Offense Paves the Way in Camp T Scrimmage

CAMP TONTOZONA – In sharp contrast to the general trend of the first two weeks of ASU's fall camp, the Sun Devil offense was virtually unstoppable Saturday as the team concluded its five day retreat at Camp Tontozona in front of 5,300 fans.

Quarterback Taylor Kelly helped get things started for the offense, leading the Sun Devils down the field on the morning's opening drive; an 11-play drive capped off by a Marion Grice's 15-yard touchdown run on a delayed handoff. Kelly, who has struggled with his consistency throughout the first two weeks of camp while also missing time due to an inadvertent elbow to the head which required stitches, looked more like the field general who led the Sun Devils in 2012, completing four of his six passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns in limited action. Kelly also ran for 15 yards on four carries.

Both backup signal callers, Mike Bercovici and Michael Eubank, demonstrated great command of the offense as they continue to battle for the back-up quarterback role behind Kelly. Despite his first drive ending in a three and out, Bercovici finished the day 7-17 for 187 yards and two touchdowns, while also being the victim of a couple dropped balls by the wide receivers.

Bercovici, who had the day's only turnover with a fumble on his second drive, showed off his improved speed by rushing for 24 yards on just two carries, moving the chains and extending drives on a couple of occasions for the offense.

Eubank kept pace with the other two quarterbacks, completing 10-14 for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns while rushing for 24 yards on eight carries.

Marion Grice led all rushers with 53 yards on 11 carries. D.J. Foster, had suffered a minor ankle injury early on in the session and needed help off the field, had two carries for 36 yards. The sophomore also hauled in 2 catches for 41 yards and a 50 yard kickoff return. Deantre Lewis, who continues to round into his freshman form, had two carries for 31 yards and two catches for 18 yards.

De'Marieya Nelson, who's stepped in the last two days in Chris Coyle's absence as he continues to nurse a quad injury, paced the receiving corps for the Sun Devils. The junior college transfer had four catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Alonzo Agwuenu ignited the crowd under the pines with arguably the play of the day with a juggling 78 yard touchdown reception from Bercovici. The senior finished the day with three catches for 129 yards.

Freshman Ellis Jefferson, who has struggled to find his groove after excelling during the first week of camp, hauled in three grabs for 29 yards. Chris Coyle returned in limited action and made one catch for 18 yards.

The defense struggled today in every aspect. Although the first team run defense showed flashes of stuffing the run early, the offensive line had their way for the most part. As the scrimmage went on, the left side of the defensive line - Conway for the most part - got pushed around and left gaping holes for the backs to run through.

Carl Bradford, Chris Young, and Steffon Martin all had decent days stopping the run, each collected three tackles before being taken out. The first team and their pass rush weren't where they should've been today the only player that recorded a sack is Jaxon Hood.

The secondary had one of their worst days so far this fall camp, especially against the pass. Marcus Ball whose been a camp stand out throughout the first two weeks, looked a little lost in coverage today and was beat for a couple of pass plays. The field safety also suffered a right shoulder injury early in the scrimmage that could probably keep him out for a while according to Todd Graham. Ball definitely wasn't alone, Wadood also struggled in pass coverage and got beat deep multiple times.

The majority of the starters on defense were limited to just 20 snaps before giving way to the second team defense.

A couple of standouts from the second and third team defenses were linebackers Matt Rowe and Antonio Longino. Rowe collected two sacks while Longino recorded multiple tackles but seemed to have a better grasp on the WILL linebacker position today.

Kicker Zane Gonzalez capped off a great week in Payson by connecting on all eight of his field goal attempt, ranging from 39-48 yards. Jon Mora on the other hand was 0-3 on the day.


Unofficial Statistics Passing

Taylor Kelly- 4-6-72, 2 TD

Mike Bercovici- 7-17-187, 2 TD

Michael Eubank- 10-14-164, 2 TD


Marion Grice- 11-53, 2 TD

D.J. Foster- 2-36

Deantre Lewis- 2-31

R.J. Robinson- 4-21

Terrell Davis- 2-41, 1 TD

Marcus Washington- 4-10

Fred Gammage- 1-6

Taylor Kelly- 4-15

Mike Bercovici- 2-24

Michael Eubank- 8-24


D. Nelson- 4-84, 2 TD

A. Agwuenu- 3-129, 1 TD

D.J. Foster- 2-41

E.J. Jefferson- 3-29

Chris Coyle- 1-18, 1 TD

Ronald Lewis- 1-20

Rick Smith- 1-22

Deantre Lewis- 2-18

Gary Chambers also caught a two-point conversion.


First Team Offense: Quarterback-Taylor Kelly, Running Back- Marion Grice, Wide Receivers- Rick Smith, Jaelen Strong, D.J. Foster, Tight Ends- Chris Coyle, Offensive Line- Tyler Sulka, Vi Teofilo, Kody Koebensky, Jamil Douglas, Evan Finkenberg. Second Team Offense: Quarterback- Mike Bercovici Running Back- Deantre Lewis, Wide Receivers- Kevin Ozier, Gary Chambers, Fred Gammage, Tight End- Darwin Rogers, De'Marieya Nelson, Offensive Line- William McGhee, Steffon McCray, Nick Kelly, Sil Ajawara, Evan Goodman. First Team Defense: Defensive Line - Will Sutton/ Jaxon Hood/ Gannon Conway/ Carl Bradford, SAM - Steffon Martin, WILL - Chris Young, Spur - Anthony Jones, Defensive Backs - Lloyd Carrington/ Alden Darby/ Marcus Ball (Osahon Irabor sat out today with an undisclosed injury). Second Team Defense: Defensive Line - Marcus Hardison/ Davon Coleman/ Sean O'Grady/ Junior Onyeali, SAM - Salamo Fiso, WILL - Grandville Taylor, Spur- Carlos Mendoza, Defensive Backs- Marcus Pollard/ Laiu Moekiola/ Ezekiel Bishop/ Rashad Wadood.

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