Video: Karpman two minute drill (Monday)

ASU head coach Todd Graham has left no stone unturned in his effort to try to find the best lineup combination for the Sun Devils on defense, with Devil backer at the center of the challenge. Chris Karpman discusses this in his two-minute drill from Monday.

No fewer than 10 different players have seen reps at Devil backer for Arizona State since it started its preseason camp less than two weeks ago.

ASU head coach Todd Graham has left no stone unturned in his effort to try to find the best lineup combination for the Sun Devils on defense, with Devil backer at the center of the challenge.

Monday, for the first time this year, senior Antonio Longino reprised a role he filled early last season when he took reps at Devil backer in the team's morning practice.

Meanwhile, true freshman Joseph Wicker kicked inside from Devil to the 3-technique Tiger position with the first-team, ahead of sophomore Tashon Smallwood.

Ultimately, it appears the Sun Devils will play two different types of defensive formations.

One, a 40-front (four down linemen) with a heavier Devil operating from a 3-point stance. In this look, Wicker, junior Edmund Boateng, sophomore Alani Latu and possibly redshirt freshman Ismael Murphy-Richardson are the most likely options.

Another, a 30-front (three down linemen) with more of a hybrid rush end, will use either Longino, sophomore D.J. Calhoun or Murphy-Richardson. This formation will likely be used on third downs as a means of getting four linebackers on the field together, and may also be used as a base look against some spread offenses.

SunDevilSource Publisher Chris Karpman discusses this in his two-minute drill following Monday's morning session in Tempe


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