Player Capsule: Cade Cote
Position: Offensive Line
Eligibility: Redshirt freshman
Weight: 285 pounds
2015 season quick review: Cote redshirted last year as a freshman.
SunDevilSource.com analysis: Cote took full advantage of the bridge year advantages provided to local non-mid-year signees out of high school. Even though he wasn't enrolled at ASU in the spring of 2015 he regularly worked out in the ASU weight room and was able to sit in on meetings and attend spring football practices, all allowed under NCAA guidelines.
During that time, Cote gained several dozen pounds and as a result, was physically and mentally further along that he likely would have otherwise been last year, even though he redshirted. As a right tackle at Gilbert, Williams Field, Cote showed good mobility and that should help him as he transitions to playing inside. He's getting looks at center now entering his second season with the Sun Devils and could factor into the depth chart battle.
Cote is light on his feet, with good agility and working to have the right balance and physical posture throughout his reps to best take advantage of the asset. A lot of the barriers to playing time are additional schematic fluency and overall football knowledge, which only come with time and experience. He'll benefit from working on staying within his framework and having a sturdier foundation in his pass pro -- he can at times lean and be top heavy -- and continuing to add strength. As he gets bigger, guard could also be an option.
Projected depth chart status: Cote could potentially challenge walk-on Tyler McClure and incoming junior college transfer A.J. McCollum for the staring center position unless ASU coaches decide to shift Stephon McCray inside from guard.