Wed, 30 July 2014
840 catches. 13,726 yards. 107 touchdowns. Countless big plays and memories.
We wrap up the offseason with a truly special episode as we welcome five of the most legendary wide receivers in Sun Devil history. Considering the abundance of amazing players that ASU has enjoyed at that spot, the lineup on this Speak of the Devils episode really stands out.
J.D. Hill (2:04): The first Sun Devil to top 1,000 yards receiving in a season, Hill was a sensational gamebreaker who helped lead the 1970 squad to an undefeated season.
Keith Poole (28:38): The No. 1 target on ASU's magical 1996 Rose Bowl year, Poole was Jake the Snake's go-to man. His touchdown pose may be the most memorable image in Sun Devil football history.
Shaun McDonald (41:35): Walter to McDonald, all day, every day. That duo put up yards at a rate never before seen, and McDonald still holds the record for best single-season in ASU history.
Derek Hagan (49:25): By the time he moved on to the NFL, Hagan had become the all-time leading receiver in not just ASU history, but in the entire span of the Pac-10.
Chris McGaha (1:06:29): You throw it, he'll catch it. McGaha went from local prep star to one of the most reliable, productive, and underrated wide receivers to ever don the maroon and gold.
Direct download: Episode_93_-_Catching_Up_with_Sun_Devil_WR_Legends.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49 AM
Tue, 29 July 2014
In the waning days of the offseason, Speak of the Devils takes a lighthearted but often insightful look at the nature of fandom in the modern day.
To help us along, we are joined in studio by America's punter, Josh Hubner, and Becca Winn of DevilsDigest.com.
We open with a discussion of how social media has impacted the sport. From the recruiting trail, to fan (sometimes bad) behavior, and the expectations of Todd Graham, we hit it all. Next up, we go around the table to share our Sun Devil stories.
Then, time for some fun. We are joined by three fans who have leveraged their devotion to the Sun Devils and to social media to develop popular personas: @Peggy4ASU, @MariachiTillman, and @JediASU. These fan favorites share their origin stories and what's ahead for 2014.
Wed, 14 May 2014
Just start listening to the episode and thank us later.
On this amazing episode, we talk to Arizona State quarterbacks, past, present and future. Spanning from the early Frank Kush days to the latest verbal recruit, Speak of the Devils brings you a who's who of Sun Devil greats.
Our illustrious guest list with handy time index:
John F. Goodman (6:29): ASU quarterback. Top Gun pilot. Marine Corps general. Hero. A sensational interview.
Joe Spagnola (23:40): "Spaghetti" Joe posted one of the best records of any ASU quarterback and led the Devils to their undefeated 1970 season and first ever bowl win.
Danny White (30:26): All-American, three time Fiesta Bowl champion, 32-3 career record, and a retired number. Not too shabby.
Jeff Van Raaphorst (56:57): Only one ASU starting quarterback can call himself "Rose Bowl Champion", and he'll take us back through the monumental win over Michigan.
Jake Plummer (1:06:37): You may have heard of this guy..."The Snake" remains arguably the most beloved player in Sun Devil history.
Sam Keller (1:26:40): One of the best pure passers in ASU history, Keller speaks openly and honestly about his up and down career and the controversy with...
Rudy Carpenter (1:42:17): While not always a fan favorite, Carpenter threw for over 10,000 yards and 80 touchdowns in a career defined by grit.
Taylor Kelly (1:57:24): ASU's current starter, Kelly's first two years were terrific. What does he have in store for 2014?
Manny Wilkins (2:06:43): We replay our National Signing Day talk with the 2014 recruit, as he discusses why it means so much to him to be a Sun Devil.
Brady White (2:21:21): The highest rated QB recruit in the Internet era, White breaks down why he picked ASU, how he fits the offense, and if he'll continue taking any recruiting visits.
Direct download: Episode_91_-_ASU_Quarterbacks_Past_Present_and_Future.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:14 AM
Tue, 8 April 2014
To mark our 90th episode, we bring you a huge new episode that takes an in-depth look at the past, present, and future of Sun Devil football.
Brad Denny of 3TV and Joe Healey of DevilDigest.com kick things off with a review of the big storylines from ASU's first three weeks of spring practices. From the defensive standout, shuffling lineups along the line, and some rising playmakers, the dynamic duo break it all down for you.
Then it's time for the fun.
First, we welcome on one of the true unsung heroes of ASU football in recent years, John Wrenn (22:49 mark). Wrenn discusses his lengthy career in the game, his time working the magic behind the scenes for the Sun Devils, and why he decided to retire.
Next up (38:58), we take a look into the future. We are joined by highly-touted 2015 quarterback recruit Bryce Perkins. The Chandler HS star discusses carrying on his family's ASU legacy, the appeal of being a hometown hero, and what he brings to the field.
