ASU’s Magee sees football in future

Dec. 6, 2012

In an online fan chat Wednesday, ASU senior linebacker Brandon Magee

reiterated his plan to pursue football after the season rather than

baseball with the Boston Red Sox.

“I think I’ve made

it too far in the football world right now not to see how far it goes,”

Magee said.

Magee, an All-Pac-12 second-team pick,

signed a multiyear contract with the Red Sox after being selected in the

23rd round of the 2012 MLB draft.

Junior safety

Alden Darby admitted in the same chat that some ASU players were hoping

for a bowl rematch with Boise State this year after last year’s debacle

in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas. The Broncos won that contest 56-24, handing

ASU its fifth straight loss to end the year.

“It

would have been nice to get a rematch against Boise for the simple fact

that they sort of embarrassed us last year,” Darby said. “From being on

the team last year, I can honestly say we didn’t play the game like we

know how to play the game. We had no pride out there, no character, no

discipline. It would have been nice to go out there and play that team

like we know how to play.”

Darby emphasized, however,

that the Sun Devils are honored to take on Navy in the Kraft Fight

Hunger Bowl on Dec. 29.

COACHING

CONNECTION

The coaching carousel turned

fast on Tuesday, and while ASU was not part of the madness this year,

coach Todd Graham had a tie in the process.

One of

Graham’s former offensive coordinators at Tulsa, Gus Malzahn, took over

at Auburn after spending a year at Arkansas State. Malzahn worked with

Graham in 2007 and 2008, making Tulsa’s offense tops in the nation both

years. He became Auburn’s offensive coordinator in 2009 and remained

with the Tigers until taking the Arkansas State job last

year.

BACK TO

WORK

After four days off while coaches

recruited, ASU returns to the practice field Friday and continues daily

practice through Tuesday before taking a week off. One thing to watch:

Will Sutton missed ASU’s practices last weekend with a sprained toe.

While he’s expected to play in the bowl game, it’s unknown if he’ll be

participate in practice this weekend.

— Tyler Lockman