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ASU Football: Fall practice No. 10

Things seemed sharper on Friday

Andrew Palla/House of Sparky

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)

Injury Update

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.”

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.

First-team offense

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)

Second-team offense

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)

First-team defense

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

Second-team defense

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

For other updates and videos from Friday’s practice, follow @BradyVernon on Twitter.