Dec 07, 2013 - 01:44 pm - Words have the power to inspire people to do incredible things and acheive amazing goals.
If you're a Sun Devil fan looking for three more reasons to get fired up for the Pac-12 Championship game tonight, look no further. Here are the Top 3 Locker Room speeches of all time.
As you will see from these videos, certain coaches have the special ability to say the right things at the right time to motivate their team and push them to new heights. We can only imagine what Coach Graham will say to his team in the locker room tonight before they walk through Tillman Tunnel and step foot onto Frank Kush Field.
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Al Pacino in "Any Given Sunday"
Kurt Russell in "Miracle"
Billy Bob Thornton in "Friday Night Lights"
Nov 30, 2013 - 03:08 pm - Senior Alden Darby
Tempe, AZ – Senior Day was invented for guys like Alden Darby.
His leadership this season has been priceless. He picked up where Brandon Magee left off last year.
A respected veteran and leader of the Sun Devil defense, Darby is the vocal sparkplug who has enfused high energy every day in practice and more importantly, on game day. Nicknamed “Ballhawk,” Darby studied under Omar Bolden and is now passing the defensive back torch to stud freshman, Marcus Ball.
But #4's not done.
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DHD: It’s hard to believe your Sun Devil career is coming to an end, what’s been on your mind going into this final game of the regular season?
AD: “It went by too fast. The City of Tempe, Arizona State University and all the fans have been really good to me. It’s sad that it’s coming to an end, but everything good doesn’t last forever.”
2012: Darby as a Junior with Brandon Magee as a Senior
DHD: What kind of impact has Coach Graham had on you as a player, person and a man?
AD: “When Coach Graham came in, it helped me build character on and off the field, and helped me become a better man in life in general. Playing for him taught me that life is more than just football. It’s about school, the community and helping others.”
DHD: How does it feel to be the Pac-12 south champs and what can this team still accomplish?
AD: “Being Pac-12 South Champions is not an accomplishment. Being the overall Pac-12 Champion is our goal. To be that champion, you had to win the south. We haven’t done anything yet, we want to be Pac-12 Champs and win the Rose Bowl.”
A Complete Sun Devil
DHD: What will be going through your mind on Senior Day and the Territorial Cup game?
AD: “I don’t plan on this being my last game at Sun Devil Stadium. Ka'deem Carey is a great back, but we have the #1 defense in the conference, and he has to come through us.”
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If you get to your seats prior to kickoff today, you can applaud Alden Darby and each Sun Devil Senior as they are introduced before their final homegame. Strike that -- we're in sync with Darby. This will be their second to last game in House of Heat.
It's time to defeat UofA. ForksUp
SUN DEVIL for LIFE
Nov 26, 2013 - 05:58 pm -
Tempe, AZ – The DieHard Storyline vs UCLA. Results:
Sun Devil football has a new reputation in the Pac-12 conference and across the nation.
Not only are they the new Pac-12 South Division Champions, but more importantly, they proved they could win the big game on the road when it mattered most. That will come in handy in the coming weeks as the next three games are just as important for the future of the program.
Here's another look back at our "Storyline" going into the UCLA game along with the results from ASU's critical victory.
Coach Graham and the team came out of the tunnel all business - Photo by Steve Kelly, DieHardDevil.com
ASU Faces Big Challenge With Fast and Athletic UCLA Defense
“Facing an extremely talented UCLA front seven will prove to be huge challenge for the ASU offensive line and QB Taylor Kelly in his zone-read decision making. The Devils will still look to run the ball out of multiple formations to keep the athletic Bruin linebackers honest.” – DieHard Storyline
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Kelly and the ASU offense set the tone early on the opening drive with a perfect execution of the read-option attack. In fact, they kept the athletic UCLA defense off-balance for the entire first half. UCLA made adjustments at halftime to slow down the ASU offense, but at that point it was too late as the Sun Devils put 35 points on the board before the break.
