Through the entire month of August, Arizona State coach Todd Graham has been very bullish on the potential of his team, with one practice after another being extremely well regarded.
For at least the third time in recent weeks, Graham said the Sun Devils have never looked better than the did in a practice setting since he arrived in town three and a half years ago.
"That was the best day we've had on offense and defense in all the time I've been here, today, [following] a day that was not the best day we've had this year," Graham said. "We talk about being consistent. Today was a great, great day, I really like how they got after it today."Starting roles and the two-deep appear to be solidifying for the Sun Devils, though there's still some intense competition out there that is playing out at certain spots.
"I think (junior Edmond) Boateng and (true freshman) JoJo (Wicker) are going at it pretty hard," Graham said of the field end position. "There's still some battles, there should be. I think we're going to play three linebackers inside. I think we're going to play four tackles on defense. I think our offensive line is pretty solidified. I do think (redshirt freshman) Sam Jones is still competing (to take a spot at tackle)."
Though ASU doesn't have the elite receiving threat it did the last two seasons with Jaelen Strong, Graham thinks this year's group has more speed and better depth.
"I think we have more guys that can stretch it vertically. We feel good about our vertical passing game as well as our ability to spread it out.
"The other thing I'm excited about in our passing game is (junior tight end) Kody (Kohl). I'm not going to lie to you, that surprised me. I thought Kody was a solid tight end. He got so much faster and better with route running. I really think he's capable of having a breakout year."