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  2022 PRESEASON ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM NOMINEE: Case Hatch, Arizona State University,...Hatch is part of several organizations and participates in community service efforts throughout the Valley. Dating back to 2019, he has been volunteering his time with Feed My Starving Children, attending 2-3 events a year during the holiday season. During that time he has also been involved in an organization called Work for Just Serve, which offers an ongoing list of service opportunities. He is also a part of a church that puts on events for youth groups, kids aged 12-18, bringing in speakers and providing support. - Arizona State Football

rSr/2023 FB Case HatchArizona State
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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Case Hatch, Arizona State, Sr., RB/TE,...Since 2021, Hatch has volunteered with Neighbors Who Care, working with the organization about once a month, helping less fortunate families with various needs. He has also recently gotten involved with the Arizona Animal Wellness Center with his wife, working at a shelter in Gilbert. Once a month they spend a few hours helping clean out kennels, refill water and food, and interacting with the dogs. Prior to his arrival at ASU, he went on two-year mission to Fort Lauderdale. Hatch took advantage of several local volunteer opportunities that the church offered, using this time away from football to assist the community. - Arizona State Football

rSr/2023 FB Case HatchArizona State
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  Arizona State fullback Case Hatch prides himself on making the plays that don't show up in a box score. Look no further than the Sun Devils' 41-14 win over Southern Utah in the season opener last year. Hatch's name doesn't appear anywhere. He didn't score a touchdown, didn't record a catch and didn't rush for even a yard. But yet his fingerprints were all over that victory. How so? Well, Hatch had the key block on each of ASU's six touchdown plays, five of those rushing scores. The solidly-built 6-foot-1, 230-pounder has embraced that position since he moved there after starting his ASU career as a walk-on linebacker. Oftentimes the fullback plays in anonymity. He might only be noticed if he were to miss a block. He's not going to rack up gaudy offensive numbers and he won't have those dazzling highlight reel runs that make the late-night sports news shows but that suits him just fine.

Hatch says the position is one in which he can use his intensity and experience on the defensive side of the ball to his advantage. "It's never about me. Being a fullback is the perfect role for me. It fits me perfectly. I'm able to hit guys as hard as I possibly can every play which is awesome. Now instead of tackling the guy with the ball and hitting him hard, I'm opening up the hole for a teammate." Like many of his teammates, Hatch has aspirations of playing the game at the next level. He thought about declaring for the draft after last season, one of the factors being his age. At 24, he's already older than most college seniors, with a two-year LDS mission he served after finishing up at Perry High School the factor there. He opted to return to ASU for several reasons. He's only got one full year playing the position under his belt and there are many skills to hone, most notably route running and pass catching. - Arizonasports.com


rSr/2023 FB Case HatchArizona State
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  Arizona State tight end Jacob Newell injured his foot in practice and will undergo x-rays to understand its severity, SunDevilSource.com reports. Newell will undergo testing for his left foot after injuring it in practice and the amount of time he will miss is currently unknown. The tight end is about to enter his freshman year and was a three-star recruit out of high school. Newell (6-5/220) previously been committed to Nevada, but flipped to Arizona State. Newell was regarded as the 58th best tight end of the 2022 class per 247Sports' composite rankings, and the fifth best tight end in the state of Oregon. In addition to Arizona State and Nevada, Newell has also received offers from Arizona, Army, Fresno State, Hawaii, Oregon and Boise State. - Sundevilsource.com

Fr/2026 TE Jacob NewellArizona State
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  Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards has preached the importance of competition from the day he walked on to the Tempe campus for the first time. So it wasn't enough to have five quarterbacks fighting for the starting nod. He went out and got a sixth in University of Florida transfer Emory Jones. When practices for the coming season begin Wednesday the competition will be on. The battle for the spot vacated by three-year starter Jayden Daniels, who transferred to LSU, will be one of the main storylines for the Sun Devils. The competition suits Jones (6-2, 211) just fine. "That's what we all signed up for," said Jones, who has two years of eligibility remaining. "That's what I enjoy, so I'm ready to get going and start competing. It's all competition. We all show up, work, every day. At Florida everybody wants to be the best, here it's not any different. My competitive level has just increased, just knowing I have to prove myself again." In his Gator career, Jones completed 64.6% of his passes for 3,347 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, adding 1,273 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

