Arizona State Sun Devils football

Arizona State Sun Devils football
2016 Arizona State Sun Devils football team
First season 1897 (1897)
Head coach Todd Graham
5th year, 3926 (.600)
Stadium Sun Devil Stadium
Seating capacity 65,870
Field surface Grass
Location Tempe, Arizona
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Pac-12 (1978–present)
Division South (2011–present)
Past conferences Independent (1897–1930)
Border (1931–1961)
WAC (1962–1977)
All-time record 59537424 (.611)
Bowl record 14131 (.518)
Unclaimed nat'l titles 2 (1970, 1975)
Conference titles 17
Division titles 1
Consensus All-Americans 17
Current uniform
Colors Maroon and Gold[1]
Fight song "Maroon & Gold"
Mascot Sparky
Marching band Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band
Rivals Arizona Wildcats

The Arizona State Sun Devils football team represents Arizona State University in the sport of American football. The Sun Devils team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12). Arizona State University has fielded a football team since 1897 and has an all-time record of 589-369-24 (a .612 winning percentage). The Sun Devils play at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, which has a capacity of 65,870. The Sun Devils have won seventeen conference titles.

A number of successful and professional football players once played for ASU. The school has 2 unanimous All-Americans and 16 consensus selections and 13 alumni currently playing in the NFL. Among the most lauded and notable players the school has produced are Pat Tillman, Terrell Suggs, Mike Haynes, Darren Woodson, Charley Taylor, and John Henry Johnson. In addition to its players, ASU's football program has been noted for its coaches, most notably Frank Kush, for whom Frank Kush Field at Sun Devil Stadium is named. Kush also led the Sun Devils on their longest winning streak against the University of Arizona, ASU's traditional rival.


The Sun Devils had great success in the 1960s and 1970s under head coach Frank Kush. In that 22-year stretch, they compiled a 176–54–1 record, putting Arizona State on the college football map. From 1969 to 1971, the team put together a school-record 21-game winning streak. The 1986 team won the Pac-10 Championship and went on to defeat the Michigan Wolverines in the 1987 Rose Bowl. The 1996 team carried an undefeated season into the 1997 Rose Bowl, but suffered a narrow last-minute defeat to Ohio State which removed them from National Championship consideration.

Head coaches

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1897–1906 Frederick M. Irish 8 12–8 .600
1914–1916 George Schaeffer 3 7–8 .467
1919 George E. Cooper 1 0–2 .000
1922 Ernest C. Wills 1 0–3–1 .125
1923–1929 Aaron McCreary 7 25–17–4 .587
1930–1932 Ted Shipkey 3 12–10–2 .542
1933–1937 Rudy Lavik 5 13–26–3 .345
1938–1941 Dixie Howell 4 23–15–4 .595
1942 Hilman Walker 1 2–8 .200
1946 Steve Coutchie 1 2–7–2 .273
1947–1950 Ed Doherty 4 25–17 .595
1951 Larry Siemering 1 6–3–1 .650
1952–1954 Clyde Smith 3 15–13–1 .534
1955–1957 Dan Devine 3 27–3–1 .887
1958–1979 Frank Kush 22 176–54–1 .764
1979 Bob Owens 1 3–4 .429
1980–1984 Darryl Rogers 5 37–18–1 .670
1985–1987 John Cooper 3 25–9–2 .722
1988–1991 Larry Marmie 4 22–21–1 .511
1992–2000 Bruce Snyder 9 58–47 .563
2001–2006 Dirk Koetter 6 40–34 .541
2007–2011 Dennis Erickson 5 31–31 .500
2012–present Todd Graham 5 37–19 .661
Total 23 coaches 98 595–374–24 .614

Home Stadium

Main article: Sun Devil Stadium

The Sun Devils play their home games at Frank Kush Field at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Sun Devil stadium was constructed in 1958 and originally held a capacity of 30,000.[2]

On September 21, 1996, the playing surface was renamed Frank Kush Field after the long time ASU coach in a 19-0 upset of then top-ranked Nebraska.[2]

Prior to the construction of Sun Devil Stadium, the Sun Devils played their home games at the following locations:


Arizona State fields a 300+ member marching band that performs at all home football games, bowl games, and the rivalry game with the University of Arizona. In addition to half time shows and stand tunes, the Sun Devil Marching Band always play the Arizona State fight songs and the Alma Mater.


Arizona State's main rival is the University of Arizona.

