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ASU Football: Spring Practice Report (2/9)

The defense ruled throughout, especially Darien Butler.

NCAA Football: Arizona State at Arizona Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It was the fourth day of spring practice for the Sun Devils. There was a really strong turnout, which was impressive considering that ASU hoops had a home game across the street.

Last practice: Friday, February 8

Next practice: Tuesday, February 12

Injury update

Linebacker Tyler Johnson, wide receiver Ryan Newsome, linebacker Reggie Hughes, defensive lineman D.J. Davidson and linebacker Stanley Lambert all did not participate in practice due to injuries. Head coach Herm Edwards mentioned that sixth-year senior safety Tyler Whiley is progressing coming off a torn ACL suffered in a scrimmage last August. Corner back Chase Lucas remains out due to personal matters.

What went on

There was a strong fan and recruit attendance at Saturday night’s bubble practice. Incoming freshman Jordan Clark was in attendance, but won’t be with the team until the summer.

Special teams were a major point of emphasis throughout practice as ASU showed off their new punter, redshirt sophomore Michael Turk. Senior Brandon Aiyuk and sophomore Aashari Crosswell each were returning punts during the drills.

Freshmen quarterbacks Jayden Daniels and Ethan Long each received the majority of the reps in what wasn’t the best performance from the Sun Devil offensive players. Sophomore linebacker Darien Butler was in the back field for the majority of practice as he was a disrupter throughout.

Long started off fairly well as he found redshirt freshman wide receiver Geordon Porter early and often. He primarily worked with the first-team offensive line which helped give him time to find senior wide receiver Kyle Williams, and sophomore running back A.J. Carter was used as a slot receiver.

Daniels was consistently engulfed by the ASU defense and showed his ability to run. However, he rarely had enough time to set his feet and make throws to his receivers. His best play was when he found redshirt freshman Angel Ruiz for a big gain over Darien Cornay.

Crosswell intercepted Long in the final play of 11-on-11s to end practice.

First-team offense:

QB: Jayden Daniels/Ethan Long

RB: Eno Benjamin/Isaiah Floyd

WR: Brandon Aiyuk, Kyle Williams, Frank Darby

TE: Tommy Hudson

OL: Zach Robertson (LT), Alex Losoya (LG), Cohl Cabral (C), Roy Hemsley (RG), Steven Miller (RT)

First-team defense

DL: Shannon Forman, Jermayne Lole, George Lea

LB: Darien Butler, Merlin Robertson, Khaylan Kearse-Thomas

CB: Timarcus Davis, Kobe Williams

Tillman: Evan Fields

S: Aashari Crosswell, Cam Phillips

Second-team offense

QB: Dillon Sterling-Cole/Joey Yellan

RB: A.J. Carter, Paul Lucas

WR: Geordon Porter, C.J. Jarmon, Angel Ruiz

TE: Jared Bubak, Curtis Hodges

OL: Ralph Frias (LT), Dohnovan West (LG), Jarrett Bell (C), Cade Cote (RG), Spencer Lovell (RT)

Second-team defense

DL: Michael Matus, Corey Stephens

LB: Kyle Soelle, Case Hatch

CB: Terin Adams, Darien Cornay

Tillman: Ely Doyle

S: Langston Frederick, K.J. Jarrell