MADISON WI - SEPTEMBER 18: Omar Bolden #3 of the Arizona State Sun Devils returns a kick-off for a touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 18 2010 in Madison Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
For the past three years, I have taken the time to go watch the Sun Devils in their spring practices whenever I can. I took the opportunity do so this past Saturday at 2PM. It wasn't an exciting practice in particular, but there were a few things that stuck out. Here is what stuck out to me:
Cameron Marshall is a beast. He looks even bigger than last year and ran hard. The highlight of the day was a running play to the left in which Marshall took on Vontaze Burfict. The collision was bone-crushing and Marshall won. He put Burfict on his butt and gained another 15 yards. That is hard to do.
Incoming freshman Michael Bercovici looks like he has some real potential. His throwing motion is extremely quick. He also already has the ability to look off a guy and throw the ball to another.
The swing pass that is the staple of the ASU offense showed some improvement. Last season I can't remember how many times there was either a drop on those plays or a drop that turned into a fumble because it was a lateral. It was not perfect in practice, but it looked much crisper than last season.
DT William Sutton is loud. We heard him talking, hooting and hollering all practice. Expect a lot of trash talking by the defense again this year.
Gerell Robinson is going to drive me nuts. He is so big and talented, but he comes in really dumb. He misses balls that are put on the money and then makes a spectacular plays. I imagine this will continue.
George Bell cannot catch a ball thrown to his chest. He was rocking red dreads, but like he did a few times last season, he will drop a ball when he is standing still and the ball is delivered to his chest. He will, however, pull down balls you have no idea how he does.
Brice Schwab looks ready to play. The JC transfer has lost another 20 lbs and looks much quicker. He is down the 300 lbs and is moving well. Hopefully he will not whiff on any blocks with the kicking game.
I should be back in a week to report next Saturday's practice. Come join us at Sun Devil Stadium at 9AM.