After getting a closer look at him in several days' worth of practices, Arizona State coach Todd Graham said he believes junior college transfer Deonte Reynolds could play a role for the team this season.
"357 pounds is probably not tip top shape but he's a big man," Graham said. "He's a great kid. I really was impressed with him his first day and he responded to it very well. He's a very powerful guy, which is exactly what we thought he was. He's got to learn what he's doing. It will take several weeks. Hopefully by the time we're in conference play I do expect him to play.
"I'd be surprised if he's not a guy who contributes for us."
Graham feels good about his defensive personnel, even though playing true freshman Joseph Wicker at 5-technique end will require some learning on the fly.On offense, the ASU coach is eying right tackle and backup quarterback.
Getting several guys healthy is the biggest concern, with starting junior Spur Viliami Moeakiola, and junior wide receivers Tim White and Frederick Gammage not currently ready to play.
"Laiu being hurt at Spur a little bothers me," Graham said.
"There's not anybody that's out right now that shouldn't be able to play Week 1 (excluding players with long-term injuries), but you can't play Week 1 if you don't practice."