ASU football competed in another intra-squad scrimmage Saturday, August 12th at the improved Sun Devil Stadium and from what Graham said about it, it sounded like it benefited the team a good deal. He stated that the team “improved dramatically from last week to this week.”
“It was an exciting scrimmage,” head coach Todd Graham said at his press conference following the exhibition. “I like doing it at night, it was a game atmosphere.”
The scrimmage was closed off to the public but Graham did give the media some information over the event that transpired during the game, including what he wanted to get done (limit penalties and take care of the football), the reps he gave his first, second (both got 60) and third team (14) and how competitive the event was.
“It was very even,” Graham said. “We didn’t even declare a winner until after we watched the film so… we made great process in a week.”
The scrimmage consisted of multiple drives and a few goal-line situations in which both the offense and the defense came up on top. With the offense, the team put together a 96-yard drive for a touchdown while the defense held the offense during the goal line situation. The coaches also had their first real run at calling plays in the box and Graham said that the communication between them was “really good”.
Graham also mentioned that this scrimmage helped greatly in determining the position battles that are still in play and with one more scrimmage coming up - and the season opener against New Mexico State on the horizon - the depth chart seems to be solidifying itself.
The team will have one more scrimmage next Saturday.