The Arizona State Sun Devils practiced for the 15th and final time Friday with their spring game on Friday at the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. The Devils were in pads and helmets Thursday morning.
Last practice: Thursday, April 12
Next practice: Sometime in the fall
Music: Ride Wit Me (Nelly), God’s Plan (Drake), Rock With You (Michael Jackson)
It was hard to tell everyone that wasn’t participating because everyone was scattered but Chase Lucas did not participate and Eno Benjamin was at practice with a cane — we are unsure of what injury he sustained.
Eno Benjamin has a cane with him tonight pic.twitter.com/eC4UJ6bbTH— House of Sparky (@HouseOfSparky) April 14, 2018
Dillion Sterling-Cole looks good
Yes, I am starting off the spring game report with a DSC update, but the junior quarterback got a vast majority of the reps Friday night. He was the easiest to judge because he had the most throws.
Sterling-Cole has had his fair share of accuracy issues in the past, but you can defiantly tell he’s come along way. Wide receiver Ryan Jenkins said that consistency has been the quarterback’s biggest issue: “His natural arm talent is probably some of the best in the Pac-12. Dillion’s thing is just being mentally in-tune — when he’s on, he’s dang good.”
He also recorded his spring highlight with a deep touchdown to Frank Darby.
And the one interception — a Lauren Mondy pick-six — he did throw was off of a tipped pass.
He switched off with Blake Barnett as the second-team quarterback, staying in as the receivers rotated around, too.
Much different atmosphere
2,000 people looks much better in a stadium that seats 2,000 than a stadium that holds over 50,000, it’s no secret, but the fans were into each drill and rep — and the players definitely fed off of it.
“I like the energy out here. I think we’ve created something good,” ASU corner Chase Lucas, who didn’t participate Friday due to an injury, said. “I asked (Herm), like, ‘coach, i’m not playing, how I should act’ and he’s like, ‘just be you.’”
The practice was far shorter than last year, lasting only about an hour and a half and the changes were evident. Lucas even said the energy was much different than last season and you could tell by the sidelines as a plethora of recruits walked around, all with their name tag over their neck.
The first song that played was Ride Wit Me by Nelly, Edwards favorite song and something he picked out, according to Lucas. The coaches were dancing, the players were dancing and, despite horrible weather with blasting winds, the fans looked like they were having a good time.
Before the game, too, players, and Edwards, signed autographs for the fans — something that did happen last year, but at the beginning.
Herm Edwards signing autographs before tonight’s spring game pic.twitter.com/2V1RtDXaud— House of Sparky (@HouseOfSparky) April 14, 2018
The spring game allows for fun activities. That’s why Edwards allowed some students to call play from a designed sheet, and we had a great view at some interesting and competitive drills.
First, the defense did this relay thing where two sides raced each other and players finished it off by doing a flip, or just jumping, a large stack of pads.
A little relay action at the spring game, not exactly sure what’s going on pic.twitter.com/COsteKuRlZ— House of Sparky (@HouseOfSparky) April 14, 2018
Then the competed in the Oklahoma drill that saw an unreal juke from Trelon Smith, a plow from Goose Cosgrove and some controversy to top it all off.
Trelon Smith scores to win for the offense.... but there was holding.— Jordan Kaye (@jordankaye_23) April 14, 2018
John Humphrey and Manny Wilkins were not happy pic.twitter.com/kwtRgBDwQE
Mann Wilkins threw a screen pass that Malik Lawal picked off on the second play of the game, but Wilkins started off the next possession with this dart to N’Keal Harry.
He also threw this touchdown to Kyle Williams.
Manny Wilkins connects with Kyle Williams in a red zone drill pic.twitter.com/j0P8fAgtzE— House of Sparky (@HouseOfSparky) April 14, 2018
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: Dougladson Subtyl, Jordan Hoyt, Jamie Diaz
LB: Anthony Nicastro, Nick Ralston, Kyle Soelle
Tillman: Tyler Whiley
CB: Kordell Caldwell, Darien Cornay
Safety: Dominique Harrison, Caleb McShanag
*Linebackers Khaylan Thomas and Nick Ralston along with offensive linemen Tyson Rising and Zach Robertson did switch off with first- and second-team reps but we designated which ones started off the periods