Player capsule: Devin Lucien

Senior wide receiver Devin Lucien has transferred to Arizona State from Pac-12 South rival UCLA for his final season of college in hopes of playing a major role and helping the team reach its conference championship aspirations.

Player Capsule: Devin Lucien

Position: Wide Receiver

Eligibility: Senior

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 195 pounds

2014 season quick review: As a junior at UCLA in 2014, Lucien had 29 receptions for 225 yards with two touchdowns, earning five starts and playing in all 13 games.

Wide Receivers coach Del Alexander: "He's making the adjustment. It's a challenging thing going to a new place, new language, new way of doing things but he's handled it very well. He's come out and worked hard every day and made pretty clear improvements. I think he gives us a playmaking threat, someone who can catch the ball down the field. Now it's a matter of getting the finer details down and continuing to accelerate the process as much as possible so he's ready to go. He seems to have a good chemistry with (ASU quarterback Mike) Bercovici, which is a good thing. I think he'll play a lot and help us."

SunDevilSource.com analysis: ASU doesn't have the services of Cameron Smith this season after off-season knee surgery and Lucien will likely have a similar role. They're relatively comparably sized and similar athletic types. Lucien can run the big play concept routes as well as any of ASU's other perimeter weapons and is probably the team's biggest threat to make catches behind the defense of anyone in the group.

Given that Lucien is likely to play the 9-receiver boundary position and how he was used at UCLA -- where he averaged just over two catches per game -- there's a question if he can handle the possession receiver type targeting that ASU likes to rely on the boundary receiver for. He's working with ASU quarterback and friend Mike Bercovici to get the back-shoulder type throws that ASU fans saw Jaelen Strong excel at in his time with the Sun Devils.

Odds are good Bercovici is going to have to spread the ball around a lot more to ASU's receivers, backs and tight ends this season for ASU to have the same potency in the passing game as it has in the past. But at a minimum, Lucien is a guy who will keep defenses honest into the boundary and be able to stretch the field vertically. How well he blocks on the perimeter and does a lot of the little things that players who have been fully immersed in a program for a longer period for time remains to be seen.

Lucien has admitted there's been a culture shock transitioning to ASU in terms of how the program operates on a day-to-day basis as well as the offensive system itself, and the roles of the receivers. He's adjusted well but it's unfair to expect he'll be all the way there by the time the season starts.

Projected depth chart status: Lucien is going to get the start at the boundary side receiver position, it appears. Sophomore Ellis Jefferson can also play that role and odds are they'll split reps to some degree, with that being determined by overall productivity. But Lucien should be one of ASU's most important big play weapons on the field in 2015.


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