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02/18/19 - (OLB) - Merlin Robertson, Fr, 6-2, 235
Merlin Robertson, last year's Pac 12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year, again was limited to conditioning work on the side rather than on-field participation in spring drills. Edwards said his standout was just a little "nicked up" so he was playing it cautious. Edwards said linebacker Darien Butler was also a little dinged up but he participated. "He's a little hard-headed," the coach laughed. - Arizona Republic

12/05/18 - (WR) - *NKeal Harry, Jr, 6-3, 213
Arizona State receiver N'Keal Harry will skip the Las Vegas Bowl to prepare for the NFL draft. Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards issued a statement Monday saying the decision was made after Harry met with the coaching and administrative staffs. Harry announced last month he is skipping his senior season to enter the draft, where he's expected to be a first-round draft pick. Harry is third in Arizona State history with 213 career receptions and 2,889 yards. He averages 5.76 receptions per game, third among the NCAA active career leaders. Despite facing double teams most of the time, Harry leads the Sun Devils with 73 receptions, 1,088 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. - AP College Football

11/27/18 - (WR) - *NKeal Harry, Jr, 6-3, 213
Arizona State wide receiver N'Keal Harry announced Monday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Harry is listed as No. 10 on NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang's most recent mock. "I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey," Harry said. "These past three years have been filled with unforgettable memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. It has truly been an honor to represent Arizona State University." The 6-foot-4, 221-pound junior recorded 73 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He is third in program history in both career catches (213) and receiving yards (2,889) and fifth with 22 receiving touchdowns.

Harry has a reception in all 37 games of his career at Arizona State. He is on pace to join school record holder D.J. Foster (53 straight games) as the only other Sun Devil to log a reception in every contest of their career. "I always side on the side of the player," coach Herm Edwards said of Harry's decision, via ArizonaSports.com. "I'm going to do what's best for the football player every time." Harry is averaging 104.2 all-purpose yards per game and has played 800 snaps this season -- second among Pac-12 receivers and ninth-most among all Power Five receivers. - The Sports Xchange

11/11/18 - (QB) - Manny Wilkins, rSr, 6-2, 200
Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins emerged from an emotional Saturday with a victory that keeps his team in great shape in the crowded Pac-12 South. The three-year starter, in his final home game, ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and the Sun Devils held off UCLA 31-28. Eno Benjamin carried it a career-high 34 times for 182 yards and a score for the Sun Devils (6-4, 4-3), who won their third straight - all over Pac-12 South foes - and became bowl eligible under first-year coach Herm Edwards. "We didn't tackle him," UCLA coach Chip Kelly said of the Arizona State running back. "Too many times the contact was six or seven yards down the field." Wilkins' voice was choked with emotion when he spoke at the postgame news conference. - AP College Football

11/05/18 - (WR) - *NKeal Harry, Jr, 6-3, 213
NOV 5 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: N'Keal Harry, Jr., WR, Arizona State (Chandler, Ariz.),...Harry caught nine passes for 161 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in ASU's 38-20 upset of No. 16 Utah...Harry had touchdown receptions of 3, 23, and 61 yards. Seven of his nine receptions were good for a first down and/or touchdown...His three-yard TD reception in the first quarter put ASU up 14-0. Hauled in a 23-yard TD reception with 1:01 left in the first half that put ASU up 21-17 after Utah had reeled of 17 straight points. Had 61-yard TD reception on the opening play of the fourth quarter that extended ASU's lead to 28-20...Also nominated: Khalil Tate, QB, ARIZ; Dillon Mitchell, WR, ORE; Kaden Smith, TE, STAN; Aca'Cedric Ware, RB, USC; Zack Moss, RB, UTAH; Gardner Minshew II, QB, WSU. - Pac-12 Football