ASU has had its longest and most intense rivalry with Arizona. The football rivalry game between the schools is known as "The Duel in the Desert" and is played for the Territorial Cup. Arizona State won the first matchup in 1899, 11-2. The Arizona Wildcats have the all-time series lead with a record of 49-40-1. This record dates back to 1899, before Arizona State was recognized as a university; however, ASU was a member of the Border Conference from 1931–1961 along with the University of Arizona. ASU was not considered a "major school" until 1931. Since that year the series is tied at 38-38-1.[3]

Since becoming a university in 1958,[4] Arizona State has the overall lead in the rivalry series with a record of 31-24-1. Since ASU and Arizona became Pac-12 conference members in 1978, the University of Arizona leads the series 19-16-1. ASU has recently enjoyed more success in the series, winning six out of the past ten meetings. In recent contests, an unranked Sun Devils team upset a ranked Arizona Wildcats team 30-29 in Tucson in 2010. After a strong start in 2011, ASU ended the season with a loss to Arizona on November 19, 2011, 31-27 in Tempe. The Sun Devils finished the 2012 season with a win over the #24 ranked Arizona Wildcats in Tucson; ending the game with a score of 41-34. In 2013, the #13 ranked Sun Devils beat the Wildcats 58-21 in Tempe. In 2014, the Wildcats hosted the cup and beat the Sun Devils 42-35, and claimed the Pac-12 South Championship.


National championships

Year Record Coach Selectors
1970 11–0 Frank Kush Poling System
1975 12–0 Frank Kush National Championship Foundation, Sporting News

Conference championships

Year Conference Record Conference
1931 Border 6–2 3–1
1939 Border 8–2–1 4–0
1940 Border 7–2–2 3–0–1
1952 Border 6–3 4–0
1957 Border 10–0 4–0
1959 Border 10–1 5–0
1961 Border 7–3 3–0
1969 WAC 8–2 6–1
1970 WAC 11–0 7–0
1971 WAC 11–1 7–0
1972 WAC 10–2 5–1
1973* WAC 11–1 6–1
1975 WAC 12–0 7–0
1977* WAC 9–3 6–1
1986 Pac-10 10–1–1 5–1–1
1996 Pac-10 11–1 8–0
2007* Pac-10 10–3 7–2
Total Conference Championships 17

[*] denotes conference co-champions


Arizona State at the Rose Bowl

All-time bowl record

Arizona State has played in 29 bowls in its history with a combined record of 14–14–1.

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1940 Sun Bowl TCatholic00
January 2, 1941 Sun Bowl LWestern Reserve1326
January 2, 1950 Salad Bowl LXavier2133
January 1, 1951 Salad Bowl LMiami (OH)2134
December 30, 1970 Peach Bowl WNorth Carolina4826
December 27, 1971 Fiesta Bowl WFlorida State4538
December 23, 1972 Fiesta Bowl WMissouri4935
December 21, 1973 Fiesta Bowl WPittsburgh287
December 26, 1975 Fiesta Bowl WNebraska1714
December 25, 1977 Fiesta Bowl LPenn State 3042
December 16, 1978 Garden State Bowl WRutgers3418
January 1, 1983 Fiesta Bowl WOklahoma3221
December 22, 1985 Holiday Bowl LArkansas17 18
January 1, 1987 Rose Bowl WMichigan2215
December 30, 1987 Freedom Bowl WAir Force33 28
January 1, 1997 Rose Bowl LOhio State1720
December 31, 1997 Sun Bowl WIowa177
December 25, 1999 Aloha Bowl LWake Forest 323
December 25, 2000 Aloha Bowl LBoston College1731
December 27, 2002 Holiday Bowl L Kansas State2734
December 31, 2004 Sun Bowl WPurdue2723
December 27, 2005 Insight Bowl WRutgers4540
December 24, 2006 Hawaiʻi Bowl LHawaiʻi2441
December 27, 2007 Holiday Bowl LTexas3452
December 22, 2011 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas LBoise State2456
December 29, 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl WNavy6228
December 30, 2013 Holiday Bowl LTexas Tech2337
December 27, 2014 Sun Bowl WDuke3631
January 2, 2016 Cactus Bowl LWest Virginia4243
Total 29 bowl games 14–14–1 785 784

Practice facilities

Bill Kajikawa Practice Fields

Bill Kajikawa Practice Fields, located on Sixth Street and Rural Road, is normally where Sun Devil football team practices when weather permits.

