The Arizona State Sun Devils continued its preseason preparations today outside on the Kajikawa practice fields. The media was allowed to view stretching in addition to individual and 11-on-11 drills.
Mixing it up:
During the “takeaway” period, ASU offense and defense flipped roles as the offensive coaches worked with the defense and vice versa.
Some of it went along just fine:
Some of it... less so:
Head coach Todd Graham said the team will conduct a scrimmage on Saturday and that it will be a “big evaluation” for every position, most importantly the quarterback battle between Manny Wilkins and Brady White.
“It’s been very competitive, but Saturday will be a huge evaluation for the quarterback position as well as every other position,” Graham said.
Graham is putting an emphasis, as always, on turnover ratio and is looking for which quarterback takes care of the ball the best. When asked if either QB is putting any distance between the other, Graham said:
“Sometimes when they walk on the field, there’s a little bit of space in between them. That’s it.”
So that reveals a lot.
Junior defensive back Mo Chandler and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jalen Harvey were both in green but participated in most drills today. Neither were seen during the team period. Redshirt senior Laiu Moeakiola and redshirt senior Salamo Fiso were not seen while the media was at practice.
“We’ve had a lot of, not major stuff, but a lot of missed practices and stuff on the back end,” Graham said. “We just got to get some steadiness there.”
Media viewed a couple series of 11-on-11 today. The defense worked in a nickel set for a portion as well.
QB: Manny Wilkins
RB: Demario Richard
WR (outside): Cam Smith, Ellis Jefferson
WR (slot): Tim White
TE (slot): Raymond Epps
LT: Evan Goodman
LG: Sam Jones
C: Stephon McCray
RG: Quinn Bailey
RT: Zach Robertson
DT: Ami Latu
3-tech: Tashon Smallwood
Devil: JoJo Wicker
SAM: DJ Calhoun
SPUR: Koron Crump
WILL: Christian Sam
Corner: Kareem Orr, Gump Hayes, Tyler Whiley
Bandit safety: Chad Adams
Field safety: J’Marcus Rhodes