While the Sun Devils have a half dozen athletes competing for the starting spot, Jones is the lone individual with significant collegiate experience under his belt which likely gives him a leg up on the others. However, he is the only one of the six that was not on campus for spring drills. "He has a luxury of experience. He's been around a couple offenses. Some of that background has helped those older guys learn the system a little faster," offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Glenn Thomas said, earlier this week. "But we're going to push him in there and get him as many reps as we possibly can. With that number of quarterbacks it's obviously a unique situation. We'll give all of those guys ample opportunities to really show what they can do." - Arizona Republic


rSr/2023 QB Emory JonesArizona State
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  It all starts and ends with your quarterback and the Sun Devils were in the market for a new signal-caller after three-year starter Jayden Daniels jumped ship, eventually landing at LSU. The Sun Devils had five players vying for the job in the spring, led by Trent Bourguet, Daniels' understudy last season, and Alabama transfer Paul Tyson. But no one clearly won that nod over the course of the 15 spring practices, thus another was added to the mix when Jones committed in May. He threw for more than 2,700 yards and 19 touchdowns with 13 interceptions for the Florida Gators last season. He also rushed for 759 yards and four touchdowns on 143 carries so he adds an athletic component that ASU had with Daniels.

Edwards will say there is a battle for the starting nod but it is hard to see Jones not being the starter come opening day. After starting in the SEC, Jones wouldn't have transferred here if there wasn't a pretty clear indication he'd have the job. He is the lone player at that position that was not here in the spring so he has some catching up to do although he already has earned praise from his new teammates. If Jones isn't the starter, then whoever does win the job will be the key to success on that side of the ball. - Arizona Republic


rSr/2023 QB Emory JonesArizona State
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  The Sun Devils lost their top two running backs, Rachaad White to the draft and DeaMonte "Chip" Trayanum to the transfer portal. When you throw in the yardage now-departed quarterback Daniels had and other losses and the Sun Devils return just 378 rushing yards of their 2021 total of 2,540 yards. While Daniyel Ngata has shown considerable potential, the Sun Devils needed a back with a proven track record and they got one in Valladay, a second-team All-Mountain West selection at Wyoming.

Valladay rushed for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns on 209 carries (5.1 ypg) the past season. The 6-foot, 198-pounder ran for more than 100 yards in four games, his best outing coming in a 27-21 Mountain West Conference loss to San Jose State when he totaled 172 yards on 22 tries. He also registered 23 receptions for 233 yards. He had a total of 3,281 yards and 19 touchdowns on 626 carries (5.24 ypg) in his Wyoming career. - Arizona Republic


rSr/2023 RB Xazavian ValladayArizona State
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  DE Travez Moore transferred to ASU last season from LSU and provided some much-needed help with the pass rush, although he was not an every-down player. He sustained a season-ending knee injury in the loss at Brigham Young so he's basically getting a do-over of his "senior" season. With the graduation of defensive end Tyler Johnson, Moore is in line for a more significant role. He did not participate in live work during the spring because he was still recovering from the knee injury but has now been cleared for all physical activity. "It was real frustrating I was kind of jealous. I wasn't jealous of my teammates, I just wanted to be out there with them. I wanted to see what I could do," Moore said, of not being able to participate in the spring. "Mentally I thought I could be out there but I couldn't wait to touch the field, the smell of the grass. Everything was just getting to me. I can't wait to get out there now." - Arizona Republic

rSr/2023 DE Travez MooreArizona State
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  Emory Jones easily has the most extensive résumé among the quarterbacks on ASU's roster. Jones appeared in 37 games over four seasons with the Gators. He started 12 times last season, passing for 2,734 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for 759 yards and four scores. Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards wouldn't go so far as to declare Jones QB1, although it'd be a surprise if that weren't the outcome. "Great work ethic," Edwards said. "Has some leadership qualities that you like. He has experience. That helps you. "It will be interesting at that position how that boils out...But with that being said, you got to make a decision sooner than later at that position because it's probably the most important position on any football team at any level. You got to get that one right. "You got to get him in place so he can play with the players he's going to play with on offense. There will be some competition there, and then we'll have to make a decision." - Arizona Star News

rSr/2023 QB Emory JonesArizona State
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  2022 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCHLIST: Merlin Robertson, Arizona State,...Robertson has started 38 of his 41 career games, collecting 237 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and seven sacks as a Sun Devil. He is equally as effective in the passing game as he has been stopping the run, picking off at least one pass in all four seasons as he enters his fifth season with six career interceptions. Robertson has also added three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries, showing a nose for the ball. - Arizona State Football

rJr/2024 OLB Merlin RobertsonArizona State
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  "Buy in." It's a phrase used by most football coaches when asking their players to leave any individualistic ideologies at the front door and completely immerse themselves into the system and trust the process. And following the mass exodus the Arizona State Sun Devils football team just experienced this past offseason, the ones who chose to either stay or transfer to Tempe have done just that. "Getting everybody to buy in. We're trying to reestablish this culture and getting guys to buy in," redshirt senior defensive end Michael Matus said at Sun Devil football media day on Monday.

