Last season Arizona State ranked second-worst in the conference in terms of yards allowed per game in the conference. A stat that the defensive backfield is hoping to improve upon this season. Along with that, is bringing down the number of completions and touchdowns opponents had last season. With returners having more experience this season, it should be better year for the cornerbacks.
Chase Lucas: The freshman All-American will be the man put in charge to lock down other teams’ top passing threat. Lucas, helped by facing off against N’Keal Harry every practice, earned being named to the Bronko Nagurski preseason watch list. The Chandler kid lead the team in pass breakups with eight and interceptions with two. If Lucas can continue to progress as a player the Sun Devil defense will vastly improve.
Kobe Williams: Lucas and Williams have patrolled the boundaries all of fall practices, baring injuries that is how it should look heading into the season. The Long Beach City College transfer was a pleasant surprise for the Devils last year. Williams finished with five breakups and one interception that he returned for a touchdown against New Mexico State.
Terin Adams: Coming from San Francisco City College, Adams will wear 21, so don’t confused, Chad Adams is no longer a Sun Devil. Adams has worked with the twos during the fall, but has had a few impressive practices with pass breakups and an interception.
Darien Cornay: Through early practice of the fall, it seems like Cornay will be a little bit of Herms Edwards’ project. In the fall Cornay has been paired with Adams on the second team. Multiple times Cornay will be in perfect position, but will panic and creating a flag. The potential is there with him, it’s getting it on a consistent basis.
Others: Joey Bryant has shifted to safety in the fall. Two freshman to look for are K.J. Jarrell form Scottsdale’s Saguaro High School. As well as Preston Liger from Miami’s prospect producing St. Thomas Aquinas High School. ASU also welcomes Pac-12 transfer Paul Lucas from Oregon State, who still has two more years of eligibility.