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Texas A&M transfer Kellen Diesch lands at Arizona State

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The Arizona State football roster is the latest to benefit from a player coming in from a Power Five program.

In early December, Kellen Diesch entered the NCAA transfer database, the first step in a move away from Texas A&M. A month later, Diesch has taken the next step as 247Sports.com has reported that the offensive lineman will transfer to the Arizona State football team.

In fact, the website notes that Diesch is in Tempe and already enrolled in school at ASU.

As a graduate transfer, Diesch will be eligible to play for the Sun Devils immediately in 2020. The upcoming season will serve as his final year of eligibility.

A four-star member of A&M’s 2016 recruiting class, Diesch was rated as the No. 11 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 17 player regardless of position in the state of Texas. The only signee in the Aggies’ class that year rated higher was strongside defensive end Justin Madubuike.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Diesch has played in 21 games the past three years. A dozen of those appearances came this past season.

Despite the recruiting pedigree, the 6-6, 298-pound lineman didn’t start a game for the Aggies.

Arizona State announces contract extension for Herm Edwards

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For Herm Edwards and the Arizona State football program, you play to win the game.  And coach to get your contract extended.

Monday, the latter is exactly what happened as the Sun Devils announced a contract extension for Edwards.  The two years tacked onto Edwards’ original deal means he’s signed through 2024.  Five-year contracts are the longest allowed under state law.

The school’s release stated that the amended deal still needs to be approved by the Arizona Board of Regents.  Terms of the extension weren’t released; those details will be announced at a later date.

The 65-year-old Edwards — he’ll turn 66 in April — just completed his second season at ASU.  After going 7-6 in 2018, the Sun Devils posted an 8-5 record this past season.  The eight wins were the program’s most since 2014.  Making that win total even more impressive?  More than 30 true or redshirt freshmen contributed in 2019.

ASU has also beaten rival Arizona in both of Edwards’ seasons.

“We are pleased to announce this two-year contract extension for Head Football Coach Herm Edwards,” said athletic director Ray Anderson. “Dr. Michael Crow (ASU President) and I are extremely encouraged with the overall direction of the football program under Coach Edwards and his staff. They have built a foundation that is recruiting at unprecedented levels and we must ensure the continuation of that effort. This five-year commitment to Coach Edwards will demonstrate to prospective student-athletes and their parents the long-term commitment the University has toward his valued leadership. Additionally, Coach Edwards and staff have increased the win total, earned two bowl invitations, including one bowl victory, and have developed our young student-athletes at a very high level. We’ve had several freshman All-Americans in the past two years and we played 32 true and redshirt freshmen in 2019. Coach Edwards has assembled an impressive staff of coordinators, full-time assistants, consultants and analysts and has hired and developed young coaches as well, such as Sun Devil alum Derek Hagan.”

“It is an honor for myself and my family to serve as Head Football Coach at Arizona State University,” the Arizona State football head coach said in a statement. “We have accomplished a lot in our first two years in Tempe and we look forward to continuing that momentum in all facets of our program. Recruiting is the lifeblood of winning college football games and we are pleased with where we are and we look forward to continued improvement.”

Arizona State’s Michael Turk punts remaining eligibility, heads to NFL draft

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Michael Turk of Arizona State, you’re next up on the latest edition of “Which NFL Player Will Leave Eligibility on the Table?”

“After a lot of prayer and consideration,” Turk confirmed via Twitter that he is making himself available for the 2020 NFL Draft. “I am 100% committed to being the best punter possible and I am looking forward to what the future holds,” Turk added.

Turk actually had two years of eligibility that he will be foregoing.

Michael Turk came to Arizona State as a transfer from the junior college ranks as part of its 2018 recruiting class. Turk’s uncle is Matt Turk, the former NFL punter who spent one year of his professional career with a New York Jets team coached by current ASU head coach Herm Edwards.

As a redshirt sophomore this season, Turk was tied for 11th nationally and led the Pac-12 in averaging 46 yards per punt.  For that, he earned first-team all-conference honors.  He was also named as a handful of semifinalists for the 2019 Ray Guy Award.

Turk is the second Sun Devil to leave early.  Last month, running back Eno Benjamin opted to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft as well.

Addition of Arizona State transfer QB Joey Yellen by Pitt made official

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Thanks to Arizona State, Pitt has added a potential future starter under center in Joey Yellen.

Late last week, it was reported that Yellen was headed to Pitt.  Monday, the ACC school confirmed the quarterback’s addition to the roster.  The program stated it’s “anticipated” that Yellen will have to sit out the 2020 season.  That would leave the true freshman with three years of eligibility to use beginning in 2021.

Still at Arizona State, Joey Yellen had added his name to the NCAA transfer database last month.

“Joey’s recruitment happened incredibly fast,” Narduzzi said in a statement. “(Offensive coordinator) Mark Whipple made contact with him immediately after he went into the portal in mid-December. Joey wanted to be enrolled for the upcoming semester so we basically did an unofficial visit over FaceTime since it was a dead period. Even in that tight window, everyone did their homework. I know Joey is excited to be at Pitt and we’re thrilled to get a great person and quarterback.”

A four-star 2019 signee, Yellen was rated as the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the country. Yellen was one of three true freshmen, and a redshirt junior, who competed for the Sun Devils’ starting job in summer camp. That competition was won by Jayden Daniels, who maintained the job throughout the season.

Yellen did make one start, against USC when Daniels was injured. In that game, Yellen completed 28-of-44 passes for 292 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Those were his only attempts of the season in serving as Daniels’ primary backup.

Arizona State QB Joey Yellen transferring to Pitt

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After beginning his collegiate career at Arizona State, Joey Yellen is headed to the other side of the country to continue it.

Last month, Yellen entered his name into the NCAA transfer database. Nearly three weeks later, Rivals.com has reported that the quarterback is transferring to Pitt.

According to the site, Yellen is enrolling in classes for the spring semester, which starts Monday, Jan. 6.

Barring an unexpected waiver being granted, Yellen will have to sit out the 2020 season to satisfy NCAA transfer bylaws. In 2021, he would have three years of eligibility to use.

A four-star 2019 signee, Yellen was rated as the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the country. Yellen was one of three true freshmen, and a redshirt junior, who competed for the Sun Devils’ starting job in summer camp. That competition was won by Jayden Daniels, who maintained the job throughout the season.

Yellen did make one start, against USC when Daniels was injured. In that game, Yellen completed 28-of-44 passes for 292 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Those were his only attempts of the season in serving as Daniels’ primary backup.

Daniels finished his first season with 2,943 yards, 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions. he completed nearly 61 percent of his 338 pass attempts. The true freshman was second on the team with 355 yards rushing as well.

Following the regular season, Daniels earned an honorable mention for the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year that went to USC quarterback Kedon Slovis.

Yellen was actually the second player at the position to leave the quarterback-heavy Sun Devils.  In late October, the redshirt junior involved in the competition, Dillon Sterling-Cole, announced that he was entering the transfer portal.  He graduated from ASU last month and will have one year of eligibility that he could use at another FBS school in 2020.