The season keeps getting closer and closer. Head Coach Herm Edwards after practice noted that time is starting to run out, but ASU still has a select few items to work on. Knowing who the starting five linemen on offense will be with an emphasis on the right guard battle. As well as the defensive line battle and finding ways to get the talented freshman on the field.
Next Practice: Sunday, August 18
Last Practice: Thursday, August 15
The bubble squad had safety Kejuan Markham, wide receiver Geordon Porter, defensive lineman Stephon Wright, Quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole had no pads and spent most of the night in the bubble. New cornerback Jack Jones went into the bubble, most likely for conditioning and came out for limited participation with the team. He didn’t have any live action of that sorts. Linebacker Tyler Johnson left the practice fields early.
Not seen at practice included offensive lineman Zach Robertson.
Defensive lineman Shannon Forman and linebacker Stanley Lambert wore the green non-contact jerseys.
What Went On
The 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 sessions each had a goal in mind on Friday. The first run featured similar plays to that of Thursday’s, a lot of handoffs. Eno Benjamin saw a few big holes here and there. The other key factor of this was that the Sun Devils featured a lot of 12 personal, one running back and generally a two tight end set of Tommy Hudson and Nolan Matthews.
The 7-on-7 portion showcased almost entirely a play action offense. With motions and rolling out, Jayden Daniels appeared to look more comfortable than Joey Yellen because of the mobility advantage Daniels has of the two.
A lot of passes ended up being short either to a tight end or running back. One pass stood out above the others, Daniels showed quite the anticipation on a comeback route to Brandon Aiyuk. The ball was out before Aiyuk made the turn and despite Kobe Williams on Aiyuk’s hip, only the wide out had a chance at Daniels’ throw and made the catch.
All and all, Daniels’ Friday passes seemed to have an extra zip on them. The quarterback hit Aiyuk perfectly after he found a soft spot in a zone coverage between three guys. As well as on a slant to wide receiver Ryan Newsome that seemed to carry him an extra 10 yards.
Running back Isaiah Floyd got an ear full from offensive coordinator Rob Likens. Floyd secured a dump off pass and instead of going to the outside, he changed directions and went inside. Likens screamed to “stop cutting back inside” and it could be heard pretty clearly from the other endzone the media stood upon.
In the final 11-on-11 session, the practice became filled with artificial crowd noise. The offense started on its own goal line and had a hurry up offense with the noise. With two true freshman quarterbacks as starter and backup, Edwards wants to get them as close as possible to the real thing before the season opener against Kent State, where if all plays out right, both Daniels and Yellen will see play time.
The other aspect that stood out from the last session was the first time Daniels used his legs to create his own space. The defense threw a lot of blitzes the line helped picked up, but initial receivers weren’t open and Daniels created his own time to find a guy like Frank Darby short to convert a third down.
Second team linebacker Case Hatch made the most plays on the defensive side of the ball. In the early 11-on-11 session, multiple inside runs he filled the gap and made it into the backfield to make what normally would be a tackle. He did it again close to the goal line, getting past first team right tackle Steven Miller to make the would be touch tackle.
First Team Offense
QB: Jayden Daniels
RB: Eno Benjamin, Isaiah Floyd/A.J. Carter
WR: Brandon Aiyuk, Kyle Williams, Frank Darby, Ricky Pearsall
TE: Tommy Hudson/Nolan Matthews
OL: Cohl Cabral (LT), Alex Losoya (LG), Cade Cote(C), Jarrett Bell (RG). Steven Miller (RT)
First Team Defense:
DL: Jermayne Lole, DJ Davidson, George Lea
LB: Khaylan Kearse-Thomas, Merlin Robertson, Darien Butler/Kyle Soelle
CB: Chase Lucas, Kobe Williams
Tillman: Evan Fields
S: Cam Phillips, Aashari Crosswell
Second Team Offense
QB: Joey Yellen
RB: Demetrious Flowers
WR: Andre Johnson, Ethan Long, Jordan Kerley, Ryan Newsome, Keith Davis, Angel Ruiz
TE: Jared Bubak/Curtis Hodges
OL: LaDarius Henderson (LT), Cody Shear (LG), Dohnovan West (C), Roy Hemsley (RG), Spencer Lovell/Ralph Frias (RT)
Second Team Defense
DL: Michael Matus, Corey Stephens/T.J. Pesefea, Roe Wilkins
LB: Ely Doyle, Case Hatch, Amiri Johnson
CB: Jordan Clark, Timarcus Davis
Tillman: Tyler Whiley/Connor Soelle
S: Alijah Gammage, Willie Harts