August 6, 2007
WR to get a boost?
Arizona State practiced in the rain for the first time this camp, but it didn't appear to have much of an impact on the schedule or the quality of the workout. In its two minute drill work, ASU saw some strong defensive play in the secondary and a good place kicking effort. But the big story may be the emergence of potentially impacting wide receiver. The Sun Devils worked on the two minute drill for the first time since camp started with mixed results. The passing game wasn't particularly in sync, especially the first-team offense. Rudy Carpenter had an overall average day, though he ended the session well. The fact that it rained lightly through much of the workout probably didn't help. Second-team quarterback Danny Sullivan was more on target with his throws and he established a good connection with freshman Kerry Taylor. Thomas Weber made both of his field goal attempts, estimated to each be around 40 or so yards, with plenty of room to spare. It may have been the part of two minute drill that Dennis Erickson was most encouraged by.
Through the first four practices, the only freshman who has been extremely impressive is Taylor. He has a very mature approach to the position. He was at every practice this spring, and sat in with the receivers in position meetings as well, which no doubt helped to give him a jump on most of his classmates. Taylor is well put together, a very good athlete with quickness and agility, and he's no doubt benefited from having several former standout wide receivers in his family to learn from. Several other freshmen have looked pretty good, but not enough that we're ready to declare them ready for immediate playing time. With Taylor, he could probably step right in and do as well as many of the receivers already on the roster if the season opener was tomorrow. At this point we'd say Taylor is very likely to impact the depth chart.
The team's most likely candidate to be the top receiver (yards) in our early opinion is Kyle Williams. He continues to look like a potential star in the making.
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