Thu, 28 April 2016
Where do we go from here?
Arizona State's spring practices have wrapped up, but the big question remains: Who will be the next Sun Devil starting quarterback?
In the season finale of Hard Count: The Devils' Decision, I take an in-depth examination of the key pieces of evidence we can take from the last 15 practices. We hear from head coach Todd Graham, offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, as well as quarterbacks Manny Wilkins, Brady White, and Bryce Perkins.
I also bring in a panel of experts—Hod Rabino, Nick Krueger, and Fabian Ardaya—to get their thoughts on what we've seen, what it means, and who will take that first snap against NAU on Sept. 3
Mon, 28 March 2016
There's no place like home.
Arizona State may not have to look far for their next starting quarterback. Bryce Perkins comes from a talented football family and is looking to he turn his incredible talents into the Sun Devils' starting job.
The Sun Devil legacy has no shortage of support as the Valley community is rallying behind him. Will it be enough?
Thu, 24 March 2016
Arizona State has a long history of outstanding quarterbacks, but perhaps none have come to Tempe with the pedigree of Brady White.
In episode 4 of Hard Count: The Devils' Decision, we take a detailed and in-depth look at what White, the highest-rated quarterback recruit in Sun Devil history. He brings a wealth of talent to the program, but will that be enough to win him Arizona State's starting quarterback job?
Tue, 22 March 2016
"I'm eager, I'm anxious, and I'm hungry."
Playing quarterback at the collegiate level can be incredibly daunting, but it's nothing compared to what Arizona State's Manny Wilkins has already faced through his young life. A troubled childhood led to an adolescence that nearly derailed everything, before the love of his family and a newfound resolved put him on the path to success.
In episode three of Hard Count: The Devils' Decision, Wilkins opens up about the obstacles he has overcome, we hear from the uncle and father figure who turned it all around, his teammates explain just what that special something he has actually is, and expert writers weigh in on his chances in winning ASU's starting quarterback job.
Thu, 17 March 2016
In the Hard Count series premiere, we set the stage for Arizona State's quarterback battle. Now, we take an in-depth look at the newcomer who will be calling all the shots.
Chip Lindsey is the new Sun Devil offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and he has some pretty big shoes to fill. In this episode, I sit down with Lindsey to examine how his offensive scheme and playcalling philosophy developed, how he has become an effective mentor of quarterbacks, and what things will be most crucial to winning ASU's three-man battle.
We also get excellent insight from record-setting Southern Mississippi quarterback and Lindsey pupil Nick Mullens, as well as USM beat writer Jason Munz. You won't find a more comprehensive overview of what to expect from ASU's newest offensive general.
Sun, 13 March 2016
On the heels of a disappointing season, several key departures, and significant coaching turnover, the Sun Devils head into 2016 facing several questions. However, none are larger than: Who will be the quarterback?
Welcome to Hard Count: The Devils' Decision, a new audio documentary series that will tackle this question head on and in greater depth than anywhere you will find.
In episode one, we'll examine the current situation, hear from former ASU starting quarterbacks on what it takes to be successful, how best to handle a high-pressure position battle, and look back at the 2012 competition to learn some key lessons moving forward.
Stay tuned for episode two, when we'll find out about what new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey will bring to the program, both as a playcaller and a mentor of the young quarterbacks.
Wed, 3 February 2016
It's one of the most important days of the college football year: National Signing Day. It's here. Now.
On the new Speak of the Devils, we take an in-depth examination of ASU's 2016 class...and how it very well may not be complete. To get the most detailed analysis possible, we bring in Hod Rabino and Ralph Amsden of DevilsDigest.com & Rivals.com to get their expert takes. We also take a recruit-by-recruit look at what exactly the Sun Devils are getting with these new additions.
Tue, 26 January 2016
It's the #BOOM homestretch, and Speak of the Devils is here to break down all the madness.
We kick off the show with a review of all the coaching staff changes—and near-changes—that have happened on the Sun Devil sideline. We're then joined by Hod Rabino (18:10) of DevilsDigest.com to get expert insight into where ASU's 2016 class currently stands and which high-priority targets could join the group on Signing Day.
Next up, we talk with two of the current members of the class. Four-star Devilbacker Dougladson Subtyl (45:23) discusses his journey to the U.S. and how he fits into the ASU defense, while Michael Sleep-Dalton (50:35) breaks down how he is striving to be the next in a long line of excellent Australian punters.
We then dive into our review of where ASU's class sits right now, who the top ASU targets are, what they could bring, and whether the Sun Devils can seal the deal.
Finally, we are joined by Joe Cajic of Sun Devil Family Charities to tell us about Cornhole Bowl III and the amazing work they do every day.
Mon, 28 December 2015
It's a late holiday gift with a new episode of Speak of the Devils.
We begin with a look at the news and a breakdown of the eight new Sun Devils signees who come in as midyear transfers.
We then chat with ASU running back Demario Richard and linebacker Christian Sam to get their thoughts on the season-to-date, the keys to a bowl win, and what they're doing to get ready for 2016.
Then it's on to our Cactus Bowl preview. Guest correspondent Tim Healey chats with ASU defensive coordinator Keith Patterson about the keys to slowing down the West Virginia attack, and we then talk with WVU insider Greg Madia about what to expect on Saturday. We wrap up with our detailed keys to the game.
Tue, 8 December 2015
It may be the bowl break, but there's no shortage to discuss on the new Speak of the Devils.
We open with a breakdown of the big story: Mike Norvell's departure to Memphis. We talk with insider Hod Rabino of DevilsDigest.com to find out what is going on during the search for a new offensive coordinator and who are the names to watch.
How will Norvell's departure impact the future? Good point. We talk with ASU's talented freshmen quarterbacks Bryce Perkins and Brady White to get their reaction.
Then it's time to go bowling as we take an early look at ASU's Cactus Bowl date with West Virginia, before we check the stars and mostly snubs of the official All-Pac-12 teams.
Next up is a talk with wide receiver D.J. Foster. The senior shares his thoughts on Norvell's departure, what went right and wrong in 2015, and his favorite memories of his career.
We wrap up with our 5th Annual Speak of the Devils Awards Spectacular. See who took home the hardware—both good and bad—as Brad and Joe make their year-end picks.