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Like everyone, we made preseason predictions. Like some, we got a lot right. Like all, we missed some...badly.
The 2012 Sun Devil football season has officially ended.
In the wake of the 62-28 destruction of the Naval Academy, we're going to begin our review of the season, and that includes a look back at the bold predictions that the House of Sparky staff made. Yes, that includes many nice selections, some that were understandable, and others that turned out bad. So, so bad.
Here we go with a look at what Cory Williams, Ben Haber, Cody Ulm and myself thought would happen, and whether it did.
Second Leading Rusher
|Cameron Marshall||Marion Grice||DJ Foster||DJ Foster||Marion Grice|
With the expectations Marshall had coming into 2012, we didn't bother with selecting a leading rusher, merely who would finish behind him. It almost happened. Grice's 315 yards in the final two games gave him the lead over Marshall (679-582).
|Chris Coyle||Chris Coyle||J.J. Holliday||Jamal Miles||
|Chris Coyle||J.J. Holliday||Alonzo Agwuenu||Rashad Ross||Rashad Ross|
|Marion Grice||J.J. Holliday||Jamal Miles||Rashad Ross||Rashad Ross|
The team's totally muddled picture at wide receiver led to some some varied guesses, but Coyle led the team in receptions (57) and yards (696), and no one saw Grice hauling in eight scoring passes.
|Brandon Magee||Steffon Martin||Brandon Magee||Brandon Magee||Brandon Magee|
OK, I tried to out-think myself with the Martin pick. Magee is the man.
|Will Sutton||Carl Bradford||Will Sutton||Carl Bradford||Jaxon Hood|
Bradford and Sutton were battling down the stretch for this, and an early sack by Bradford against Navy gave him the lead...for a while. Sutton notched 2.5 in the game to secure the win, 13 to 11.5. It would be great to see that tandem again in 2013...
Tackles For Loss
|Will Sutton||Will Sutton||Carl Bradford||Will Sutton||Will Sutton|
The dynamic duo was at it again here, with each going over 20, but the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year's 23.5 made three of us look smart.
|Keelan Johnson||Alden Darby||Keelan Johnson||Keelan Johnson||Alden Darby|
We all foresaw a Sun Devil safety do big things in this department, and Johnson's strong finish gave him a five to three edge over Darby and Robert Nelson.
|Team Passing TD||33||15||17||17||18|
|Total KR/PR TD||1||2||4||3||3|
|Top/Bottom in NCAA in Penalties||Top||Bottom||Top||Bottom||Bottom|
|Over/Under 2,000 Rushing Yards||Over||Over||Over||Over||Over|
|Most Important Win||Arizona||Arizona||Missouri||Arizona||Missouri|
|1st/2nd Team All-Pac-12ers||4||3||3||4||-|
|1st/2nd Team All-Americans||2||0||1||0||-|
|QBs to Start||1||3||1||2||-|
|Over/Under, DJ Foster Total Offense: 600||Over||Over||Over||Over||-|
|Over/Under, Team Sacks: 36||Over||Over||Over||Over||-|
|Marshall Breaks Green's TD Record?||No||No||Yes||No||-|
|Over/Under, Total QB Rush Yards: 400||Over||Under||Over||Over||-|
|Over/Under, Team FG %: 70%||Under||Under||Over||Over|
|First Points in 2012?||Marshall TD run||Garoutte FG||Kelly TD run||Ross TD catch||-|
|South Division Finish||3rd||3rd||4th||3rd||-|