We cap off the show with a lengthy and in-depth chat with the head man for all Sun Devil sports: ASU Athletic Director Ray Anderson (47:16). From the appeal of Arizona State, to the Sun Devil Stadium renovations, to his vision for all ASU sports, this is a talk no ASU fan can afford to miss.
Direct download: Episode_90_-_Ray_Anderson_Bryce_Perkins_John_Wrenn.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 6:56 AM
Tue, 18 March 2014
FOOTBALL IS BACK. This is important.
To kick off the return of Sun Devil football, Brad and Joe are back with a huge new episode.
After taking a round around the top news stories of the week, they get down to the details and preview the state of the Sun Devils as spring practices begin. We break down the offense, defense and special teams, position-by-position, including the breakout candidates, position battles to watch, and who needs a big camp to stay relevant.
In between, we have an in-depth and informative chat with former Sun Devil and soon-to-be NFLer Carl Bradford. The dynamic Devilbacker reflects upon his ASU career, gives his picks as to the Sun Devils to watch this season, and what to expect from him on Sundays this fall.
Direct download: Episode_89_-_ASU_Spring_Ball_Preview_and_Carl_Bradford.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 6:15 AM
Mon, 10 March 2014
Spring ball is almost upon us, but before we don the pads and buckle the chin strap, we continue our review of ASU's 2014 signing class.
First off, we review some of the big news and notes happening around the program, including our breakdown of new defensive coordinator Keith Patterson and head of recruiting Patrick Suddes.
We then welcome on Greg Biggins of Scout.com. Greg provides an expert national perspective on ASU's 2014 class, his thoughts on some potential sleepers, as well as a look ahead to some of the Devils' potential 2015 targets.
After our last round of interviews with several new Sun Devil players, we bring in some more. First up is speedy running back and return specialist De'Chavon "Gump" Hayes, and then we chat with stud defensive lineman Connor Humphreys.
To cap off the show, Brad and Joe hand out some recruiting awards.
Thu, 6 February 2014
National Signing Day 2014 has come, and Speak of the Devils has a comprehensive review all signed, sealed and delivered to you.
Brad Denny and Joe Healey break down Arizona State's entire 2014 class, providing a detailed look at each of the players, what they bring to the team, and what to expect in 2014 and beyond.
This wouldn't be Speak of the Devils without taking it to the next level...so we do. We bring you in-depth interviews with FIVE of the newest Sun Devils: quarterback Manny Wilkins, running back Demario Richard, offensive lineman Sam Jones, defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey, and linebacker D.J. Calhoun.
That's big time.
To cap it off, we're joined by Hod Rabino of DevilsDigest.com to give us a behind-the-scenes look at how this impressive class of Sun Devils came together, and how some pieces almost didn't.
Thu, 30 January 2014
Can you feel it?
Of course you can. National Signing Day 2014 is nigh.
Not even the evil machinations of SkyNet can keep Speak of the Devils from bringing you a big time preview (and by that we mean, our original episode was tragically deleted by Brad's laptop during editing, forcing this awesome Plan B).
First up, we talk with ASU safety Marcus Ball. The dynamic redshirt freshman opens up about what he learned while battling injury, how he's recovering, and why ASU fans should be excited about his return in 2014.
Then it's the main event. Hod Rabino of DevilsDigest.com stops by to bring an unparalleled insider's take on where ASU stands now, and most importantly, what could happen in the coming days leading up to NLI Day.
Direct download: Episode_86_-_Signing_Day_Preview_and_Marcus_Ball.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 2:50 AM
Fri, 17 January 2014
Golden Globes? Pass.
The Oscars? No thanks.
The 3rd Annual Speak of the Devils Year End Awards Show Spectacular? Yes, please. Twice.
With the season behind us, we now turn to the year that was, and bestowing our honors for the best...and disdain for the worst.
Brad Denny and Joe Healey are joined in-studio by two experts on Sun Devil football: Ross Dunham and Becca Winn, both of DevilsDigest.com.
The group hands out awards ranging from some annual favorites to some offbeat titles, and ends with a look ahead to why ASU fans should be hopeful in the future. Plus, plenty of tangents along the way...and one incredible story examining the limits of human perseverance.
Tue, 24 December 2013
Happy Holidays from Speak of the Devils. Prepare your ears for the glorious gift of a new episode.
We get you ready for Arizona State's big Holiday Bowl showdown with the Texas Tech Red Raiders with an in-depth preview.
To kick things off, we are joined by Texas Tech insider Jarret Johnson of RaiderPower.com, who gives us a detailed look at the Red Raiders, from the high powered passing attack to the struggling defense and everything in between.
Next up, we talk to ASU defensive coordinator Paul Randolph to get his take on how the Sun Devils will look to slow down the Red Raiders, which players have impressed him the most this year, and whether he expects Carl Bradford back.
We conclude with our detailed preview of the game, including the critical match-ups and the keys to a Sun Devil victory.