11/05/18 - (OLB) - Merlin Robertson, Fr, 6-2, 235
NOV 5 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Merlin Robertson, Fr., LB, Arizona State (Gardena, Calif.),...Led ASU with nine tackles, including one TFL, and recorded his first career interception in ASU's 38-20 upset of No. 16 Utah...Led a Sun Devil defensive effort that held the Utes, who came in averaging 41 points in their past four games, to only 325 yards for the game and only three points in the second half...After the Utes scored on three straight possessions, Robertson picked up his first career interception on Utah's first possession of the second half...Also nominated: Colin Schooler, LB, ARIZ; Bobby Okereke, LB, STAN; Christian Rector, LB, USC: Corrion Ballard, DB, UTAH; Skyler Thomas, S, WSU. - Pac-12 Football

11/03/18 - (WR) - *NKeal Harry, Jr, 6-3, 213
Arizona State's Manny Wilkins, N'Keal Harry and Eno Benjamin shredded the No. 1-ranked defense in the Pac-12 and in the process threw the Pac-12 South race into a free-for-all. On an awful Saturday afternoon in the desert, No. 16 Utah lost sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 South and, worse yet, lost starting quarterback Tyler Huntley with a broken collarbone. Wilkins and Harry connected for three touchdowns and Benjamin ran for two more in Arizona State's 38-10 victory. The loss snapped Utah's four-game winning streak and dropped the Utes (6-3, 4-3 Pac-12) into a first-place tie with Arizona in the clogged Pac-12 South. USC was a half-game back and played Oregon State later Saturday. Arizona State (5-4, 3-3), with consecutive victories over USC and Utah, also is a half-game out. Harry, considered one of the top receivers in the country, caught nine passes for 161 yards, including TD catches of three, 23 and 61 yards. His three TD catches were a career high. - AP College Football

10/29/18 - (WR) - *NKeal Harry, Jr, 6-3, 213
OCT 19 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: N'Keal Harry, Jr., WR, Arizona State (Chandler, Ariz.),...Harry returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter of ASU's 38-35 win at USC on Saturday, ending the Trojans' 19-game home winning streak...Harry's touchdown ended a run of 21 straight points by the Trojans and put ASU back in front 31-28...Harry's return was the third-longest in Sun Devil history and the longest since Morris Owens' school record 95-yard return in 1972...Added four receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown. Also Nominated: Josh Pollack, PK, ARIZ; Steven Coutts, P, CAL; Jet Toner, K, STAN; Tyler Vaughns, WR, USC; Matt Gay, PK, UTAH; Blake Mazza, K, WSU. - Pac-12 Football

10/16/18 - (RB) - Eno Benjamin, So, 5-09, 201
RB Eno Benjamin had two rushing touchdowns in the first half against Colorado two weeks ago, increasing his total to seven combined touchdowns over the last three games (six rushing and one receiving). In the first 16 games of his career, Benjamin combined for just four total touchdowns. With 120 yards against the Buffaloes, Benjamin eclipsed the triple-digit mark for the third consecutive game. Benjamin has 538 yards in that three-game stretch.

10/02/18 - (OT) - Casey Tucker, rSr, 6-5, 300
LG Casey Tucker was held out of last week's game because of an ankle injury. It is undetermined whether he will play at Colorado this week.

10/02/18 - (WR) - *NKeal Harry, Jr, 6-3, 213
WR N'Keal Harry, a junior, moved to 10th in school history in career receiving yards with 2,220. Ninth place is Chris McGaha with 2,242. Harry has a reception in all 30 of his games in his ASU career.

10/02/18 - (RB) - Eno Benjamin, So, 5-09, 201
RB Eno Benjamin set a school rushing record with 312 yards against Oregon State, placing him eighth on the Pac-12 conference single-game rushing list. With his 47-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter, Benjamin set the school record for rushing yards in one half (185). The last Sun Devil to rush for 100 yards in a half was Cameron Marshall against UCLA in 2011 (102 yards). Benjamin's four touchdowns make him the first Sun Devil with four-plus all-purpose or rushing touchdowns since Kalen Ballage on Sept. 10, 2016, against Texas Tech. Benjamin entered the game with three career rushing touchdowns.

