Sun Devil Source Report: An ASU Football PodcastAuthor: Sun Devil Source
17 Oct 2018

Sun Devil Source Report: An ASU Football Podcast

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The flagship podcast for the leading source of Arizona State football news and analysis. Launched in August of 2016, Sun Devil Source Report provides an inside look at the ASU football program. Hosted by SunDevilSource.com editor Kerry Crowley and publisher Chris Karpman.

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    Podcast: Preview of Arizona State's home matchup with Stanford

    In the latest episode of the Sun Devil Source Report Premium Podcast, publisher Chris Karpman and host Rob Werner are joined by staff reporters Jack Harris, Max Madden, and Mason Kern as they preview Arizona State's Week 8 matchup against David Shaw's Stanford Cardinal. The game is set for Thursday, Oct. 18 with a 6 p.m. kickoff at Sun Devil Stadium and will be televised on ESPN. In this podcast we start by providing some context to ASU landing four-star cornerback prospect Jordan Clark. After starting the season 4-0, the Cardinal is coming off of consecutive loses against No. 5 Notre Dame on the road and Utah at home, both by double-digits. Why has Stanford looked lackluster in previous weeks? We analyze a Cardinal offense that is headlined by one of the better running backs in nation in senior Bryce Love as well as standout senior wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside and discuss their roles in Stanford's offense that is scoring just over 25 points per game. While the running game has struggled for the majority of Stanford's season (averaging just 85 rush years per game), how will ASU be able to stop Stanford's ground-and-pound attack? Junior quarterback KJ Costello is in his first full year as David Shaw's starting quarterback and has excelled in 2018. The former highly-touted prospect is currently fourth in the conference in passing yards (1,611), quarterback rating (152.2) and third in yards per attempt (8.9). How will the Sun Devils be able to make Costello uncomfortable? Shaw's offenses have largely operated out of power formations, bringing extra offensive linemen and multiple tight ends into sets to run the ball down opponents throats. What tight ends have been critical in Stanford's offense so far in 2018? Stanford's defense is led by fifth-year defensive coordinator Lance Anderson and uses a 3-4 scheme. This season, the Cardinal returns six defensive starters from 2017. After the defense took a step back last year for Stanford, that unit has continued to struggle in 2018 allowing over 400 yards per game but has only allowed a modest 22 points per game. Why has the defense has issues for much of the season? Stanford’s secondary has been banged up for much of this season, and Stanford ranks just 85th in the country in pass defense and is allowing opponents to complete over 62 percent of passes. What are some of the injuries that have caused Stanford’s secondary to be more thin? After we each provide our keys to the game, we make our picks for each Pac-12 game taking place in Week 8 and conclude with our score predictions for ASU's test against Stanford.

  • Posted on 16 Oct 2018

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    Podcast: Review of ASU's 28-21 loss at then-No. 21 Colorado

    In the latest episode of the Sun Devil Source Report Podcast, publisher Chris Karpman and host Rob Werner are joined by staff reporters Jack Harris and Max Madden as they analyze Arizona State's 28-21 loss at Pac-12 South foe Colorado, which was then-ranked No. 21. In evaluating the Sun Devils' (3-3, 1-2 Pac-12) first Pac-12 South loss of the season, they begin the show by revisiting ASU's critical fourth-and-goal play at the 3-yard-line early in the fourth quarter with ASU trailing the Buffaloes 28-21. The Sun Devils ran a fade to sophomore wideout Curtis Hodges, who couldn't haul in the touchdown. Was it the right play call there? How did the sequence of plays leading up to it impact what was called and ran? ASU and sophomore tailback Eno Benjamin seemed to have the running game working in full effect in the first half as Benjamin had 20 carries for 96 and two touchdowns. How did the offensive line and the play calling enable this? In the second half, Benjamin had eight times for just 24 yards. What changed for the Sun Devils' rushing attack and how did this contribute to ASU scoring just seven points while holding the ball for just over ten minutes in the second half? Senior quarterback Manny Wilkins was only sacked twice but both were very meaningful plays, one in the red zone with ASU trying to tie the game down 28-21 and another on ASU's last offensive drive of the game. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior from Novato, California, completed 12-of-22 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown against the Buffaloes, with long completions of 72, 40, and 30 yards on the day. How did Wilkins perform overall at Folsom Field? Colorado's sophomore wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. had quite the game with all four of the Buffaloes' touchdowns, including 13 receptions for 127 yards to go along with five carries for 13 yards. Shenault had two touchdowns as a receiver and two out of direct snaps in a Wildcat formation, and now leads the Pac-12 with 10 touchdowns on the season. Conversely, junior wide receiver N'Keal Harry, who suffered an apparent right leg injury in the third quarter on a punt return, hauled in three receptions for 63 yards and had one rush for two yards. How did the usages of both standout players differ? How much was Harry involved in ASU's game plan? The Sun Devils' defense didn't generate a sack and only forced five TFL's for a combined six yards in the losing effort. Junior quarterback Steven Montez had a nice game leading Colorado to victory, completing 23-of-33 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns. Why couldn't ASU's defensive line get to Montez? The crew provide analysis on how Colorado's offensive line was more physical at the point of attack than ASU's front six. How did the Sun Devils' secondary fair against Montez, specifically sophomore cornerbacks Chase Lucas and Kobe Williams? Karpman further breaks down the situation involving senior linebacker Koron Crump who has decided to leave the ASU program, with hopes of regaining his explosiveness that he lost with his torn ACL. Crump is now working toward getting fully ready to take part in ASU's Pro Day. They review how the Pac-12 did in Week 6 to conclude this edition of the podcast.

