Through the first eleven practices for the Sun Devils, Dennis Erickson and offensive line coach Gregg Smith have tried to find the right formula for success up front.
When fall camp opened up the offensive line looked like this.
(from left to right) Shawn Lauvao, John Hargis, Garth Gerhart, Mike Marcisz, and Tom Njunge.
Following Friday's practice, and during the morning session, ASU's offensive line sported a patchwork offensive line similar to last season: Lauvao, Hargis, Thomas Altieri, Gerhart, Matt Hustad.
Erickson and the Sun Devils have been rock solid on the left side. Although the story is not as pretty on the right side for ASU.
Zack Schlink, who has been penciled in to start at right guard, has been slowed by a nagging knee injury, following his off-season surgery.
Although when he has practiced, Schlink has looked impressive, but his obstacle seems to be remaining healthy.
Schlink's back-up, Mike Marcisz has had an up-and-down fall camp before being sidelined as well.
With lack of depth at the guard position, Erickson and Smith chose to move last years starting center Thomas Altieri back to the No. 1 center, and move Garth Gerhart to right guard.
Gerhart has not been as affective at guard as his natural position at center however. This move might just be to give Gerhart experience at guard, in case of injury during the regular season to the Sun Devil guards.
At right tackle Tom Njunge has been up and down and has not shown much consistency. These average performances has opened up an opportunity for the often injured Matt Hustad to get a chance to shine.
Hustad has looked good in pass protection but has struggled at times in the running game.
Many around the program have felt, that Hustad might be moved inside to guard to allow Gerhart to move back to his natural position at center.
This story is in the early stages, check back following the Georgia trip to gain more juicy details.