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    2016 Arizona State Spring Football: What’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.

    March 23, 2016


    2016 Arizona State Spring Football: What’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.


    New-look Arizona State hopes to bounce back from 2015 …

    Todd Graham talked openly about last year’s team being among the best he’d ever coached. And then the Sun Devils stumbled to a 6-7 finish that erased some of the gains the staff had made in the prior three years. Well, that staff has a very different look this spring, as ASU looks to recapture the momentum it had when it won 10 games in 2014.

    Plenty of roster jobs will be open this spring as well, though no position will get more attention than quarterback. After Brock Osweiler, Taylor Kelly and Mike Bercovici, there’s uncertainty over who’s next under center in Tempe.

    No One Is Worried About …

    The running backs. While quarterback is a question mark, the running game is not. The Sun Devils harbor two capable big backs, Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage, who can soften defenses and allow Bercovici’s heir to develop and learn at a more reasonable pace. Richard and Ballage combined for 1,757 rushing yards a year ago.

    Extra Attention Must Be Given To …

    The defensive backfield. From the unit that ranked 108th nationally in pass efficiency defense, three starters have graduated, none more important than S Jordan Simone. The Sun Devils will need young CB Kareem Orr to become the physical leader of a unit that might not begin gelling until the summer … at least.

    MORE: Arizona State Football Schedule 2016: 5 Keys For The Sun Devils

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