TEMPE, Ariz. -- As Arizona State receiver Kevin Ozier went to meet with coach Todd Graham for the first time, a heavy burden weighed on his shoulders.
Ozier, then a walk-on coming off his third season with the Sun Devils, had roughly $4,000 in tuition debt from the previous semester. He wasn't sure he would be able to register for classes and continue his career at ASU.
Wednesday evening marked the last fall camp session for the Sun Devils and the first time in a couple of weeks where senior Kevin Ozier took snaps aa starting wide receiver.
After last week’s 27-17 win against Cal, the casual fan may have not known who Kevin Ozier is, but also be unaware of the play making abilities that he possesses. Already doubling his career reception total just five games into the season, the former walk-on wide receiver is quickly becoming a key part in the Sun Devils’ offense.
There is no question that the ASU wide receivers had an especially rough outing in the 24-20 loss to Missouri. One of the members of that group, Kevin Ozier, says that the lessons learned from that contest can certainly help the Sun Devils bounce back as they prepare for the Utah game and the beginning of Pac-12 play.
Last season, Arizona State’s receiving corps boasted a great deal of individual talent, but with the loss of playmakers like Gerell Robinson and Aaron Pflugrad, the Sun Devils are looking for a new group to arise this spring. Despite being lean on experience, receivers like Kevin Ozier, no longer just a walk-on, are looking to make their mark in the new high-octane ASU offense.