The team is one week away from the season opener against Northern Arizona, and with the scout team sporting its yellow jerseys, it’s clear the 2012 season is upon us. Players who rested the past few weeks are getting back to full health and the offensive and defensive starters are fine-tuning their every move.
Did you miss the #SunDevilClub Kick-Off Reception last night:
-Redshirt junior Max Smith practiced in full pads for the first time today and alternated with Easton Wahlstrom at long snapper
- Junior defensive tackle Jake Sheffield also returned to practice in full pads
Excerpts of the day from coach Graham:
On today’s practice:
“It was a good day defensively. We had eight turnovers going against the scout team.”
On getting Smith back:
“He snapped the ball well today. Great kid and it’s been a hard deal for him with his injury. He’s showing a lot of toughness coming back and we’re really excited to have him back.”
On who the team captains will be:
“It won’t be a popularity contest. I want guys that are winning on the field, off the field, in the classroom and in the community. You have to be a good player, but someone that that is obviously invested in the program.
“Coming out of the weekend, we’ll have two guys that will be captains for the season. Then we’ll have weekly game captains as well.”
On redshirt senior right tackle Brice Schwab:
“He’s been very steady. I think he could be a dominant player for us. He hada great spring and worked his tail off to put himself in position. I think he’s one of the best football players we have and is a guy who could be an All-Pac-12 performer.”
Starting quarterback Taylor Kelly is not your average quarterback:
Kelly races cars as a hobby and also fixes them up. ESPN’s Kevin Gemmell provides some insight into the unique passer on the ESPN Pac-12 Blog.
A photo gallery provided by his mom, Kathy, shows Taylor’s cars, as well as him in action with teammate Carl Bradford, who visited Idaho with Taylor this summer.
Take a look at the drag strip times that has Taylor listed as the fourth fastest on the sport compact qualifiers. He reached 129.83 mph, meaning those blitzing linebackers will look like they’re coming in slow motion.