Record Watch: Tracking which ASU football marks are in dangerPosted: Updated:
Arizona State has reached the halfway mark of the 2014 season with an encouraging 5-1 record and the No. 14 ranking in the latest AP Top 25.
It also gives us a chance to project several individual and team records that may be in danger over the next two months.
Single season rushing yards: Woody Green - 1,565 yards (1972)
D.J. Foster opened the year on fire, gaining 510 yards in the first three games. However, he's managed just 102 in the three games since. If he can get back to his early form, he should improve upon his 1,224-yard pace and pose a threat to Green's long-standing mark.
Career rushing yards by a quarterback: Mark Malone - 1,390
This record would already be Taylor Kelly's if he had not missed the past three games with a foot injury. With his 168 yards so far this year, Kelly now has 1,316 in his career, and could break the mark this weekend at Washington.
Single season yards per carry: Wilford White – 7.55 (151-200 attempts, 1950), Woody Green – 6.28 (201+ attempts, 1972)
Foster is on pace for 194 carries on the year, so he could easily fall into either of the classifications in ASU's record book. He is currently averaging 6.3 yards per carry.
Career Passing Touchdowns: Andrew Walter – 85
When Kelly went down with the injury, he had 63 touchdowns on his resume. While missing three games (at least) severely impacts his chance's at Walter's mark, throwing 23 in six to potentially eight games is not out of the question.
Career Completion Percentage: Taylor Kelly 64.3%
Rudy Carpenter’s .610 completion percentage is currently second-best in the record book, so Kelly would have to be intentionally bad for him to not end his career as the most accurate passer in Sun Devil history.
Single season receptions: Shaun McDonald – 87 (2002)
No matter who is throwing the ball, Jaelen Strong has been a beast for the Sun Devils. Thanks to three games of 10 or more receptions, Strong has 49 receptions, putting him on a record pace of 98 catches.
Single season receiving yards: Shaun McDonald – 1,405 (2002)
Strong has made no secret of his desire to break this record, and he is very much in the mix. His 689 yards have him on a pace for 1,378 yards.
Single season receiving yards per game: Gerell Robinson – 107.5 (2011)
McDonald's record-smashing 2002 was aided by playing in 14 games, so Strong currently edges him and Robinson's 2011 season with his current mark of 114.8 yards per game.
Single season receiving touchdowns: Doug Allen – 14 (1984)
Strong will need to hit the endzone more frequently if he wants to challenge Allen's 30-year-old record, as he has six so far this season.
Career receptions per game: Derek Hagan – 5.16
Since he came to Tempe, Strong has been the unquestioned No. 1 target, and so far through his first 20 games, no Sun Devil has caught passes better than Strong's 6.2 (124 in 20 games).
Career receiving yards per game: Derek Hagan – 78.8
His success has also translated into yardage. Strong has a career 90.55 yards per game average, and is a good bet to break Hagan's mark.
Single season solo tackles: Mark Tingstad - 114 (1988)
No player in college football is making as many solo tackles as ASU safety Damarious Randall. As good as he has been on the backline, he will need to increase his rate of solo stops. Randall has 52 through the first half.
Single season total offense: 6,662 (1973)
Even with Kelly's injury and a struggling running game, ASU is still piling up the yards. They are on a pace to gain 6,280 yards this season, so with some big games down the stretch, they could best the 1973 Fiesta Bowl champions.
Single season team yards per play: 7.03 (1973)
That same Danny White-led team also better than seven yards per play. The Sun Devils are currently averaging 6.7 per play, so it's within reach.
Single season team first downs: 340 (2013)
No Sun Devil team ever generated more yards than last year's group, but that mark may not stand for long. This 2014 ASU squad is on pace for 320 moves of the markers.
Single season fewest turnovers forced: 17 (2010)
In Todd Graham's first two seasons, ASU was among the nation's best at forcing turnovers. This year...not so much. With just eight forced so far this year, this year's team could set a record for futility.
Single season fewest interceptions: 6 (1960)
Along those same lines, ASU has just two interceptions this year, putting them in danger of breaking the 1960 team's record low of six.
Fewest team penalties: 46 (1952)
Discipline has been the name of the game for ASU under Graham. The Sun Devils have committed 29 penalties so far this year, so they'll need to clean things up a little more (although the 1952 team committed their 46 penalties in just nine games).
Fewest team penalties yards: 477 (1952)
However, ASU has not committed major penalties. With only 223 yards so far, they are on course to move back less than any other Sun Devil team.