  • Posted on 10 Oct 2018

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    Podcast: Reviewing ASU's 52-24 win against Oregon State

    In the latest episode of the Sun Devil Source Report Podcast, publisher Chris Karpman and host Rob Werner are joined by staff reporter Jack Harris as they analyze Arizona State's 52-24 victory over the Oregon State Beavers. In analyzing the Sun Devils' (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) first Pac-12 victory of 2018, and the first under head coach Herm Edwards, they begin the show by reviewing some of the game's most critical plays that allowed ASU to break it open against Oregon State (1-3, 0-2 Pac-12). Sophomore running back Eno Benjamin set the program single-game rushing record with his 312 yards on Saturday to go along with four total touchdowns. Benjamin's 300-plus yard performance led to his earning of Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. How did the overall blocking contribute to the sophomore's big night? What does 48 rushing attempts from ASU mean as the season progresses? What can fans take away from senior quarterback Manny Wilkins' play against the Beavers? The 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior from Novato, California, went 14-for-25 for 162 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions while failing to connect on a couple deep passes. The Sun Devils struggled mightily to contain Beavers' freshman running back Jermar Jefferson, who tallied 254 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. Why couldn't ASU limit the Oregon State running game and how concerning was it for the program moving forward? ASU's defense was able to generate 11 tackles for loss including five sacks and forced three fumbles, while recovering one. How did Danny Gonzales' unit fair overall against an inferior Oregon State team? The crew provide a review of how the Pac-12 did in Week 5, with updates on how their picks for conference games are going. Those picks are presented each week on the premium edition of the Sun Devil Source Report Podcast which is published each Thursday. They conclude with a short segment on ASU men's basketball, including the new commitment of Alonzo Verge, and what the starting lineup could look like when Bobby Hurley's team takes on Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 6, in the team's season-opener.

  • Posted on 02 Oct 2018

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    Podcast: Review of ASU's 27-20 loss at then-No. 10 Washington

    Podcast: Review of ASU's 27-20 loss at then-No. 10 Washington by Sun Devil Source

  • Posted on 26 Sep 2018

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    Review of Arizona State's 28-21 loss at San Diego State

    In the latest episode of the Sun Devil Source Report Podcast, publisher Chris Karpman and host Rob Werner are joined by staff reporters Jack Harris and Max Madden as they analyze Arizona State's 28-21 loss at San Diego State in the team's first road game of the season. They begin the show discussing the crucial fourth-and-1 play that the ASU offense could not convert before SDSU went on an 11-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a touchdown that tied the game at 14 just before half. The crew provide a complete breakdown on ASU's offense, including an evaluation of the quarterback play from senior Manny Wilkins, sophomore wideout Frank Darby (who had a career night) and analysis on ASU's lack of a capable running game. They then analyze how ASU's defense competed, including a breakdown of why the Aztecs were so successful running the ball, most notably through junior running back Juwan Washington who finished the game with 27 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown. They discuss the physicality that SDSU showed and Karpman explains his reasoning for why ASU couldn't match it. They conclude with their perspectives on what the impact of the loss will be for a team whose schedule only gets tougher as the Sun Devils next game will come up north as they take on No. 10 Washington on Sept. 22.

  • Posted on 18 Sep 2018

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