Arizona State football ended its spring 2022 showcase with the five candidates’ looks at the quarterback. However, the decision on the starter will not be made yet.
Head coach Herm Edwards calls the current situation “very fluid” and liked the talent he saw from Trenton Bourguet, Paul Tyson, Daylin McLemore, Finn Collins and Bennett Meredith.
Offensive coordinator Glenn Thomas, entering his first season at ASU, said the scripted format was more geared towards bringing in reps for each player.
“It’s hard to tell in the context of what it was and the names in particular. It was good that they all had reps and we are able to rate more movies in the future,” Thomas said.
ASU was aware of its penalties last season and worked to limit fouls throughout the spring. Edwards estimates four penalties in 70 football games at the showcase.
“The players took that to heart in training and I know that because if they have more than five penalties they have to run. They legislated that on their own. We haven’t run that many days. I give them credit,” Edwards said. “It’s easy to say, but when the season starts, we’ll see with the emotions and the anxiety. The fouls that got us non-competitive fouls where the ball didn’t hasn’t moved, so hopefully we can do better.
Incoming rookie Bennett Meredith sees action at quarterback
Meredith got off to a good start with a finish at Oliver Towns. However, he faced adversity during his time at quarterback as he faced pressure and rushed a play. A high-pitched snap went over Meredith’s head, but he l caught before the piece was declared dead.
Official attendance figures announced
Around 4,000 fans attended Saturday’s showcase.
Quarterback Finn Collins links up with Chad Johnson Jr.
Collins ends his first pass attempt on a grab from Chad Johnson Jr. Collins attempted to try again with Johnson Jr. two plays later, but the pass was caught and then abandoned on a hit after Johnson Jr. was hit by defensive back Khoury Bethley.
Collins’ transfer to Tevin White was good for a touchdown.
Daylin McLemore at quarterback
McLemore made the most of his time with three completions and made his own run.
Kicks come into play
Feely went 5 of 6 at distances of 21, 28, 33, 38, 43 and 46 yards. Feely was short on the 46-yard attempt.
Tyson arrives at quarterback
Paul Tyson was quarterback after Bourguet. Tyson connected with incoming freshman running back Tevin White for a diving catch for a 15-yard gain.
Wide receiver Bryan Thompson makes the longest play of the night so far for a 40-yard connection from Tyson. The next play was against Thompson again from the same distance, but was off target.
Tyson then made a short play to tight end Bryce Pierre for a gain of five yards. Pierre was arrested by Merlin Robertson.
Bourguet first-team starter as quarterback
Trenton Bourguet was part of the first team during the exercises at 11 against 11. Bourguet is one of five candidates for the starting position left vacant this offseason. His first pass for Ricky Pearsall was incomplete. Bourget’s handover to Daniyel Ngata went for 15 yards. Bourguet’s 20-yard pass to Elijhah Badger was his longest pass of the streak.
Xazavian Valladay made a third-and-two and the penalty marker went down.
Kicking was an issue for ASU last season with the longest field goal made at 40 yards.
In the showcase, Jace Feely scored two field goals, one from 21 yards and the other from 31 yards. Eddie Czaplicki was playing for ASU
Feely will compete for the kicking spot with new high school recruit Carter Brown and Colorado State transfer Robert Liss. Neither were present for the spring season.
Former Sun Devils Present
Several former ASU players were in attendance ahead of the spring showcase, including this year’s NFL prospects running back Rachaad White, cornerback Chase Lucas, defensive end Tyler Johnson, long snapper Erik Dickerson, offensive lineman Kellan Diesch and linebacker Darien Butler. Arizona Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Frank Darby.
Former All-Pro wide receiver and 11-year NFL veteran Chad Johnson attended for his son, ASU wide receiver Chad Johnson Jr.
Sporting Director Ray Anderson was also present.
List of non-participants
Defensive linemen Jermayne Lole and Nesta Jade Silvera were not participating in the showcase. Both are recovering from previous injuries.