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ASU Football: Ball returns, injuries galore at Wednesday practice

The Sun Devils hope to get healthy ahead of their visit to Oregon this weekend.

NCAA Football: Washington State at Arizona State Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona State Sun Devils returned to the Kajikawa Practice Fields on Wednesday to continue preparation for their road tilt with the Oregon Ducks.

The team worked through tackle and tempo drills in front of media.

Marcus Ball returns, in green

The Sun Devils’ starting bandit safety returned to practice Wednesday, and sported a green non-contact jersey. He appeared to go through drills without any hindrance after being absent from practice on Tuesday.

Richard in green, Wilkins in sneakers

Running back Demario Richard sported a green non-contact jersey for the second straight practice. He stood in the middle of one of the practice fields with quarterback Manny Wilkins, who was dressed in pads, but wore sneakers. The two were chatting with offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey during drills.

Orr, Fiso update

Starting cornerback Kareem Orr sported a sleeve over his left knee, and didn’t participate in team drills, but did work through individual.

Starting linebacker Salamo Fiso sported a brace over his left knee, however didn’t participate in team drills.

McCollum situation

Starting center AJ McCollum wasn’t at practice for the second straight day. After being ruled a last-minute scratch against Washington State, head coach Todd Graham said McCollum’s absence was a personal matter, however there’s been no further update.

Injury list

Muscle Beach (ASU’S designated area for injured players to warm up) was inhabited by receiver Cameron Smith and safety James Johnson (who each jogged while on the side), safety Armand Perry and linebacker Christian Sam (who worked on stationary bikes), as well as offensive linemen Sam Jones, Cade Cote, and Tyson Rising.

Team Tempo Period

First-Team Offense

Dillon Sterling-Cole (QB); Kalen Ballage (RB); N’Keal Harry (WR), Jalen Harvey (WR), Fred Gammage (slot), Raymond Epps (TE/H-back); Evan Goodman (LT), Stephon McCray (LG), Tyler McClure (C), Quinn Bailey (RG), Zach Robertson (RT)

First-Team Defense

Tashon Smallwood (DL), Ami Latu (DL), Renell Wren (DL), JoJo Wicker (DL); Koron Crump (LB), DJ Calhoun (LB); Laiu Moeakiola (SPUR), Gump Hayes (FC), Kareem Orr (BC), Marcus Ball (BS), J’Marcus Rhodes (FS)

Possession Summary

First series

  • Sterling-Cole incomplete
  • Sterling-Cole complete middle
  • Sterling-Cole incomplete right
  • Sterling-Cole RO keep, gain
  • Sterling-Cole complete Gammage, TD

Second-Team Offense

Jack Smith (QB); Nick Ralston (RB); Raymond Epps (TE/H-back); Ellis Jefferson (WR), Ryan Jenkins (slot), Terrell Chatman (WR); Cohl Cabral (LT), Steven Miller (LG), scout team member (C), Alex Losoya (RG), scout team member (RT)

Second-Team Defense

George Lea (DL), Edmond Boateng (DL); Malik Lawal (LB), Khaylan Thomas (LB) Jason Lewis (LB); Tyler Whiley (SPUR); Dasmond Tautalatiasi (BS), Bryson Echols (BC), Robbie Robinson (FC), Chad Adams (FS) (one player wasn’t identified.)

  • missed first play, sorry
  • Smith keep, gain
  • Smith incomplete Epps
  • Smith incomplete
  • Smith screen complete Jenkins
  • Smith incomplete


The Oakland Raiders had a scout observing today’s practice session.