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August 18, 2011Arizona State concluded fall camp by turning the Verde Dickey Dome into a veritable bizzaro world Wednesday evening. Suddenly robust road-graders Kyle Middlebrooks, Jamal Miles and Marcus Washington carved gaping holes for Sil Ajawara, Vi Teofilo and Jamil Douglas.
A handful of oblivious onlookers, namely the staff member charged with writing this report, failed to identify any irregularities until a pair of conscientious observers, namely Rivals staff members past or present, dropped hints like bunker busting bombs, eventually penetrating the thick skull of the aforementioned dolt.
Ah, they switched jerseys. It's a ruse!
Whether individuals conspired to confound the crowd of observers for kicks, or simply did it for the pleasure of wearing another man's sweat, determining the many players involved in this insidious game of dress-up proved to be a bane for all the beat guys and guy noires, particularly the one coming off the bench for ASUDevils.
Here are observations, notes and quotes from the morning and afternoon practices.
8:00: A military helicopter flies above the practice field. Below it, route combination drills are run in the red-zone out of multiple three and four wide receiver sets. Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone and coach Dennis Erickson were particularly distressed with the lack of depth the outside receivers were getting on their routes, making them easily defensible and not giving enough underneath space to corresponding route runners.
"Attack the outside shoulder," receivers coach Steve Broussard barked.
Senior receiver George Bell was lauded for his route running technique however, disguising his chair route as a fade, prompting Mazzone to use him as an example on the next play.
"It has to all look the same," Mazzone told Bell's teammates. Bell is nothing like the player that suffered from drops, injuries and a deformed route tree last year.
Quarterback performance in morning team drills
Osweiler threw a second interception in team drills in the morning, this time forcing the ball into the back of the endzone where three defenders had suffocating coverage. Sophomore Alden Darby came up with the pick.