30 For 30: Sun Devil Pre-Fall Camp Questions

With the kickoff to fall camp under 30 days away, the 2010 football season is inching its way into sight. Though the first practice sessions will arrive in less than a month, a variety of questions exist that likely will need to be effectively addressed for the Sun Devils to be redirected to a winning record—as well as serve as formidable message board banter for the next few weeks.

These "decisions" may not garner as much fanfare as recent choices made by others; Devils Digest follows a trend set by the "Worldwide Leader" by noting 30 position-by-position questions to be addressed by the start of the season.


1. Who will emerge as starting quarterback and will he have a decisive advantage over the other candidates?

2. Will junior Samson Szakacsy remain healthy enough to pose a major threat to Brock Osweiler and Steven Threet?

Running Back

3. Will sophomore Cameron Marshall emerge as an every-down back or will the Sun Devil running game be a by-committee approach?

4. Can true freshman Deantre Lewis submit a Keegan Herring-style first-year effort or will his contributions be more modest?

5. Is sophomore James Morrison able to become more than just an offseason workout warrior?

Wide Receiver

6. Can Kerry Taylor maximize his potential for the entirety of his senior season?

7. Will Gerell Robinson be a match-up nightmare or will he be lost in the wide receiver shuffle?

8. Is junior college transfer George Bell able to maintain the momentum he established this spring?

9. Will junior T.J. Simpson be able to return to full health and continue his ascent toward being one of the team's top overall athletes?

10. How will diminutive speedsters like Jamal Miles and Kyle Middlebrooks be able to impact the offense?

11. What, if anything, will be shown from redshirt freshmen J.J. Holliday and Jarrid Bryant?

12. Will sixth-year senior Brandon Smith appear in a game?

Tight End

13. Will athletic redshirt freshman Christopher Coyle assert himself as a reliable pass-catching tight end?

14. Can Trevor Kohl be more dependable with the ball in his hands?

Offensive Line

15. Will the unit be able to stay healthy for the entire season?

16. Will junior college transfer Brice Schwab live up to the lofty hype that followed him to Tempe? 17. Is Zach Schlink able to maintain playing health?

18. What can be expected of junior college transfers Chris De Armas and Aderious Simmons?

Defensive Line

19. Who will replace Dexter Davis at weak side end?

20. Can James Brooks and his elite athleticism materialize on the field?

21. Will true freshman Nduka Onyeali work his way up the depth chart and be featured in the lineup this season?

22. How will sophomore tackles Corey Adams and William Sutton build upon the playing experience earned as true freshmen?


23. Will Vontaze Burfict build on his stellar freshman season and follow expectations of becoming an All-America caliber linebacker?

24. Can Shelly Lyons and Brandon Magee effectively replace departed multi-year starters Travis Goethel and Mike Nixon?

25. Is redshirt freshman Anthony Jones able to continue to play at the impressive level he did in the spring?


26. Will Omar Bolden put together the full body of work in order to be recognized as one of the conference's elite cornerbacks?

27. How will the depth at cornerback be organized?

28. Can Clint Floyd and Keelan Johnson be consistent, dynamic playmakers at safety?

29. Is junior college transfer Eddie Elder able to be a ball-hawking difference-maker?

Special Teams

30. Can Thomas Weber remain healthy and return to his Lou Groza Award-winning form of 2007?

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