Thu, 23 June 2016
The fence is going up around the state.
ASU received an unprecedented trio of commitments from powerhouse Saguaro High School, and Speak of the Devils is here to break it all down like no one can.
After a look at the latest news, we're joined by Rivals.com analyst Ralph Amsden, who gives us an in-depth look at the three players, what they bring to the program, and who else may soon be joining them in Tempe.
We then talk to the three players themselves: LB Kyle Soelle, TE Jared Poplawski, and OL Corey Stephens. They tell us why they picked ASU, what they bring to the field, and how they're now working to convince other local stars to join them.
Finally, former Saguaro and ASU star—and current Saguaro coach—Kyle Caldwell returns to discuss the improvement the Sun Devils have made in local recruiting, and why "staying true" is such a special thing.
Sat, 4 June 2016
Good things come to those who wait, and Speak of the Devils is back after a little offseason break.
Brad Denny and Joe Healey are joined in-studio by special guests Ralph Amsden and Hod Rabino of DevilsDigest.com and Rivals.com. They kick things off with a breakdown of some early announced game times, and a detailed analysis of some recent additions to ASU's 2016 recruiting class, including who should make an early impact.
Up next is Brad's interview with new Sun Devil quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole. The talented Texan shares his thoughts on picking ASU, how Texas high school ball is unlike anything else, and why he thinks he has a chance to win the starting job.
Then it's the main event, an in-depth roundtable breakdown of what to expect from this 2016 season. What are the top reasons for optimism? Biggest concerns? X-factors? Realistic win total? There is much to discuss and many bold predictions to make.
Direct download: Episode_138_-_Expectations_and_Dillon_Sterling-Cole.mp3
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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.