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ASU Football: Practice Report No. 20

ASU readies for their next ranked opponent.

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Following the disappointing loss to San Diego State, the Sun Devils were back at practice prepping for their trip north to take on the Washington Huskies.

Last practice: Tuesday, September 11

Next practice: Wednesday, September 19


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Injury Update

Linebacker Tyler Johnson was not seen during the media open portion of practice. Johnson was injured during the second half of Saturday’s game against San Diego State.

Tillman safety Dasmond Tautalatasi remains out with an elbow injury sustained during the Michigan State game.

Players that were seen inside the bubble for the rest of practice included wide receiver John Humphrey, defensive back Ty Thomas and quarterback Ryan Kelley.

What went on?

ASU practiced outside on Tuesday morning, which is noteworthy because head coach Herm Edwards says he expects to practice inside the bubble at least once this week to emulate the hostile crowd noise they expect at Husky Stadium.

They won’t be able to emulate the weather they will be facing in Seattle, as the forecast for Saturday’s game shows a high temperature of 64 degrees and a 60 percent chance of rain.

ASU made another adjustment to their offensive line for Tuesday’s practice, this time moving Zach Robertson to left tackle with the first team and sliding Casey Tucker over to play left guard.

The left guard spot has been a revolving door with both Alex Loyosa and Roy Hemsley receiving playing time, but neither finding much success.

Offensive coordinator Rob Likens said that he likes to rotate different guys in at the various positions and doesn’t have a problem using six different offensive linemen and rotating them at different positions.

Running back Trelon Smith received some first team reps alongside running back Eno Benjamin as Smith continues to get his feel back after being suspended for the first two games of the season.

It was a pretty standard day of practice for ASU as they look to rebound from the loss last weekend.

The defensive linemen continued working with the sleds and fighting in the trenches. Defensive line coach Shaun Nua implored his players to play low to high and to maintain a strong base.

Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk and running back Isaiah Floyd were the primary kickoff returners after wide receiver Ryan Newsome and the rest of the unit struggled with some decisions against SDSU. ASU’s special teams had preformed fairly well prior to this past Saturday.

The offense showed their commitment to running the ball as the first team offense squared off against the practice squad with Benjamin in the backfield working on opening up holes for the running back.

Likens mentioned after practice that they will be looking to establish the run against Washington and that it’s always a major focal point of their game plan.

The defensive backs were focused on swarming to the ball after the quarterback releases it, as well as playing press coverage techniques.

First-team Offense

QB: Manny Wilkins

RB: Eno Benjamin, Trelon Smith

WR: N’Keal Harry, Kyle Williams, Brandon Aiyuk/Frank Darby

TE: Tommy Hudson/Ceejhay French-Love

OL: Zach Robertson (LT), Casey Tucker (LG), Cohl Cabral (C), Steven Miller (RG), Quinn Bailey (RT)

Second-team Offense

QB: Dillon Sterling-Cole

RB: Isaiah Floyd, A.J. Carter

WR: Ryan Newsome, Ryan Jenkins, Terrell Chatman

TE: Jared Bubak

OL: Tyson Rising (LT), Roy Hemsley (LG), Cade Cote (C), Alex Loyosa (RG), Jarrett Bell (RT)

First-team Defense

DL: Shannon Forman, Renell Wren, Jalen Bates

LB: Merlin Robertson, Koron Crump, Malik Lawal

CB: Chase Lucas, Kobe Williams

Tillman: Jalen Harvey

S: Demonte King, Langston Frederick

Second-team Defense

DL: Darius Slade, George Lea, Jordan Hoyt

LB: Kyle Soelle, Jay Jay Wilson, Nick Ralston

CB: Dominique Harrison, Terin Adams

Tillman: Evan Fields

S: Aashari Croswell, Cam Phillips

For more updates and videos from Tuesday’s practice, follow @Alec_Henden on Twitter.