Player Capsule: Koron Crump
Position: Devil backer
Weight: 220 pounds
2015 season quick review: Crump joined the program out of Fort Scott Community College in Kansas where he was the No. 26 overall junior college recruit in the country.
Todd Graham quote on Crump: "He is just relentless. He doesn't always do it right but he's going to do it one hundred miles an hour and he's got a lot of athleticism. He's got to continue to be more physical but he's a guy, out of all the newcomers (in the spring), he's stood out the most with how he's listened and adapted and done well."
SunDevilSource.com analysis: Highly rated out of the junior college ranks because of his double-digit sack total in each of two seasons at Fort Scott, Crump was considered by some analysts to be the top pass rusher at that level nationally. A lot of what Crump does is just an innate gift. He's able to twist, shift and otherwise adjust his body remarkably well while also firing off the snap with a lot of suddenness. He can drop his weight well and simply out-leverage blockers at times without even needing to include a strong pass rush move due to how quick he gets depth and how well he bends the edge.
Right now, Crump looks more like a sub-package situational pass rusher than an every down player, though there are signs that may not always be the case. He's wiry strong but has a broad and long frame that can and should add quite a bit more weight and that's going to be a real priority transitioning to 2017. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Crump eventually play north of 240 pounds as an outside linebacker/hybrid rush end, and that's what he'll need to accomplish if he has aspirations beyond college.
At his current size, the questions will be how well he holds up against the run, will he be able to anchor and/or set the edge or get run off the line of scrimmage and easily attacked and absorbed in a way that makes him a liability on base downs. Even at the Devi backer position working into the boundary, Pac-12 teams do a tremendous job of generating numbers advantages in an effort to out-flank on runs or screens to that short sides and the edge has to be well set.
Crump isn't a coverage 'backer per se, but he can drop into zones and move to the flat. That enhances his ability to play in nickel situations and gives ASU an edge with keeping it unpredictable as to which players are pressuring.
Projected depth chart status: There is some interchangeability with Crump and redshirt freshman Malik Lawal from a style standpoint. They're both speed edge rushers. It's possible ASU pairs them together in some nickel situations with base linebackers Salamo Fiso and Christian Sam leaving the field. Fiso definitely will come off the field on passing downs. The most realistic way that we see Lawal and Crump on the field together is if Sam also leaves the field in those sub-package situations. Other than that, we'll probably see one of the two of Crump or Lawal in the lineup as a primary pass rusher situationally unless the Sun Devils get ultra-aggressive with their approach.