12/29/2012 - Arizona State is 12-12-1 in bowls but has lost its past three postseason games, including a 56-24 defeat to Boise State in the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl. The Sun Devils haven't won a bowl since the 2005 Insight Bowl, winning 45-40 over Rutgers. ASU is 2-6 in its past eight bowl games.
Scouting the Arizona State running game: Coach Todd Graham brought more of a run-game sensibility to Arizona State, which had been using the passing spread system of head coach Dennis Erickson and coordinator Noel Mazzone, who went on to big things at UCLA. ASU is running the ball about 58 percent of the time, and the Sun Devils have the horses to make it work with the three-headed tailback committee of Marion Grice, Cameron Marshall and D.J. Foster.
Grice is coming off an MVP performance in the Territorial Cup rivalry against Arizona, toting the ball 18 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Marshall is the only senior in the group, though, and Graham would like to send him off on a high note against a Navy defense that doesn't have great size and allows 4.3 yards per rush, slightly below average nationally. - The Sports Xchange
10/18/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Arizona State will be facing the fastest defense it has seen all season, and Oregon generally doesn't get enough credit on this side of the ball. The Ducks are allowing 359.8 yards per game, a figure that could be much better if Oregon hadn't played reserves in the second half of so many games because of big leads. Arizona State could choose to go right at the Ducks with a downhill attack and a steady diet of running backs Cameron Marshall, Marion Grice and D.J. Foster. Marshall had 97 yards on 20 carries vs. the Ducks last season. Grice and Foster have also been put to good use in the passing game; Grice had three touchdown receptions at Colorado last week; Foster is second on the team with 20 catches for 297 yards. - The Sports Xchange
10/16/2012 - 10-15-12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: RB CAMERON MARSHALL, ARIZONA STATE...Despite coming off his best performance of the season (13 carries for 98 yards against Colorado), Cameron Marshall hasn't had the senior year he or many others expected. He rushed for over 1,000 yards last season and led the Pac-12 with 18 rushing touchdowns, including five 100+ yard performances. But Marshall hasn't had the same success under a new coaching staff this year and has yet to reach the century mark in a contest, rushing for 262 yards through six games and averaging just 4.2 yards per carry. He is thickly put-together with some natural power, but lacks much burst to his game and struggles to get up to full speed after stopping his feet. Marshall has only average quickness and gets in trouble when the hole isn't there, lacking the acceleration to reach the edge. Although he leads the Sun Devils in carries, Marshall isn't the bell-cow back he was last season, which is mostly a product of the new offense, sharing the backfield duties as five Arizona State players have 30+ carries so far this year. Marshall, who also had a fumble last week, was considered an early third day pick by many entering the season, but so far, he looks like a player who will be lucky to sneak into the draft's final rounds. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/30/2012 - RB Cameron Marshall, who had a slow start to the season -- due in part to a hamstring problem during fall camp and increased depth in the backfield -- had his best game of 2012 at Cal. Marshall rushed 17 times for 69 yards to lead the Sun Devils' rushing attack.
09/11/2012 - PAC-12: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING - WEEK 2: RB Cameron Marshall, Arizona State: Marshall's stock isn't necessarily falling because he's playing badly; he's just not getting much of a chance to play. The senior running back is currently projected to go in the seventh round of the draft and that number won't improve if Marshall is only rushing for 52 yards per game, as he did in the Sun Devils' 45-14 win over Illinois Saturday. Marshall has 21 carries for 66 yards on the season. More troubling, he has two fumbles, including one in the red zone last week. You can see him next: Saturday, at Missouri, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2). - John Breech, CBSSports.com
09/08/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Illinois at Arizona State, Sept. 18 -- The Sun Devils have positive history on their side. They are 7-0 against Big Ten teams in Sun Devil Stadium, outscoring their opponents in those games 275-97. Like ASU, the Illini has a new coach -- Todd Beckman -- so the game film from last season's meeting might not be all that instructive. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Arizona State defense can get a bit more aggressive if Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase can't go because of an ankle injury and backup Reilly O'Toole has to play. Todd Graham-coached teams are often ranked high nationally in terms of sacks, and they should be able to make negative plays if Scheelhaase is out or limited. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Cameron Marshall -- He wasn't needed much last week, carrying only nine times, but he figures to have a bigger workload against Illinois. He rushed 13 times for 69 yards vs. the Illini in last season's meeting. - The Sports Xchange
08/30/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Even as a high school head coach in Texas in the late 1990s, Todd Graham ran an up-tempo shotgun offense that utilized a read-option approach. (It's ironic now that Graham's inspiration for the offense was his new rival at Arizona, Rich Rodriguez.) Graham, a defensive coach by trade, has kept that "high-octane" approach through his college career, switching ASU from the spread passing game it used under Dennis Erickson. Quarterback play will be key, but the Sun Devils certainly have the depth of running backs -- including Cameron Marshall, D.J. Foster, James Morrison and junior-college transfer Marion Grice -- to hammer foes. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Marshall, who rushed for 1,050 yards and 18 touchdowns last season while playing through an ankle injury, missed a couple of weeks of fall camp with an undisclosed injury. He returned late last week and appears ready to play in the opener. - The Sports Xchange
