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ASU Football: Klayton Adams hired as Arizona State’s offensive line coach

The staff has come together

NCAA Football: Texas State at Colorado Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Herm Edwards continued the overhaul of his coaching staff Sunday, as the program announced the hiring of offensive line coach Klayton Adams.

This latest move replaces Dave Christensen, who retired at the conclusion of the 2020 season. Adams will also hold the designation of run game coordinator.

Most recently, Adams was on the sideline in the NFL, serving as an assistant offensive line coach with the Indianapolis Colts. He joins a staff that is already rich with NFL experience, something that has made ASU a desirable destination for recruits with professional aspirations.

With a number of high profile linemen recruits on the horizon, the addition of Adams should help Edwards and Antonio Pierce ink some big names.

Adams is a familiar face in the Pac-12 South, as he spent six seasons in Boulder as an offensive assistant for Colorado. He worked with the Buffaloes’ running backs, tight ends, and offensive line during his tenure.

During his final season in 2018, he was named co-offensive coordinator before departing for Indianapolis in 2019. He has also had coaching stops at San Jose State, Sacramento State, Western Washington and Boise State.

Adams will take over an offensive line that enjoyed a great 2020, although the sample size was just four games. The Sun Devils led the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game, and ranked second in sacks allowed.