Arizona State University safety Alden Darby was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week after he was responsible for three turnovers against USC that led to 17 points for the Sun Devils, and he also ranked third in tackles in the game with seven.
In recognition of Darby's performance, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, sponsors of the Lott IMPACT Trophy, will make a $1,000 donation to the general scholarship fund at Arizona State.
Darby is heavily involved in the Scholar Baller Outreach Program, which is partnered with Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, African American Men at ASU, The Phoenix Greater Urban League, and Caesar Chavez High School, and calls for ASU student-athletes to develop and teach a curriculum centered around helping high school students become successful students.
“People really respond to him, respond to his message,” said Jean Boyd, the Senior Associate Athletic Director at the university.
Darby was also named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, the first Devil to earn the conference honor this season, as he logged the seventh and eighth interceptions of his career against USC, and recorded his second interception return for a touchdown in the process. He now has 238 all-time career interception return yards and trails the all-time record of 324 career interception return yards set by Nathan LaDuke back in 1987-90.
Other weekly accolades for Darby:
· Darby named CBSSports.com Defensive Player of the Week
· Darby named Athlon Sports Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week
· Darby named College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Back of the Week
Quarterback Taylor Kelly, who passed for 351 yards and three touchdowns against the Trojans, is one of just three FBS quarterbacks in 2013 to pass for over 300 yards in each of their starts this season (Sean Mannion of Oregon State and Keith Wenning of Ball State being the others). His seven career 300+ yard games are tied for third among all quarterbacks in ASU history.
· Kelly named Honorable Mention Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week
· Kelly named Manning Award Star of the Week. Voting is done by fans through the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page and will run through Thursday at 8 am PT, and the top vote getter will be named the Manning Player of the Week
· Kelly nominated for SEVEN Magazine Las Vegas Bowl Pac-12 Player of the Award. Voting is done by fans through their official Facebook page and will run through Wednesday at noon PT.
· Kelly named College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Quarterback of the Week
Running back Marion Grice, who collected four touchdowns and 177 all-purpose yards against the Trojans, leads the nation in scoring (18 ppg) and is on pace to break ASU’s single-season scoring record in 2013 as he already has 12 touchdowns through four games this season. In his last seven games dating back to last season, Grice has found the end zone 18 times (13 rushing, five receiving) - scoring at least one touchdown in each of those contests. In 2013, he is averaging a touchdown every 7.3 times he touches the ball (12 TDs on 87 touches/13.8 percent of touches).
· Grice named to Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll – second time this season for Grice (week three)
· Grice named Honorable Mention Early Campbell Tyler Rose Award Player of the Week
· Grice named College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention All-Purpose Player of the Week
· Grice named Athlon Sports Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week
Wide receiver Jaelen Strong, a junior college transfer who racked up seven catches for 103 yards against the Trojans, leads the team in receptions and yards with 31 grabs for 433 yards (7.8 rpg/108.2 ypg) and two touchdowns this season. That is the best four-game start for any receiver in ASU history, and prior to Strong, no Sun Devil wide receiver in history had posted more than one 100+ yard game in their first four spots.
· Strong was added to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top wide receiver
Tight end Chris has 11 catches for 213 yards and two touchdowns this season and is averaging 19.4 yards per catch. Coyle is fifth in the nation in yardage and receiving yards per game at tight end, averaging 53.3 yards per contest.
· Coyle named College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Tight End of the Week