Game day is getting closer, and the Sun Devils practiced under the hot Tempe sun on Tuesday morning. Both coordinators met with the media after practice and described the two contrasts.
The ASU offense will be an experienced group that will put up points, while the defense expects to only start four players that have played snaps at the D-1 level.
Last practice: Saturday, Aug. 25
Next practice: Wednesday, Aug. 29
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Linebacker Koron Crump participated in linebacker drills and appeared to have good mobility as he recovers from an ACL injury.
Safety Demonte King participated fully in practice after being limited previously.
Defensive back Evan Fields was used in first team action, playing the Tillman position as he continues to work to overcome injury.
The players that were in the bubble throughout practice included wide receiver John Humphrey (out for the season), quarterback Ryan Kelley, offensive lineman Zach Robertson and defensive back K.J. Jarrell.
What went on?
Offensive coordinator Rob Likens expressed his frustration with the offense’s performance during Tuesday’s practice. During drills the running back coaches appeared extremely frustrated with the performance of the offense.
The quarterbacks led by Manny Wilkins kept it pretty light at practice and mainly worked on their mobility by practicing throwing on the run. Practice began as it has most days recently, with Wilkins and Eno Benjamin working with starting center Cohl Cabral on their initial steps after shot gun snaps.
The running backs worked on their footwork while quickly transitioning into route running. Based upon the expression of the coaches it didn’t appear that the performance of the players was up to par.
The defensive line continued to hit the sleds and worked on timing the snap count. Renell Wren performed well during the drills and received praise from the defensive coaches throughout practice.
The linebackers worked on the sleds as well as with the tackling doughnuts. Linebackers coach Antonio Pierce wasn’t as vocal as he’d been in more recent practices.
During 11-on-11 drills Wilkins wasn’t as sharp as he’d been previously but it was the defense that dominated. Benjamin struggled to get into a rhythm, and A.J. Carter was given a few reps with the first team offense. The one big highlight for the offense was the one completed deep pass from Wilkins to Ryan Newsome who leaped over Kobe Williams to complete the catch.
Chase Lucas made a nice play defending N’Keal Harry as he was able to deflect a pass that was intended for ASU’s star receiver. Wilkins really struggled throwing the deep ball during the limited portion of open practice, the offense continued to run deep pass patterns showing that it will be a point of pride in the offense.
A scout from the Carolina Panthers was in attendance and spent the majority of his time watching the Sun Devil defensive line.
QB: Manny Wilkins
RB: Eno Benjamin/A.J. Carter
WR: N’Keal Harry, Kyle Williams Brandon Aiyuk
TE: Tommy Hudson
OL: Casey Tucker (LT), Alex Loyosa (LG), Cohl Cabral (C), Steven Miller (RG), Quinn Bailey (RT)
QB: Kurt Walding
RB: Isaiah Floyd
WR: Frank Darby, Ryan Newsome, Curtis Hodges
TE: Ceejhay French-Love
OL: Tyson Rising (LT), Roy Hemsley (LG), Cade Cote (C), Jarrett Bell (RG), Spencer Lovell (RT)
DL: Shannon Forman, Renell Wren, Dougladson Subtyl
LB: Kyle Soelle, Darien Butler, Malik Lawal
CB: Chase Lucas, Kobe Williams
Tillman: Evan Fields
S: Demonte King, Langston Frederick
DL: Jalen Bates, Darius Slade, D.J. Davidson/Jermayne Lole
LB: Merlin Robertson, Stanley Lambert, Khaylan Thomas/Tyler Johnson
CB: Dominique Harrison, Terin Adams
Tillman: Jalen Harvey
S: Aashari Crosswell, Joey Bryant
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