||Oklahoma||32||21|
|December 22, 1985||Holiday Bowl||L||Arkansas||17||18|
|January 1, 1987||Rose Bowl||W||Michigan||22||15|
|December 30, 1987||Freedom Bowl||W||Air Force||33||28|
|January 1, 1997||Rose Bowl||L||Ohio State||17||20|
|December 31, 1997||Sun Bowl||W||Iowa||17||7|
|December 25, 1999||Aloha Bowl||L||Wake Forest||3||23|
|December 25, 2000||Aloha Bowl||L||Boston College||17||31|
|December 27, 2002||Holiday Bowl||L||Kansas State||27||34|
|December 31, 2004||Sun Bowl||W||Purdue||27||23|
|December 27, 2005||Insight Bowl||W||Rutgers||45||40|
|December 24, 2006||Hawaiʻi Bowl||L||Hawaiʻi||24||41|
|December 27, 2007||Holiday Bowl||L||Texas||34||52|
|December 22, 2011||Maaco Bowl Las Vegas||L||Boise State||24||56|
|December 29, 2012||Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl||W||Navy||62||28|
|December 30, 2013||Holiday Bowl||L||Texas Tech||23||37|
|December 27, 2014||Sun Bowl||W||Duke||36||31|
|Total||28 bowl games||14–13–1||743||741|
Bill Kajikawa Practice Fields
Bill Kajikawa Practice Fields located on Sixth Street and Rural Road is normally where Sun Devil football team practices when weather permits.
An Arizona State University property, is a 36-acre (150,000 m2) camp just outside of Payson, Arizona created by former legendary coach Frank Kush was used as a bonding place for his players. Tontozona has marked the unofficial start of the Sun Devils’ seasons from 1960-2008. Due to the knack of losing practices to rainouts, short and torn up fields leading to excessive injuries, and travel costs, the team decided to move camp back to Tempe campus with the arrival of the Devil Dome. After a 4-year absence the Sun Devils returned to Camp Tontozona starting in Aug 2012. The team was able to make the return after a short fund raising effort by fans and alumni brought in over $160,000.
Verde Dickey Center
Formerly opened as Devil Dome and nicknamed,"The Bubble", $8.4 million practice facility broke ground on May 15, 2008 to provide a climate controlled space for the Sun Devil football team, Sun Devil Marching Band, ASU Intramurals and for other athletic department events. Before its full completion and turn over from the contractor to the university on the night of August 28, 2008 a powerful storm brought it down. The Bubble was re-inflated early October and was fully repaired for use in July 2009. During the 2009 season the facility was renamed and dedicated to generous donor Dr. Verde Dickey as the Verde Dickey Center, to not only commemorate his donation for the facility but also his donations to Sun Devil Marching Band and projects such as renovation of locker rooms in Wells Fargo Arena and Sun Devil Stadium, Weatherup Basketball Center, The Athletes Performance Center, John Spini Gymnastics Center, and wrestling practice facility.
- 2012 - Will Sutton, Defensive Tackle
- 2007 - Thomas Weber, Kicker
- 2006 - Zach Miller, Tight End
- 1996 - Juan Roque, Offensive Tackle
- 1987 - Randall McDaniel, Guard
- 1986 - Danny Villa, Tackle
- 1985 - David Fulcher, Safety
- 1984 - David Fulcher, Safety
- 1983 - Luis Zendejas, Kicker
- 1982 - Mike Richardson, Safety
- 1981 - Mike Richardson, Safety
- 1977 - John Jefferson, Wide Receiver
- 1975 - Mike Haynes, Cornerback
- 1973 - Woody Green, Running Back
- 1972 - Woody Green, Running Back
- 1968 - Ron Pritchard, Linebacker
|Retired Football Jerseys|
Other names to be placed on the facade of the Sun Devil Stadium Press Box includes John Jefferson, Ron Pritchard, and Randall McDaniel. Jefferson, Pritchard and McDaniel were honored when they were selected to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.
