Camp Tontozona Practice Report August 16: Jaelen Strong Stands Out

Another practice report from up in the pines at Payson. - ASU News

What stood out from Arizona State's second to last day at Camp T? Find out in this report.

Every time Jaelen Strong lines up on the practice field he stands out. The prized JUCO recruit certainly looks the part, he stands 6'4 and weighs just over 200 pounds.

With the amount of turnover in the Arizona State receiving corps the past two years, fans and coaches are looking for someone to stand out. Today, Strong stood out.

"Jaelen is going to be a great force for us. He's got unbelievable potential to do great things," Graham said. "He's a guy that stuck out to me."

Strong got more reps with the first team today, along with sophomore Richard Smith. Strong uses his hands well and catches the ball well in traffic. He is still learning, practicing for just over a week now. Today, he let a pass go right through his hands and was eventually picked off by Alden Darby.

"It wasn't really my best day," said Strong. "I had a few mistakes, those interceptions were on me. I let the ball go right through my hands and I didn't get out of my break fast enough. I can't be inconsistent."

Strong is just one of the new wide receivers that is having a strong camp. Freshman Ellis Jefferson has impressed coaches and Joe Morris is waiting to take off his no contact jersey.

"Since camp started each of the freshman have stood out," said wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander. "They have made some plays, Rich (Smith) has stepped up his game and Jaelen as well. It remains to be seen but I think Joe Morris is going to be a big player for us."

De'Marieya Nelson

Nelson continues to improve and impress at Camp Tontozona. He worked mostly at tight end today and some believe he has overtaken Darwin Rodgers as the second tight end. Graham had to grill him because of penalties today, but Nelson plays hard and is difficult to take down.

"I can play a little bit of running back, I can play slot, being attached to the line is one of the biggest things I am trying to work on," said Nelson. "I can give effort wherever they put me."

Scrimmage Tomorrow

The Sun Devils will scrimmage tomorrow morning in their final practice at Camp Tontozona. The scrimmage starts at 10 a.m. but fans are encouraged to arrive early. An crowd of around 5,000 is expected at the scrimmage and parking will be limited. What does Todd Graham want to see at tomorrow's scrimmage?

"I just want to come out of it healthy," said Graham.

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