Speak of the Devils Podcast Sitdown Series: Ben Coleman
Head into the trenches with ASU’s newest offensive lineman
TEMPE (3TV/CBS 5) -- As Kenny Dillingham and staff set out to reshape the program, one area in particular was in dire need to help. No matter how good an offensive mind a coach may have, if his offensive line can’t win in the trenches, the offense isn’t going anywhere. So that’s why the Sun Devils were aggressive in the portal in adding several quality linemen to bolster the group, including one from a conference foe.
Ben Coleman checks many boxes: Size? He’s 6-foot-4 and 323 pounds. Check. Experience? He’s a multiyear starter at Cal. Check. Intelligence? He graduated from Cal in 3.5 years. Check. With a line in need to talented players, Coleman figures to play a key role this fall for the Devils.
On this episode, Ben and I discuss why he came to ASU, his career, what fans may not realize about NIL, why he’s a self-described foodie and some of his favorite spots, the traits needed to succeed in the trenches, how the Damar Hamlin situation impacted him, and so much more.
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