On the day, Kelly ran the ball a staggering 22 times for 99 yards. When you compare that to RB Marion Grice's 95 yards on 18 carries, it shows how often Kelly pulled the ball back from Grice to run the ball unchallenged while the Bruins continued to cue in on the ASU back. Kelly and Grice kept UCLA off balance and frustrated them throughout the game. Even the Fox camera man was fooled a few times just trying to follow the ball.
OC Mike Norvell - Photo by Steve Kelly, DieHardDevil.com
Inexperienced UCLA Secondary
“Once ASU establishes their running game, look for play action passes from Kelly on multiple underneath and deep routes. Also look for Kelly to stress the Bruin defense by keeping the ball on zone reads and making throws on roll-outs. Some unpredictable play-calling by Mike Norvell will be designed to frustrate the Bruin front 7 and will go a long way in putting up points.” – DieHard Storyline
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The play calling by Mike Norvell was superb and the team executed it well. Although ASU gained 225 yards through the air, it was the timing of the pass plays throughout the game that resulted in 24 first downs. Look no further than the laser that Kelly threw for a TD to Jaelen Strong at the end of the first half, which to turned out the be the difference later in the game.
In the end, ASU's offense had perfect balance, gaining 223 yards on the ground along with the aforementioned 225 through the air.
The Blueprint for the Sun Devil Defense
“The defensive ends will have to contain the outside in order to limit Hundley’s opportunities to tuck and run. Look for Jack in short yardage situations and anything near the goal line. ASU must stifle the Bruin running game and force Hundley into long down and distance passing plays.” – DieHard Storyline
#43 Davon Coleman and #90 Will Sutton hard at work getting to UCLA QB, Brett Hundley - Photo by Steve Kelly, DieHardDevil.com
As much as ASU tried to shut down Brett Hundley's running game, he proved to be evasive and picked up big gains on some crucial downs. However, the Sun Devil defense contained two big threats: Hundley's timely passes and Myles Jack. Also, although Hundley had some crucial runs, he finished the game with 5 total yards on the ground due to ASU's 9 sacks for 60 yards.
Chris Young was incredible and earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, Carl Bradford had the pick six and some big hits on Jack, and Will Sutton led the team on and off the field. The ASU defense is playing at an extremely high level right now.
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“Today presents a defining moment not only for the 2013 Sun Devils, but for a football program that for years has failed to “take care of its own destiny.” – DieHard Storyline
Mission accomplished -- at least the first of three pivotal steps. Next comes the Territorial Cup with a chance to secure home field advantage for the Pac-12 Championship, then the Pac-12 Championship game against Stanford. Win that, and ASU will represent the Pac-12 in the 100th Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
The Sun Devils move to 9-2, 7-1 in the Pac-12. The Territorial Cup at Sun Devil Stadium is next.
Nov 23, 2013 - 07:47 am -
Pasadena, CA - The #17 ASU Sun Devils are in the position that Coach Todd Graham has spoken about since he stepped foot in Tempe two years ago. They've earned the chance to capture the Pac-12 South division championship outright with a win today against #14 UCLA.
This game has been circled on the calendar with a thick, red marker since the Sun Devils lost in the final seconds at home to the Bruins last season. Trash talk and recruiting battles have raised the ire of fan bases and players on both teams, and the bad blood is ready to spill at 5 PM (MST).
The DieHard Storyline for the big game will include a battle in the trenches between the fast paced ASU offense and athletic UCLA defense, unpredictable play calling and strategy's to keep outside containment on Bruin QB Brett Hundley.
ASU Faces Big Challenge With Fast and Athletic UCLA Defense
Offensively, the Devils haven’t put up the gaudy numbers in the past two weeks that we've become accustomed to this year. Facing an extremely talented UCLA front seven will prove to be huge challenge for the ASU offensive line and QB Taylor Kelly in his zone-read decision making.
