Todd Graham knows that if his team is going to accomplish their goals, they must have great practices everyday. Wednesday morning was not a great practice for the Sun Devils according to the head coach.
"Everyday that we prepare, it is about winning a championship," said Graham. "You can practice good and you will be good enough for a while, but it won't be good enough to win the Pac-12."
Graham was especially disappointed at the special teams and the punt coverage team in particular, during the install period that the media was allowed to watch.
Redshirt sophomore Edmond Boateng was working with the first team today at Devilbacker and had his hand almost exclusively in the ground as the Sun Devils will likely shift to a more traditional 4-3 defense against the Lobos. Graham hinted earlier in fall camp that Arizona State will do this against teams with power running games.
"Their tailbacks, their wide receivers, their pitchbacks can go," said Graham about New Mexico. "They can flat run, they are really fast and that is probably the most dangerous thing. Their strength is their skill players."
Redshirt freshman Marcus Ball was working at SPUR linebacker behind Laiu Moeakiola and true freshman defensive back Armand Perry was working with the first team at cornerback Wednesday morning.
Running back De'Chavon Hayes was participating in pads today for Arizona State. Hayes was recently cleared to begin football activities with the Sun Devils, however according to Graham he is not eligible to play in games just yet.
"Right now he is eligible to get in school but he is not totally cleared," Graham said. "The main things is we got him here, he does have a redshirt year if he doesn't get cleared, but it's good to get him here."