Rashad Ross transferred to ASU this fall from Butte College where he was a First-Team All-American and Region-I All-California First-Team honors by the California Community College Athletic Association as a return specialist.
His speed is what brought Ross to ASU and with 4.37 40-yard dash time, he brings a lot of it.
“He’s truly fast,” coach Dennis Erickson said. “He ran a 10.4 (in the 100 meters) in a junior college meet and when you run a 10.4 electronically that’s fast. We can take advantage of that (speed). He just has to learn the offense and see where he is. He was a very effective returner in junior college.”
While returning was his forte at Butte, Ross has seen work at corner, and now finally at receiver where he figures to stick after a few really good fall practices.
I like returning the ball, that’s easy money to me,” Ross pointed out. “That’s how I look at it. If the special teams does well then the offense doesn’t have to work as hard.
“I can catch the ball too. If I get it in the open field then it’s off to the races.”
After moving over from corner earlier in the week, Ross has been able to slowly work his way up as a receiver getting a few first team reps and really showing off his speed. Still, the transition has been quick and rough for Ross who is new to this offense, and the Division-I experience as a whole.
“It’s been good but kind of complicated,” Ross said of the moving around. “I’ve really been trying to get these plays down so I can play because I really want to get out there. So I’ve just been studying the playbook. I’m not worrying about anybody in front of me; I’m worrying about myself.”
Ross admits the biggest difference so far has been how much time you spend doing football activities and how much of it is with your teammates.
“Waking up early in the morning and eating with the team has been an adjustment,” comment Ross. “When I was playing in JC we’d barely eat with the team, probably only on special occasions, but yeah I’ve been eating better now.”
Ross has been doing a lot of work with wide receivers coach Steve Broussard who he calls a “cool guy, but very strict,” but there to help his along the way as well has been injured wideout T.J. Simpson who Ross says has been helping him every time he messes up.
Even with Ross’ good fall camp so far it would be hard for him to get a lot of reps at the receiver position due to all the depth, but no doubt he will have an instant impact on the return game, hopefully filling the void left by Omar Bolden. Ross knows he’ll have to battle, but he is confident he’ll be able to help this team out.
“Personally I just want to do well and help the team in any way I can,” Ross admitted. “I’m new to this team so I’m just going with the flow.”