The scout team was added to ASU football practice as the Sun Devils’ first game rapidly approaches. Herm Edwards was excited after practice to start and prepare for their opening night game against UTSA.
Last Practice: Saturday, August 18
Next Practice: Wednesday, August 22 (9:45 a.m.)
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Linebacker Koron Crump remains sidelined from his ACL recovery. Crump continues to stretch with the team before practice but remains limited.
Starting center Cohl Cabral returned to full action as he continues recovering from an ankle injury. Wide receivers Frank Darby, Terrell Chatman and defensive lineman Darius Slade returned to practice.
Linebacker Jay Jay Wilson remains away from the team as he has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. Edwards didn’t address when Wilson will return.
Wide receiver John Humphrey who is out for the season due to an ACL injury suffered in the spring attended practice in street clothes. Quarterback Ryan Kelley was also at practice in street clothes as he recovers from a shoulder injury.
What went on?
Practice was moved to a later start of 9:45, the media left at 10:45 and only saw a few moments of 11-on-11 action.
The team warmed up around 9:55 as a nice morning breeze made the heat not as noticeable for the early portion of practice.
The introduction of the practice squad simplified practice as the first team offense and defense were able to exclusively work together against the remainder of the Sun Devil roster unlikely to dress on Saturdays.
Some notable players on the practice squad roster includes A.J. Carter, Ryan Jenkins and K.J. Jarrell.
Manny Wilkins and the offense began the start of practice by working on shotgun snaps with the center and the running back. Working with Cabral and Benjamin, the trio worked on their footwork and the initial steps after the snap.
The offensive line worked exclusively on their footwork and stayed away from the sleds on Tuesday. After exclusively working on footwork the starting offensive lineman worked on individual 1-on-1 matchups with members of the scout team.
Special teams work continued with Brandon Aiyuk and Paul Lucas working on both punt and kick returns. At the start of the special teams portion both players worked at returning long field goal attempts that fell well short of being field goals.
The tight ends and wide receivers worked on quick reflex receptions. Each player would turn around and once the pass thrower yelled the player would turn around and catch a pass. The receivers also worked on footwork by doing the karaoke drill and then taking three steps to the right and catching a pass.
The three quarterbacks worked on throwing to the back corner of the end zone. There was a basket target set up in the far left corner of the end zone in which all of the quarterbacks tried to hit with their pass attempts.
The linebackers were very noticeable throughout practice as Antonio Pierce was working them hard and was vocal throughout the viewing period. The linebacker group were using the sleds, practice tackling large doughnut-shaped tackling dummies as well as playing individual matchups working on hitting their opponents.
Finally, the defensive line worked the sleds emulating playing in the trenches by hitting the sleds while on their knees.
QB: Manny Wilkins
RB: Eno Benjamin
WR: N’Keal Harry, Kyle Williams, Brandon Aiyuk
TE: Ceejhay French-Love/Tommy Hudson
OL: Casey Tucker (LT), Alex Loyosa (LG), Cohl Cabral (C), Zach Robertson (RG), Quinn Bailey (RT)Q (RG),
DL: , Jalen Bates, Renell Wren, Dougladson Subtyl
LB: Merlin Robertson, Darien Butler, Malik Lawal
Tillman: Dasmond Tautalatasi
CB: Chase Lucas, Kobe Williams
S: Demonte King, Langston Frederick
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