The Devils will still look to run the ball out of multiple formations to keep the athletic Bruin linebackers honest. I don’t foresee ASU being effective on the edges with their speed, as UCLA has the quickness on defense to match-up. It’s going to be a dogfight in the trenches in order for Marion Grice pound the ball up the middle.
5 PM (MST) Kick-off
Inexperienced UCLA Secondary
If there is a weakness in the Bruin defense, it would be their young and inexperienced secondary. Once ASU establishes their running game, look for play action passes from Taylor Kelly on multiple underneath and deep routes.
Also look for Kelly to stress the Bruin defense by keeping the ball on zone reads and making throws on roll-outs. Some unpredictable play-calling by Mike Norvell will be designed to frustrate the Bruin front 7 and will go a long way in putting up points.
Sun Devil Receiver, #21 Jaelen Strong
The Blueprint for the Sun Devils on Defense
ASU's “Hell’s Gate” defense will be facing a much more athletic and mobile QB in Brett Hundley this weekend. The defensive ends will have to contain the outside in order to limit Hundley's opportunities to tuck and run. This is a tall order.
The UCLA running back core has been banged up recently, but LB Myles Jack has reinvigorated the offense. He rushes the ball with the same aggressive mentality he employs from his outside LB spot -- with power, speed and determination. Look for Jack in short yardage situations and anything near the goal line.
If there is a blueprint for the ASU defense against UCLA, it would schematically be what they did against the Washington Huskies. They effectively shut down RB Bishop Sankey who was (at the time) the #1 running back in the country. They were also able to draw up blitz packages that kept the very mobile Husky QB Keith Price pressured and contained on almost every pass play.
ASU must stifle the Bruin running game and force Hundley into long down and distance passing plays. The Devils secondary, who are affectionately named “Bird Gang” for their ball-hawking reputation, should have opportunities to make big plays if Hundley if forced to throw under duress.
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Today presents a defining moment not only for the 2013 Sun Devils, but for a football program that for years has failed to "take care of its own destiny."
If ASU can beat UCLA, it will be monumental. The Devils will wrap up the South and head back home to their fans for the Territorial Cup game and a shot at a 10-win regular season. If not...
Nov 06, 2013 - 08:07 pm - Have one for Pat tonight
Today is Pat Tillman's 37th Birthday.
The State Press published an excellent article by Josh Nacion earlier today, Honoring Pat: Tillman’s legacy still alive at ASU .
Sometimes it's the lesser-known stories that people have about PT that are the best ways to remember exactly who he was. Three excerpts from this article are below.
To a man that still reminds us of what we are capable of-- Happy Birthday.
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Dr. John Eaton remembers when he taught Tillman in a class at ASU
Eaton once brought up a topic on leadership that was outdated at that time. Tillman interjected. “He just tore it apart and said, ‘That’s not what leadership is today. That’s not leadership in football. That’s not leadership in the real world. Those models are outdated,’” Eaton said. “And that’s why we hold to those values today, and many of us admire those characteristics.”
Very few people at ASU today embrace Tillman’s legacy more than ASU coach Todd Graham
...Graham emphasizes the values that Tillman stood for and has converted them into some of the football team’s central values.
Graham said he never met or knew Tillman, but he wishes he had. Upon arriving at ASU, Graham researched Tillman extensively and has closely consulted with Tillman’s family.
Alex Garwood, Tillman’s brother-in-law who was the original executive director of the foundation
“That’s part of the beauty of Pat,” Garwood said. “You get to decide for yourself what you want to take away from his example. I remember that he made me embrace life more when he was around and that he inspired others — in life and death— to do their own level best. That influence is contagious and you do see it continued in others.”
View the complete article, Honoring Pat: Tillman’s legacy still alive at ASU
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The Pat Tillman Video Collection
Oct 30, 2013 - 02:05 pm -
It was just a matter of time, and this weekend, Justus Miller is running the New York Marathon as part of Team Tillman.
