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Arizona State HC Todd Graham indicated that the starting quarterback job is redshirt junior Manny Wilkins' until somebody wrests it away from him.

While the Sun Devils brought in a high-profile transfer in former Alabama five-star QB Blake Barnett this winter, it would appear that Barnett remains a step behind Wilkins in this race. August camp will tell the final tale. Wilkins missed two games due to injury last season, but when healthy, threw for 2,329 yards (63.3% completions) with a 12/9 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 246 yards and five touchdowns.
Jul 20 - 5:32 PM

Arizona State senior RB Kalen Ballage ran a 4.03 20-yard shuttle time in the spring.

That's .15 seconds faster than any running back at the 2017 NFL Combine. We're been over this: Ballage is a freak. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound power runner has been clocked at 21.6 mph. He also boasts a 37-inch vertical jump and a broad jump just under 10 feet. Ballage posted a 44-469-1 receiving line in 2016 but finished with only 536 rushing yards (4.3 ypc).
Source: SI
Jul 20 - 12:27 PM

Arizona State senior RB Kalen Ballage has been clocked GPS technology clocked him at 21.6 mph.

Ballage runs a 4.03 20-yard shuttle that's more in line with a cornerback than a 6-foot-3, 220-pound power runner. Ballage is a physical freak with a 37-inch vertical jump and a broad jump just under 10 feet. He's a highly intriguing but difficult-to-figure NFL prospect. Ballage is a top-notch athlete and a versatile RB (he's a legitimate weapon in the passing game with a 44-469-1 receiving line in 2016) but he finished with only 536 rushing yards (4.3 ypc) last year. He did have 14 touchdowns on the ground, though eight of them came against Texas Tech. We'd like to see more ground production this fall. Either way, he's going to star at the combine.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 6 - 2:55 PM

Arizona State senior RB Kalen Ballage earned a receiving grade of 84.4 from PFF for the 2016 season, the highest among returning Power 5 RBs.

Ballage might be the complete package. At 6-foot-3 and around 220-pounds, Ballage boasts size and speed to win between the tackles and outside against smaller defenders. Add on this receiving ability and Ballage can do damage in a variety of ways. It wasn't too long ago that Ballage was taking snaps as a defensive end.
Jul 5 - 9:53 AM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ranked Arizona State senior RB Kalen Ballage as the No. 39 player in college football at his position.

Ballage (6'3/220) made headlines last season when he scored eight touchdowns against the moving-walkway-of-a-defense that is Texas Tech. He rushed for 137 yards in that game -- the only contest of the season in which he surpassed 100 yards on the ground. Ballage finished up having rushed for 536 yards (4.3 YPC) and 14 touchdowns. Those numbers fail to stand out to any serious degree beyond the impressive touchdown tally (it doesn't help that he splits carries with Demario Richard), but Ballage is a legitimate weapon in the passing game, too, logging a 44-469-1 receiving line in 2016.
Jun 30 - 4:44 PM

Arizona State received a verbal commitment from three-star LB Christian LaValle.

"It's an attack based defense with a lot of blitzing. They told me they like me as a middle or weakside 'backer and I'm fine wherever I play, I just want to get on the field," LaValle explained of his pledge to HC Todd Graham's outfit. Scout.com's Greg Biggins calls him a "classic tough, physical inside backer who plays with a non-stop motor," adding that "[h]e's very smart, instinctive and has a high understanding of how to play the game. He loves to hit and plays with a nice edge to him." The outlet ranks the 6-foot-1, 228-pounder as the No. 5 inside linebacking prospect in the state of California.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 20 - 9:09 PM

Arizona State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 RB Demetrious Flowers.

"The coaches told me I'll have a chance to step in and compete for playing time right away and I think I can do really well in their power running scheme," Flowers said. Scout ranks the Bellflower, California, native as the No. 3 running back prospect in the West region. Outlet analyst Greg Biggins sees the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder as having the potential to develop into an every down back, noting that Flowers is "a downhill back who doesn't try and shake and wiggle too much but is a decisive runner, a one cut and go back and is very tough to bring down in the open field." The analyst is also keen on his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 20 - 4:43 PM

Arizona HC Todd Graham referred to redshirt junior WR Jalen Harvey as "as good a standout this spring" as any.

