August 9, 2008

8/8 Sights and Sounds

The Sun Devils went to pads in their fifth practice of fall camp. Here is a look at sights and sounds from the workout.

  • At corner, Terell Carr is playing too instinctual right now. He's not getting some of his responsibilities down because he's gambling and making guesswork at times. He's going to be susceptible to giving up giving up big plays if he doesn't start focusing in on staying honest with his assignments. It appeared cornerbacks coach Greg Burns finally got a little exacerbated with Carr today. "Stop guessing," Burns said, adding that Carr had to see exactly what was happening with the play before making his reaction. Carr is a better athlete than other guys at the position, but he's still not 100% back from the meniscus injury and to this point he's perhaps been out-performed by Travis Smith. Of course, Smith has been in the program for years at this level, while Carr is a newcomer and it's still pretty close. On the whole, the corners have done reasonably well in camp. Pierre Singfield and Grant Crunkleton have played well and both deserve legitimate a opportunity to show what they can do in game situations.

  • Running backs coach Jamie Christian was unhappy with the ball leverage of Ryan Bass early in the workout and was talking to him extensively about it and demonstrating what needed to be done. But it is going to perhaps take a while for Bass to practice it and have it become second-nature because he fumbled about three times on the day, twice in 11-on-11, including once when he was tackled by former high school teammate Brandon Magee. It was the second time this week Magee has had a big tackle. Problem is, the players aren't supposed to be tackling. Getting back to Bass, any tendency to fumble wouldn't be unlike what Keegan Herring went through as a freshman, when he gave up the ball numerous times in games early that season. The difference? ASU needed Herring to play then and it doesn't need Bass immediately. He may, however, prove to be too good to not play. That remains to be seen.

  • At tight end, you can really tell senior Andrew Pettes is more of a receiving threat having lost over 25 pounds. Pettes played last year at nearly 260 pounds and had a tough time gaining any separation on downfield routes because he simply didn't have good speed. He is now in the mid 230s and much quicker. Pettes has beeen called A.P. by many teammates for years, while coach Dan Cozzetto reportedly calls him "Pet." Some teammates have now taken to calling him Krispy Kreme due to his crispy route running and kreme (sticky) hands. Pettes and Stanley Malamala may be the most versatile players thus far this camp at the down tight end position.

  • 2009 commit Chris Coyle was in attendance but he blended in a little more than fellow recruit Taylor Lewan, who was whispered about quite a bit by onlookers due to his size. Lewan is close to 6-foot-7 and weighs 265 pounds, but he looks almost thin for a linemen, with a huge frame that will easily carry 30-40 more pounds. He's also quite athletic for his size, having turned in a 4.85 second 40-yard dash. Lewan is said to be seriously considering ASU and Minnesota, where his father played. Several fans in attendance Friday mentioned the possibility of having 6-foot-7 Kyle Johnson at left tackle and 6-foot-7 Lewan at right tackle as offensive line bookends.

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