The Daily Devil: 8/29 – 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:

A Pac-12 Networks Insider article describes the hiring of legendary ASU quarterback Jake “The Snake” Plummer as the Pac-12 Networks’ newest commentator:

“Pac-12 Networks has added another conference standout with former ASU quarterback and Pac-10 Player of the Year Jake Plummer joining the Networks’ football studio team this fall.

Plummer will make his Pac-12 Network debut Saturday, September 7 alongside host Mike Yam and analysts Rick Neuheisel and Curtis Conway as part of the Networks’ pre, half and postgame broadcast team for Week 2 of live Pac-12 football games.

In addition to joining the Networks’ rotation of in-studio analysts for its gameday coverage on Saturdays, Plummer will also be a part of the analyst rotation on Pac-12 Football Weekly, airing Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. PT throughout the fall.

Plummer starred for the Sun Devils at quarterback from 1993-1996 and finished his collegiate career passing for 8,626 yards and 65 touchdowns, which ranks third all-time in the ASU record books in both categories. He was a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection in 1995 and 1996 and led the Sun Devils to a Conference championship and Rose Bowl appearance in his senior season.”

Azcentral.com reporters Jeff Metcalfe and Doug Haller posted an interesting write-up yesterday concerning heralded juco transfer wide receiver Jaelen Strong:

“Strong, 19, is a redshirt sophomore who sat out a year at Pierce College in Los Angeles before skying up junior-college recruiting lists with 67 catches for 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012. He chose ASU from a boatload of offers and doesn’t question the eventual outcome.

‘I believe I will be able to contribute,’ said the 6-foot-4 Strong, who can break long plays from the outside or going over the middle. ‘I believe I can make plays.’”

Finally, our “home office” at Sports Illustrated offered its crystal ball predictions for the 2013 college football season. Two of the SI.com columnists – Andy Staples and Zac Ellis – chose Arizona State as their “surprise team” of the upcoming campaign:

Staples:
“If the Sun Devils have improved, they can wreak havoc at the top of the polls early. They go to Stanford on Sept. 21 and then face Notre Dame in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 12. We know defensive tackle Will Sutton is the most disruptive defender not named Jadeveon Clowney, but if Taylor Kelly — a quarterback who should put up huge numbers in a league full of quarterbacks who should put up huge numbers — and the offense take another step forward, Arizona State could be a force in the Pac-12.”

Ellis:
“The Sun Devils return 14 starters, including one of the nation’s top defensive linemen in Sutton (13 sacks, 23.5 tackles for loss in 2012) and a dangerous quarterback in Kelly. Even with USC and UCLA in the division, Todd Graham’s program might sneak into the BCS picture as a surprise contender in the Pac-12 South.”

Topics: Arizona State Sun Devils, Football, Jaelen Strong, Jake Plummer, Pac-12 Conference, Todd Graham

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