Arizona State Sun Devils football could launch a mighty rushing offense in 2022

The Arizona State Sun Devils will feature a virtually unrecognizable offense in terms of returning players in 2022 following an exodus of starters through the NCAA transfer portal and the 2022 NFL Draft.

Gone is three-year-old starting quarterback Jayden Daniels and running backs Rachaad White and DeaMonte “Chip” Trayanum from what was a powerful rushing offense in 2021. Passing offense may not have been as effective , but the four best receivers of 2021, including wide receiver Ricky Pearsall, also disappeared from the program.

The Sun Devils were set to enter 2022 with complete inexperience at quarterback with the initial options of Trenton Bourguet and Alabama transferring Paul Tyson combining for just 28 career pass attempts. The running back room fired Daniyel Ngata for his third season in Tempe and brought in Wyoming transfer and two-time 1,000-yard rusher Xazavien Valladay to help soften losses to White and Trayanum.

On the surface, Ngata and Valladay would be the Sun Devils’ answer to the departures of White and Trayanum, but replacing Daniels’ 710 rushing yards seemed unlikely. However, when former Florida quarterback Emory Jones announced his intention to move to Arizona State, that hole suddenly felt filled.

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Jones is coming off a season where he led the Gators in rushing yards with 759 and has proven throughout his career to be a dangerous rusher at quarterback. That bodes well for the Sun Devils, who have seen Daniels become an elite runner in 2021.

With Jones seemingly able to pick up the pace where Daniels left off, Arizona State once again has the makings of a really good ground attack in 2022.

The Sun Devils will likely need this running game to propel their offense this year with an unproven and unknown receiving corps in place. Returning receivers Andre Johnson and Bryan Thompson have combined for just over 300 receiving yards in 2021, and both have a lot to prove in 2022. Incoming transfer wide receiver Cam Johnson has shown prowess over the course of his four seasons at Vanderbilt, but he’ll also have to prove he can acclimate quickly to a new offense after missing spring training.

With responsibility on the ground game set to be the main focal point of the offense, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the unit produce some showy numbers to show they’re capable of picking up the slack for the rest of the team. offense. With three exciting runners and a few other intriguing deep guys like Deonce Elliott and Tevin White, the Sun Devils could have a fierce offense of their own in the 2022 season.