Current Professional Football players/coaches/commentators
- Adam Archuleta - Safety, broadcaster with Fox Sports Arizona
- Josh Barrett - Safety, New England Patriots
- Omar Bolden - Linebacker, Denver Broncos
- Carl Bradford - Linebacker, Green Bay Packers
- Vontaze Burfict - Linebacker, Cincinnati Bengals
- Rudy Burgess - Defensive Back, free agent, with Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League
- Andrew Carnahan - Offensive Tackle, New York Giants
- Rudy Carpenter - Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
- Eddie Elder - Defensive back, Ottawa Redblacks
- Paul Fanaika - Offensive Lineman, Arizona Cardinals
- Derek Hagan - Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills
- Todd Heap - Tight End, Arizona Cardinals
- Marion Grice - Running Back, Arizona Cardinals
- Robert James - Linebacker, Atlanta Falcons
- Brian Jennings - Long snapper, San Francisco 49ers
- Levi Jones - Offensive Lineman, free agent
- Mike Karney - Fullback, St. Louis Rams
- Kyle Kosier - Offensive Lineman, Dallas Cowboys
- Jason Kyle - Long snapper, New Orleans Saints
- Michael Marquardt - Defensive Lineman, free agent
- Shaun McDonald - Wide Receiver, free agent
- Zach Miller - Tight End, Seattle Seahawks
- Dimitri Nance - Running Back, Green Bay Packers
- Brock Osweiler - Quarterback, Denver Broncos
- Scott Peters - Center, free agent
- Mike Pollak - Guard, Indianapolis Colts
- Grey Ruegamer - Center, free agent
- Derek M. Smith - Linebacker, free agent
- Terrelle Smith - Fullback, Detroit Lions
- Terrell Suggs - Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens
- Will Sutton - Defensive Tackle, Chicago Bears
- Kerry Taylor - Wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals
- Ryan Torain - Running Back, Washington Redskins
- Justin Tryon - Cornerback, Indianapolis Colts
- Jamar Williams - Linebacker, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- Kyle Williams - Wide Receiver, San Francisco 49ers
- Brandon Smith - Cornerback, Green Bay Packers
- Brandon Magee - Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys
- Cameron Marshall - Running Back, Miami Dolphins
Other notable players
- Pat Tillman - Former NFL Safety, killed in action while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom
- Isaiah Mustafa - Former NFL Wide Receiver, best known for his appearance on Ugly Betty and the Old Spice Advertisements
- John F. Goodman - Retired United States Marine Corps Lieutenant General; Former NFL Quarterback
- Jeremy Staat - Former NFL Defensive Lineman, currently serving in the Iraq War
- Kyle Kingsbury - Former Defensive Tackle, currently a Mixed Martial Artist under contract as a light heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship
(Mike Fanucci)- Retired NFL and Retired CFL (Defensive End)
- J.R. Redmond - Retired NFL Running Back
- Jake Plummer - Retired NFL Quarterback
- Ken Dyer - AFL and NFL player
- Derrick Rodgers - Retired NFL Linebacker
- Danny White - Retired NFL Quarterback
- Bernard Henry - Retired NFL Wide Receiver
- Phillipi Sparks - Retired NFL Defensive Back
- David Fulcher - Retired NFL Defensive Back
- Mark Gastineau - Retired NFL Defensive End
- John Jefferson - Retired NFL Wide Receiver
- Gerald Riggs - Retired NFL Running Back
- Charley Taylor - Retired NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receiver
- Darren Woodson - Retired NFL Safety
- Junior Ah You - Retired CFL Hall of Fame Defensive End
- Eric Allen - Retired NFL Cornerback
- Randall McDaniel - Retired NFL Hall of Fame Offensive Lineman
- Marvel Smith - Retired NFL Offensive Lineman
- Bruce Hardy - Retired NFL Tight End
- Larry Gordon - Retired NFL Linebacker
- Art Malone - Retired NFL Running Back
- Benny Malone - Retired NFL Running Back
- Mark Malone - Retired NFL Quarterback
- Mike Pagel - Retired NFL Quarterback
- Paul Justin - Retired NFL Quarterback
- Aaron Cox - Retired NFL Wide Receiver
- Jim Jeffcoat - Retired NFL Defensive Tackle
- Mike Richardson - Retired NFL Safety
- Ron Brown - Retired NFL Wide Receiver
- James Hood - Retired NFL CFL Wide Receiver
- Mike Haynes - Retired NFL Hall of Fame Defensive Back
- Jeff Van Raaphorst - Retired NFL Quarterback, Rose Bowl Hall of Fame
- John Henry Johnson - Retired, Hall of Fame Running Back, best known for being a part of the "Million Dollar Backfield"
- Curley Culp - Retired NFL Defensive Tackle
- Dave Buchanan - Retired CFL all-star Running Back
- Shawn Swayda - former NFL Defensive End
- George Flint - Retired AFL Guard
Future non-conference opponents
|vs New Mexico||vs Texas Tech||vs San Diego State||vs UTSA||at Michigan State||vs BYU||at BYU||vs LSU||at LSU|
|Texas A&M (at Houston, TX)||at UTSA||at Texas Tech||at San Diego State|
|vs Cal Poly||vs Northern Arizona||vs New Mexico State||vs Michigan State|
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