With rampant losses on both sides of the ball, there are concerns almost everywhere new Arizona State coach Todd Graham looks. But some concerns are greater than others.

Here’s a look at the top three position battles Graham hopes will elevate play with Sun Devils camp underway.

Quarterback: Mike Bercovici vs. Michael Eubank vs. Taylor Kelly
For the fifth consecutive year, ASU starts a season with a new quarterback. Bercovici appeared to have the inside track after a strong spring, but turnovers early in camp have allowed fellow sophomore Kelly to run with the first team much of the past week. That may be temporary because Bercovici still appears to have the best combination of physical tools to handle the job right now. Eubank, a redshirt freshman, is the team’s QB of the future. He’s best suited to run Graham’s zone read offense (Graham recruited him at Pittsburgh), but his passing skills still need refining. Whoever wins the job, the Devils will endure some growing pains.

Wide receiver: Rashad Ross vs. J.J. Holliday & Kevin Ozier vs. Gary Chambers
ASU lost more than two-thirds of its receiving yards from last season when Gerell Robinson, Aaron Pflugrad, Mike Willie and George Bell moved on. Speedy senior Jamal Miles (60 catches, 361 yards) is this season's best hope and he will be on the field, but he has to become a better route runner and improve his technique. Ross has blazing speed but hasn’t yet shown the other talents required of a receiver. Juniors Ozier, Holliday, redshirt senior A.J. Pickens, junior college transfer Oliver Johnson and freshmen Alonzo Agwuenu, Richard Smith and Josiah Blandin have little or no experience.

Linebacker: Anthony Johnson vs. Matt Tucker & Kipeli Koniseti vs. Brandon Johnson
ASU lost four linebackers who took almost all of the snaps last season (Colin Parker, Shelly Lyons, Oliver Aaron and Vontaze Burfict). In a sick way of thinking, the club was fortunate that Brandon Magee ruptured his Achilles tendon and missed last season because he’s back for one more year to anchor the defense. The rest of the crew is woefully thin on experience. Local product Israel Marshall, junior college transfer Steffon Martin and freshman Matt Rowe are also possibilities.

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