College Men

Men's fall countdown: No. 18 Arizona State

Jon Rahm leads Arizona State in his junior season.
Jon Rahm leads Arizona State in his junior season. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Next up on our men's 2014 fall countdown, No. 18 Arizona State:

Editor's note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Lance Ringler, as he looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings won't be available until a couple of the weeks into the fall season. Our staff of Andy Zunz, Cassie Stein and Brentley Romine are writing the individual profiles of the teams.

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Arizona State Sun Devils

Preseason rank: 18

Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 27

2013-14 in review: After a solid regular season in which the team earned eight top-five finishes and a win at the ASU Thunderbird, the Sun Devils missed out on a berth to the NCAA Championship by nine strokes. The team boasted depth, with seven different players earning an individual top 10, but failed to get hot at the right time.

Notable departures: None

Key returners: Juniors Jon Rahm and Max Rottluff and senior Austin Quick

Newcomers of note: Redshirt sophomore Grayson Murray (transfer from East Carolina) and freshman Tobias Eden

Circled on the fall calendar: Alister Mackenzie Invitational, Oct. 12-14, Sonoma GC, Fairfax, Calif.

Fall outlook: Head coach Tim Mickelson has one of the most talented players in the country in Jon Rahm. The junior advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur before falling to eventual runner-up Corey Connors 3 and 1. He led the nation with 12 eagles last year, finishing the season with a 70.84 scoring average and six top-10 finishes. He'll lead the Sun Devils in 2014-15 as they look to improve on their sixth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championship and make some noise in the postseason.

Coach's perspective: "We will be talented at the top and very deep at the bottom so I have very high expectations this year. When we play to our ability we can and will compete with anyone in the country.” - Mickelson