FOOTBALL IS BACK.

Arizona State kicks off the 2014 season this week when they host Weber State this Thursday, and Speak of the Devils gives you an in-depth preview.

We begin by checking out the movers and shakers on the Sun Devil depth chart and what last-minute changes you can expect. We then get the latest on the recruiting trail with some BIG news on top QB commit Brady White.

Next up is a series of interviews with key figures on the team. First up is WR Gary Chambers, who has held onto a starting role and looks for his first big action this Thursday. Then it is DT Jaxon Hood, who discusses his time away, how close he is to being ready, and his outlook for the opener. Finally, we chat with Devilbackers coach Paul Randolph to get an update on the three-way battle for the starting job.

We then go behind enemy lines with Weber State play-by-play man Carl Arky to get an insider preview on the Wildcats and what they will bring to Thursday's battle. Finally, we preview the game, the key things ASU must do, and give our predictions.

Direct download: Episode_97_-_ASU_vs_Weber_State_Preview.mp3
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With just a few days until the season opener, Speak of the Devils gets you ready by bringing in the big guns.

We are joined in studio by two of the expert voices in Arizona State football, Hod Rabino and Byron Kline of DevilsDigest.com, for a in-depth and comprehensive roundtable discussion of all things Sun Devil football.

The fun gets started with everyone's favorite topic: the new uniforms. We give our take and the impact on the program and longtime fans before giving our thoughts on what we saw from the team at Camp T.

Next up, we break down the ASU offense position-by-position, highlighting the stars, examining the questions marks, and breaking down the battles. We then bring in ASU offensive coordinator Mike Norvell to get his take.

Then we turn to defense and special teams, and get the analysis of defensive coordinator/special teams coordinator Keith Patterson.

We then conclude with a detailed recruiting update from Mr. Rabino, including where the state's top uncommitted recruits currently rank ASU.

Direct download: Episode_96_-_ASU_Season_Preview.mp3
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Fall camp is under way, but Speak of the Devils is already in midseason form.

Brad and Joe come to you live from ASU Media Day with a series of interviews and insight you simply will not find anywhere else. 

We kick things off with the Coaches Grahams: Todd and Bo. The pair discuss their unique situation and how they manage to be father & son while also being head coach & assistant coach in major college football.

Next up, we get defensive with star safety Damarious Randall and safeties coach Chris Ball. The pair reflect on the rebuilding secondary and why it may be better than ever.

We then go deep with the dynamic receiving duo of Jaelen Strong and Eric Lauderdale. Can ASU strike juco gold again? We ask the pair about the struggles of coming in through juco, and how to make it big.

Finally, we hit the weights with Jamil Douglas and Christian Westerman. The studs from the trenches discuss their weightroom exploits and how that could translate into success on the field.

Direct download: Episode_95_-_Media_Day_with_the_Grahams.mp3
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FOOTBALL IS BACK.

Arizona State has opened fall camp, and we open the books on Speak of the Devils' fourth season as the essential Sun Devil podcast in a huge way.

Brad and Joe give their takes on the first week of fall camp, which includes some dazzling newcomers and some position shuffling.

We then talk to ASU freshman phenom Kalen Ballage (56:56). The running back talks about his role, the fan hype, and that epic Vine video.

Next up is ESPN senior writer Ivan Maisel (1:01:35). One of the most respected voices in college football, Maisel gives us an in-depth look at how the nation sees this Sun Devil team.

We're then joined by another of ASU's highest-profile newcomers, defensive tackle Tashon Smallwood (1:12:00). Can he be the next Will Sutton? He gives us the answer.

We end the show with a great talk with SportsCenter anchor and ASU alum Matt Barrie (1:15:37). He gives us informed and insightful opinions on the present and future of ASU football...plus, how national media can stop confusing ASU and UofA.

Direct download: Episode_94_-_National_Preview_of_ASU.mp3
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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
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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.

 

Direct download: Episode_92_-_Social_Media_and_Superfans.mp3
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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
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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

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.


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.

Direct download: Episode_88_-_More_ASU_Signing_Day_Stuff.mp3
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