Speak of the Devils Podcast Sitdown Series: Robert Rodriguez
Just a few short seasons ago, the ASU defensive line was, to put it charitably, a question mark. But under the tutelage of position coach Robert Rodriguez, it’s developed into a team strength and one of the best groups in the Pac-12. And, in a win for ASU’s Pro Model, defensive tackle DJ Davidson was drafted by the New York Giants.
Heading into the 2022 season, Rodriguez has another deep and talented group of players, but is also dealing with some uncertainty, as star tackle Jermayne Lole is the the transfer portal. He could be back, or he may leave, but Rodriguez’s track record suggests that the Sun Devil DL should again be stout and disruptive. On this episode, we discuss his group of linemen, how NIL and the portal have changed coaching, recruiting, how he’s evolved as a coach, and much more.
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