The Arizona Republic
Sept. 10, 2006


Author: Norm Frauenheim

Juan Roque, a starting offensive lineman for Arizona State on the 1996 Rose Bowl team, loves to talk about ASU football. These days, he's talking about it in Spanish.

Roque worked as a color commentator during the Nevada-ASU game Saturday night for a statewide Spanish-speaking radio network, KIDR-AM (740).

"It's long overdue," said Roque, who grew up in Los Angeles and kept practicing his Spanish when he was with the Detroit Lions until 2000 and then with Toronto of the Canadian Football League. "The aim is to open up that Spanish-speaking market." This season is ASU's first with a Spanish-speaking network. KIDR also will carry ASU's home basketball games.
Rival Arizona has long had a Spanish-speaking radio network.

"I'm tired of seeing Spanish-speaking fans wearing U of A shirts," Roque said.

LSU rewind

One year ago, the Sun Devils hosted Louisiana State on five days notice. The game, played on Sept. 10, was moved from Baton Rouge, La., because of the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. LSU rallied for a 35-31 victory.

The move's logistics were difficult. But ASU Athletic Director Lisa Love believes it was good experience for ASU's staff.

"You tax a collegiate organization to the nth degree to say turn this around," Love said. "There were some opportunities last year to be able to make quality evaluations on what people can do under the heat, because we had a few things happen that were atypical."

ASU and LSU were scheduled to play again in 2008. Instead, the two will meet in Baton Rouge in 2015 and at Sun Devil Stadium in 2016.

Extra points

H-back Zach Miller tied an ASU record with his 2-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. It was Miller's 11th career TD reception, matching a mark set by Joe Petty in 1972. The reception also marked the 100th catch for Miller, who is beginning his third season at ASU.

* There was no record, but there was a first in the second quarter for ASU sophomore Michael Jones, whose diving catch in an end zone corner for his first touchdown was a grab that had the crowd screaming for an encore.
Edition: Final
Section: Sports
Page: C12
Column: NOTES

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