The Sun Devil Football program announced Friday that it won't be traveling to Camp Tontozona for training camp this year.

The roadblock: completing the new playing surface in time for drills.

Recent rain in the Payson area has slowed down construction on the playing surface, according to a story published on, as crews have struggled to level the ground evenly.

"We are disappointed the team will not be able to experience Camp T together this year but this further exemplifies the importance of constructing the synthetic playing surface," said Ray Anderson, Vice President for University Athletics.

First-year head coach Herm Edwards said they had to make a tough decision and put the health of their player's first.

ASU will hold all their 2018 preseason practices in Tempe, but plan to return to Camp T next year.