“I’m a believer now” was one of the first texts that popped up on my phone as the Sun Devils celebrated on the field Saturday night.
I’ll get to the Sun Devil win over Michigan State in a moment. But first, to the fans and media who ripped Sun Devil A.D. Ray Anderson over the firing of Todd Graham and then lost their minds over the hiring of Herm Edwards, It’s time to write the apology. The program is soooo much better off now than it was a year ago. Trust me on that. The head coach now has his signature victory out of the way. For those who picked ASU to finish last in the Pac-12 South, I present to you UCLA and Arizona.
It wasn’t just that Arizona State beat national power Michigan State 16-13 Saturday night, it was HOW they took down the Spartans. Manny Wilkins was over-throwing everyone. The book on Wilkins had been, he hadn’t won a big game while at ASU. He threw for 221 second-half yards, and gave N’Keal Harry a chance to make a play on the touchdown tying score in the 4th quarter. Wilkins finally got his signature victory. “Big players play in big moments”, Edwards said on ESPN right after the clock struck 00:00.
Arizona State will be ranked this week. but the mantra of this coaching staff to the players has been “stay humble and hungry” I like that…