• Coach Todd Graham after final practice at Camp Tontozona

    Coach Todd Graham after final practice at Camp Tontozona

  • ASU Sun Devil fans sound off on Camp Tontozona

    ASU Sun Devil fans sound off on Camp Tontozona

  • Players talk about the final practice at Camp Tontozona

    Players talk about the final practice at Camp Tontozona

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    Final day at Camp Tontozona for ASU football team

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    Todd Graham after Camp T practice Thursday

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    ASU’s Todd Graham on Sun Devil leadership

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    ASU Football: wrapping up Day 3 at Camp T

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    Tuesday at Camp Tontozona: ‘Probably our best day’

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    Monday at Camp T: ASU coach Todd Graham

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    Video: Day 1 at Camp Tontozona for ASU

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    Day 1 at Camp T: Greg Moore and Doug Haller

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    What ASU fans should know about Camp Tontozona

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    ASU football leaves for Camp Tontozona

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    ASU players share favorite Todd Graham moments

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    Todd Graham talks shorter halftimes and linebacker depth before camp

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    Doug Haller at Pac-12 Media Days in Los Angeles

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    PAC-12 media days: Washington has bullseye on its back

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    ASU wide receivers John Humphrey and Ryan Newsome

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    ASU Head Coach Todd Graham, OC Billy Napier and QBs talk after practice

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    Coach Todd Graham gives tour of new Student Athlete Facility

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    ASU football: Breaking of the rock

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    Important dates for ASU football’s 2017 preseason

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    Paying homage to ASU legend Frank Kush

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    ASU football legend Frank Kush passes away at 88

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    ASU’s West Side Club at Sun Devil Stadium

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    Mixed emotions: Kush’s death; draft excitement

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    Breaking down Arizona State football’s 2017 schedule

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    ASU football – 10 players to watch in 2017

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    ASU football: 5 areas of concern

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    Who will be the starting QB at ASU?

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    5 observations from ASU spring football

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    Early preseason top 10 college football teams for 2017

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    Wide receivers shine in ASU football spring game

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    ASU shows off some offense in spring game

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    Sights from ASU football’s spring game

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    2017 ASU Spring Game & Fan Fest

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    Todd Graham: ‘The big thing is to get better fundamentally’

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    ASU coach Graham on Richard, Hill and more

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    ASU defensive line coach Michael Slater gives instructions at practice

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    Todd Graham speaks after ASU holds first spring scrimmage

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    ASU football completes second week of spring practice

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    Todd Graham on new consultants White, Christensen

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    ASU QB Blake Barnett on starting spring

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    Todd Graham on opening of ASU spring practice

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    ASU football opens spring practice

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    Transfer QB Blake Barnett on coming to ASU to compete

  • Billy Napier discusses first day of ASU practice

    Billy Napier discusses first day of ASU practice

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    Todd Graham talks staffing challenges, 2017 season

The Tontozona experience served its purpose. As Arizona State packed up for the 97-mile return trip back to Tempe, the Sun Devils felt good about what they had accomplished during their week-long stay among the pines.

“I felt like we got a lot out of it,” sophomore quarterback Blake Barnett said. “Not just on the football field, but off the field, too. You really get to bond and know people more than you would just going to school every day and practicing and lifting. I mean, you’re living with these guys for almost a week straight. People are talking bunk-to-bunk before bed. There were a lot of real conversations out here.”

“Best fall camp I’ve been a part of,” senior center A.J. McCollum said.

At the same time, ASU has much to do. The Sun Devils have 25 days before the season kicks off against New Mexico State. Four takeaways from Camp Tontozona:

Finalize the front five

The offensive line actually had some nice moments at Tontozona. Offensive line coach Rob Sale admitted that while coaches never are satisfied with depth, ASU’s sixth, seventh and eighth linemen had started to emerge.

At the same time, Sale’s experimentation bit the Sun Devils during Saturday’s scrimmage. Four players – McCollum, junior Sam Jones, sophomore Cade Cote and sophomore Cohl Cabral – took first-team reps at center last week. As a result, ASU had several poor snaps in the scrimmage. Not all were on the centers – a few the quarterbacks simply mishandled – but even one is too many.

“I wouldn’t even call it an issue,” Barnett said. “It was more of a mishap. There are a substantial number of guys working at center and with that you get a different snap, different speed, different location every time, so it’s kind of foreign to us.”

The sooner ASU can finalize its front, however, the sooner the Sun Devils can start building chemistry.

“It’s never as good as you think it is, and it’s never as bad as you think it is,” Jones said. “We’ll get a lot of those things figured out.”

Keep building defensive confidence

Perhaps the most satisfied coach leaving Tontozona: defensive coordinator Phil Bennett. The Sun Devils were surprisingly solid in Saturday’s scrimmage. They pressured the quarterback and were strong in pass coverage.

“We were able to pressure without being stupid,” Bennett said. “We’re doing something that we call ‘replaced blitzing,’ trying to break the protections down, and I think that’s helped us. I told them: ‘I’ll be the most disappointed guy in the world if we don’t make drastic improvement.’ ”

Not long after the Tontozona scrimmage, senior linebacker DJ Calhoun tweeted: “Our defense will shock a lot of people this year … just wait on it.”

After last year’s dismal performance, any improvement – no matter how big or small – would be welcomed among the fan base. Saturday’s scrimmage was an encouraging step, but it can’t be the last.

“We’ve got everything implemented,” Bennett said. “Now instead of just running it, we got to be exceptional in how we do it.”

Elevate quarterback play

As fans walked to their cars after Saturday’s scrimmage, many grumbled about ASU’s quarterback play. Both junior Manny Wilkins and Barnett failed to impress.

Wilkins last week took at least 80 percent of ASU’s first-team snaps, suggesting this remains his job to lose. While Wilkins at times looked sharp in practice, he never found much of a rhythm Saturday. Put simply, he has to be better. And he realizes as much.

“They’re both maturing as players,” Napier said. “They’re both getting more comfortable within the system. They’ve both had good days and bad days, but I like where we’re at. Once we narrow down who’s going to play, we’ll start developing a little better chemistry. Our execution level will increase, but we definitely need to improve our chemistry and our timing.”

Find a spot for No. 6

In most cases, true freshmen who play their first seasons don’t have significant roles. They’re good enough to help on special teams or back up starters, getting experience in limited duty.

Eno Benjamin can do more.

The freshman running back was a star of Tontozona week. On his first touch in Saturday’s scrimmage, he gashed ASU’s first-team defense for 32 yards. The way it looks, he simply won’t back up seniors Kalen Ballage and Demario Richard, he’ll play alongside them.

“You can see he’s very productive,” Napier said. “One of the things I’ve always believed about running backs: You put on that high school film, if a guy can run the ball, sometimes it’s a natural deal. He certainly has instincts and natural ability with the ball. We need to continue to work on his ball security, but I think overall he’s one of the players we’ll try to get the ball to.”

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