Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter is expecting a big year from senior quarterback Andrew Walter in the team’s revised offense.
"I personally think we'll see Andrew Walter play big," he said. "I'm a huge Andrew Walter fan."
ASU is planning to play out of a two tight-end formation and will utilize an H-back, which is an undersized tight end in the backfield.
Walter said of working in the new scheme, "It opens us up. Now with two tight ends we'll be more versatile on offense, I believe. Time will tell."
With the plethora of athletes, ASU has an old standard blocking tight end (Lee Burghgraef), a pass receiving tight end (Jamaal Lewis), an ex-fullback who can block from the backfield as the H-back (Kellen Mills), and an ex-wide receiver (walk-on Tyrice Thompson) who should be able to outrun linebackers.
Visitors to practice will need a roster sheet to identify the athletes working with defensive line coach Ted Monachino.
Last year's starting ends, Jimmy Verdon (rehabbing) and Ishmael Thrower (position change) aren't there.
In their stead are the familiar (Kyle Caldwell), the new (Mike Talbot, Aaron Austin) and the unheralded (Josh Brayer)
Caldwell, the top recruit of last season, figures to plant himself in the lineup for the next three seasons.
Talbot arrives from the disbanded position of fullback, while Austin is getting a look with the overload at tight end. Brayer is a walk-on at the position.
Inside, the odd-ball No. 42 really is Connor Banks, once a linebacker, last year a reserve defensive end. Joining him is senior letterman Gabe Reininger.
Sophomore tackle Ali Likio is absent because of a family matter.
Behind them are redshirt freshman Brett Palmer, walk-ons Tashaka Merriweather and Kyle Kingsbury, former fullback Joseph Aboussie, and ex-linebacker Jordan Hill, who, at least for now, has brought the high profile numero uno to a down-and-dirty position.
Two former starting cornerbacks, Emmanuel Franklin and Lamar Baker, have moved this spring. Franklin is playing safety, while Baker, who has had injury problems, the past two years, is at Devil back.