TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's been well documented how much Arizona State lost, to graduation and early entry into the NFL Draft, from the 2013 team that won the Pac-12 South, especially on defense.
No group is as thin this spring, though, as the defensive line, which lost every 2013 starter, including All-American Will Sutton and tackles for loss leader Carl Bradford.
With the group even thinner right now with junior Jaxon Hood injured, senior Marcus Hardison is taking up leadership of the unit and positioning himself as ASU's top defensive lineman.
"We're leaning on him big-time," ASU coach Todd Graham said. "I really think he's got a chance to (emerge). ... I think he's a leader. I'm really proud of his development."
Hardison played in all 13 games last season, most often as a third-down defensive end in place of Gannon Conway, but collected just five tackles and one for loss. He didn't emerge as the Sun Devils expected when they signed him out of Dodge City (Kan.) Community College as on...