The Daily Devil: 8/26 – ASU News, Notes and More

Welcome to The Daily Devil, a feature of Devils in Detail bringing our readers news and views from around the world of Arizona State athletics. On a regular basis, we’ll refer you to the best articles, videos and other Sun Devil information we’ve found on the Internet.

ASU coverage you might find interesting:

With the 2013 home opener against Sacramento State fast approaching, the Arizona State football team is still trying to sort out a number of key positions.

Azcentral.com’s Doug Haller provided a recap of week 3 at ASU preseason practice. His article offered a close look at the battles for starting jobs at free safety, wide receiver, linebacker and punter, among others:

“Free safety. A lot of movement here. The week started with news that freshman (and likely starter) Marcus Ball would be out 3-5 weeks with an injury suffered during the Tontozona scrimmage. ASU moved back-up corner Robert Nelson to the position, and for most of the week, the senior ran with the first team. But Saturday, coach Todd Graham said redshirt-freshman Viliami Moeakiola (above) is the leader to start at the position. (This wasn’t totally out of the blue; Moeakiola had run with the first team earlier in camp.) Clouding this picture: Junior-college transfer Damarious Randall, who was expected to compete for this starting position, still hasn’t practiced because of a groin injury. At this point, Graham doesn’t think Randall will be ready for the Sept. 5 opener.”

ASU volleyball is gearing up for its 2013 season. The Sun Devils return a number of talented sophomores, and also boast a nationally ranked freshmen recruiting class.

Benjamin Margiott of the State Press wrote a comprehensive article on the women’s volleyball program last week:

“A year removed from its winningest season in 19 years, the ASU volleyball team has recompiled the crucial elements for another huge year: A nationally ranked freshman recruiting class, a star-studded group of seasoned sophomores and an experienced head coach hungering for a postseason run.

A trio of sophomores blazes the trail: outside hitter Macey Gardner, setter Allison Palmer and middle blocker Whitney Follette.

In the offseason, Gardner played with the Pac-12 All-Star team in China, Palmer with the American junior national team and Follette with the Canadian national team.

Returning for her final year is senior libero Stephanie Preach, who led the team in digs in 2012 and is expected to carry the defensive load for the Sun Devils in 2013.”

Do you admire ASU’s Chris Coyle as much as we do? If so, you’ll enjoy a recent video posted on pros2preps.com. Jared Cohen sat down with Coyle and discussed ASU’s September 8, 2012, game against Illinois, which featured a record-setting performance by the talented tight end:

“This Sun Devil moment took place on September 8, 2012, at Sun Devil Stadium against the Illinois Fighting Illini. After Dennis Erickson was fired, Chris Coyle debated whether or not he would stay at ASU and play for Todd Graham. Well as soon as the second game of the season, he got instant gratification as he tied a Sun Devil record for most receptions in a single game by a tight end in school history. Coyle takes us back to that Saturday that solidified him as one of the top receiving threats in the conference.”

Topics: Arizona State Sun Devils, Chris Coyle, Football, Pac-12 Conference, Volleyball

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