Sun Devils’ Graham visits Downtown campus

Sun Devil Football Head Coach Todd Graham spoke with Downtown campus students Wednesday about last year’s season and the coming season.

Joining Graham were two ASU football players, including quarterback Taylor Kelly.

Graham opened up to students about the differences between the 2011 and 2012 seasons when it came to ASU football and the team of 85 players.

Two of the major improvements between 2011 and 2012 were academics. In 2011, the average grade point average was 2.2 and it rose to 2.56 in 2012. The number of classes missed on average changed, as well. In 2011, the team missed 141, but in 2012, the team only missed 19 classes.

Graham noted how close ASU was to playing in the Championship, but lost the chance after losing a last second field goal to UCLA (the University of California at Los Angeles).

“One of the biggest wins of the year was going down and winning the Territorial Cup, but that’s the bare minimum expectation of something we’re gonna do every year,” Graham stated, matter-of-factly about the University of Arizona game.

According to Kelly, winning against U of A on their home field was the best feeling ever.
Graham also made sure to note that 2012 was the best season the Sun Devils have had so far, both in student participation and in game plan, and that he plans for 2013 to be even better.

By around 2016, Graham believes that a new stadium will be up and running. He has been speaking to students to see what they wanted and one of those things is a club section for students.

Continuing to look forward, Graham shared that not only the school has high hopes for the team this coming season, but so do others. ASU is picked to have the most polls in the top 25 in the country and ESPN has picked ASU to win the South.

“I want to be the first head coach to win a National Championship at Arizona State and I really believe we can do that,” said Graham.

On April 18 at 6:45 p.m. at the Sun Devil stadium, the football team is holding an event that will feature a movie and the opportunity to speak with the team, coaches, and staff.