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ASU football releases Week One depth chart

ASU S Xavion Alford was not listed on the team's depth chart, as it is unclear if his transfer waiver was declined or not. © Diannie Chavez/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Arizona State football team has released its depth chart for Thursday’s season opener at Mountain America Stadium against Southern Utah.

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This depth chart is pretty consistent with my prediction, which I released last Friday. I broke down more of coach Kenny Dillingham’s reasoning for each position.

Predicting ASU football’s offensive and defensive rotations

Key quote from Dillingham in this:

“‘Okay, we have starters, great.’ That’s like the famous thing people always talk about. Who are on the field when the game matters the most? And those are the people we trust, that person may not start. They may not fit in the game plan to open in 11 personnel. We may start the game at 12. But our A receiver may be on the field when the game’s on the line because we trust them. Or we may have three different wide receivers on the field when the game’s on the line instead of the starter … Same thing on defense. It’s all about who you trust when the game’s on the line. (That’s) the most important thing to me, not who takes the field first.”

Important Takeaways/Notes

Here are some of my takeaways from this official depth chart:

  • Injuries: QB Drew Pyne, DT Anthoine Cooper (would have started I think), DT C.J. Fite, S Montana Warren, WR Jordyn Tyson, OL Ben Coleman
  • USC transfer Xavion Alford is not listed on this depth chart, as he awaits the ruling on his NCAA waiver
  • 17 transfers listed as potential starters (ASU had 30 transfers)
  • 11 true freshmen listed on depth chart (Dillingham said 3-8 could see the field)
  • Elijhah Badger (listed as starting X) and Will Shaffer (listed as second-string LB) will miss the first half of Thursday’s game
  • 50/50 spots:
    • Slot WR: Gio Sanders or Melquan Stovall (has been this way all camp)
    • LT: Isaia Glass or Bram Walden (Dillingham said it would be like this last week)
    • RG: Joey Ramos or Cade Briggs (Briggs has filled in everywhere, so he could get significant reps at any OL position)
    • CB: Demetrius Ford or Ed Woods (this was expected as well, both have been very impressive in a deep room)
  • Very little surprises, but here’s some to me:
    • Sophomore RB Kyson Brown listed as third running back (Thought it would be Jacobs or Hart)
    • Joey Ramos’ spot is up for grabs with Cade Briggs (Dillingham did say 5-8 offensive linemen could take the field)
    • Tristan Monday getting the starting nod (has been getting first-team reps in practice but this is big for the Saguaro High School product in his first season at ASU)

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The game will kick off on Thursday at 7 p.m. MST and will be televised on Pac-12 Network.

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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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