"It's been a big mess outside media-wise. And just kind of helping people just drown that out and just get to playing ball. That's all we need to do." That "outside media" noise - which stems from the ongoing NCAA investigation for alleged recruiting violations that has also already seen numerous coaches depart - has resulted in perhaps the lowest expectations going into a regular season since head coach Herm Edwards took over in 2018. In fact, FanDuel Sportsbook has ASU's win total for the season currently at 5.5. Remember, teams need six wins to become bowl eligible. "My expectations are a lot different than I would say your guys' expectations," captain Kyle Soelle said Monday. "They have us at what, 5.5 wins this year? I guess we'll see in December...I think anything I'm a part of will be more than five wins." - Arizonasports.com


rSr/2023 OLB Kyle SoelleArizona State
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  Travez Moore made clear what his personal goal for 2022 on the field is: double-digit sacks. And if all the outside noise doubting both his and Arizona State's ability as a team wasn't enough, Moore took self-motivation to a whole new and personal level. "I have people saying a lot of bullcrap about me on Twitter...So what I did, I literally spent two to three hours and I went through every Twitter post that said something negative about me," he said. "I wrote it down on my wall. "And that way before I walk out the door, I see it on my door. Whatever everybody said on Twitter about me, I see what they said. And I'm like, 'OK, cool. I gotta prove this person wrong, I'm going to prove this person wrong today or I'm gonna do this today to prove this person wrong. So that was my motivation in using that." - Arizonasports.com

rSr/2023 DE Travez MooreArizona State
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  When Ben Scott entered Arizona State nearly four seasons ago, he came in alongside fellow offensive linemen Dohnovan West and LaDarius Henderson. Little did the three freshmen know that they would become mainstays in ASU's offensive line over the next few years with Henderson and West becoming starters as true freshmen and Scott starting in his redshirt freshman season in 2020. The trio moved down to two once West went pro after last season and now is with the San Francisco 49ers. West was a three-year starter and held down the center position last season.

Finding a new center wasn't as difficult of a task considering Scott's expansive experience at the position. In high school, Scott played at center while winning three consecutive state championships with St. Louis High School in Honolulu. Scott played at right tackle in every game last season and became the choice after taking most of the snaps at center during spring practice. "It's been a lot better than expected and I feel like center is more of a home for me than right tackle was. I feel like I'm much more built for center so it's kind of where I would thrive most in and getting all the calls right, it's been a pretty smooth process," Scott said. - Arizona Republic


rJr/2024 OT Ben ScottArizona State
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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Xazavian Valladay (Sr.), Arizona State,...Before getting into the football stuff, let's note the rarity of having one name that contains the letters X, Z and V. Moving on, running back Xazavian Valladay (6-0, 200) transferred from Wyoming to Arizona State in January 2022 after averaging over five yards per carry in 2021. He also led Wyoming in rushing with 1,070 yards on 209 attempts and scored six times. Valladay, a graduate transfer, brings in a versatile style that involves running and catching when necessary. Valladay hit his career high in receiving yards last season with 233 yards on 23 catches. - AZCentral.com

rSr/2023 RB Xazavian ValladayArizona State
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  Arizona State redshirt junior offensive lineman Ben Scott figures to take over starting duties at center for the Sun Devils this season. Scott was ASU's starting right tackle last year, but following the departure of starting center Dohnovan West to the NFL and former four-star recruit Ezra Dotson-Oyetade transferring to TCU, there's a gaping hole in the middle of ASU's offensive line.

"I think center will be the best position for me at the moment...I got to prove that I am the best center in the Pac-12, which I believe I will be," Scott said Wednesday. "I feel like I am a lot more athletic than a majority of nose tackles." Scott was named to Athlon Sports' 2022 preseason Pac-12 Football All-Conference Third-Team Offense. And with new transfers coming and going for Arizona State football, Scott noticed one thing that has pleased him thus far during the offseason. "The chemistry is a lot better than I anticipated...A while back we all went to Topgolf and it was fun getting that chemistry going between all of us," Scott said. - ArizonaSports.com


rJr/2024 OT Ben ScottArizona State
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