Harvey, a former four-star recruit, heads into the summer as the starter across from star sophomore N’Keal Harry. With them on the outside and Oklahoma transfer John Humphrey and Texas transfer Ryan Newsome in the slot, the Sun Devils boast one of the Pac-12's best receiving corps. Harvey posted a 21-330-0 line in seven games last season while missing time with an undisclosed injury.
Jun 19 - 3:46 PM

Arizona State declined to extend HC Todd Graham's contract by one year as it has in each of the past four seasons.

Graham received one-year contract extensions every year from 2013-2016, but the days of that particular formality are over. It's been a rough fall from grace for a coach who went 28-12 in his first three years with the school (2012-14), winning the Pac-12 South and Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors in 2013. The Sun Devils have gone 11-14 since. If ASU struggles again, it could be in for tricky divorce proceedings. Graham would be owed the entirety of his salary if he's fired. His annual salary was $3.2 million as of Jan. 1, 2017 and he's under contract for three more years after the 2017 campaign. It's worth noting that Arizona State has also struggled along the recruiting trail this cycle.
Jun 13 - 4:07 PM

The Arizona Republic's Jeff Metcalf writes that Arizona State freshman K Brandon Ruiz "has a good chance of immediately being the replacement for Groza Award winner Zane Gonzalez."

The Browns selected Gonzalez in the seventh round of this spring's draft, leaving a void at placekicker. While it would be a tall task for Ruiz to match Gonzalez's output -- especially as a freshman -- the 5-foot-10, 176-pound kicker did rank as Rivals' No. 3 prospect at the position for the 2017 cycle.
May 16 - 9:00 PM

Arizona State has not received a commitment from a recruit during the 2018 cycle.

For reference's sake, Washington is currently out ahead of the Pac-12 pack with eight commitments -- six of whom are four-star names. Coming off a 5-7 season in 2016, the wheels of this train could fall off completely within the next few years unless the Sun Devils are able to start stringing together commitments.
Source: Rivals
May 11 - 9:55 PM

Arizona State senior RB Demario Richard said that he "went too far" in his weight training at times in 2016.

"I was benching over 350 pounds, squatting over 500 pounds, power cleaning over 300 pounds so it got kind of overboard," Richard said, adding that "[w]e toned it down a little bit and came to a manageable way. I'm a lot lighter on my feet, and I can move a lot better. My first step is quicker." This past season, the 5-foot-10, 220-pounder rushed for 593 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games. That was a notable drop-off from the 1,104-yard season he put in as a sophomore in 2015.
May 11 - 8:54 PM

Arizona State redshirt sophomore WR John Humphrey caught three touchdowns in the team's spring game.

Humphrey hauled in scoring grabs of eight, 36 and 37 yards in the spring contest. The 5-foot-11, 169-pounder received a shout-out from HC Todd Graham after the game, with Graham telling reporters that "John Humphrey really showed up well, great throws, and it was exciting and fun." Humphrey initially joined the Sun Devils as a transfer from Oklahoma in the spring of 2016. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and should be in competition to carve out a decent role with his new crew in August camp.
May 7 - 1:13 PM

Arizona State junior WR Ryan Newsome caught two touchdowns in the team's spring game.

Alas, Arizona State does not keep more specific statistics in their spring games, so we cannot pass along catch or yardage totals. That aside, he logged scoring grabs of 24 and 10 yards. The 5-foot-8, 166-pounder sat out the past season after transferring over to the Sun Devils in July. Rivals ranked him as a three-star recruit out of high school. N'Keal Harry -- who did not play in the spring game -- figures to be the team's No. 1 wideout during the coming season, with Newsome and John Humphrey set to make supplemental impact.
May 7 - 12:43 PM

Arizona State redshirt sophomore QB Brady White (foot) has yet to start running.

White suffered a season-ending injury to his right foot in an early October game against UCLA during the past season. While he has been throwing while stationary and taking some three-step drops, he still has a fair bit of rehab ahead of him before he is able to participate in football activities fully. White hopes to be ready to rock and/or roll by the start of August camp. Alabama transfer QB Blake Barnett has received the bulk of first-team reps this spring and probably should be considered the favorite to win the starting job.
May 2 - 10:55 PM


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