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ASU Football: Practice report No. 22

The Sun Devils return home after two tough losses.

Andrew Palla/House of Sparky

After back-to-back road losses, ASU returns home to Sun Devil Stadium for a matchup against the Oregon State Beavers.

Last practice: Wednesday, September 19

Next practice: Wednesday, September 26


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Injury Update

Linebacker Jay Jay Wilson arrived to practice in a walking boot from an injury suffered against Washington.

Offensive lineman Casey Tucker was also in a walking boot during practice due to an injury suffered during the second half of the Washington game.

Defensive back Dasmond Tautalatasi was limited with an elbow injury suffered against Michigan State.

The players that spent practice in the bubble included: quarterback Ryan Kelley, safety Ty Thomas and wide receiver Terrell Chatman.

What went on?

ASU added a change of pace to their offense against Washington last Saturday. Nick Ralston who had previously worked as a linebacker was used in certain offensive packages as a fullback. Ralston was used again in certain packages Tuesday morning as a fullback.

The Sun Devil offensive line continued to shuffle around personnel and trying different players at new positions. With Casey Tucker’s absence on Tuesday, Alex Loyosa was back with the first team at left guard. The second team’s Jarrett Bell and Cade Cote switched positions as Bell played center and Cote was utilized at right guard.

The defensive linemen continued working on the sleds but added a new element at the end of drills. They were forced to do a spin move around a large pylon and then tackle a large donut to emulate tackling an offensive player in the backfield. Another drill that was utilized was showing a three man rush and then judging a snap count before being able to rush the passer.

The offensive linemen worked on their individual matchups and getting off of blocks against the scout team. In working with Wilkins and Benjamin, the offensive line seemed committed to being able to run the ball with success after having mixed results through the first four games.

The defensive backs worked on tackling as well as playing wide receiver routes and intercepting passes. This unit showed strong flashes this season, but at times look lost away from Sun Devil Stadium.

During seven-on-seven drills, the defense excelled throughout. On the first play of scrimmage, the defense took away a potential screen pass and surrounded Wilkins before he could get off a throw without touching the quarterback. Wilkins did end his session by hitting Brandon Aiyuk in stride with a nice delivery for a big gain.

The second team offense had their fair share of struggles as well, as Jarrett Bell at center muffed his first two snaps to Dillon Sterling-Cole. Once the snapping issues were solved, rarely used running back Tavian Gould found some holes and broke off two nice runs as he saw action with the second team offense.

First-team offense

QB: Manny Wilkins

RB: Eno Benjamin, Trelon Smith

FB: Nick Ralston

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

TE: Tommy Hudson/Ceejhay French Love

OL: Zach Robertson (LT), Alex Loyosa (LG), Cohl Cabrahl (C), Steven Miller (RG), Quinn Bailey (LG)

Second-team Offense

QB: Dillion Sterling-Cole

RB: A.J. Carter, Isaiah Floyd, Paul Lucas

WR: Ryan Newsome, Ryan Jenkins, Curtis Hodges

TE: Jared Bubak

OL: Tyson Rising (LT), Roy Hemsley (LG), Jarrett Bell (C), Cade Cote (RG), Spencer Lovell (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, Aashari Croswell

Second-team Defense

DL: Darius Slade, George Lea, Jordan Hoyt

LB: Kyle Soelle, Merlin Robertson, Stanley Lambert

CB: Dominique Harrison, Terin Adams

Tillman: Evan Fields

S: Langston Frederick, Cody French

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