The Arizona State Sun Devils hit the Kajikawa Practice Fields for the 14th and final time Thursday, finishing their final spring practice before the annual spring game on Friday. The Devils were in shorts and helmets Thursday morning.
Last practice: Tuesday, April 10
Next practice: Spring Game — Friday, April 13 (7:00 p.m.) at the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium
Music: ABC (The Jackson 5), Finesse (Bruno Mars), God’s Plan (Drake)
Defensive back DeMonte King, linebacker Koron Crump, cornerback Chase Lucas, defensive lineman Tyler Johnson and offensive lineman Cade Cote each entered the bubble early and missed a good majority of the rest of practice.
Some first-team switches
Although Tyson Rising started the tempo period as the first-team left tackle, Zach Robertson quickly switched into the position for Rising after a few plays. He did the same thing during Tuesday’s practice but the move didn’t stick when 11-v-11 rolled around.
Although Robertson (6-foot-6, 336-pounds) only has an inch on Rising (6-foot-5, 284-pounds), he does outweigh him by 52 pounds. The left tackle spot, though, may already be solidified as coaches have said that incoming Stanford transfer Casey Tucker will likely grab that starting left tackle spot.
Also, on the defensive side, Khaylan Thomas and Nick Ralston have been just about rotating at first-team middle linebacker. A week ago, Ralston played the starting role, but then on Tuesday, Thomas got it back.
Whoever gets the spot on a given day is pretty minuscule in the grand scheme of a practice because both constantly rotate in-and-out for each other on first- and second-teams. It very well may come down to who has a better spring game on Friday to see who’ll have the advantage come fall.
Jalen Harvey is still everywhere
After getting another interception yesterday, Harvey almost had another couple today.
Another practice, another Jalen Harvey interception pic.twitter.com/Ps9Dqkv2qw— Jordan Kaye (@jordankaye_23) April 10, 2018
Manny Wilkins was under center for the first-team offense during 11-v-11 and under threw two straight deep passes down the sidelines. Each pass was intended for a different receiver and was thrown to a different side of the field, the one constant, though, was Harvey.
There was a little wind, so that may have caused Wilkins passes to hang in the air a little longer, but Harvey was all over them. On the first one — pictured below — the DB almost snatched the ball out of the air from receiver Trevor Russell, and ran for a while screaming that he almost had another pick.
On the next play, Harvey batted the ball out of wide receiver Frank Darby’s hands as Darby had to come back to the ball.
High praise from cornerbacks coach Tony White
After practice, White was asked to identify a few players who have really helped themselves in spring ball — he was quick to point out two names.
First, he said corner Chase Lucas. Some may see Lucas helping himself this spring as a surprise after coming off a freshman campaign in which in took home USA Today Freshman All-American honors last season.
But, White said that Lucas, “athletically-wise” could go in the first- or second-round of the NFL draft, but added that he can still improve on a lot in his game — “and that’s scary,” White said.
He then talked about sophomore DB Langston Frederick: “Langston, I’m surprised night and day with, just because I didn’t think he was going to be that good.
He also called cornerback Kobe Williams “steady-eddy.”
Tennis ball trickeration
Antonio Pierce switched out the D-line’s tennis balls with golf balls. Don’t think Jalen Bates liked the change pic.twitter.com/qBG1Q6eHhV— Jordan Kaye (@jordankaye_23) April 12, 2018
Herm Edwards’ Quote of the Day
A fan just caught a Brandon Ruiz field goal.— Jordan Kaye (@jordankaye_23) April 12, 2018
Manny: “I like it”
Herm: “Do you have any eligibility left?”
Herm: “How many years?”
Herm: “But can you do that with someone coming at you?”
Fan: “Well, how big is he?”
Herm: “Yeah, I didn’t think so.”
QB: Manny Wilkins
RB: Trelon Smith
WR: N’Keal Harry, Kyle Williams, Terrell Chatman
TE: Ceejhay French-Love/Tommy Hudson
OL: Tyson Rising (LT), Alex Losoya (LG), Cohl Cabral (C), Steven Miller (RG), Quinn Bailey (RT)
QB: Blake Barnett/Dillion Sterling-Cole
RB: Mark “Goose” Cosgrove
WR: Frank Darby, Trevor Russell, Ryan Jenkins
TE: Jared Bubak/Mark Walton
OL: Zach Robertson (LT), Jesse Cozens (LG), Corey Stephens (C), Michael Tate (RG), Kyle Breed (RT)
DL: Jalen Bates, Renell Wren, Darius Slade
LB: Jay Jay Wilson, Khaylan Thomas, Malik Lawal
Tillman: Evan Fields
CB: Terin Adams, Kobe Williams
Safety: Langston Frederick, Jalen Harvey
DL: D.J. Davidson, Jordan Hoyt, Dougladson Subtyl
LB: Anthony Nicastro, Nick Ralston, Kyle Soelle
Tillman: Tyler Whiley
CB: Kordell Caldwell, Darien Cornay
Safety: Dominique Harrison, Caleb McShanag