The countdown began at several months, has since been cut down to measurement in weeks, and now creeps to being identified merely by days.
The 2010 college football season is nearly here and around the country, fall camps are beginning to ensue.
At Arizona State University, though many questions exist to preface the new season, one thing that maintains a measure of certainty is the Sun Devil defense, which ranked among the country's best in 2009.
With such a strong lineup on the defensive side of the ball, most of ASU's newcomers along the defensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary are longer-term projects as the team can afford to redshirt the majority of its new defensive arrivals.
However, this is not to say that the recent acquisitions as junior college transfer Eddie Elder (pictured, No. 6) leads a group of high-potential performers poised to create an impact, whether immediately or in the years to come.
In this slideshow, Joe Healey of DevilsDigest.com breaks down each defensive member of ASU's Class of 2010 and the first-year expectations for each player.