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ASU Football: Practice Report (8/12)

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The starting QB has been picked.

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The biggest news of the night came after practice ended as true freshman Jayden Daniels was named the starting quarterback.

Next Practice: Tuesday, August 13

Last Practice: Saturday, August 10

Injury Update

Linebacker Tyler Johnson had his first on the field work as he worked 7-on-7 with the second team linebackers. Linebacker Stanley Johnson continued to wear a green non-contact jersey, so did hybrid player Ethan Long but not for injury reasons. Quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole didn’t practice with shoulder fatigue. Wide receiver Paul Lucas, defensive end Stephon Wright, defensive linemen Jose Lugo and Amiri Johnson, safety Keon Markham, wide receivers Josh Hart, John Humphrey and Geordon Porter worked in the bubble and conditioning. Left tackle Zach Robertson was still out for personal reasons.

What Went On

With first go of knowing that Daniels was the starting quarterback, the offense seemed to show signs of a simple game plan. The first few plays were all runs, with one of them being an Eno Benjamin burst through the middle.

The passing game was mostly east and west. Swings to Benjamin and other running backs were included in an attempt to continue get them more in the passing game. A big reason Daniels was elected the starter was his ability to keep the ball safe.

In most efforts such as this one in 1-on-1 drill with wideout Tannor Park, Daniels showed anticipation and accuracy.

But even when Daniels misses or throws an incompletion, it’s generally where only his receiver can get to it.

In 7-on-7, Keon Markham made a nice play to breakup a pass to Brandon Aiyuk. Joey Yellen, who Herm Edwards announced as the current No. 2 quarterback, found Frank Darby wide open on a fly route after safety Connor Soelle seemed to get lost trying to find Darby.

Ethan Long got an earful from Rob Likens. After he received a screen pass, Likens yelled to keep the ball tucked uptight.

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First Team Offense

QB: Jayden Daniels

RB: Eno Benjamin

WR: Brandon Aiyuk, Kyle Williams, Jordan Kerley

TE: Tommy Hudson

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

First Team Defense

DL: Jermayne Lole, DJ Davidson, George Lea

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

CB: Kobe Williams, Chase Lucas

Tillman: Evan Fields

S: Cam Phillips, Aashari Crosswell

Second Team Offense

QB: Joey Yellen

RB: A.J. Carter, Isaiah Floyd, Demetrious Flowers

WR: Tannor Park, Ethan Long, Keith Davis, Ryan Newsome, Ricky Pearsall

TE: Jared Bubak, Nolan Matthews

OL: LaDarius Henderson (LT), Cody Shear (LG), Dohnovan West (C), Cade Cote (RG), Spencer Lovell (RT)

Second Team Defense:

DL: Roe Wilkins, Corey Stephens, Michael Matus, Shannon Forman

LB: Kyle Soelle, Case Hatch, Fritzny Niclasse

CB: Jordan Clark, Timarcus Davis

Tillman: Tyler Whiley

S: Kejuan Markham, Willie Harts