Coyle comfortable in new position

As part of the 2009 recruiting class Christopher Coyle signed with ASU as tight end, a position that virtually became non-existent last season when new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone arrived in Tempe and implemented his spread offense scheme. Coyle played in every game during the 2010 season but didn't register a catch. Therefore, it was only natural that he pondered his future as a Sun Devil.

"I was a little nervous," Coyle recalled. "I didn't see a light at the end of the tunnel. But I was always told ‘Hang in there. Have some patience.' I thought about everything and I really liked ASU and I didn't want to go anywhere else.

"So I waited, and got my chance in (last) spring practice. I feel I did a pretty good job then and I earned my spot. Coaches saw my hard work and me making plays so now I'm getting my chances at slot receiver."

Coyle has already caught the eye of Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson, who has been pleased with the wide receiver's performance in fall camp.

"He's going to back up Gerell (Robinson) to start out with and Gerell can move a lot of different places," Erickson commented. "Chris is going to play there (at wide receiver); he will play when we get into two-tight end (schemes). The offense that we run goes very fast and you have to make sure that you have guys that can go in and out. He'll back up (Trevor) Kohl and we'll do some two tight ends stuff as we get more into camp.

"He's another guy who from last fall to this fall has really improved a lot."

The 6-3 231 pound Christopher Coyle is more than content with his new position title and feels that he has some diversity.

"I'm very happy with it (the position change) and more than happy to help GRob out," Coyle stated. "I know he gets tired being on the field a lot and making plays. I'm just excited to get on the field myself and make plays too, whether it's getting catches or making big blocks.

"I'll be in the slot position coming up and blocking linebackers or safeties that are coming up to the play. But occasionally I will be blocking in the backfield too anytime Trevor (Kohl) gets tired or bruised."

Coyle said that he has improved his speed from last season, and made strides with his quickness and dropping his hips.

"I knew that if there were going to give me a chance to slot wide receiver that I really had to produce," Coyle explained. "I was really focusing on that in the off-season in the weight room, losing body fat and increasing speed."

While Coyle's opportunities in camp may be limited compared to some of his peers, he certainly has been showcasing his skills anytime called upon and is has become another effective weapon the Sun Devil offense has at its disposal. ASU's passing game has a made a very bold statement so far in the camp's practices and the wide receiver isn't necessarily surprised with the aggressive manner of the offense.

"Over the summer, during our 7's on 7's we did very well," Coyle explained. "We had a good amount of swag coming into camp. When we had a few good practices, we knew that we could do this. The defense is doing a good job too and we have our days where we go back and forth. But our offense has relay evolved and stepped up to the next level, which is what we need to become the team everybody think we are going to be.

"We have so much confidence now and so many seniors coming back. I feel we reaching our peak just before the season starts. The expectations are fueling the players and we all know that we have to step it up."

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