Camp Tontozona

An Arizona State University property, is a 36-acre (150,000 m2) camp just outside Payson, Arizona created by former legendary coach Frank Kush was used as a bonding place for his players. Tontozona has marked the unofficial start of the Sun Devils' seasons from 1960–2008. Due to the knack of losing practices to rainouts, short and torn up fields leading to excessive injuries, and travel costs, the team decided to move camp back to Tempe campus with the arrival of the Devil Dome.[5] After a 4-year absence the Sun Devils returned to Camp Tontozona starting in Aug 2012.[6] The team was able to make the return after a short fund raising effort by fans and alumni brought in over $160,000.[7]

Verde Dickey Dome

Formerly opened as Devil Dome and nicknamed,"The Bubble", $8.4 million practice facility broke ground on May 15, 2008[8] to provide a climate controlled space for the Sun Devil football team, Sun Devil Marching Band, ASU Intramurals and for other athletic department events. Before its full completion and turn over from the contractor to the university on the night of August 28, 2008 a powerful storm brought it down.[9] The Bubble was re-inflated early October and was fully repaired for use in July 2009. During the 2009 season the facility was renamed and dedicated to generous donor Dr. Verde Dickey as the Verde Dickey Center, to not only commemorate his donation for the facility but also his donations to Sun Devil Marching Band and projects such as renovation of locker rooms in Wells Fargo Arena and Sun Devil Stadium, Weatherup Basketball Center, The Athletes Performance Center, John Spini Gymnastics Center, and wrestling practice facility.[10]

Unanimous All-Americans

Consensus All-Americans


  • 2014
Jaelen Strong (ESPN)
  • 2013
Will Sutton (AP, CBS, USAT)
  • 2012
Will Sutton -- CONSENSUS -- (AFCA, AP, TSN, CBS, SI, CFN)
  • 2007
Robert James (Rivals, SI)
Omar Bolden (Rivals-Freshman, CFN-Freshman, SN-Freshman)
  • 2006
Dexter Davis (SN-Freshman)
Travis Goethel (SN-Freshman)
Zach Miller (SN, NFCA, AP, Rivals, PFW)
  • 2005
Terry Richardson (SI)
Derek Hagan (AP, Rivals, SI)
Rudy Carpenter (SN-Freshman)
  • 2004
Derek Hagan (Rivals)
Chris MacDonald (Rivals-Freshman, FWAA-Freshman, SN-Freshman)
Zach Miller (SN, Rivals, SN-Freshman, Rivals-Freshman, FWAA-Freshman)
  • 2002
Shaun McDonald (SN, AP, CNN)
Chaz White (SN-Freshman)
  • 2001
Levi Jones (FN)
Shaun McDonald (FN)
Jason Shivers (SN-Freshman)
Terrell Suggs (FN)
  • 2000
Adam Archuleta (GNS, AP, WC)
Todd Heap (GNS, AP, FN)
Terrell Suggs (FN-Freshman, SN-Freshman)
  • 1999
Marvel Smith (FN, SN)
Todd Heap (AP)
  • 1998
Steven Baker (SN-Freshman)
Todd Heap (SN-Freshman)
Scott Peters (SN-Freshman)
J.R. Redmond (AP)
Grey Ruegamer (WC, AP, FN)
  • 1997
Ryan Kealy (SN-Freshman)
Victor Leyva (SN-Freshman)
Kyle Murphey (FN, AP, SN)
Grey Ruegamer (SN)
Jeremy Staat (FWAA, AP, SN)
Pat Tillman (AP, FN, SN)
  • 1996
Terry Battle (SN, AP)
Jake Plummer (FWAA, SN, AP, AAFF)
Keith Poole (AP)
Derrick Rodgers (FWAA, AP, AFQ, AAFF)
  • 1995
Juan Roque (2n, FN)
Jake Plummer (FN)
  • 1993
Shante Carver (FWAA, NEA, FN)
  • 1992
Shante Carver (NEA, AP)
Brett Wallerstedt (AP)
  • 1990
Nathan LaDuke (SN, FN, AP, NEA)
  • 1989
Nathan LaDuke (SN, AP)
Ron Fair (AP)
  • 1988
Mark Tingstad (AP)
  • 1987
Shawn Patterson (FN, AP)
Eric Allen (AP)
Greg Clark (AP)
Aaron Cox (AP)
Darryl Harris (AP)
  • 1986
Aaron Cox (AP)
Jeff Gallimore (AP (HM))
Darryl Harris (AP)
Skip McClendon (Kodak, AP)
Randall McDaniel (Kodak, AP)
Dan Saleaumua (AP)
Scott Stephen (AP)
Channing Williams (AP)
Darren Willis (AP)
  • 1985
Dan Saleaumua (AP)
Aaron Cox (AP)
Greg Battle (AP)
Mike Schuh (AP)
Scott Stephen (AP)
David Fonoti (AP)

