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ASU coverage you might find interesting:
Doug Haller, azcentral.com, has a revealing interview with ASU defensive standout Will Sutton. The Q&A delves into Sutton’s health and areas of improvement for 2013:
“How many games last year were you 100 percent?
‘All of them until Oregon. Then Oregon State I was probably 75 percent and I was close to 100 percent the rest of the season until the (Arizona) game. Against U of A, I got hurt in the first quarter and was probably 45 percent the rest of the way. In the bowl game I was about 60 percent.’
Forty-five percent against Arizona?
‘Yeah, but I wasn’t coming out of that game.’
What difference would you have made against Oregon had you not gotten hurt in the first quarter?
‘Man, I would’ve helped stop the run up the middle for one thing. That’s all they were doing.’”
State Press reporter Eric Smith provides the latest notes and observations from ASU preseason practice. He describes the progress made by promising wide-out Joe Morris, who started practicing fully with the Sun Devils on Wednesday after dealing with a nagging foot injury for most of fall camp:
“Morris is now competing for the No. 5 wide receiver slot, the final starting wideout spot, but he does have a place on almost every special team.
It could be a couple of weeks before we see Morris in game action as a receiver, but Morris is hoping to be ready sooner than that by doing things like extra sprints after practice.
‘I’m working to (start) week one,’ Morris said. ‘Every rep that I get I’m going to take advantage of. I can only control what I can control. Right now, that’s my effort, so that’s why I’m giving extra.’”
They say that psychology has a lot to do with competitive sports. We agree. Apparently ASU football coach Todd Graham does, too. Fox Sports Arizona’s Tyler Lockman had an interesting article yesterday that described Graham’s approach in preparing his team to meet the mental challenges of an entire season:
“Arizona State coach Todd Graham is well aware that the coming season offers perhaps the biggest opportunity of his career, and he’s taking extra steps to make the most of it.
In discussing ASU’s season-opening game with Sacramento State, Graham shared that he has consulted with sports psychologists about how to keep players motivated for an entire season, among other things.
‘I would tell you, the first 15 years of my coaching career, I’ve never done that,’ Graham said. ‘But I want to do whatever I can do to help us win. I visit with them every week trying to figure out ways to do things better.’
Graham said he consulted with a leadership group that visited the team over the summer in addition to his conversations with sports psychologists, one of which has worked with NFL teams.”