Fall camp means a lot of new faces in programs around the country, from the first day of practice in the scorching hot August sun, the position battles begin to develop and names start to come out of the woodwork for starting roles.
Although these players might be amongst the favorites to step on to the field as starters on Aug. 28th, Todd Graham will most certainly make each of these players earn it. You heard about DJ Calhoun a lot this past Spring but here's a shortlist of other newcomers who could step up and quickly make a name for themselves at their respective positions.
The Sun Devils will be counting on Brown, a junior, to step up and potentially take a starting spot at cornerback since Rashad Wadood transferred. He originally committed to play for Arkansas before committing to the Sun Devils and signing on the dotted line last February. ESPN ranked Brown the 24th best player in their JUCO top 50 rankings. Lloyd Carrington played in all 14 games last season but only accumulated 25 total tackles so Brown should be a key piece in retooling the Arizona State secondary.
William Earley and Solomon Means were the only other two players to see time at field or boundary corner in the spring. The Sun Devils have a wealth of incoming defensive backs who could step up at these positions including Chad Adams, Armand Perry, DeAndre Scott and Dasmond Tautalatasi.
How can Arizona State replace Carl Bradford? Junior Darrius Caldwell may be the answer to that question. He played at Illinois and saw limited action there as a redshirt freshman in 2012 appearing in 12 games and totaling 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks in Champaign. He then transferred to Pearl River Community College. He was named the 40th best JUCO recruit in the country and originally committed to South Carolina, to help replace the production of Jadeveon Clowney, but later decommitted and chose the Sun Devils.
Caldwell is a frontrunner for the starting spot at Devilbacker but local redshirt freshman Chans Cox, sophomore Viliami Latu and redshirt junior Eriquel Florence, who was named the starter in the spring, should get a shot at the position too.
Junior defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 308 pounds, luckily for the Sun Devils, they need an imposing physical presence to replace Will Sutton on the defensive line. Stuckey comes from Pearl River Junior College, the same place as Darrius Caldwell, but what makes Stuckey so impressive is perhaps the schools he didn't choose in order to come to Arizona State.
He picked the Sun Devils over Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Louisville, Miami and West Virginia. In his freshman campaign at Pearl River in 2012, Stuckey recorded 85 tackles, 23 for loss and eight sacks. He was rated as the No.2 defensive tackle recruit in the country and the No. 8 JUCO recruit in the nation.
Freshman Tashon Smallwood and redshirt junior Mo Latu, who was named the starting nose tackle in the spring, could challenge Stuckey for a spot. Jaxon Hood filled in for Sutton at times last season but will have to fight for a starting spot again after the Sun Devils signed an impressive class of defensive linemen such as Connor Humphreys, Renell Wren and Edmond Boateng.