Football fans might have the opportunity to preview a future NFL great when the Arizona State University Sun Devils conduct their annual preseason training Aug. 11 to 20 at Camp Tontozona.
Sun Devils signal caller Andrew Walter is one of the most touted quarterbacks in the country and is projected to have the size, arm strength and intelligence to someday play on Sundays.
In Phil Steele's College 2004 Football Preview, Walter is listed as one of the top four quarterbacks in collegiate football.
"Andrew Walter is one of the top QB's," Steele wrote. "After a super soph season with 3,877 yards (57 percent) with a 28-15 ratio, his numbers dropped some last year. Look for him to rebound this year and there is good depth behind him."
Last year, Walter was a preseason Heisman candidate but did not have a go-to receiver as he did a year earlier when Shaun McDonald was corralling his aerials.
"I'll call for ASU to achieve a winning record in the PAC 10 and return to a bowl, as they are my 11th most improved team in the country which means they should be eligible," Steele wrote.
For the football purist and Devil's disciples, some of the most well received news is the team has switched to a more traditional 4-3 defense from the porous 4-2-5 it's played since Dirk Koetter became coach. That matador defense gave up a whopping 27.3 ppg last season.
The Devils return 14 starters off last year's underachieving team that finished 5-7 overall and 2-6 in the PAC-10.
Elks to bugle
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will host its annual benefit banquet, auction and raffle Saturday at the Mazatzal Casino.
At press time, only seven tickets remained. They are priced at $100 per couple or $65 per individual which includes a one-year membership in RMEF.
The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a no-host cocktail hour. At 6 p.m. dinner will be served. A live auction and raffle begin at 7 p.m.
Don Oates will serve as auctioneer and Randy Roberson will be master of ceremonies.
Sponsors promise the fun and fund-raising will combine for a memorable evening. All proceeds benefit elk and other wildlife. For ticket information, call (928) 478-4458.
PAHH golf tournament
Pioneer Title Agency will host its eighth annual golf tournament to benefit PAHH Aug. 21 at Payson Golf Course, starting at 8 a.m.
Entry forms are available at Pioneer Title, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Roundup and at the PAHH office. Non-PGC members pay $70; members pay $50. All entries must be at Pioneer Title by Aug. 9.
There'll be a Hole-in-One challenge and other contests. Cucina Paradiso is catering the luncheon.
For more information, call PAHH at (928) 474-0330.