Justus has taken part in the official run in Tempe the past 8 years, and last year he and his wife held their own unofficial Pat's Run on Bonita Beach in Southwest Florida.
“It’s always great to finish a good run at the beach,” Justus said. “I felt the need to bring Pat's Legacy to SWFl (Southwest Florida).”
Along with raising money for the Tillman Foundation, Justus has focused on the overall awareness about who Pat was as an individual. He believes it takes a concerted effort to empower people to become leaders in society.
Justus and his family
“There are many more members of Team Tillman that have given so much with training, fundraising, etc. all over the country. I’ve gained a greater understanding about how important the donations are to continue to build scholarship opportunities for such well deserved veterans.”
In April, Justus was supposed to run the Boston Marathon for Best Buddies International and would have finished around the same time as the bombings occured. Since then, he has continued to focus his free time on raising awareness of national charities, both in his local community and across the country.
“I have always wanted to be a part of the Tillman Foundation. This was a perfect time to show courage and resilience with others, and provide a service to our veterans that I have never really been involved with,” Justus said.
So this Sunday as part of Team Tillman, Justus is running the New York City Marathon along with 48,000 other people. He and his wife will meet Marie Tillman and and the Tillman team members visiting the 9/11 Memorial before the race to put things into perspective.
His fundraising efforts for the Tillman Foundation continue until Dec. 3 and the website will remain live until then. He’s kept it simple at ten dollar donations (Tillman Ten) for people, Sun Devil or not, who would like to join this cause.
"Pat inspired me with his "all in" attitude and passion for life. It's time to give back to those who sacrifice everything.. both past and present".
The New York City Marathon
Oct 19, 2013 - 10:57 am - Tempe, AZ – Everyday I'm Devilin' bellows "ONE SECTION AT A TIME."
That’s not only their motto, but also the mission that drives one of the best tailgate crews in Sun Devil Nation.
EVERY DAY I'M DEVILIN' = DieHard Devils
Everyday I’m Devilin’ is the proud name of this Tailgate Group of DieHard Sun Devil fans.
But it’s more than just a tailgate party. It’ a movement of pumped-up visionary fans who are doing there part to strengthen Sun Devil Nation.
They're hard to miss before, during and after ASU football games. A walking Sun Devil party prior to kickoff, they make the rounds outside the stadium with their portable cooler boom box with the volume cranked up and Foo Blanco, their good luck charm inflatable zebra (more on Foo below).
Like pied pipers, they recruit more fans as they roam Lot 59 and enter the gates of Sun Devil Stadium. Once inside, you can find them in the south end zone stands getting crazy, waving their flag and doing their part to support the Sun Devils. Their energy is infectious enough to draw the eyes of the gameday cameras, highlighting them on the video board in the House of Heat for thousand of fans to enjoy during timeouts and commercial breaks.
The Everyday I’m Devlin’ tailgate group was founded by three Sun Devil friends: Daniel Trujillo, Ivan Carreno and Abel Arriaga.
We visited with Daniel Trujillo before the Colorado game last week to hear his story.
Sun Devil Daniel Trujillo throws up the Fork on Gameday.... and EVERY DAY
DHD: When and how did you become a DieHard Sun Devil fan?
Dan Trujillo: “I always loved ASU, but everything really changed for me after the Nebraska game when we beat them 19-0. When all the fans stormed the field and we tore down the goal post, carried it out of the stadium and marched down Mill Avenue and then threw it off that bridge. That was a key moment in my life when I realized how beautiful and how important this whole Sun Devil thing is.”
DHD: What’s the story behind the zebra you take with you everywhere?
Dan Trujillo: “We have a party zebra named 'Foo Blanco' because it brings us good luck with the referees. Just look at what happened with the Wisconsin game this year, that was because of Foo Blanco. He is also a chick magnet, everybody loves that zebra.”
