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ASU Football: The Top 5 Plays From the First 5 Games

The Sun Devils are on a bye week, but that doesn't mean you can't watch them in action. Here are our picks for the season's five best plays so far.

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And on the sixth week, they rested.

Following their milestone victory over Cal on Saturday, Arizona State finds themselves atop the Pac-12 South at 4-1, with a perfect 2-0 conference mark.

While not quite the halfway point of the season, it's still a great time to take a look back at this exciting first five games of the Todd Graham era.

Right now, thanks to the great YouTube channel of JediASU, let's countdown our picks for the five best plays of the 2012 season so far.

5) Jake 2.0?

During their Week 3 game in Missouri, the Sun Devils had played like their old selves for three quarters. As such, they entered the fourth quarter trailing 24-7. However, the magic of Taylor Kelly and a revitalized defense helped the team rally.

The Sun Devils managed a score early in the quarter, and were driving for another when they faced a key third and 10. Kelly was heavily pressured, ran to his right and just before reaching the sidelines, lofted a pass for Marion Grice...

That was a fantastic effort both by Kelly to get the pass off and by Grice for the diving grab. For Kelly, it was that kind of improvisational and clutch playmaking that has some thinking that Kelly may be the second coming of another Idaho-bred Sun Devil quarterback.

4) Onyeali'd

Other than the stellar play of Kelly, the biggest storyline through the first five games has been the unrelenting Sun Devil defensive attack. Through five games, they have 21 sacks and 49 tackles for loss, which should shatter last season's marks of 26 and 76 respectively.

The play of Will Sutton, the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, is one major reason, and he's been joined by the resurgent Junior Onyeali. On the year, Onyeali has six tackles-for-loss and four sacks, and one of those quarterback takedowns is still being felt.

Late in the second half against Utah, with ASU up 31-7, Onyeali had a clean shot at Jon Hays...and he did not miss.

3) It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, It's Michael Eubank!

In recent weeks, the Sun Devils' tendency to insert quarterback Michael Eubank into goal line situations has drawn some criticism. However, in Week 2's rout of Illinois, it worked very, very well.

Eubank was five for five passing, including two touchdowns, but it was this Superman-esque touchdown run late in the game that found a place on this list.

2) If You Can Touch It, You Can Catch It

For ASU to win just their sixth road game in their last 24 away from home, and their first in Berkeley since 1997, the Sun Devils would need to make sure they converted their chances when they hand them in the palm of their hands.

Kevin Ozier took this literally.

Late in the first half, clinging to a 10-7 lead, the Sun Devils faced a key third and goal from the Cal nine-yard line. Kelly dropped back, scanned the field and fired a pass to Ozier, with three Bears in the area...

1) He's Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

One of the biggest losses the team suffered last season didn't happen in November, but rather in August. That's when linebacker Brandon Magee suffered an Achilles injury that knocked him our for the entire year.

An offseason of intense rehab, not to mentioning learning an entirely new defense, left lots of questions surrounding Magee, chief among them: Will he be effective upon his return?

It took until the 11:25 mark of the second quarter in the season opener against NAU to get an answer. Magee dropped back into coverage, read the play, and made a sensational interception. That's when the fun began.

So there are our five favorites. Did your favorite early season play not make the cut? Let us know what it was in the comment section below.

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