Player Capsule: Tyson Rising
Position: Offensive Lineman
Weight: 295 pounds
2016 season quick review: Rising redshirted last season.
SunDevilSource.com analysis: Arizona State lost four starters from its offensive line in 2015 and signed two players it anticipated being mid-year additions, Tyson Rising and A.J. McCollum. Neither ended up fully practicing in the following spring, with McCollum not academically cleared and Rising dressing out but limited due to injury. That carried over into the fall for Rising, who wasn't able to really practice much in his first year in Tempe, and he redshirted.
This spring was really the first we got to see Rising, but even so, media restrictions prevented any 11-on-11 or even one-on-one with lineman to be observed. So it's very difficult to cobble together an evaluation based on all of these factors and there's a fair amount unknown about his current overall capability.
In going back to the video analysis from Rising's junior college games at Ventura, we saw an economical run blocker who could get to spots on the field others were challenged to reach, and anticipating and feeling for cut blocks coming into his area. He also worked his feet effectively into backside containment blocks and down blocks, with a feel for angles and space. This also shows on base blocks, which Rising has a very good in-rep knack for feeling his way through in order to help make the play work around him.
This made it appear as though he'd have enough versatility to slide inside to guard if his height and range as a pass blocker at tackle was insufficient, especially because Rising showed a willingness to compete and be physical and sell out to access or finish blocks.
Foot quickness and resulting depth in his pass pro was always the big question mark with Rising and it remains the case following his redshirt season. He's neither long, at 6-foot-4, nor athletically sudden for the position. At the junior college level there aren't many potent speed rushers to worry about, and even in the Pac-12, probably only a handful of guys at most who are really problematic in any given season, but these players have at times exposed ASU's starting tackles in recent years, and Rising isn't yet as adroit in that respect as those who have started with mixed results.
The pace and resulting depth of Rising's drops against athleticism are going to have to improve to play at a high level in the Pac-12 in this area, but he has some positive attributes to work with, when healthy. He's somewhat of a 'tweener though from a size and style standpoint. Colorado, Washington State and others offered Rising and Oregon was involved until the end of his recruitment as well, so he's someone that other programs also felt had enough talent to play effectively in the Pac-12.
Projected depth chart status: The best case scenario for Rising appears to be solidifying a spot as the team's fourth offensive tackle heading in preseason camp. Perhaps if he really excels he could move up and become the top backup tackle on the roster, but that figures to be a difficult task. He's battling Mason Walter for that fourth tackle position as ASU transitions from spring to summer.