Outside Sun Devil Stadium with Foo Blanco on Gameday
DHD: Tell us more about your motto, "One Section at a Time."
Dan Trujillo: “I want ASU to be ranked in the Top 10 every year. I want us to be big every year. How are we going to do that? By filling up the stadium one section at a time. If you fill up one section, then it will overflow into the next section which will get bigger and bigger. The next thing you know, the whole stadium will be filled up. What do recruits like? Not only cool uniforms, but also a packed stadium on game day.”
“So what is my job as a fan? Come support, be loud, bring the zebra and have the best time on game day. One section at a time, we will do that. It’s not if it’s going to happen, it’s when it’s going to happen. One section at a time is what ASU football is going to be about.”
DHD: As a DieHard fan, what are you doing to make that happen?
Yes, Foo Blanco's a Baller
Dan Trujillo: “Keep doing what we’re doing. If the fans come out to our tailgate and see what we provide and how much fun we have, it’s just a matter of time before we’re going to blow up. We will get that National Championship some day.”
“There are a lot of great things to do in the state of Arizona, but ASU home games only happen 6-7 times a year. If you come out to one game and see the fun we have and the love we have for ASU football, the product on the field is going to get better and better every year. If you just come to an event and you experience what it is to be a Sun Devil, you’re going to be addicted. You’re going to be looking at the game schedule every week and calling your friends. Once you experience it, you’re going to want more and more of it.”
DHD: What kind of impact do the fans have on game day?
Dan Trujillo: “It’s huge. One game day, the players will be motivated by the coach and staff, and their chance to get drafted into the NFL, but when you have the loud fans screaming your name and supporting you, it becomes what you really want as a player. That’s what we have to provide through ASU.”
“Recruits have their options to go play at other schools. As a fan, we have to do our part, be ourselves, have fun, and players and fans have a great time. The bigger we get, it will become more addicting.”
The Every Day I'm Deviln' Crew in full force in Dallas for the Notre Dame Game
DHD: Why are you a DieHard Devil?
Dan Trujillo: “Everyday I’m Devlin'. I bleed maroon and gold every day until I die.”
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These guys make us proud. Follow Everyday I’m Devilin’ on Facebook.
Oct 17, 2013 - 05:06 pm - Sun Devil #21 WR, Jaelen Strong
After just 6 games at the college level, ASU receiver Jaelen Strong projects to possibly become one of ASU's best receivers in decades alongside the Sun Devils all-time receiving leader, Derek Hagan.
The following is an amateur video about Jaelen Strong's life up to his arrival at Arizona State.
The video covers stories including photo & video footage from as far back as when Jaelen was a young boy in Philadelphia. It touches on his time playing football in Pop Warner, West Philadelphia Catholic High School and Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills, CA.
The video, titled "Stay Strong", includes commentary from Jaelen along with his family, friends and teammates. It ends with Jaelen being dropped off at the airport for his flight to Tempe to begin college at ASU.
If nothing else, a documentary like this is a cool window into someone's life and something that family, friends and even fans of Jaelen can view to learn more about the person wearing ASU's #21 jersey. But there could be more at play.
The time and effort that goes into a small documentary like this can also provide a added tool for future employers, possibly NFL teams in Jaelen's case, to learn more about the person they may invest millions of dollars in to represent their organization. After all, the background work by NFL teams on potential draftees is known to be an exhaustive practice.
Jaelen arrives at the airport for his flight to ASU
I think there are some shrewd minds at work in Jaelen's camp, and they should be commended. Through efforts like this, they're assuring that he is known as more than simply an exceptional football player but also as a stand-up young man who has overcome tough life challenges and has perservired.
The producers of the video go by the name of Kamera Krew, and their Twitter handle is @devkamera1.
