Sun Devils Wrap Up Camp


Arizona State University signal caller Andrew Walter has fired up the hopes of Sun Devil fans that he's the player who can lead the team to new PAC-10 heights.


The Arizona State University Sun Devils have wrapped up a 10-day stay at Camp Tontozona near Kohl's Ranch. The team has been conducting preseason training at the scenic mountain retreat since 1960.

At ASU's traditional preseason scrimmage Aug. 20 at Camp Tontozona, Walter completed 10 of 15 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns.

Walter's performance was reminiscent of two years ago when he led the Devils to the Holiday Bowl and a near upset of highly regarded Kansas State.

The scrimmage, which in past years has been held on Saturday, was held in wet drizzling conditions and didn't draw the Valley fans that have usually flocked to the mountain retreat for an early season glimpse of the Devils.

The mock clash marked the end of the football team's 10-day stay at Camp Tontozona near Kohl's Ranch.

While rain fell frequently during the camp stay, the Devils were able to conduct all of their practices on the Tontozona field.


Arizona State University quarterback Andrew Walker was at his best in an intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 20 at Camp Tontozona.

Last year, rain forced the team to retreat to Payson where it held five sessions on the Rumsey Park artificial surface field.

Almost $1 million in school funds were spent to upgrade the facility. The new features included two cabins, one of which will replace the trailer that formerly housed freshmen recruits in Spartan-like conditions. An additional football field also was constructed just east of the camp.

Coach Dirk Koetter said the camp stay was productive and proved to be the team bonding experience coaches were hoping for.

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