The Matchup: In our final first-round matchup, two guys who have been apart of some significant victories for the maroon and gold go up against each other.
No. 3 Eric Allen
Basic Info: Born: Nov. 22, 1965 in San Diego, California. High School: Point Loma (CA). Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 184-pounds. ASU Career (1983-87), NFL: Philadelphia Eagles (1988-94), New Orleans Saints (1995-97), Oakland Raiders (1998-2001).
Notables: Former ASU DB Eric Allen helped lead ASU to its only Rose Bowl victory in 1987 and many believe he should have a bust in Canton after a phenomenal 14-year career in the NFL. As a member of the Eagles, Saints and Raiders, Allen went to six Pro Bowls and racked up 54 interceptions and 732 tackles. In 2014, Allen was inducted into ASU’s Ring of Honor along with fellow DB Darren Woodson, he became a ASU Hall of Famer in 2008.
What you don’t know: Allen joined ESPN in 2002, just after his retirement. And based upon a 2011 report, he was co-workers with ASU head coach Herm Edwards and linebackers coach Antonio Pierce as NFL Analysts for the “worldwide leader.”
|46 career games|
|16 total interceptions|
|1986 Honorable Mention All-Pac-10|
|1987 First Team All-Pac-10|
|1987 AP Honorable Mention All-American|
|1988 NFL All-Rookie Team|
|6-time Pro Bowler|
|1989 First Team All-Pro|
No. 6 Paul Casey
Basic Info: Born: July 21, 1977 in Cheltenham, England. Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 180-pounds. ASU Career: (1997-2000). Professional Career: (2000-Present).
Notables: Casey hasn’t quite had the success during his professional career as he had in Tempe. At ASU, Casey won three Pac-10 Championships but hasn’t been able to grab that elusive major victory (his best finish is T3 at the 2010 Open Championship). Casey has won 18 times in his career, including two victories on the PGA Tour and 13 times on the European Tour. He is also a two-time Ryder Cup champion as a member of Team Europe, winning in 2004 and 2006 but losing in 2008 to the U.S.
What you don’t know: In his second career PGA Tour win, Casey edged out Tiger Woods by one shot at the Valspar Championship in March 2018. Casey played with Woods on both Saturday and Sunday and snapped his winless streak that had grown to nine years and 155 starts.
|Three-time Pac-10 Champion (1998-2000)|
|Two-time second-team All-American (1998-99)|
|2000 First -Team All-American|
|ASU school record 69.87 stroke average in 2000|
|13 European Tour wins|
|2 PGA Tour wins|
|3-time member of the European Ryder Cup Team, winning twice|
|2006 European Tour POY|
|Tied for 4th in 2016 Masters|