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Senior tight end Darwin Rogers could have a major role in the offense next year.
Tight End Darwin Rogers
Darwin Rogers isn't exactly a household name in Tempe by any means.
The senior tight end is mainly used for blocking and didn't see many receptions last year.
The reason Rogers is an honorable mention as a player to make or break ASU's season however is because he could play a key role in crucial moments next year.
The tight end only made three receptions last year for 31 yards, but each catch resulted in either a first down or a touchdown.
After the breakout season Chris Coyle had last year, defenses will be keying on him, which will likely cut his production. If Rogers can make some catches next year, it will force defenses to play him as well, thus freeing up Coyle.
Rogers has all the intangibles needed to become an impact tight end. As his Sun Devil Athletics bio shows, he was a quarterback in high school and can run a 4.60 40-yard dash. He understands the game and could really help Taylor Kelly out as another receiving option.
Safety Alden Darby
Alden Darby earns himself an honorable mention as a player to make or break ASU's season because he will be the Sun Devils' best player in their secondary and a strong leader.
While he will have the task of shutting down some of the elite passing attacks of the Pac-12, he won't have the same impact on every play like some of the other candidates do.
Darby has emerged over the past few years as a solid safety, but the real reason he is on this list is because of his leadership ability.
ASU lost a lot of defensive leaders after last year, but Darby seems ready to fill their shoes and some.
Darby says setting a good example is the biggest key to good leadership:
You need to reach out and go beyond. You need to work out and study film when people are sleeping. When times get hard, people are going to look to you: ‘Darby, what do we do?' You want to be able to answer those questions for them. That right there separates you.
If ASU continues to have a stingy pass defense, it will be because of the play and leadership of Alden Darby.