10/01/18 - (RB) - Eno Benjamin, So, 5-09, 201
OCT 1 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eno Benjamin, So., RB, Arizona State (Wylie, Texas)...Benjamin scored four touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving, in ASU's 52-24 win over Oregon State on Saturday...The sophomore set school records for most rushing yards in a single game with 312 yards, which ranks eighth all-time in the Pac-12, and the most in a half with 185 yards (1st half). He is one of three Pac-12 running backs to rush for at least 250 yards this year...Benjamin's 312-yard performance shattered the previous ASU record of 250 yards set by Ben Malone 45 years ago and is the most in the NCAA Division I FBS this season...Added 27 receiving yards for the second-most all-purpose yards (339) in program history, falling just short of J.R. Redmond's 350 all-purpose yards from 1998...His rushing touchdowns went for 44, 47 and 10 yards and also scored on an eight-yard reception. Accumulated a double-digit total on 10 of his 30 carries against the Beavers (11, 44TD, 20, 21, 47TD, 15, 22, 23, 10TD, 19). Also nominated: Steven Montez, QB, COLO; Justin Herbert, QB, ORE; Jermar Jefferson, RB, OSU; Aca'Cedric Ware, RB, USC; Zack Moss, RB, UTAH; Jake Browning, QB, WASH; Gardner Minshew II, QB, WSU. - Pac-12 Football

10/01/18 - (RB) - Eno Benjamin, So, 5-09, 201
Eno Benjamin turned in the best rushing performance in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season and became the first Arizona State player to go over 300 yards when he ran 30 times for 312 against Oregon State. The total was the highest since Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate went for 327 yards against Colorado last October. Benjamin smashed the ASU single-game rushing record of 250 yards by Ben Malone against Oregon State in 1973, and his total ranks eighth all-time on the Pac-12 chart. Benjamin also set an ASU record with 185 rushing yards by halftime, making him the first Sun Devils player to run for 100 through two quarters since 2011. The sophomore from Wylie, Texas, ran for three touchdowns and also caught three passes for 27 yards and a TD. His 339 all-purpose yards are most in the nation this season. Oregon State has given up the top two rushing games of the season. Last week, Arizona's J.J. Taylor went for 284 yards on 27 carries against the Beavers. Oregon State is allowing 342.3 rushing yards per game against FBS opponents, worse in the nation. - AP College Football

09/25/18 - (K) - Brandon Ruiz, So, 5-10, 174
SEPT 10 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Ruiz, So., PK, Arizona State (Gilbert, Ariz.)... Connected on all three of his field goal attempts (49, 24, 28), including the game-winning kick from 28 yards as time expired in ASU's 16-13 upset of then-No. 15 Michigan State... Scored ASU's first points of the game with a 49-yard field goal to cut MSU's lead to 6-3 in the third quarter. Hit his second field goal (24 yards) early in the fourth quarter to get ASU within a touchdown, 13-6, of the Spartans... All four of his kickoffs in the game were touchbacks. Also nominated: Jake Bailey, P, STAN; Kyle Sweet, PR, WSU. - Pac-12 Football

09/24/18 - (WR) - *NKeal Harry, Jr, 6-3, 213
WR N'Keal Harry, a junior, has a catch in 29 consecutive games -- every game he has played as a Sun Devil. With five catches against Washington, Harry moved into sole possession of fifth in program history in career receptions, bringing his total to 166. He needs just two to tie Chris McGaha for fourth.

09/24/18 - (QB) - Manny Wilkins, rSr, 6-2, 200
QB Manny Wilkins, with 104 passing yards at Washington last week, moved into seventh place in school history with 6,661 passing yards. With his 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, Wilkins tied Danny White for second place in school history among quarterbacks with 14 touchdown runs.

09/12/18 - (WR) - *NKeal Harry, Jr, 6-3, 213
WR N'Keal Harry, a junior, broke the 2,000-yard plateau in his career with 89 yards receiving on six catches against Michigan State. He now has 2,030 yards and at least one reception in all 27 games of his ASU career. He is ninth in ASU history with 152 career receptions.

