ASU Camp Tontozona Report

By: Kayla Mortellaro and Charles Wulf 

TEMPE, Ariz.— The Arizona State Sun Devils wrapped up their fourth edition of Camp Tontozona Saturday afternoon.

The Sun Devils started the scrimmage at 10:00 a.m. and played two full quarters of scrimmage football with starting quarterback Mike Bercovici getting about 25-30 plays with the first team offense, and Bryce Perkins, Brady White, and Manny Wilkins all splitting time. The third quarter turned to situational football, with the first team offense and defense paving the way for the rest of the team to play.

Takeaways from Camp T:

  • Kalen Ballage proved to be an impact player at running back. He broke three tackles for big runs, caught passes out of the backfield, and scored one touchdown run.
  • Who will play “Devil Backer”? Head Coach Todd Graham said the Camp T scrimmage did not differentiate any one player to slide in to the Devil Backer role.
  • How will the depth chart at quarterback look following starter Mike Bercovici? Bryce Perkins earned the first snap after Bercovici, followed by Brady White, and Manny Wilkins. Is that how it will all work out for game one? Coach Graham said he will review the tape from Saturday, but he did not like the few turnovers that happened.
  • The defense was not allowed to tackle Bercovici, but Perkins, White, and Wilkins showed toughness and scrambling ability.
  • DJ Foster had about seven reps on offense. Graham said he knows what Foster can do, and was allowing players like Ballage, Demario Richard, Jason Lewis, and Jacom Brimhall to showcase what they can do at running back.
  • There was a concerted effort at running the ball at the goal-line. As coach Graham said, he wants the team to establish it’s identity as a physical, down-hill running team.
Former ASU Head Coach Frank Kush being carried off the field at the end of the Camp T scrimmage. Photo by NBC Sports Radio AM 1060.

Former ASU Head Coach Frank Kush carried off the field at the end of the Camp T. Photo by NBC Sports Radio AM 1060.

  • Special teams has been an emphasis bringing in former NFL coach Shawn Slocum in the offseason. On Saturday, kick-off coverage looked good. The punting unit had a bobbled snap. But in situational football, backed up at the goal-line, the punting unit was successful at blocking and getting the kick away without problems.
  • The defense held the offense on fourth down to end Camp T, winning the situational competition.
  • Coach Graham wanted to show respect and honor to former coach Frank Kush (176-54-1 record in 22 years as head coach of ASU). Kush talked to the team after practiced wrapped up and the team carried Kush off the field to the crowd cheering.
  • Over 6,100 fans came to Camp T to watch the scrimmage.