A battle between true freshman Joseph Wicker and junior Edmond Boateng at the 5-technique defensive end spot is a focal point for Arizona State coach Todd Graham little more than a week before the team plays its first game against Texas A&M.
ASU's depth and talent at linebacker is going to come in very handy, as it appears very solid that senior Antonio Longino is locked in at Devil backer, a position he played at the outset of last season before shifting over to Will and flourishing. Graham said the Sun Devils will use three players, with junior Salamo Fiso and sophomore Christian Sam running with the first-team ahead of sophomore D.J. Calhoun in recent days. Calhoun can play WILL or Devil.
Elsewhere, roles are starting to become relatively solidified. Even though junior Stephon McCray has taken first-team reps at right guard ahead of senior Vi Teofilo, Graham said that's just to keep Teofilo fresh coming off off-season surgery to repair his ACL. Teofilo's team-best 27 game starting streak shouldn't be in jeopardy according to the head coach.
One offensive lineman who could push for a starting role who is currently with the second-team is redshirt freshman Sam Jones, who has a mild left knee sprain and hasn't practiced this week. When he returns, Graham said he could challenge for a starting role at tackle, where junior Evan Goodman and senior William McGehee are first-year starters.