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ASU Football: Practice Report (10/1)

Bye week prep

NCAA Football: Arizona State at California Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

After upsetting Cal and rising to No. 20 in the AP Poll, the Arizona State Sun Devils prepare for their upcoming bye week before playing the Washington State Cougars on Oct. 12. The media viewing period extended to about 40 minutes.

Last Practice: Tuesday, September 24

Next Practice: Wednesday, October 2

Mandrake of the Week: Running Back Eno Benjamin: 29 carries, 100 yards, three touchdowns vs. Cal

Injury Update

Linebacker Stanley Lambert wore his green non-contact jersey again. Safety Cam Phillips also donned one with his left dislocated elbow. A lot of defensive backs were absent on Tuesday. Cornerbacks Kobe Williams, who missed the Cal game with injury, Chase Lucas, Jordan Clark and safety Aashari Crosswell were not seen at practice.

Starting right tackle Steven Miller was in less than shells with Roy Hemsley taking the first-team reps with the offense. Defensive lineman George Lea and linebacker Tyler Johnson worked inside the bubble. Kicker Brandon Ruiz was present but just stood near the trainer’s table.

What Went On

Special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum worked with the field goal block team to make the emphasis about putting their hands together to get a hand on the ball.

The offensive and defensive lines went inside the bubble to work.

The other groups all had their own drills to work on the field. The defensive worked as a whole to grab more interceptions because that’s been a focus of defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales all preseason.

Linebackers coach Antonio Pierce continued this with his own group throwing passes for them to track down. Elijah Juarez, who has played fullback this season, joined the linebackers, but seemed to have a rough day. Pierce kept trying to get more energy and better reps out of him. When throwing balls, Pierce made quite the deep throw and basically made Juarez run to go get the ball.