Football season, we hardly knew you...
Arizona State's 2012 season has just 60 more regulation minutes to go, which will expire when they face Navy in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on December 29th.
By and large, Todd Graham's first season in Tempe must be considered a success. The culture surrounding the program has drastically changed for the better, the team is in prime position to win eight games, and there is now a legitimate sense of lasting optimism around Sun Devil football.
As potentially delicious icing to this already satisfying cake, there are several records that the players and team could break with a good effort in the bowl game.
Single Season Completion Percentage (301+ attempts)
Currently Record: Brock Osweiler .618 (2011)
Taylor Kelly has emerged as one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the nation in his first year as a starter, and one of the major reasons for this has been his completion percentage. He enters the bowl with a .659 mark, and barring a 0-for-23 performance in San Francisco, the record will be his.
Single Season Touchdown Passes
Current Record: Andrew Walter, 30 (2004)
Thanks to five games of three or more touchdown passes, Kelly has an outside shot at tying Walter's mark. Kelly has 25 scoring throws on the year, which is currently tied for fifth.
Single Season Passing Efficiency (301+ attempts)
Current Record: Rudy Carpenter 145.09 (2007)
It speaks volumes about the pass-happy era in which we live when Carpenter's record is about to be passed by Kelly, who enters the final game at 153.3, which currently ranks 22nd in the nation.
3,000 Yard Club
With just 228 yards, Kelly will be come the sixth ASU quarterback to exceed 3,000 yards in a season.
Single Season Receptions by a Tight End
Current Record: Zach Miller, 56 (2004)
Chris Coyle play and Mike Norvell's scheme have brought back the tight end to Sun Devil football. As such, many records could very well fall on the 29th. With just four more receptions, Coyle will pass Miller for the most receptions by a tight end in ASU history.
Single Season Receiving Yards by a Tight End
Current Record: Todd Heap, 832 (1999)
While Miller caught a lot of short balls, Heap was more of a downfield threat, evidenced by his 832 yards in 1999. Coyle will need to handily top his career-high (131 vs. Illinois) to get the 174 yards he needs to pass Heap, but with his skills, it's possible.
Single Season Touchdowns by a Tight End
Current Record: Zach Miller (2004) and Joe Petty (1971) with 6
More likely is that Coyle scores one more touchdown to tie the mark shared by Miller and Petty. If he can get his third multi-touchdown game of the year, the record is his.
Receiving Yards by a Freshman
Current Record: Zach Miller, 552 (2004)
Finally, a receiving mark not endangered by Coyle. Running back DJ Foster has been sensational as a true freshman as a dual-threat back, and his 522 yards on 36 catches put him in a very promising spot to break Miller's mark.
Single Season Touchdowns
Current Record: Wilford White, 22 (1950)
Marion Grice has been dominant at times in becoming the team's offensive MVP with 17 total touchdowns (nine rushing and eight receiving), and although five more may be a bit much to ask, he's certainly capable.
Career Rushing Touchdown
Current Record: Woody Green 43
After his stellar 18-touchdown junior year, Cameron Marshall appeared poised to make a run at Green's mark. However, although he has a solid seven touchdowns on the year, Marshall is still seven back of the mark.
Single Season Punting Average
Current Record: Stephen Baker, 45.7 (1998)
He may not have a Ray Guy Award, but senior Josh Hubner is arguably the nation's best punt, and he'll likely have the school's punting mark to show for it. Heading into the battle with Navy, Hubner has an average of 47.1 yards-per-punt.
Current Record: 44.0 (1965)
Thanks to Hubner's big leg, the team's current 45.3 average (dropped a bit due to Kelly's eight accurate pooch punts) is likely to be the best ever.