The Arizona State Sun Devils began its preparations for its home matchup against the California Golden Bears this Saturday. Media was allowed to view stretching and individual drills.
Wide receiver Tim White seemed to be nearly back to full speed. White fully participated in individual drills after only coming in against UTSA to field punts. Graham said he expects to have White back this weekend.
Linebacker Christian Sam was dressed and went through stretches, but he did not participate in individual drills. Sam hasn’t played since the first half of the season opener against Northern Arizona.
Defensive tackle George Lea was fully dressed and participating in tackling drills. Graham said he expects to have Lea available against California.
SPUR linebacker Marcus Ball seemed limited during drills and did sprints along the width of the field while the defense was practicing tackling and bubble-screen drills.
Longsnapper Mitchell Fraboni was not in pads and was on Muscle Beach, but Todd Graham called him over to take a couple of reps. Both snaps were on the money. Fraboni hasn’t played this season due to injury.
Linebacker Salamo Fiso fully participated with the team during drills. Graham said Fiso will make his season debut this weekend. Fiso was the team’s leading linebacker coming into the season before the suspension.
The defense rotated through two tackling drills while defensive coordinator Keith Patterson led a group through defending bubble screens. California shares some Air Raid principles in its offense and thus, quick throws like bubble screens will be something the Sun Devils will have to be aware of this week.
Scouts from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were at practice today.