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Daily Devil Dish: Fall camp opens, hockey confirms long-reported partnership

Wednesday's top news from Sun Devil athletics involves some notable present and missing faces at the first day of ASU football's fall camp, ASU hockey's agreement with the Arizona Coyotes and more from Sparky's land.

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ASU Football Opens Fall Camp - Wednesday marked the first day that the 2015 edition of Arizona State football held organized practice with the squad that it'll be taking to battle this campaign. ASU came in draped in its new Adidas threads, but the newcomers that practiced stole the show from the updated pennies.

Many of the freshmen from Todd Graham's most recent recruiting class saw their first action as Sun Devils, and players such as offensive lineman Zach Robertson and Jay Jay Wilson were among those who stood out.

ASU also has a Devilbacker competition brewing, with the newest participant possibly playing on both sides of the ball. Kalen Ballage had flashes during his freshman year in 2014 that established him as a premier running back, and his presence along with that of Demario Richard made D.J. Foster's transition to wideout more manageable. Ballage is competing with Wilson, a tight end/linebacker hybrid and Chans Cox for the starting position.

ASU Hockey finalizes deal with Coyotes - A deal that was reported seven months ago came to fruition Wednesday, as ASU hockey announced its agreement to play four of this season's games at Gila River Arena, the home of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes.

ASU's first season at the Division I level will see most of their home games played at Oceanside Arena, but despite the arena's renovations the Sun Devils require more for their big draws. Gila River will serve as a second home for now, but a new arena for the Sun Devils could be on the horizon.

Taylor Kelly transitions from ASU player to ASU coach - It was just a year ago that we were writing about the upcoming senior season of starting quarterback Taylor Kelly. Kelly's first two seasons under center were marvelous, leading the charge of ASU's ascension back to national relevance, but his senior year was marred by injury and he returned too early.

Now he's back as a graduate assistant for the Sun Devils. Kelly talks to AZ Central's Doug Haller about his last collegiate season, his new role and whether he's put his playing career in the rearview mirror.

Updates on ASU Class of 2015 recruits - ASU's fall camp opening saw the arrival of many new players from Todd Graham's Class of 2015, but a few notable players remain absent. Davon Durant, while still an ASU student, is no longer with the team due to his off-field issues, although George Lea was practicing despite his pending issue. Lea will not play this year but will stay with the team.

CB Stanley Norman will grayshirt in order to fully nurse his injury back to health, one suffered his senior season. Morie Evans was an academic non-qualifier, while ASU still waits for the academic clearance of RB Jason Lewis and DT Deonte Reynolds.