Thu, 20 April 2017
Spring is over, but Arizona State's quarterback battle is just heating up.
On the season finale of Hard Count, we take a comprehensive examination of where the Sun Devils' quarterback competition stands at the conclusion of spring practices. We'll get insight from QBs Manny Wilkins, Blake Barnett, Dillon Sterling-Cole, and Bryce Perkins, plus offensive coordinator Billy Napier and head coach Todd Graham.
Plus, a panel of ASU insiders and experts—Hod Rabino, Ralph Amsden, Fabian Ardaya, and Justin Toscano of DevilsDigest.com, and Kaelen Jones of HouseOfSparky.com—will share their detailed analysis of the quarterbacks. They'll cap off the episode by making their fearless predictions on who will be named the starter and take that first snap in the season opener.
Wed, 12 April 2017
He's been to college football's summit. Now, he's looking to do the same in Tempe.
Blake Barnett became one of the nation's elite recruits, and that pedigree took him to Alabama and got him a national championship. But a quick hook in his debut forced him to reevaluate his future...and landed him in the desert.
In the latest Hard Count, Barnett takes you on his journey, while those closest to him and the program go in-depth on why he came to Arizona State and what he'll bring to the Sun Devils.
Thu, 6 April 2017
Deep from the heart of Texas comes a young gunslinger with his sights set on ASU's quarterback job.
Dillon Sterling-Cole came to Tempe armed with a cannon...and the expectation to sit and learn. But stunning developments thrust him into the line of fire sooner than anyone had imagined. He took some lumps and learned some lessons, and it all helped to prepare him for a promising future.
DSC takes us on his journey from a small east Texas town to the spotlight of Sun Devil Stadium, with several stops made—and obstacles overcome—along the way. His coaches and teammates also tell us what makes him special, and Sun Devil insiders will explain why he could be a future star for the maroon-and-gold.
Mon, 3 April 2017
To be the best, steal from the best.
On the latest Hard Count, new Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier discusses his path into coaching, learning from Nick Saban, how he developed his offensive and playcalling philosophy, and what ASU fans should expect from the Sun Devils in 2017.
We also talk to ASU head coach Todd Graham on why Napier was his pick, the Sun Devil quarterbacks discuss their new position coach, and an Alabama beat writer and a pair of Sun Devil insiders break down what Napier will bring to the desert.
Tue, 28 March 2017
Another year, another fierce battle for the starting quarterback job for the Sun Devils.
Hard Count: The Devils' Decision returns to break down Arizona State's competition and give you unparalleled insight into the players, coaches, and key developments.
In the season two premiere, we take an in-depth review of ASU's 2016 season and how the roller coaster ride helped shaped the program and the current situation. We also take an honest look at how the battle is shaping up, and how the returning competitors have positioned themselves for the challenges that lay ahead.
Featuring interviews with Todd Graham, Ray Anderson, Chip Lindsey, Manny Wilkins, Brady White, Bryce Perkins, N'Keal Harry, and many more.
Mon, 27 February 2017
The Arizona "winter" is almost over, and the Sun Devils will soon open spring practices with many key questions to answer.
After a quick look at the latest news, we are joined by DevilsDigest.com's Ralph Amsden (11:30) for his view of the Sun Devils heading into spring camp.
After a Sun Devil Stock Report (20:15), we talk to senior running back Kalen Ballage (26:13) about his look into leaving early for the NFL, the frustrations of 2016, and the hopes for 2017.
Then we dive into our in-depth breakdown of what to look for during spring (33:39), including the potential breakout players and the key position battles to watch.
We cap the episode with a sit down interview with ASU Athletic Director Ray Anderson (2:09:26). He covers a number of topics including the assistant coaching carousel, the Sun Devil Stadium renovations, and why fans should be excited for the future.
Direct download: Episode_162_-_Spring_Ball_Preview_and_Ray_Anderson.mp3
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Wed, 15 February 2017
"At any time, I could have lost my life."
Jaxon Hood burst onto the scene as a heralded freshman All-American, and a hometown hero in the making. Less than two years later, he was gone.
Now sober, he opens up about his painful, costly, and nearly fatal battle with painkiller addiction. He also shares his life-saving revelation, and how he now hopes his struggles can help others battling the demon of addiction.
"My story isn't over..."
Tue, 31 January 2017
The faxes are off and the Letters of Intent are in. Let's recap Signing Day on Speak of the Devils.
We kick off the show with a roundtable discussion with Hod Rabino and Ralph Amsden of DevilsDigest.com. They provide expert analysis into the wins, surprises, and next moves of ASU's 2017 class.
Next up, we talk with three important members of the class: Safety Evan Fields, tight end Mark Walton, and safety K.J. Jarrell.
Then it's the main event. We wrap up with our detailed player-by-player rundown of every Sun Devil who signed on the dotted line.
Tue, 24 January 2017
Warm up the fax machine, the Speak of the Devils Signing Day preview is here.
Before we venture onto the recruiting trail, we begin with a recap of the Chip Lindsey departure, where ASU's hunt for a new offensive coordinator currently stands, and how it will impact the 2017 team.
We're then joined by Ralph Amsden of Rivals.com for his expert insight into the OC search, ASU's efforts with the top local targets, and what surprises to expect over the next week.
After a Signing Day themed Sun Devil Stock Report, we are joined by ASU wide receiver N'Keal Harry. He discusses his outstanding freshman season, what to expect this year, and how he's helping to make staying true fashionable.
We cap off the show with a look at ASU's top remaining targets, and whether they'll be signing on the dotted line next week.
Mon, 9 January 2017
#Boom after #Boom, Signing Day draws near, so there's much to discuss on the new Speak of the Devils.
After a look at the latest 4-star #Boom, we welcome ASU insider Hod Rabino of DevilsDigest.com for an in-depth breakdown of the Sun Devils' newest commit...and of the drama of one that got away (for now).
Next up we are joined by 4-star commit and local standout Tyler Johnson. The versatile prospect explains why ASU was the place for him, what he brings to both sides of the ball, and how ASU's image is evolving among elite recruits.
Finally, we talk with ASU wide receiver Ryan Newsome. He discusses why he's become such a vocal advocate for the program, how he's improved over his redshirt year, and what fireworks are in store for the Sun Devil offense in 2017.