As Arizona State approaches its first game of 2022 on Thursday against Northern Arizona, here’s a look back at some of the best quotes from the Sun Devils’ preseason camp:
ASU defensive line coach Robert Rodriguez on real freshman Robbie Harrison who doesn’t know his own strength
“You have to be careful with that guy. We were doing a drill and it almost broke my chest. I corrected him and said, ‘You have to come back to me.’ And that guy just put his hand in, I didn’t do anything. And the whole group said, ‘This guy is too strong for his own good.’ “So he’s not allowed to have any puppies at the moment, or any gerbils. So if he had a baby, he wouldn’t let me hold it for a while.”
ASU defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson on NIL’s impact on college football
“This is how I see it now. It’s free agency at our level now. You know, how much money do you have? I don’t know. Who should I send you to? He is over there. That’s all I can tell you. I hope you’re not playing for the money because if you are, depending on who you are, the quarterbacks are making all the money anyway. That didn’t change. Right? Well, I shouldn’t say that. (At USC), I mean, everybody makes money there. I wish we had some of that money.”
Senior linebacker Merlin Robertson talks about how he got in better physical shape for this season
“I stopped eating my kids’ snacks.”
Nesta Jade Silvera on DC Henderson’s focus on “effort and attitude”
“Donnie (Henderson) came in and was talking about effort and attitude. I told him you have to add the T, for toughness because we have to EAT. That’s what we have to bring as a defense, add that T to it.”
Fullback Case Hatch on Coach Edwards
“I’m going to hit for Herm every day of the week. He’s the best mentor I’ve ever had. He cares more about the players than the game of football. It’s about growing the person first and then seeing success in the game. He’s been crazy with Coach Herm. I know he’s looking to prove something, he is. He’s looking to get better, looking to do things for the team and help us have a successful year. I know Herm for who he is. does for our team and that’s what I respect. People don’t see what goes on in this building every day.”
Defensive end Michael Matus on a new candle-making hobby
“My roommates and I would go to Bath and Body Works when they had a great sale and we’d buy like 25 things. It’s really nice to have candles in the house, right? The room always smells good so it always smells good and I enjoy of the candles, so first thing, I’m spending a lot on candles, let me see if I can make my own and then I can do whatever you want.
LaDarius Henderson on low expectations of the Sun Devils by others
“We’ve already heard from every possible outlet that we suck. We’re not going to win any games. We’re horrible. We hear it from ex-players, and all kinds of people. We’re done with that. We’re playing a game. We know who we are. We’re just getting locking up. Everyone will see it. We’re not too concerned with what people think of us. We know who we are.”
Omarr Norman-Lott on the decision to return to ASU after entering the transfer portal
“I wanted to explore my options and found that ASU was the best for me. In the future, it will be the best for me. That was it. Talking to a lot of coaches, I was able to articulate better with them than they were for me. So I thought that there was more value in (defensive line) coach Rod (Robert Rodriguez) than any small NIL deal that was on the table, I found more value in coach Rod.”
Linebacker Kyle Soelle on whether Robertson is an honorary brother to Soelle, since he and his brother Connor make up two-thirds of the trio of starting linebackers.
“Anyone on the team is an honorary brother to Soelle.”
Defensive back Alijah Gammage on new secondary coach Aaron Fletcher’s coaching style
“He allows us to use our tools that we had before while giving us a new set of tools that we can choose from. It’s a good, open family.”
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