  • 1984
Darryl Clack (AP)
Mark Shupe (AP)
Doug Allen (AP)
Tom Magazzeni (AP)
Jim Meyer (AP)
Dan Saleaumua (AP)
Luis Zendejas (AP)
  • 1983
David Fulcher (SN)
  • 1982
Vernon Maxwell (AP, UPI, FW, FN, Kodak, WC, SN)
Jim Jeffcoat (AP, UPI, FN, SN)
Luis Zendejas (AP, UPI)
Mike Black (AP, UPI)
  • 1981
Dan Mackie (FN)
Mike Pagel (AP, SN)
Gerald Riggs (AP, SN)
Luis Zendejas (AP, SN)
Vernon Maxwell (AP)
Mike Black (AP)
John Meyer (SN)
  • 1980
John Mistler (PFW, AP)
Willie Gittens (AP)
Vernon Maxwell (AP)
Mike Richardson (AP)
  • 1979
Bob Kohrs (FN, AP, SN)
Mark Malone (SN)
  • 1977
Dennis Sproul (AP)
John Harris (AP)
Tim Peterson (AP)
George Fadok (AP)
Al Harris (AP)
  • 1976
John Harris (AP)
  • 1975
Mike Haynes (Kodak, SN, Time, AP, NEA, FN, UPI)
Larry Gordon (Time, AP)
John Jefferson (AP)
Freddie Williams (AP)
Willie Scroggins (AP)
Randy Moore (AP)
Mike Martinez (AP)
  • 1974
Bob Breunig (Football Coaches), (Time, SN, AP, UPI)
John Houser (AP, UPI)
Freddie Williams (AP, UPI)
Clifton Alapa (AP)
Kory Schuknecht (AP)
Mike Haynes (AP, UPI)
  • 1973
Danny White (FW, Time, UPI, AP, NEA)
  • 1972
Steve Holden (Time, FW, NEA)
  • 1971
Windlan Hall (UPI, AP, Football News)
Junior Ah You (UPI, AP)
Woody Green (UPI, AP)
  • 1970
J.D. Hill (SN, Time, AP)
Gary Venturo (UPI)
Windlan Hall (UPI)
Mike Tomco (AP)
  • 1969
Art Malone (NEA)
  • 1968
Ron Pritchard (Time, SN, NEA, AP, UPI)
  • 1967
Curley Culp (Time, SN)
  • 1965
Ben Hawkins (Time)
  • 1950
Wilford "Whizzer" White (AP)
  • 1931
Norris Steverson (AP)

Retired jerseys

Retired Football Jerseys









Other names to be placed on the facade of the Sun Devil Stadium Press Box includes John Jefferson, Ron Pritchard, and Randall McDaniel. Jefferson, Pritchard and McDaniel were honored when they were selected to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.

Current Professional Football players/coaches/commentators

Other notable players

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of July 24, 2015[11]

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
vs San Diego State vs UTSA at Michigan State vs BYU at BYU vs LSU at LSU
at Texas Tech at San Diego State at UNLV vs UNLV
vs New Mexico State vs Michigan State vs Northern Arizona

See also


  1. "Color Palette" (PDF). Communication Guide. Arizona State University. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  2. 1 2 "Arizona State University Official Athletic Site – Facilities". Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  3. "Arizona State Sun Devils". College Football at Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  4. "Brief History of ASU".
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
  6. Haller, Doug (2012-05-12). "ASU football to return to Camp Tontozona August 14–18". AZ Central.
  7. Morgan, Craig (2012-05-31). "ASU announces return to Camp Tontozona". Fox Sports.
  8. "ASU breaks ground on new indoor facility". ASU News. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  9. "Storm damages ASU practice facility". Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  10. "ASU's practice bubble now has a name". Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  11. "Arizona State Sun Devils Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved 2012-09-02.

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