Player Capsule: Jalen Harvey

Jalen Harvey is competing to become a starter in his third season in Tempe. What are the attributes that give him a good chance at winning the job?

Player Capsule: Jalen Harvey

Position: Wide Receiver

Eligibility: Sophomore

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 200 pounds

2015 season quick review: A limited use option at wide receiver as a redshirt freshman in 2015, Harvey had four catches for 77 yards and one touchdown. analysis: (07/2016) Raw physicality and toughness exude from Harvey on the practice field. He relishes and is a seeker of contact in all facets of play, from the line of scrimmage to fighting for the football downfield against a defensive back, to aggressively making a block for a teammate. In this respect he brings an element to the position that more players should strive to possess. He plays with a real chip on his shoulder and feels like he has something to prove. 

A moderate or slightly better athlete relative to his peers at the position in the Pac-12, Harvey is certainly no slouch from a mobility standpoint. But he enhances these tools with the aggressive disposition that should provide more playing opportunity as a third-year sophomore. He also has a good feel for how to set up defensive backs prior to the ball's arrival with body position and other techniques. Some of it is innate and some of it has been enhanced through skill development. It suits his style as a scrapper very well and makes sense in that context. 

The biggest challenges for Harvey have been mental: bringing consistent habits into all facets of his life and preparation and having that consume him; not allowing any distractions to deviate him from the path that he wants to be on with regard to his focus and energy. He seems to have improved and turned the corner on some of these things as he's matured and if that proves to be the case, he could be ready to break out. 

Projected depth chart status: Harvey has some versatility. He's probably better suited to play on the outside but could also shift to the slot. He's likely primarily battling Ellis Jefferson and perhaps Terrell Chatman among returners and N'Keal Harry among newcomers in the competition to be ASU's third starting wide receiver along with Cameron Smith and Tim White. 

Sun Devil Source Top Stories