Player Capsule: Jordan Hoyt
Position: Defensive Tackle
Weight: 280 pounds
2016 season quick review: Hoyt was a practice player only at ASU last season.
SunDevilSource.com analysis: As his recruitment at Chandler High School was about to really get going, Hoyt tore the ACL in one of his knees. It changed his football arc and he ended up signing to play at UC-Davis, where he started six games as a true freshman, including the opener against Stanford.
Though his future at the school looked very promising, Hoyt missed being home in the Phoenix-area and dreamed of playing for Arizona State, so he decided to leave the FCS Aggies and walk-on with the Sun Devils.
Hoyt hasn't played since then, but he loves being at ASU, where his brother was student-body president and a number of others also attended. This season, as a fourth-year junior, he will likely get his first game action.
In the spring, Hoyt bounced around the depth chart at nose tackle as coaches tried to get all the scholarship options at the position ample reps. The only walk-on who is legitimately in contention for a two-deep spot on the defense entering the summer, Hoyt could perhaps even emerge as a starter if he has a strong preseason camp in August.
Working in his favor, Hoyt is perhaps the most technically proficient defensive tackle on the team when it comes to footwork execution at the line of scrimmage. He has precise, efficient, aggressive feet and has been used as a model example by defensive line coach Michael Slater in how to execute a certain movement.
If choosing players based on technical proficiency was the litmus test, Hoyt would be starting at nose tackle. He's just further along than his competition in that respect. But he's not the biggest, not the strongest and not the most athletic linemen in the group. Others have an edge on him in one or more of those categories. Holding up at the point of attack in the physical demands of the game against the top interior offensive linemen of the league won't be an easy task for Hoyt, and where he'll have to continue to prove himself.
Ultimately, Hoyt may not have as much control over how much he plays as others at the position he's battling with, because he's closer to his ceiling of potential than others are.
Projected depth chart status: Hoyt is primarily going to be battling sophomore George Lea at nose tackle, and junior Renell Wren if the ASU coaches elect to play him there instead of, or in addition to, the three-technique tackle position. There's also a real chance for true freshman D.J. Davidson to be a factor on the depth chart, and Emmanuel Dayries is a veteran who is competing at the position as well.