Here are 10 Arizona State football players whose performance in 2017 will go a long way toward determining if the Sun Devils will have their first winning season since 2014.
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Jay Dieffenbach and Doug Haller discuss: Will it be newcomer Blake Barnett, or will Manny Wilkins hold on to the job? Video: azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jeff Metcalfe takes a look at some pressing issues for the Sun Devils heading into 2017.
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Jeff Metcalfe takes a closer look at some of the top issues surrounding the Sun Devils football team. Video: azcentral sports
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The college football season doesn’t start until the fall but it’s never too early to start looking ahead.
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Wide receivers, including John Humphrey and Ryan Newsome, were the headliners Saturday at the Arizona State football spring game.
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Offensive highlights from ASU’s spring game on Saturday.
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Hyperlapse of ASU’s spring football game.
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Arizona State head football coach Todd Graham talks about his team’s second spring scrimmage on Friday, April 7. Video: Jeff Metcafle/azcentral sports
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ASU football coach Todd Graham talks about Demario Richard, Christian Hill and more after spring practice on Wednesday, April 5.
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ASU defensive line coach Michael Slater gives instructions to his players at Monday’s workout in Tempe. Video: azcentral sports
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Coach Todd Graham says defense came out ahead by limiting big plays during ASU’s first spring scrimmage on Wednesday. Jeff Metcalfe/azcentral sports
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Arizona State football completed its sixth spring practice Friday at Sun Devil Stadium with nine practices remaining over the next three weeks. The spring game is April 15.
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ASU football coach Todd Graham discusses hiring Danny White and Dave Christensen as consultants. Jeff Metcalfe/azcentral sports
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Quarterback Blake Barnett, a transfer from Alabama, is in his first year at Arizona State. He is competing with four returners to be the starting QB.
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Arizona State head coach Todd Graham discusses the first day of football spring practice on March 14, 2017 at the Kajikawa Practice Facility in Tempe, Ariz. By Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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ASU football begins sixth season under coach Todd Graham with five new assistant coaches. (Jeff Metcalfe/azcentral sports)
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Transfer quarterback Blake Barnett talks about coming to ASU to compete for the starting job on Wednesday. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
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Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier discusses the first day of football spring practice on March 14, 2017 at the Kajikawa Practice Facility in Tempe, Ariz. By Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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ASU football coach Todd Graham talks about the challenge of hiring “good people” and losing them to other schools entering ASU’s 2017 season on Wednesday. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
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Kareem Orr, Arizona State’s most experienced defensive back, is transferring to Tennessee Chattanooga for personal reasons.
Orr is a junior cornerback from Chattanooga who played 23 games combined as a freshman and sophomore and was expected to start again this season. He had six interceptions in 2015 when he was a freshman All-America and seven in his ASU career plus a combined 91 tackles.
In a social media post Tuesday, Orr said, “I would like to thank ASU for everything they have done for me in these past two years.”
Orr went on to mention ASU coach Todd Graham and others who mentored Orr during his time in Tempe. “With that being said, due to issues that have occurred over the past weeks, I will be transferring from ASU and continuing my journey at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.”
UT Chattanooga plays in the Football Championship Subdivision, which means Orr will be eligible to play this season. The Mocs, who play in the Southern Conference, were 9-4 in 2016 and reached the second round of the FCS playoffs.
Without Orr, ASU’s top cornerbacks coming out of spring are redshirt freshman Chase Lucas and senior Maurice Chandler.
The Sun Devils have six scholarship defensive backs coming in for fall camp — freshmen Langston Frederick, Alex Perry, Evan Fields and K.J. Jarrell and junior college transfers DeMonte King and Kobe Williams.
ASU is investing heavily personnel-wise in its secondary, which ranked last nationally in passing yards allowed in 2015 and 2016. Losing Orr and safety Armand Perry, who recently retired from football due to injury, is a significant setback from an experience standpoint.