ASU’s Herm Edwards making return to San Diego State, where he finished his college career

Herm Edwards completed his college career at San Diego State, where Edwards’ No. 25 Arizona State football team plays Saturday trying to start 3-0.

Edwards’ college playing days included two stops at California with junior college in between and – after a redshirt year – working in a shipyard back on scholarship on a San Diego State team that went 10-1 in 1976.

Edwards delved into some of that part of his life during a press conference Monday, reiterating his gratitude for then-San Diego State coach Claude Gilbert’s willingness to accept transfers and junior-college players.

“We had a good team,” Edwards said. “It was a haven for all guys. A lot of professional defensive backs came out of San Diego State. When I came in the league in 1977, there were 13 defensive backs in the NFL out of San Diego State. That was the place to go. I have a lot of respect for that program because I know what that program means to a lot of guys.”

However, he preferred San Diego State’s look back in the day. “I told Danny (Gonzales), you guys messed up those uniforms. They used to be all black with the red hats. Things change, I get it. I’m not trying to be the uniform guy.”

Gonzales, ASU’s defensive coordinator, and defensive backs coach Tony White were at San Diego State last year when the Aztecs beat ASU, 30-20.

Don’t bring it out 

Safety Dasmond Tautalatasi is “iffy” to play this week due to an arm injury suffered bringing an important interception out of the end zone in Saturday’s 16-13 win over Michigan State.

If the senior can’t go at the Tillman position, senior Jalen Harvey is the likely starter after his team-leading 10 tackles vs. the Spartans. Harvey made a touchdown-saving tackle on the play before the interception, dropping a running back for a three-yard loss.

Sophomore Evan Fields is the other option, and he has not played in the first two games due to a hamstring injury.

Edwards said he used Tautalatasi’s return as a teaching moment during film study.

“I’m showing the interception, and Das catches it five yard in the end zone,” Edwards said. “I have these arrows of our defensive players and I said, ‘Any time he does this again, will you please tackle him? Don’t let him come out of the end zone, that’s when he hurt his elbow. You’re not a runner. Just stay in the end zone.’

“It’s a way you can make a point. You’ve got to be ahead of the game in your brain because your emotions get ahold of you. Mentally you’ve got to know, we’re good, we’ll get in on the 25-yard line, but there’s the emotion of it sometime.”

Miller, Smith update

Edwards expects starting guard Steve Miller and running back Trelon Smith to return this week. Miller did not play against Michigan State for personal reasons and Smith has missed the first two games per coach’s decision.

Roy Hemsley and Cade Cote rotated at right guard in Miller’s absence. 

“They did pretty good against a nice front,” Edwards said. “Roy was a guy we brought in here (grad transfer from USC) and knew he had some experience playing. We said, ‘You’re up, let’s go play.’ Coach (Dave) Christensen did a great job with all those guys. The offensive line didn’t get enough credit the last two weeks what they’ve been able to accomplish. To hang in there and make some yards in the fourth quarter because that’s what it boiled down to.”

Ruiz named Pac-12 Player of Week

Sophomore kicker Brandon Ruiz is Pac-12 special teams Player of the Week for going 3-of-3 on field goals including a game-winning 28-yarder as time expired. He also had touchbacks on all four of his kickoffs. Ruiz won the honor twice as a freshman.

– Senior quarterback Manny Wilkins was named to the Davey O’Brien Award’s “Great 8” players for Week 2. He was 30-of-48 for 380 yards and one touchdown, leading ASU to 13 fourth-quarter points in the comeback win. 

Not worried about the polls

Edwards isn’t caught up in ASU being ranked nationally (No. 25 in the coaches poll and No. 23 in the AP poll) for the first time in his tenure and the first time overall since the 2015 preseason.

“Rankings don’t help you,” he said. “Preparation and performance is how you win football games. We won’t get caught up in that. Our motto is real simple: ‘Stay humble and hungry.’ That last game could have went a different way. I think the players realize that. We haven’t played a complete game yet on either side of the football, but what we have done is play hard.”

Extra points

Edwards said he is working an hour each Sunday with the scout team so those 35-40 players have a chance to run ASU’s offense and defense instead of only simulating the upcoming opponent. “That’s one of the most gratifying days for me,” he said. “I’m the only coach over there (in the Dickey Dome). This is the developmental program for you to get better. That’s fun for me.” … The ASU-Michigan State game drew a 1.6 average rating, highest on ESPN for its college football finale time window since 2016 and a 100 percent ratings increase from 2017. … Not surprisingly, ESPN chose ASU again for its Sept. 22 game at No. 12 Washington, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

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