Former Chandler High standout Tyler McClure getting first-team reps at Arizona State

With four new starters set to take the field along Arizona State's offensive line, a local walk-on is getting a chance to attempt to earn a starting nod.

For three years, nobody paid Tyler McClure much attention at Arizona State practices. Now, he's touching the football on every play.

McClure, a 6-foot-1, 290 pound walk-on junior center out of nearby Chandler High School, has worked with the first-team offense at center in five of the Sun Devils' six practices this spring. 

"The first couple years I didn't see much playing time," McClure said. "I'm actually in a starting role right now, hopefully I can keep it. It's been a ride.

"I love it. I've always wanted to play here ever since I was a young kid. Straight out of high school this is where I always wanted to go. To be here is a blessing."

With ASU replacing two-year starter Nick Kelly at center and junior college transfer A.J. McCollum not yet enrolled, McClure is getting plenty of reps to show his capability. The only time he hasn't worked with the first unit in front of reporters was on Wednesday, when senior Stephon McCray slid over from right guard. 

"It's a young line," McClure said. "We lost four starters this year. But we do have them to look at. We have an image to follow. It's not as hard as you would think.

"I think (the team has to) just be a unit, play as one. We can't just have single guys doing their own thing. We've got to have five guys working as a until and that's the only way we're going to get it done."

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