Player capsule: Vi Teofilo

Senior Vi Teofilo has 30 starts to his name at offensive guard for Arizona State. What's he provide to the unit and what can be expected in 2015? Is he a lock to start coming of an ACL tear?

Player Capsule: Vi Teofilo

Position: Offensive Guard

Eligibility: Senior

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 305 pounds

2014 season quick review: Teofilo started every game in 2014 to continue a streak dating to the end of his freshman year in 2012. All told he's started 30 straight games and provided stability inside for an Arizona State offensive line that has been as productive and enabled as much offensive output over the course of the last two years as any point in the last decade.

Offensive line coach Chris Thomsen: "Interestingly, Scott Peters (ASU alumni, and 2002 fourth round pick) was up here, I talked to him this summer about some different techniques, some stuff Scott uses and teaches and a couple things he was talking about clicked. Vi started implementing some of these things that helped and he did better in pass pro, I thought he had improved from his sophomore year to his junior year. He does good in the run and pulling and all that, it's just all strength but I thought he did a lot better...But Vi I was really proud of. He's just tough and very smart. Vi and Nick (Kelly) are really, really smart players, I always tell Vi he's gonna be the next o-line coach here. Once coach Graham gets rid of me I say (to Vi), 'You need to be ready to take over,' because he understands it all, he sees it all, and he's just tough, Sun Devil tough."

SunDevilSource.com analysis: An ironman performer for the Sun Devils, Teofilo tore his ACL in the team's Sun Bowl win over Duke in December and is well ahead of schedule on his rehabilitation. He's currently track to be a full participant when the team starts pre-season camp just seven or so months removed from the surgery.

Heady, strong and tough, Teofilo has a tremendous wealth of experience to draw from, with a 30 game starting streak that will likely continue into 2015. A former high school state champion heavyweight wrestler, Teofilo has impressive balance and a developed understanding of leverage. He's at his best as an attacking run blocker, either in tight quarters or getting out in space. He's been able to off-set average-at-best arm span for the position with his understanding and approach to the position.

Teofilo hasn't always been as patient or technically proficient as a pass protector, but it's an area in which he improved substantially in 2014. His poise and decision making with his hands and locating of his hands became more consistent, while also incorporating better structural balance as a pass blocker, to more closely match what's he's able to do in that regard as a run blocker. The length limitation is a big factor in trench combat and keeps Teofilo from having as high of a ceiling as others, but he's someone who has done about as well as anyone on the ASU offense at maximizing his potential. .

Projected depth chart status: ASU's offensive line talent and depth is better than it's been in a long time and Teofilo could be pushed this season despite having 30 starts in his back pocket. Fellow senior Christian Westerman seems like a lock to start and if he remains at left guard instead of the possibility of kicking him to right tackle -- which could be explored in camp if senior right tackle Billy McGehee doesn't solidify the spot -- Teofilo could potentially be challenged by Stephon McCray, who has looked good and played quite a bit last year. It's also possible redshirt freshman Sam Jones could impact the starting lineup somewhere at some point. Odds are better than not Teofilo ends up starting, especially if there's no drop off eight months removed from his ACL surgery to start the season, but it's not a done deal yet.


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