For more videos about Jaelen Strong and other Sun Devil players when they were recruits, visit the Recruits to SUN DEVILS Video Collection
Oct 10, 2013 - 03:14 pm - Tempe, AZ – In part one of the DieHard Ink series, we took an in depth look and the meaning behind the tattoos of Sun Devil players DJ Foster, Jake Sheffield and Marcus Ball.This next installment will take a closer look at two more Sun Devil favorites, Carl Bradford and Michael Eubank. Carl Bradford displays one of his most inspirational tattoos of his cousin Christina. Carl BradfordCarl Bradford has made a name for himself during his time as a Sun Devil. Always known for his freakish athleticism and massive strength in the weight room, he has become one of the leaders of the ASU defense since his arrival in Tempe. Along with those unique characteristics, Bradford has some other important traits that serve as a daily reminder to him…his tattoos. The "family tree" on Carl Bradford's right leg.Bradford gave us the inside track on the meaning behind his DieHard Ink.“My first one is a leg tattoo, and it’s a family tree, but it’s a rose. On the leaves instead of branches, I have all the names of my family members, my father (who recently passed away), my mother, brother and sister. It represents my family and who I play for.”Bradford added, "The next one is another family tattoo. It’s a picture of my cousin Christina who passed away from a domestic violence incident, so I got a reminder of her on my arm. It’s the reason I’m a criminal justice major and it also reminds me to always treat girls with respect.”“For the lion tattoo on my right shoulder/arm, I’m a Leo, so I got my face inter-mixed with a lions face.” Michael EubankSun Devil quarterback Michael Eubank has been fighting for a spot in the offensive rotation since his freshman year. Another physical specimen like Bradford, the redshirt sophomore has incredible gifts and athleticism for a quarterback that is 6’6” and 240 pounds. Not only can Eubank run, but he also puts a lot of pride into his strong throwing arm. That was the inspiration for his new tattoo he got over the summer. The "machine" design on Michael Eubank's right throwing arm.Eubank described to us the inspiration behind his new body art.“The meaning behind my new tattoo is a machine on my right throwing arm. I have been working hard during the off-season, and my trainer always said I was a machine and my arm should be automatic. That was the inspiration to get a mechanical tattoo on my right arm.” The tattoo has a very unique design and looks robotic when you see it in person.Both Bradford and Eubank are proud Sun Devils and “prove it” every day with their work ethic on and off the field. Like all players, their tattoos represent what is important to them, their source of inspiration and daily reminders of who they are and what they play for.View the complete DieHard Ink photo galleryYou can also post photos of your Sun Devil tattoos on our Facebook page
Oct 03, 2013 - 12:32 pm - A - StateThe Scene...It's a chilly, rainy fall day in North Georgia. I am settled up on the couch with a friend after we spent the early part of the day at a soggy Sanford Stadium in Athens. My aunt and uncle are out of the house for the evening so I am in charge of making sure my cousins get fed and stay out of trouble. Like a good cousin, I made sure the kids were fed and everything in the house was taken care of, because in just a few minutes my Sun Devils were taking on the fifth ranked team in the nation…The Stanford Cardinal. Well it wasn’t long after kickoff before my excitement for the game turned to a bevy of hands-over-the-mouth profanities. I sat there stewing on the couch, mad at the world. What a horrible way to end an otherwise good day, and nothing could cheer me up. The Turning Point…Just as I was about to give up on my beloved Devils, my 10-year-old cousin, Zander, steps in front of the TV with an old grey shirt. On the shirt, hand-drawn in sharpie, was the interlocked letters "A" and "S" just like the logo on the very old Sun Devil baseball cap he was sporting. My 10 year old cousin Zander and his home-made Sun Devil shirt"Does this look good?" he asked. Zander's mother is an Arizona State graduate, but his family isn't exactly what you would call a "sports family.” But while I have been living with the family, Zander has taken to watching games with me, if only for a few minutes at a time. He continued creating his own homemade Sun Devil shirt by drawing the pitchfork and writing "Sun Devils" across