The pads came off on Friday, and things were loose. When the songs came on, everybody from Manny Wilkins to Frank Darby to the big Roy Hemsley showed off their best moves in the warm up lines.
Last Practice: Thursday, August 16
Next practice: Saturday, August 18 (7:20 p.m.)
Big Bank (Y.G.) Bigger Than You (2 Chainz)
Linebacker Koron Crump worked drills with the backer group. Although, everybody but him tackled the ring being thrown at them, while Crump just wrapped it up.
Defensive linemen Nami Tuitu’i, Darius Slade, defensive back Evan Fields, wide receivers Frank Darby, John Humphrey and quarterback Ryan Kelley all went into bubble to start practice. This is the first time Humphrey had his jersey on and not street clothes for practice.
Offensive lineman Steven Miller, linebacker Jay Jay Wilson and running back Brock Sturges were absent from practice again.
Starting center Cohl Cabral worked drills again, but watched from the side during tempo and 11-on-11 sessions.
What went on?
The day started with offensive coordinator Rob Likens taking handoffs from quarterbacks Manny Wilkins and Dillon Sterling-Cole. The exchanges have slightly been an issue this fall. Running back Trelon Smith tried taking the reps from Likens, but Likens brushed him away saying. “let me show you how it’s done, son.”
Manny, DSC and @CoachLikensASU working on handoff exchanges. Trelon Smith tried taking Likens place, but he was told ‘to watch and learn son.’ pic.twitter.com/3cDLpKQdEN— House of Sparky (@HouseOfSparky) August 17, 2018
The team began working on its ‘Sparky’ formation. But it took some time to get the hang of it. One huddle broke, but Likens didn’t like what he saw as they spread apart. He got them back together to talk it over again for a few minutes.
Tight end Ceejhay French-Love had a very good day. He set multiple good blocks to spring a handful of solid runs from read-option plays the team worked on. In the offensive red zone walkthroughs he reeled in a nice one handed snag. In the 11-on-11s red zone work he created enough space to catch a touchdown over Dasmond Tautalatasi.
Multiple moments of individual battles of the offense and defense created nice plays. Safety Demonte King broke up a pass on a wheel route to running back Isaiah Floyd. In hindsight he got lucky putting his hands up on a lower throw because he never turned his head.
Wide receiver Kyle Williams leaped over a defender to get a perfect pass from Manny Wilkins for a large gain. Later in the day, during red zone work after initially tightly covered by linebacker Merlin Robertson, Williams kept working to get open for the touchdown. Robertson became frustrated, but coach Herm Edwards was very happy with the coverage and that he just needed to shuffle a bit more as if he were playing basketball.
Sterling-Cole, during the red zone work, extended a play rolling away from rushers to escape a sack. He put a ball through a tight window to Keith Davis for a touchdown. The play warranted a celebration from Wilkins as the two jumped up together touching shoulders.
QB: Manny Wilkins
RB: Eno Benjamin, Isiah Floyd, Trelon Smith (Limited)
WR: N’Keal Harry, Kyle Williams, Brandon Aiyuk
TE: Ceejhay French-Love / Tommy Hudson
OL: Casey Tucker (LT), Alex Losoya (LG), Cade Cote (C), Zach Robertson (RG), Quinn Bailey(RT)
QB: Dillion Sterling-Cole / Kurt Walding
RB: Trelon Smith, A.J. Carter, Paul Lucas
WR: Curtis Hodges, Ryan Newsome, Keith Davis
TE: Jared Bubank / Mark Walton
OL: Tyson Rising (LT), Roy Hemsley (LG), Corey Stephens (C), Jarrett Bell (RG), Spencer Lovell (RT)
DL: Shannon Forman , D.J. Davidson / Renell Wren, Jalen Bates / Dougladson Subtyl
LB: Merlin Robertson, Nick Ralston / Darien Butler, Tyler Johnson
CB: Kobe Williams, Chase Lucas
Tillman: Dasmond Tautalatasi
S: Demonte King, Langston Frederick
DL: Jermayne Lole, George Lea, Jordan Hoyt
LB: Kyle Soelle / Stanley Lambert, Khaylan Thomas, Malik Lawal
Tillman: Jalen Harvey
CB: Dominique Harrison, Terin Adams
S: Joey Bryant, Aashari Crosswell
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