August 13, 2004
CAMP TONTOZONA - The first day here Wednesday, Josh Barrett rotated in with the first unit at safety for Arizona State.
Then he played with the second team.
And the third.
So Josh, are your coaches going to wear you out?
"I'm hoping so," the redshirt freshman said, smiling. "I'm looking to get as much P.T. (playing time) as I can."
In the parlance of stock car racing, Barrett is getting seat time.
Barrett was one of the incoming freshmen last year who quickly moved to the head of his class. He earned a spot on the varsity at Camp Tontozona.
But an injury to his shoulder, which required surgery, in the opener ended his season.
The surgery also meant he couldn't participate in spring ball.
Barrett obviously has a lot of catching up to do on the field.
"Not going through spring ball is something you don't want to reflect on, it's as negative as it is," Barrett said. "But you can sit back and learn a lot watching practice."
The promising Barrett, who at 6-foot-2, 211 pounds has the requisite size to compete in the Pac-10, will be on the field a lot this fall.
Defensive coordinator Brent Guy said he planned to rotate Riccardo Stewart, Emmanuel Franklin and Barrett at the two safety positions.
Promising offensive lineman Leo Talavou is having to do additional conditioning work after reporting to camp at 377 pounds.
Supervising the drill? Offensive line coach Brent Myers.
A summer ankle injury prevented the 6-foot-4 Talavou from working out. Nevertheless Myers said he was disappointed in the Fountain Valley, Calif., resident's weight.
"I would have liked for him to come in where he was during the Orange County All-Star game, 340," Myers said. "He just gained too much weight."
Myers said once the weight is gone, Talavou could be a standout lineman.
"I'm very excited about him," Myers said. "He's very athletic. He's really got talent. He's a pure right offensive guard."
Freshman quarterback Max Hall will leave on his Mormon mission after the season, his father said.. . . ASU great Danny White will be the color analyst for local broadcasts of games on Fox Sports Net Arizona. His first assignment will be Texas-El Paso.