Arizona State Football: Frank Darby Second in CFB For Yards Per Catch

Sophomore Frank Darby could be the best deep threat on the Arizona State football program.

When you think about Arizona State football, Herm Edwards normally comes to mind first. Maybe, depending on the person, Manny Wilkins or N’Keal Harry are the first guys to pop up. A guy who is becoming popular, however, is wide receiver Frank Darby — and he has some stats to back it up.

Darby, now a sophomore, is a true big-hitter for the Sun Devils. Last week, he hauled in passes of 40 yards (a touchdown) and 72 yards, with a 19-yard catch to boot. A few weeks earlier against San Diego State, he caught a 51-yard catch, a 43-yard catch, and a near game-saving bomb from 50 yards out with time ticking away.

Combined with his other catches, Darby’s total reception count sits at 12, though his yardage sits at an astounding 302. That’s 25.2 yards per reception, good enough for No. 2 among all qualified receivers in college football.

Jerry Jeudy, an NFL-bound receiver from Alabama, is the only guy ahead of Darby with 27.1 yards per catch.

According to ESPN, “a receiver must have at least 1.875 receptions per team’s games played” in order to qualify for the NCAA leaderboard.

Last season, though he wasn’t qualified for the NCAA leaderboard, Darby was averaging even more yards per catch. On nine receptions, he had 234 yards (or 26 yards per catch).

Of all receivers with at least nine receptions last year, Darby was the third-highest in the category. Fred Trevillion from San Diego State (27.3 YPC) and Tyler Carmona from Navy (27.2 YPC) were the only two guys who had higher marks.

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Frank Darby and the Sun Devils will host Stanford this coming Saturday in a nationally televised game on ESPN.

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