The Arizona State football team took the practice field last week for the first time in 2013 and this season seemed different than before. Last season's first spring practice saw the introduction of head coach Todd Graham and his staff. This season, the players are more comfortable and familiar with Graham, but that doesn't mean it's the same old, same old.
Coach Graham has opted this year for shorter, more intense practices. I had the opportunity to visit practices last week and was surprised by this trend.
“We will only go 20 periods,” Graham said. “It is a lot faster, but we’re getting a lot more reps in a shorter period of time. So I thought today was really good.”
Senior center Kody Koebensky shared his thoughts about the new practice regime.
“He didn’t keep us out there that long, but during that time frame, I mean, he gets 100 percent out us, whether we want to or not,” Koebensky said. “We’re getting real good work within that two hours.”
Thursday's practice was the first time that the Devils padded up and experienced full contact since the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 29.
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*Quotes obtained firsthand.
David is the Featured Columnist of Arizona State Athletics for B/R. Follow him on Twitter at @asudave.