Player Capsule: Bryson Echols
Weight: 179 pounds
2015 season quick review: Echols had three tackles in six games at Texas last season before transferring to ASU after graduation. He is immediately eligible for one last season.
SunDevilSource.com analysis: We didn't get to see a lot of Echols in August with the Sun Devils but he appeared to be rusty early on -- and admitted as much -- before starting to get more in the flow of things as camp unfolded. A reserve at Texas, Echols didn't get a lot of reps at the school and that inactivity probably contributed to some degree to his slower start this month, coupled with having to learn and adjust to the scheme.
Early on at Texas his coaches had a style that was more aggressive but that changed, and getting used to playing more bump and press coverage techniques again was part of the challenge. Echols took most of his reps in camp that reporters observed with the second-team at field corner, but he did get some opportunities with the first-unit ahead of senior De'Chavon Hayes.
Our expectation is Echols will begin the season with the second-unit even though he's listed as a co-starter with Hayes at the position. One of the lighter corners on the roster, Echols is a cover corner type player and that's why he's better suited for the field side, where there's not quite as much physical demand from a strength and size standpoint. Still, that's going to be worth watching both in the screen game and how he handles hand-to-hand combat at the line of scrimmage with bigger receivers he's trying to keep from accessing their desired releases.
Projected depth chart status: We expect Echols to be behind Hayes at the outset of the season and whether he gets a chance to move up could depend on how well Hayes plays in the role. Hayes is a better athlete overall but less experienced as a corner and earlier in his understanding of the position. Echols will also likely be with the second-team in nickel situations playing behind freshman Robbie Robinson.