Rain Sends Devils To Rumsey

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Arizona State University's season opening practice originally scheduled for Camp Tontozona was held Aug. 10 at Rumsey Park due to heavy rain at the camp a day earlier.

The downpours also canceled a walk-through practice that was to be held Aug. 9 at Tontozona.

At Rumsey, the state of the art all-weather Fieldturf surface on the south field held up well under the constant barrage of the more than 100, 200-plus-pound players.

"The field is in excellent shape," Payson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind said.

A small band of Valley-area football fans joined a group of inquisitive Payson onlookers at the practice as the players toiled through a two-hour session.

Much of the fan attention during a short scrimmage midway through practice was focused on quarterback Sam Keller who led the Sun Devils to a come-from-behind 27-23 victory over Purdue in the 2004 Sun Bowl.

Keller is expected to take over as starting quarterback replacing Andrew Walter who graduated from ASU last spring and is now with the Oakland Raiders.

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In an Aug. 10 scrimmage at Rumsey Park, Arizona State University linebacker Antone Saulsberry (41) of Bellflower, Calif., used an unusual type of butt-block on an opposing player.

Following the morning session, the players showered at Taylor Pool, returned to Camp Tontozona for lunch then practiced for a second time that afternoon at Rumsey.

The Sun Devils are scheduled to host two fan scrimmages --8:35 a.m. Aug. 13 and Aug. 19.

According to ASU officials, if the Camp Tontozona field is not playable, those scrimmages could be held at Rumsey.

There is no admission for practices or scrimmages and they are open to the public.

ASU is ranked 20th in preseason rankings by Sports Illustrated.

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