April 1, 2007

Spring Hot 11

Arizona State has reached the halfway point of its spring practice schedule. Following the team's second scrimmage on Saturday, it's time to update our Hot 11, which is essentially a detailed look at the 11 players making the biggest impression on us to this point in the spring. The list features a few newcomers to the program, and several others who did not play for the Sun Devils last season.

Kyle Williams -- With Rudy Burgess and Nate Kimbrough sitting out, Williams has emerged as the go-to receiver of quarterback Rudy Carpenter. In the ASU pro-set with three receivers, Williams plays in the slot, where he's often matched up against a safety or linebacker. On Saturday, he got the best of Troy Nolan on several big plays and had touchdowns of 50 and 70 yards, with much of the work done after the catch on both plays. After being forced into duty last year as a true freshman, Williams had modest success in the second half of the season. With that experience under his belt, and some additional size and strength, it's looking as though Williams will be on of the top wideouts on the roster. He's been playing with a real swagger over the first two weeks of camp, and appears to have a tremendous amount of confidence. Williams reminds us of several of the slot receivers that USC has had over the last couple decades. Though he may not have that extra blazing gear of speed that former standout ASU receiver Shaun McDonald had, Williams has many comparable traits and he could eventually become the closest thing to McDonald that ASU has had since the 2002 season.

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