What Brock Haman's Transfer Means For ASU Football

After weeks of speculation, and a fortnight after Kyle Odegard reported the move, former Arkansas Razorback Brock Haman has decided to come home and transfer to the Arizona State Sun Devils.

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The former two-way star from Scottsdale Saguaro, Haman was a three-star recruit when he decided to head to Fayetteville. At 6'3" and 230 pounds, Haman was a standout tight end and linebacker thanks to very good athleticism and 4.6 speed.

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Last season, Haman redshirted due to a persistent foot injury and looked to make an impact with the Hogs. However, in the wake of the Bobby Petrino scandal and the disgraced coach's subsequent dismissal, Haman secured his release and began to explore his options that ultimately led him to Tempe.

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With ASU, Haman will play linebacker. He's stated his intent to petition the NCAA for a hardship waiver which would allow him to play this season for the Sun Devils instead of sitting out another year due to the NCAA's transfer rules. It's unclear what the ruling will be, but the team certainly could use him this season.

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ASU's linebacking corps lost it's top four players from a season ago, and despite the return from injury of the dynamic Brandon Magee, it's near the top of the list of worries head in to 2012. If cleared, Haman should be able to make an impact.

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Haman's speed and athleticism is a great fit for the "Devilbacker" spot. The Devilbacker is a position predicated on attacking the offense off the edges, and the two players that figure to see a lot of time for ASU this season are both hybrid linebacker/defensive end types--Carl Bradford and the should-be-reinstated Junior Onyeali. Haman could be yet another weapon to deploy in that role.

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Should Haman be forced to sit a year, he would make a nice addition to a still young--and more experienced--linebacking corps that will be replacing Magee in 2013. Given a year to learn ASU's system, he could challenge to replace the similarly athletic Magee as the WILL linebacker.

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