Arizona State dropped out of the Associated Press Top-25 this week after a relatively anemic offensive performance -- one of the worst of the Todd Graham era -- in a 38-17 loss to Texas A&M Saturday in Houston.
A perfect storm of sorts came together to knock ASU off its offensive axis.
Not only did the Sun Devils have to prepare for a high profile first-year defensive coordinator who was overhauling the Aggies' defense, they did so against a lot of new personnel. Among those who weren't new, however were, Aggies' defensive ends Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall, two first-round NFL Draft prospects. They were able to "tee off," as ASU coach Todd Graham described it, on ASU's two first-year starting offensive tackles due to a tipped snapping of the football by senior quarterback Mike Bercovici and Nick Kelly.
The overall result was nine sacks, 14 tackles for loss, Bercovici scrambling for his life and fumbling four times due to immense pressure.
A byproduct was uncertainty about the group moving forward. Tuesday saw Kelly and Goodman both in green non-contact jerseys after they were banged up against the Aggies, and backups in their place with the first-team at center and left tackle, respectively.
ASU offensive line coach Chris Thomsen candidly took responsibility for the offense's struggles, which were particularly glaring on early downs, and put ASU behind schedule and unable to get any momentum in drives.
The included video is a wrap up of ASU's struggles against Texas A&M on offense and where the Sun Devils go from here heading into Cal Poly this week at home