Mon, 22 August 2016
Are you ready for some football? Of course you are.
The Speak of the Devils season preview special gets your ready for this critical 2016 season. Brad Denny and Joe Healey are joined in studio by Hod Rabino of DevilsDigest.com and Ralph Amsden of Rivals.com.
The in-depth discussion hits several key points, including the impact of expectations, positions battles, breakout candidates, areas of strength and weakness, the impact of newcomers, and more.
Finally, it's time for a set-it-in-stone (please don't) season preview version of the Sun Devil Stock Report, where the group buys or sells several key points surrounding how this season will take shape.
Sat, 13 August 2016
Just a few more weeks, folks...
To tide you over, Speak of the Devils brings you an unmatched lineup of guests live from ASU's Media Day.
The Lineup (and time index)
Defensive Coordinator Keith Patterson (2:50)
RB Kalen Ballage (16:15)
CB Kareem Orr (24:32)
K Zane Gonzalez (28:59)
LB Christian Sam (35:15)
Offensive Coordinator Chip Lindsey (39:27)
QB Manny Wilkins (49:05)
DL JoJo Wicker (57:22)
WR Tim White (105:13)
RB Demario Richard (113:52)
Head Coach Todd Graham (122:50)
Direct download: Episode_142_-_Sun_Devil_Media_Day_Extravaganza.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 8:12pm PDT
Tue, 9 August 2016
Even an abbreviated Speak of the Devils is still the best ASU show around.
We kickoff the mini-episode with a look at the transfer rumors swirling around QB Bryce Perkins, and talk with Ralph Amsden of DevilsDigest.com
Then it's a series of interviews with some prominent Sun Devils looking to make their mark in fall camp.
First up, it's an honest and candid talk with TE Kody Kohl. Next up, QB Dillon Sterling-Cole talks about his first weeks at ASU and the quarterback battle. LB Marcus Ball discusses the setbacks he's battled in his career and how he's looking to contribute. Finally, CB/RB Gump Hayes shares his thoughts on his disappointing debut year and how he's working to be a two-way star.
Mon, 1 August 2016
It's almost here! Sun Devil football starts this week with a trip up to Camp Tontozona, and we get you dialed in with our fall camp preview.
But first we catch you up on the latest news, including a major transfer #Boom that landed Arizona State a speedy new weapon. That weapon, former Texas Longhorn WR Ryan Newsome, joins us to explain why ASU was the right place for him and what he'll bring to the field in 2017.
Then it's time to get ready for camp. We take a position-by-position look at the team and discuss the top position battles, storylines, and breakout candidates. We're also joined by a trio of potential stars in QB Bryce Perkins, WR Jalen Harvey, and OLB Jalen Bates as they tell fans what they could bring to the field in 2016.
We wrap up with a visit from DevilsDigest.com's Hod Rabino, to get the latest notes from the recruiting trail and his thoughts on what to look for during fall camp.
Wed, 27 July 2016
It's so close. Can you feel it? FOOTBALL is nigh.
As we unofficially kick off our sixth season, we take our annual preview of the Sun Devils through a national and Pac-12 lens.
First off, we take a look at a commonly held belief among fans: ASU does better when expectations are lower. Joe brings some hard data to this anecdotal fight.
Next up, we're joined by Kaelen Jones of House of Sparky to hear his experiences from Pac-12 Media Day and get his thoughts on the Sun Devils, RichRod, and the Pac-12 title race.
Then it's time to buy or sell the major storylines around the Pac-12 on a special conference version of the Sun Devil Stock Report.
We then welcome back ESPN SportsCenter anchor and ASU alum Matt Barrie to get his thoughts on Todd Graham's job security, the quarterback battle, and how ASU stacks up against their division rivals.
HOT TAKE ALERT: Brad and Joe then dish out their Pac-12 season predictions on a wide range of topics. Some are even bound to be right!
We wrap up with a talk with the legendary Phil Steele. The magazine maestro and ESPN analyst breaks down the game like only he can...and tells ASU fans why he believes good things are coming up for the Sun Devils.
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
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 6:58pm PDT
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?