Aaron suffers high ankle sprain

The tides turned during Thursday's practice as the defense was determined to regain their dominance over the offense. Mission accomplished but with a cost, as linebacker Oliver Aaron didn't finish tonight's session due to an ankle injury, while two other defensive players were banged up as well.

"He's got a high ankle sprain," said head coach Dennis Erickson on Aaron. "We thought it might have been broken but he'll be back in a couple weeks. We've got 5 or 8 weeks before we play. Corey (Adams) pulled a little bit of a hamstring and (Koniseti) Kipeli had a little shoulder deal so that's what happens."

Just like any fall camp, a head coach doesn't want to see one side of the ball dominate for long stretches, which is why the defense's emergence was a welcome sight tonight.

"It wasn't as spirited as yesterday but defense stepped up today and that was great to see," Erickson commented. "I thought coverage was good, Deveron (Carr) and Osahon (Irabor) played really well today and (Alden) Darby played good when we had him at corner.

"There are things we're looking at and it changes just about every day. And I thought there were some good things offensively but it wasn't like yesterday."

Since fall camp began we've seen the defense implementing several new zone blitzes and this group has been adding these since spring practice, which will compliment what the defensive unit ran last season.

"It kind of depends on who we play," Erickson stated. "We've got a couple other zone blitzes that we're putting in that will work well with the ones we had last year even though we didn't do it. A lot of it depends on what our secondary is like, we're gong to have to play some zone and if we do we'll need 5-man or 6-man pressure and we've been doing that a lot the last two days and a lot today."

Junior college transfer Rashad Ross spent the first two days with the corners as coaches attempted to see if they could move the wide receiver to defense but today rejoined his natural position where it seems he'll stay.

"He's a receiver," Erickson stated. "He played corner a year ago in junior college some. We felt that we wanted to take a look at him there but its best for him and the team for him to play receiver because he can run like a son of a gun so that's why we moved him back.

"But we're okay at the corner, we're moving (Alden) Darby there and we've got 4 or 5 good corners and with our safeties we have depth there so we felt like we could move him back to receiver."

Another JC transfer, walk-on Gannon Conway returned to the field after two years away on mission. Previously at Mesa Community College, the defensive end has already made up for lost time.

"I liked him in the spring because he came off the mission and it's not easy when you're on a mission for two years," Erickson said. "We thought he did some good things and he had a really good summer. He's one of the guys that could end up playing, when though, I don't know but he will."

Defensive end, sophomore Davon Coleman who came to the Sun Devils from Fort Scott Community College has also left a positive impression on Coach Erickson since the beginning of fall camp.

"He's very athletic, very physical," Erickson said of Coleman. "We haven't been in pads but I've been very impressed with him. I think he has a chance to play this year."

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