08/08/2012 - A year after he hurdled helpless USC defensive back Loren Harris in the Los Angeles Coliseum in his most signature play, Marshall leapfrogged former Sun Devils on the career rushing and touchdown lists in droves last season where he currently sits 12th and 4th respectively, with 2,131 yards, and 29 touchdowns, just 10 behind leader Woody Green. Another 1,000 yard season would put him solidly among the greatest ASU running backs in history. He could obliterate the career rushing touchdown record. "I want to surpass my numbers from last year and to be consistent every game," Marshall said. "I think last year I struggled with consistency week in and week out, and so I want to consistently play at a high level every week." ASU's new scheme should help. Last season he was forced to hobble laterally in zone stretch runs before picking a hole and exploding into it. Marshall isn't the type of back who prefers moving sideways. He'd rather run you over. "I think [the new scheme is] pretty good for me because it allows me to get downhill quickly and allows me to see the hole at my shoulder square rather than running horizontally so I think that plays to my strengths working downhill," Marshall said. - Chris Karpman, AUSDevils.com
08/07/2012 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: Through all the changes on both sides of the ball, the offense should be able to count on the ground game, led by senior Cam Marshall, who became ASU's first 1,000-yard rusher last season since 2006. He rushed for 18 touchdowns, often bothered by an ankle injury that lingered into spring. He says he's ready to go. "It's the best I've felt in a year-and-a-half," he said at Pac-12 Media Day. He won't have to carry the entire load as ASU expects to run more than last season, when it passed on 55.5 percent of its plays. James Morrison, Kyle Middlebrooks, Deantre Lewis, receiver Jamal Miles, junior college transfer Marion Grice and touted freshman D.J. Foster are good and/or intriguing options. - The Sports Xchange
07/27/2012 - The senior running back, expected this season to make a strong push into the school record book, had minor ankle surgery in the spring to fix an issue that plagued him last season. As a result, Marshall missed most of spring practice and was limited for parts of summer conditioning. "I feel great, running around, doing all the drills and the workouts," Marshall said. "When I enter camp, I will be 100 percent. It's the best I've felt in a year and a half, the best my ankle has felt in a while, so I'm looking forward to camp and this upcoming season." Marshall is the Pac-12's third-leading returning rusher. Last season he rushed for 1,050 yards and tied a school record with 18 rushing touchdowns. Entering this season, he has a chance to become the third ASU back since World War II to post two 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Marshall (29) also is within range of ASU's career rushing touchdown mark, which is held by Woody Green (39). "I can't say that (the records are) not important, that I'm not thinking about that at all," said Marshall, who enters his final season 12th in career rushing yards at ASU. "It's a cool opportunity to have a chance to leave Arizona State saying I was the best at such and such. It's exciting." The only thing Marshall appears to be missing is a nickname. In the spring, first-year coach Todd Graham nicknamed James Morrison, a backup tailback, "Tank." So what does he have in store for Marshall? "(Here's) what I told him," Graham said. "I'm not settling for these 18 touchdowns. Score 30 touchdowns, and I'll nickname him 'El Diablo' or something. Or 'The Man.' That's what he needs to be. 'The Man.' " - Doug Haller, The Arizona Republic
07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Cameron Marshall (Sr.), Arizona State, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. This is the second consecutive year Marshall has been selected to the watch list, which is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. Marshall collected 18 rushing touchdowns this past season, which ranked second in the Pac-12 and ninth in the nation, to earn honorable mention All-Pac-12 recognition for the second consecutive year. The total tied him with Woody Green (1972) and Terry Battle (1996) for the most ever in a single season in school history. His 1,050 rushing yards in 2011 made him the 16th Sun Devil in school history to run for more than 1,000 yards in a season and an integral part of the first trio in school history to collect 1,000 yards rushing, receiving and passing. - Arizona State football
07/18/2012 - Top-five Arizona State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. RB Cameron Marshall (5-11, 215)...In terms of production, there is no question that Marshall should lead off the list of potential NFL prospects hailing from Arizona State this fall. Marshall, after all, rushed for 1,050 yards and tied a school record with 18 touchdowns on the ground a season ago and that was in an offense designed to spread the ball through the air. Unlike most of the other prospects featured here, Marshall has proven to be productive throughout his career, rushing for 294 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman (one start, 11 games) and 787 yards and nine scores as a sophomore (11 starts), earning honorable mention all-conference accolades. Possessing a thick build with a low center of gravity and the type of deceptive acceleration and overall athleticism that helped Michael Turner become one of the NFL's more productive runners for the Atlanta Falcons, Marshall should be the featured playmaker in Graham's run-heavy offense. If able to eclipse the 1,000 yard plateau in 2012, he will have only become just the third ASU back since World War II to twice pass this mark in his career. With 29 career touchdowns to his credit, Marshall is also just 10 behind Woody Green for the school's all-time record. Marshall missed the spring recovering from off-season ankle surgery but appears poised to enjoy the type of senior campaign that should elevate him among the top senior running backs in the country. Like with many big backs, however, to do so he'll not only have to play with greater consistency in 2012 (55.2% of his yards last season came in just four games) but also have to work out well. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Cameron Marshall, Arizona State, RB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Marshall, a senior running back, tied the school record for single-season rushing touchdowns with 18 in 2011 and he currently sits 10 shy of the school record for career rushing touchdowns with 29. He rushed for 1,050 yards in 2011, becoming the first Sun Devil since 2006 to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season, and his 2,131 career rushing yards rank 12th on the school's all-time list. An All-Pac-10/12 Honorable Mention in 2010 and 2011, Marshall was also selected to Phil Steele's 2011 All-Pac-12 Third Team after amassing four games with more than 100 rushing yards. He also led the team in scoring with 108 points. - Arizona State football