Fans got their first glimpse of the football team during Saturday’s spring practice. In case you missed it, Arizona State’s offense looked really good. Now that the spring session of the offseason is finished, head coach Todd Graham has released the first depth chart. There aren’t many surprises, and not much light is shed on any position battles. But it’s something, at least. Here it is.
Manny Wilkins/Blake Barnett
Bryce Perkins (injured)
Brady White (injured)
Terrell Chatman/Frank Darby
Jay Jay Wilson
Kyle Williams/Ryan Newsome
Mason Walter/Tyson Rising
AJ McCollum/Tyler McClure
Quinn Bailey/Zach Robertson
Armand Perry (injured)
It’s important to remember that both Bryce Perkins and Brady White have been recovering from injuries and have not participated in spring practices. By all accounts, they should both be cleared soon. Perkins was at one point thought to be the frontrunner to start last summer before getting injured, and White ended up starting a game last season before getting injured. While Wilkins and Barnett have the edge now, either Perkins or White could work their way into the conversation.
Armand Perry was the starting strong safety last year and he will almost definitely retain that job. Like Perkins and White, though, Perry has missed spring practices while recovering from an injury. Similarly, Marcus Ball has been limited in practices but will likely see a lot of action going forward.
It’s very promising that Chase Lucas is listed in the top spot at right cornerback. A four-star recruit who was classmates with both N’Keal Harry and Perkins, Lucas was a huge signing for the program. He redshirted last year, but his placement at the top of this depth chart is a sign that the redshirt freshman is as good as advertised.
Don’t expect John O’Brien to remain alone at the kicker position. Three-star freshman Brandon Ruiz will arrive on campus in the summer and is expected to compete right away for the starting job.
The offensive line is still very much in flux. AJ McCollum and Tyler McClure are splitting first-team reps at center, but expect one of them to slide over to either guard position. Quinn Bailey is the most experienced tackle on this line, so it is a bit disappointing to see him at right tackle and not on the blindside. However, he is splitting reps with Zach Robertson, so perhaps Bailey could move to the left side. Current left tackle starter Cohl Cabral was merely a backup last season, so he’s an unknown commodity.
Kalen Ballage is listed as the starting running back, but he will split reps with Demario Richard fairly evenly. Offensive coordinator Billy Napier will also use two-back sets featuring the both of them.
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