Player capsule: Lloyd Carrington

Senior Lloyd Carrington followed Arizona State coach Todd Graham from Pitt and has become one of the Sun Devils' best players as he enters his senior season.

Player Capsule: Lloyd Carrington

Position: Cornerback

Eligibility: Senior

Height: 6-foot-0

Weight: 194 pounds

2014 season quick review: Carrington became a mainstay starter at the boundary side cornerback position and earned Pac-12 honorable mention honors, with 58 tackles, six of which were for loss including three sacks. He had one interception, six passes defended and five pass breakups. Following ASU's win over Notre Dame, Carrington was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. He returned an interception for a touchdown, had eight tackles and a sack. He also had a career high 10 tackles against USC.

Secondary coach Chris Ball's assessment: “Lloyd just keeps getting better. It's been great to watch. He gives you his best effort every single day. That's one of the reasons he's been able to wear that Tillman jersey, and he does it off the field too. He's big on [honing] the craft, focused on what he's doing out here. He's great in our (meeting room) and with the younger players. I think he's going to have a great season, I really do. As far as how we like to do things on defense, he fits us perfectly."

SunDevilSource.com analysis: Despite the fact he won't wow anyone with feats of athleticism, it's quite possible that Carrington is ASU's best overall defensive player. He's certainly in the conversation. Carrington performs at a reliably high level and has exemplary practice habits. His overall skill base, schematic fluency and advanced understanding of the game for a college player are all great and borderline excellent. Very rarely is Carrington caught out of place on an assignment error. He has few lapses in technique that lead to being beaten by a receiver.

Carrington is very well suited to the ASU scheme, which utilizes a lot of press technique at the line of scrimmage. He is very well constructed physically and has a rugged disposition, relishing contact but always with an underlying purpose to what he's doing. The physical clashes between Carrington and wide receiver convert D.J. Foster were significant, like two Bighorn Sheep ramming each other to assert superiority. More often than not, Foster wasn't able to dislodge or unbalance Carrington enough to get the type of release into his route he was hoping for. Carrington's hands and feet are excellent at the line of scrimmage and he is great at pinning to the hip of receivers and now allowing initial separation.

There's a reason winning at the line of scrimmage and having great initial technique is so important and it's because Carrington isn't a fast/recovery type cornerback. His average speed lowers his overall ceiling somewhat, especially projecting beyond college. His ball skills are more than adequate, but Carrington's poise with his back to the football is a strength and an essential quality of all high level cornerbacks. He's absolutely capable of being first or second team all-conference performer as a senior and that should be the expectation, especially given how ASU's aggressive scheme puts cornerbacks in position to be successful. Carrington is better at holding up against the run than any of ASU's recent all-league (honorable mention or better) cornerbacks: Robert Nelson, Deveron Carr, Osahon Irabor.

Projected depth chart status: This is one of the few starters on ASU's defense that can be entered in permanent ink right now. He's going to start every game he's healthy enough to play in and be one of the Sun Devils' best and most consistent overall players. If you're betting on post-season honors candidates, Carrington's odds are as good as anyone on the defense.


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