the top. Then in the second half, he plopped down right next to me on the couch to watch the game. The Moment of Truth…Somehow I was no longer upset about the impending Sun Devil loss on the gridiron. This 10-year-old kid just reminded me that being a Sun Devil is not all about winning or losing. Part of being a Sun Devil is about loving the people around you, and cherishing the time you have with them. I'm immediately taken back to a time when I drew the "A" and "S" on every notebook I owned in elementary school. I think about how every Halloween pumpkin I've carved since I was 12 has been either a pitchfork or "ASU.” I think of my parents who cultivated my love for the Sun Devils, and about how proud all of my friends from ASU would be of Zander right now. I'm reminded of the family that used to sit in front of us at Sun Devil Stadium, and even though their seats have moved we continued to tailgate with them. Their children are probably the same age as Zander.Sun Devil Family... For some of us that have been doing this ASU thing for a long time it's easy to get caught up in wins, losses, recruiting, ticket sales, in-game atmosphere and so many other things. But every once in a while we need to take a moment and appreciate the people around us and the people who brought us to this point. Even though this is a big week for us Sun Devils, and we have been waiting for this game for what seems like 5 years now, there's something I want you all to do. Take a few moments to think about the person or people who first sparked your passion for Arizona State. Think about them and, if possible, give them a call, shoot them a text, send an email, just to say thank you. If that's not possible for whatever reason, take a moment on Saturday, wherever you may be, and imagine that person by your side watching the Devils line up against Notre Dame with you. Sun Devil Nation, you will all be with me in Dallas this Saturday, and I thank you. #BeatTheIrish
Sep 27, 2013 - 11:39 am - Courtesy: Sun Devil AthleticsTEMPE, Ariz.—In a wave of community support, the Sun Devil Club is excited to announce its #BeTheSolution membership campaign has exceeded its initial goal of 10,000 members by the Arizona State football match-up against USC on Sept. 28 at Sun Devil Stadium. As of Sept. 26, the Sun Devil Club has a total of 10,169 members with three days left in the #BeTheSolution drive.“The Sun Devil Club is the community’s asset. To have the community enthusiastically embrace membership in the Sun Devil Club is a critical step towards the continued success of Sun Devil Athletics,” said Jeff Lowe, Sun Devil Club Membership Chairman.The Sun Devil Club has set a 2013-14-season goal of 15,000 members. With the #BeTheSolution Drive continuing through Saturday, there is still time to join the Sun Devil Club and impact the current and future success of our Sun Devil student athletes.“One of the key aspects of the Sun Devil Club is the ability to take ownership and have a stake in Sun Devil Athletics,” said Jen Moser, Sun Devil Club Board Member. “With a goal of 15,000 members for this year, the Sun Devil Club has the ability to affect positive change – both within championship competition and the lives of our student-athletes.”Sun Devil Athletics is doing more with less. In the 20-year history of the Directors’ Cup, measuring overall athletics success, ASU has 14 finishes in the top 15 and has never finished lower than 30th. Sun Devils are also winning in the classroom. Since 2000, ASU has produced 66 Academic All-Americans, seventh best in the country.For ASU to compete in the conference and on a national level, community help is needed. The most successful University athletic programs have a committed community behind them. The Sun Devil Club provides the opportunity to affect change for Sun Devil Athletics and gives ASU fans a chance be a part of Sun Devil Athletics current and future success.Sun Devil Nation can help take our program to great heights with the idea that together we can do more. For as little $9 per month or $100 annually, ASU fans will become official Sun Devil Club members with access to information before the public, pre-sales on premium, away and postseason tickets, discounted apparel at Sparky’s Team Shop and discounts from the Sun Devil Club’s Pitchfork Partners.The Sun Devil Club gives fans the option of using their membership fees towards sports-specific giving. If a fan has a passion or a vested interest in any one of Sun Devil Athletics’ 22 varsity sports, the membership fees will go directly to finance the success of that program.The Sun Devil Club is a community-owned organization focused on the funding and support of Sun Devil Athletics. Every membership in the Sun Devil Club helps to provide for the academic and athletic pursuits of over 500 student-athletes in 22 varsity sports. The Sun Devil Club’s ability to consistently meet the scholarship needs of our teams and coaches will be the deciding factor in our success as an athletics department in the years ahead. The Sun Devil ClubIf you're a DieHard Sun Devil, Prove it by Joining the Sun Devil Club
