Author: Ryland Kelwood

Ryland Kelwood has been writing for Gridiron Heroics since July 2022, covering the following college football teams: Arizona State Sun Devils and Arizona Wildcats, with a little bit of Denver Broncos sprinkled in. After obtaining an MBA in Sports Business at Grand Canyon University (Go Lopes!) in 2019, it was time to truly pursue the passion of writing and discussing sports as a profession. Twitter - @RKsportsdept

The Arizona State Sun Devils Quarterbacks group is under new offensive management and it is full of battles to observe. Generally, while we don’t think about it, the back-up QB position is often overlooked–but vital for offensive continuity. The Sun Devils are going with Emory Jones– Florida transfer. Yet, who is going to be the back-up and 3rd string? There are a mixture of experience and youth on the roster. While it is not uncommon to see inexperienced 1st or 2nd year players grab hold of starting positions, it is tough to do when significant talent and experience are in…

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The Arizona Wildcats are abundant in talent (both from its recruiting class and transfer portal) and geared for vast improvement. That gives them a significant chance at being a “dark horse” candidate for success within the Pac-12 South division and in the conference overall. There are multiple position groups that are poised for a great season, I reviewed some in Part I. I will move to two special position groups that will help out the Arizona Wildcats. Offensive Line With the Offensive Line, it is important to start the best five players to protect QB Jayden de Laura and give…

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The Arizona Wildcats are gearing up for more wins and are looking to improve from last season in year two of the Jedd Fisch era. While the first year was filled with a lot of growing pains and a 1-11 record, there is renewed optimism and excitement. Thanks to a superb recruiting class and improvement in most, if not all, positions within the team – the Arizona Wildcats are looking to prove people wrong. The Arizona Wildcats Offense Quarterbacks After starting four different quarterbacks last season, Fisch may have the position in place for years to come, as the QB…

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The 2022 preseason All Pac-12 conference teams have been announced ahead of the conference’s media day, occurring on Friday July 29th in Los Angeles. The teams were selected by the media, who cover Pac-12 football. Defending conference champ Utah and Southern Cal lead with six players apiece on first team. Our beloved Sun Devils are indicated in bold print. First Team Offense QB         Caleb Williams (USC) RB          Zach Charbonnet (UCLA) RB          Tavion Thomas (Utah) WR         Jordan Addison (USC) WR         Mario Williams (USC) TE           Brant Kuithe (Utah) OL          Jaxson Kirkland (Washington) OL          Braeden…

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The Wide Receivers are a position group that the Denver Broncos are having deliberations on during Training Camp. It will come down to how many WRs they will want on the team and who will occupy those spots. Position Locks There are at least 4 players that are locks of being on the final roster. Courtland Sutton 50 games – 175 catches for 2658 yards and 12 touchdowns Jerry Jeudy 26 games – 90 catches for 1323 yards and three touchdowns Tim Patrick 55 games – 143 catches for 2009 yards and 12 touchdowns KJ Hamler 16 games – 35…

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The Denver Broncos are looking to the offensive line group to protect valuable asset QB Russell Wilson and create running lanes for RBs Javonte Williams, Melvin Gordan, and Mike Boone. This means putting out the best five men to do that job With training camp just around the corner, roster projections and interesting player stories emerge – as we are all in anticipation of the start of pre-season (if you are a fan of it) and regular season. The Big Guys Up Front Tackles: Garett Bolles, Billy Turner, Calvin Anderson, Tom Compton, Quinn Bailey, Casey Tucker, and (2022 undrafted college…

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The Denver Broncos were certainly excited and dreaming of the impact that Bradley Chubb will provide since being drafted 5th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft out of North Caroline State. The Broncos picked up Bradley Chubb’s fifth year option, which will pay him $12.7 million this upcoming season. Has he done enough to earn a contract extension or is this a “prove it” year? The Run-Down Being paired with All-Pro and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller, at the time, was going to be the talk of the AFC West for years to come. But fan-favorite and franchise beloved…

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The look into the Arizona State Sun Devils secondary position group [defensive backs] will end with more review on the remaining players on the roster. These are going to be the “diamonds in the rough”, overlooked, and under-the-radar players that certainly have a chip on their shoulders, to play regularly. If you missed it, here is Part 1. Players (continued) Conner Lewis – Redshirt Sophomore from Phoenix, AZ. 6’ 2’’ 180lbs. Safety/Defensive back. *Side note: Lewis entered the transfer portal on October 22, 2021, but no update to transfer status. Highlights Research for stats during his short tenure in Tempe…

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In my previous article, I analyzed the Offensive and Defensive groups of the Sun Devils team. But one group that should get some positive attention on them, is the Arizona State Secondary – defensive backs. Because, while the secondary may not be considered a strength of the team, those athletes have at least some opportunity and time during Summer and Fall practices to collectively improve and intensively prepare for the upcoming season. Repetition, attention to detail, and some form of coaching can attribute to improvement and (importantly) development. With the players – reps (in practice and possibly in-game) are present,…

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It is approximately 45 days until the Arizona State Sun Devils kick off their season, against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on September 1, 2022. Conference Pre-Season Polls The Sun Devils have largely been picked to finish last or close to last within the South Division of the Pac-12 conference and between 9th to 11th overall –  according to multiple writers. For example: Writer Steven Lassan predicts that Arizona State will finish 5th in the South division and Sports Illustrated predicts that ASU will finish 10th overall in the conference. Let us take a look at why that is. The program…

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