Player Capsule: Christian Hill
Position: Defensive Lineman
Weight: 270 pounds
2015 season review: At Glendale Community College Hill played in just six games, leaving the program before the season ended, in part due to a knee injury. He had 12 tackles and one sack.
SunDevilSource.com analysis (06/2016): Though he's one of Arizona State's oldest football players, Christian Hill is one of its least experienced. He didn't play football in high school after his sophomore season on junior varsity. Then Hill joined the Air Force after high school, where he spent five years in active duty before again taking up football at Glendale.
This was all apparent in spring football, where Hill got a jump start as a mid-year transfer. Everything about his game is an early work in progress, from his set up position in a 3-point stance to how he uses his feet and hands after the snap. He tends to be too narrow with his base, which creates balance and other functional issues.
The good news for Hill and ASU is that he has some great physical gifts to work with. He's absolutely huge and yet extremely lean at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds. He also can really run when he gets out into space. It's just going to be a challenge to refine his raw materials into anything close to resembling a finished product in such a short two or three year span.
But Hill is a disciplined guy who approached spring ball with a great work ethic and more mature approach than most, a benefit of his age and journey. Those things give him an edge. It is a race against time though and how quickly he progresses will be something to closely follow.
Projected depth chart status: The best case scenario for Hill would be staving off others, including redshirt freshman Jalen Bates, to earn the second-string defensive end position behind locked in sophomore starter Joseph Wicker. There's a decent chance Hill could compete to be with the first unit on nickel downs, with the Sun Devils frequently moving a defensive end inside and taking its one-technique tackle off the field. In this configuration Wicker or Hill could move inside allowing both to be on the field together. If by some chance ASU decided to move Wicker to Devil backer, it would open up a lot more opportunity at the field end position, but that's something ASU coaches have not hinted at as yet. Hill also has a redshirt year at ASU's disposal, which might not be a bad idea in order to let him further develop.