October 24, 2004
Arizona State starting tailback Hakim Hill dressed but did not play during ASU’s 48-42 victory Saturday over UCLA because of a disciplinary measure, coach Dirk Koetter said.
Koetter did not disclose the reason for disciplining Hill, but a source said Hill was punished for a violent outburst during a weight training session Monday.
Hill reacted angrily to criticism from strength and conditioning coach Joe Kenn.
"You have to be held accountable," Koetter said in disciplining the oft-troubled running back, who arrived at ASU with a checkered background.
Koetter did not say when Hill will return.
With Hill joining Loren Wade (suspended), Randy Hill (knee surgery) and Cornell Canidate (groin) on the sidelines, the Devils were left scrambling for running backs last week.
Walk-on running back Preston Jones said he was told to be ready for prime action on Tuesday.
Receiver Rudy Burgess, switched to running back the week of the Oregon game, started at tailback against the Bruins.
ASU moved Devil back Antone Saulsberry to running back last week, and he played one snap.
Quarterback Chad Christensen lined up at tailback with 9:31 left in the second period. Christensen had eight snaps at running back, including six in the fourth quarter. He ran for 6 yards in the fourth quarter.
Jones, Burgess and Christensen provided a muchneeded 116 yards on the ground.
"It was running back by committee," said Burgess, a running back in high school. "It was a learning experience. I know what to expect."
After a couple of quiet games, junior Derek Hagan had five receptions for 160 yards and touchdowns of 79, 46 and 12 yards.
It was his fourth 100-yard game this season and 10th of his career. Hagan has 45 receptions this year for 695 yards and eight touchdowns.
With UCLA leading 35-31 late in the third quarter, ASU executed a fake punt for a first down. On a play originally designed for safety Riccardo Stewart, linebacker Jamar Williams rushed for 6 yards on fourth-and-5.
Koetter was asked how that call was made among the coaches, and he offered this humorous play-by-play of an exchange with special teams coordinator Tom Osborne.
"Oz is calling in my head phones on third down, ‘Fake punt, fake punt, fake punt,’ and I’m going ‘Hold on Oz.’
"Again, he’s going, ‘Dirk, fake punt, fake punt, fake punt.’ Finally I just relent and say, ‘OK! Fake punt.’ "
Redshirt freshman safety Josh Barrett, who had shoulder problems last year, suffered a shoulder injury in the third period. He was replaced by Maurice London.
Safety Riccardo Stewart did not suit up because of lingering injuries from the USC game. He was cleared to play, but Koetter said he chose not to play him.
Cornerback Josh Golden had issues with cramps during the game but was on the field for ASU’s last defensive series.