The Annual Maroon and Gold Spring Game is just under seven weeks away and the 16 returning Sun Devil starters are already pumped to get back on the field.
Four new players have enrolled in January and will be joining the team for spring drills. The list of new players includes three local products in freshman linebacker Chans Cox from Lakeside, as well as freshman defensive lineman Kisima Jagne and redshirt sophomore Christian Westerman, both from Chandler. Sophomore center Nick Kelly from Orangevale, Calif. rounds out the list of spring enrollees.
Spring practice will begin on Tuesday, March 19 and is scheduled for 14 more dates over the next month with the Annual Spring Game being held on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. local time.
The game will be broadcast nationally on the Pac-12 Network and it doesn't look as if there will be any deal with DirecTV prior to the game, so if you want your first look at Cox, Jagne, Westerman and Kelly, your best bet is to head down to Sun Devil Stadium for the game—it's free to attend.
All practices will be held at the Bill Kajikawa Practice Facility, unless otherwise noted, and are open to the public. Below is the scheduled practice dates and times:
- Tuesday, March 19 - 8:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, March 20 - 8:30 a.m.
- Thursday, March 21 - 8:30 a.m.
- Saturday, March 23 - 9:00 a.m. - Sun Devil Stadium
- Tuesday, March 26 - 8:30 a.m.
- Thursday, March 28 - 8:30 a.m.
- Saturday, March 30 - Time TBD
- Tuesday, April 2 - 8:30 a.m.
- Thursday, April 4 - 8:30 a.m.
- Saturday, March 23 - Time TBD
- Tuesday, April 9 - 8:30 a.m.
- Thursday, April 11 - 8:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, April 16 - 8:30 a.m.
- Thursday, April 18 - 8:30 a.m.
Following the Saturday, March 23 practice, Coach Graham and the team will host a Football Youth Experience Clinic at Sun Devil Stadium at 11:30 a.m. The clinic will allow the first 700 boys and girls age 8-13 to participate in skill drills with the Sun Devils coaching staff and current players.
Headlining players that are returning to the Sun Devils include Consensus All-American defensive end Will Sutton and second team All Pac-12 defensive back Alden Darby.
Other notable returning players include quarterback Taylor Kelly, running backs Marion Grice and D.J. Foster, tight end Chris Coyle, linebacker Carl Bradford, defensive back Osahon Irabor, offensive linemen Evan Finkenberg and Jaxon Hood. Since they were good enough to be honorably mentioned by the Pac-12 Conference, they also receive mention here.
It will be exciting to see how both sides of the ball operate with the loss of the seniors and prior to the arrival of the full 2013 class. There are many things to be hopeful for in the Sun Devils' football future, and it is safe to say that they are all due to the environment that Coach Graham has created.
David is the Featured Columnist of Arizona State Athletics for B/R. Follow him on Twitter at @asudave.