Player Capsule: Tyson Rising
Position: Offensive Line
Weight: 290 pounds
2015 season quick review: Rising was at Ventura College where he earned all-state honors recognition.
SunDevilSource.com analysis: Spring was an important acclimation opportunity for Rising. If he had arrived in the summer he would have had a very difficult transition that wouldn't have yielded much opportunity for playing time in 2016. Even though he did have the spring to learn and develop with ASU offensive line coach Chris Thomsen, Rising is going to have to show a lot of progress in preseason camp to have a chance to crack the starting lineup or even be one of the first guys off the bench.
There's a possibility it may take a full year for Rising to get fully up to speed but that's going to be determined in the next month or two based on how rapidly he progressed over the summer months. The speed of the game and strength of the typical opponent is much better at this level and adjusting to that while also learning everything on the fly is a major challenge for many making the junior college transition.
Rising doesn't have the length to foot quickness ratio to make him a natural fit at left tackle and he'll need to improve his upper body strength and kick step functionality in order to have the ability to move speed rushers off their line and handle counters and mid-line bull attacks. His natural ability isn't lacking but skill refinement is early across the board here for the level of athlete Rising is. He doesn't have a huge margin for error in some of these areas now that he's in the Pac-12.
When he has early success in reps Rising does finish effectively and he has the right disposition to play effectively at this level. Right now he's in between a tackle and guard though, with a need for more strength and didn't show in the spring that he's ready to handle the grunt work quite yet in the Pac-12.
Projected depth chart status: A redshirt year would probably make a lot of sense for Rising but it's not clear that ASU can afford it on an offensive line that lacks experience and must find and secure four new starters. He was added as a hedge against the team's overall needs at the position group in 2016 but the odds are he won't be ready to be a starter this season.