09/11/18 - (OLB) - Merlin Robertson, Fr, 6-2, 235
SEPT 10 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MERLIN ROBERTSON, ARIZONA STATE, Freshman, Linebacker, Gardena, CA/Junipero Serro...A true freshman, linebacker Merlin Robertson recorded nine tackles (8 solo), 1.5 quarterback sacks, one forced fumble and one pass break-up as Arizona State defeated 15th-ranked Michigan State, 16-13. Notes: Merlin Robertson is the third Arizona State player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Sun Devils Andrew Walter (QB, 11/7/04) and Jaelen Strong (WR, 10/5/14). - Walter Camp Football Foundation

03/23/18 - (WR) - John Humphrey, So, 5-11, 170
WR John Humphrey of Arizona State will miss the 2018 season because of a ruptured Achilles tendon, according to new head coach Herm Edwards. Humphrey missed four games last season because a knee injury. He was expected to be a starter for the Sun Devils next season.

03/02/18 - (RB) - Kalen Ballage, Sr, 6-1, 228
2018 NFL Combine, Friday: The premier event of the annual NFL Scouting Combine got off to a blazing start Friday with Arizona State's 6-foot-2, 228-pound running back Kalen Ballage clocking in at 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash, only to see Penn State's Saquon Barkley steal back the spotlight moments later by clocking a 4.41 at 233 pounds. It was a much bigger deal for Ballage, who currently is ranked 15th on NFLDraftScout.com's board among running backs. Ballage continued his positive offseason momentum after turning heads at the Senior Bowl. Ballage averaged just 4.3 yards per carry over the past two seasons for the Sun Devils, topping out at 669 rushing yards as a senior. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/02/18 - (OG) - Roy Hemsley, rJr, 6-5, 335
G-T Roy Hemsley has transferred from USC to Arizona State and has two years of eligibility remaining.

12/06/17 - (WR) - *NKeal Harry, Jr, 6-3, 213
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR N'Keal Harry, So., Arizona State,...At 1,000 yards thus far this season, Harry is second in the conference and 16th nationally en route to Pac-12 All-Conference honors. With 73 catches this season, Harry is seventh in receptions in Sun Devil single-season history. The single season record is 87 by Shaun McDonald in 2002. Harry has proved himself as a valuable possession receiver as well and has 69 receptions on 103 targets this season - both totals good for first in the Pac-12 this season and 13th and 18th nationally on the year. The sophomore has appeared in all 24 games at Arizona State - starting 23 of those - and has a catch in all 24 games. He is the only true sophomore in the country to have a catch in the first 24 games of their career. - Arizona State Football

12/06/17 - (DE) - *JoJo Wicker, Jr, 6-2, 296
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL JoJo Wicker, Jr., Arizona State,...Wicker came on strong during the second half of the season, finishing third among 3-4 defensive ends with 37 pressures this season while also sitting 20th among all ends with a 5.9 run-stop percentage. Wicker finished sixth on the team with 39 total tackles, matching his career high from last season with the Sun Bowl still remaining to play. His 12.0 tackles for loss were a career best and were tied for sixth in the Pac-12 Conference. - Arizona State Football

12/06/17 - (CB) - Chase Lucas, rSo, 6-0, 175
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Chase Lucas, RFr., Arizona State,...Lucas earned Second Team honors at defensive back after an incredible freshman campaign in 2017, despite never playing a single snap at Division I cornerback in his career prior to this season and not playing as a day-to-day player at the position in high school. He has allowed just 40 catches despite being targeted 78 times this season (second among Pac-12 corners) for a menial completion percentage while allowing an NFL QBR of 72.4 with two interceptions and six passes defensed. Despite being targeted more than any of the 23 Pac-12 corners that have played at least 60 percent of snaps this season (once every 4.6 passing plays), Lucas has allowed the fifth-lowest completion percentage of any corner in the conference - regardless of year. - Arizona State Football

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