15 Sun Devils named to All-Pac-12 football teamsPosted: Updated:
Arizona State did not repeat as Pac-12 South champions, but a successful 9-3 regular season and No. 17 ranking in the polls earned 15 Sun Devils spots on all-conference teams.
Wide receiver Jaelen Strong, offensive tackle Jamil Douglas, and safety Damarious Randall were first-team picks. Running back D.J. Foster, center Nick Kelly, and kicker Zane Gonzalez were second-team selections.
After his sensational debut season in 2013, Strong took in to another level this year. In 11 games this season, Strong has caught 75 passes for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns, and established himself as one of the nation's top players at his position.
Douglas made the second-team in 2013 as a guard, and he made the difficult move out to left tackle this year. The senior was a steady force on the line, and ends his career as a first-team pick.
Randall continued to be a playmaker for the ASU defense. He leads the team with 101 tackles (83 solo) along with 11 pass break ups, 9.5 tackles for loss, and three interceptions.
Foster was a catalyst for the ASU offense, generating 1,002 rushing yards along with 646 yards receiving while scoring 12 touchdowns. Kelly takes home second-team offensive line honors in his first season as a starter, while Gonzalez—a 2013 first-team pick—made 19 of 24 field goals as a sophomore.
One surprising omission was senior defensive end Marcus Hardison, who did not make either the first or second teams despite 10 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions. He received honorable mention recognition.
Of note, true freshman running back Demario Richard was an honorable mention selection by running for 437 yards, catching eight passes for 134 yards, and scoring four touchdowns.
Of the 15, 11 are likely to return in 2015. Randall, Douglas, and Hardison are seniors, while it is widely believed that Strong, a redshirt junior, will declare for the NFL Draft.
WR - Jaelen Strong
OL - Jamil Douglas
DB - Damarious Randall
RB - D.J. Foster
OL - Nick Kelly
K - Zane Gonzalez
LB - D.J. Calhoun
DB - Lloyd Carrington
DL - Marcus Hardison
LB - Salamo Fiso
LB - Laiu Moeakiola
RB - Demario Richard
DB - Jordan Simone
OL - Vi Teofilo
OL - Christian Westerman
1st Team All-Pac 12. Blessed— 21 (@JaelenStrong) December 3, 2014
I got Second team All Pac 12! Just the beginning! S/o too all my brothers who got All Pac 12 honors! ????— Nick Kelly (@NickKellyASU50) December 3, 2014