ASU continues to prepare for the Washington State Cougars to head into town next Saturday. With the Sun Devils first bye week of the season this week, here is what the media saw in the 40 minute viewing period of practice.
Last Practice: Tuesday, October 1
Next Practice: Wednesday, October 3
Linebacker Stanley Lambert wore his green non-contact jersey again. Safety Cam Phillips continued to wear his green jersey as he rehabs his dislocated elbow from the Colorado game. Most of the secondary was seen at practice today. However, cornerback Kobe Williams was on the sidelines in street clothes with a wrap around his right hand. Freshman cornerback Jordan Clark wasn’t seen at practice.
For the second straight practice, starting right tackle Steven Miller wasn’t practicing as Roy Hemsley took the first team reps. Defensive lineman George Lea and linebacker Tyler Johnson continued to work inside the bubble. Kicker Brandon Ruiz wasn’t seen at practice today after being on the sidelines at yesterdays practice.
What Went On
Special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum made another emphasis on punt block at practice. Every single one of special teams players lineup on the edge and had to block the punt with two hands and try and score a touchdown. Defensive Coordinator Danny Gonzales told the players to, “See it off his (punters) foot.” Quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole participated in the drill Gonzales would heckle him. DSC mentioned that he's a quarterback.
Slocum would put the punt unit in different spots of the field and see how punter Michael Turk could flip the field in favor of the Sun Devils. Turk would start from his own end zone to progressively moving up the field. His last punt was trying to pin the opposition onto the one.
The offensive and defensive line continued to work inside the bubble.
After the special teams unit was done, everybody broke into their own respective drills.
The secondary unit was working on getting more interceptions as Gonzales has made it a point this year to get more.
The linebacker unit, lead by coach Antonio Pierce had the linebackers working on the sleds as well as pass coverage. Elijah Juarez joined the linebackers unit again and struggled out of the gate with the sleds. With the help of Pierce, Gonzales and Khaylan Kearse-Thomas, the freshman fullback turned linebacker got the hang of things.
With Pierce throwing ball in the last part of the media viewing, Kearse-Thomas made a phenomenal over the shoulder catch.