In its last non-game-week of fall practice, Arizona State continued its preseason preparations for the 2016 season. Media viewed stretching and individual drills today.
Prep begins for NAU:
Head coach Todd Graham said the team began prep for its season-opener against NAU llast weekend, saying the team is focused on making sure it doesn’t beat itself.
“Early in the year is much like when you wait 30, 40 days for a bowl game,” Graham said. “Don’t do the things to beat yourself. We’re really focusing on discipline.”
Graham added that the pace of practice is a little different because of the nature of working against the scout team, but also mentioned there wasn’t much of a change today.
“Sometimes it kind of slows things down a bit because it’s a lot faster pace when you’re doing good-on-good.” Graham said. “We’re doing a lot more than normal good-on-good just to keep that pace up there.”
Senior wideout Tim White echoed the same sentiment.
“It doesn’t really change much,” White said. “I feel like we have a lot of experienced guys who’ve been there and done it, so we’re just getting the young guys up to par... We’ve been focused all fall camp, and I feel like our guys are motivated to do good things.”
Only DUDE was in a green non-contact jersey today, but several players were on Muscle Beach today. Among them was redshirt senior tight end Kody Kohl and redshirt junior defensive back James Johnson, who was wearing a bulky brace on his right knee.
For the first time this fall, scout team jerseys were donned. A few notables were redshirt freshman running back Jason Lewis, redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Connor Humphries, and freshman cornerback Chase Lucas.