Sep 19, 2013 - 06:04 pm - SR LB Chris Young leads the Sun Devils out of Tillman Tunnel for Game #1 of 2013Tempe, AZ – By now, you may have seen or heard about the new Sun Devil Hammer used by the Arizona State football team.On game day, the players carry it off the bus, through the Devil Walk and into the locker room before battle. When game time arrives, a chosen player gets to wield the hammer and lead the team out of Tillman Tunnel. The team also takes it on the road.It has become a symbol of Sun Devil Strength.The hammer breaks rocks when the Devils emerge victorious on Game days. Specifically, it crushes a designated rock for each opponent. The goal each year is to break twelve rocks, a symbol of perfection. It's one of the latest ideas to have materialized in the new culture that Coach Todd Graham has created at ASU.The new “Thor” inspired design for the giant war hammer was a collaboration between ASU and a Sun Devil alumni.So how does something like this go from a concept and idea to actual design and completion? Here’s the story…Enter Brock Dunlop. Brock is an ASU alumnus who graduated in 2008. He is also the owner of Dunlop Customs, a welding and fabrication company that specializes in custom motorcycles and off-road vehicles.Brock is friends with Josh Storms, Assistant Head Coach for Sports Performance at ASU. He has worked on some motorcycles for Josh in the past and the two became close. Before the 2013 season, Josh had discussed the custom hammer idea with Coach Graham and Strength & Conditioning Coach, Shawn Griswold. The problem was finding someone who had the ability and resources to put everything together and pull it off. One day, Josh approached Brock with the idea and concept of a new hammer for the Sun Devil Football team, and Brock was happy to step up to the challenge.Brock was excited about the project and ready to go, but he needed some help from some associates in the industry. He assembled a team that could move through each step of the process.First was Donald Ortiz with Jemelco, a machine repair company. Ortiz spent hours on the weekends helping with initial designs on the computer. The conceptual design for the Sun Devil HammerWhen the design was complete they needed the right materials, and Doug Cone with AZ Metals stepped up and donated the steel. Then after achieving the desired shape, the hammer was heat treated in a 15 hour process at ABS Metalurgical.Finally Brock’s Dad, John Dunlop, added some of the finishing touches and designed the copper brass handle with custom nut.All said and done, the hammer weighs a burly 36.8 pounds and took about 100 hours to complete. The total cost is estimated at $7,500, all of which was donated by Brock and his team through their time, efforts and expertise. Brock Dunlop is a DieHard Devil and his team “Proved It” with their contribution to the Sun Devil team.When's the next chance you can see the hammer? When the Sun Devils are announced at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, you'll see it hoisted by a designated player who leads the team onto the field. Remember the hard work, precise skill and commitment that was put in behind the scenes to create the finished product. The new hammer represents a lot of virtues within the program: strength, commitment, sacrifice and determination. The cool thing is that it's a direct connection between the team and the fans who made it happen and the larger Sun Devil Nation they represent. This is another example of Sun Devil Nation stepping up to build a stronger Football Program. Like Coach Griz says, the way to conquer a mountain is to break one rock at a time. That doesn't just apply to the players. It applies to the fans as well. There's a million and one ways to prove you're a DieHard Sun Devil. And a National Championship Sun Devil Nation is achieved one rock at a time. So the question is, what rock will you break? The final product created by Brock Dunlop and his team.