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ASU Football heads up to Camp Tontozona

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The Arizona State football team has made the trip up north to Camp Tontozona (“Camp T”), where they will practice until Saturday.

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On Saturday, the Sun Devils will have a scrimmage open to the public beginning at 9 a.m. at Camp T.

The annual tradition, which started back in 1959 under legendary coach Frank Kush, had been put on hold the last few years because of field turf renovations, COVID restrictions, and weather conditions.

Now, the Sun Devils are back under first-year coach Kenny Dillingham. Including this morning, ASU has had nine fall camp practices in Tempe so far and will have three more (including Saturday’s scrimmage) at Camp T.

The camp is located just past Payson.

“Mountains skirt the camp with water, contributing much of the beauty to the area with clear-running Tonto Creek just a moment’s walk from the practice field. As a matter of fact, the bubbling springs on the camp property are a popular place for a cold drink or a refreshing natural whirlpool after practice. The creek is even more popular after drills,” the original press release states.

Some notes for those attending:

We have heard from numerous players and coaches over the past few weeks about the experience. There’s been a lot of mixed reactions about being excited to be part of a unique tradition, but also the challenges that come with going away from the outside world with all of your teammates, coaches and staff for a few days.

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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