Will the Question at Quarterback Be Answered This Week in Pullman?
The message boards have been calling for it for weeks, maybe months. The sports talk radio stations have been receiving calls left and right about one topic: the Arizona State quarterback situation. Is there a controversy? Will a change be made? If so, then how soon and by who?
All of these are questions that have circled around Dennis Erickson's offense, as the Sun Devils prepare for Washington State.
As of right now, Danny Sullivan is the starting quarterback for the Sun Devils. However, following ASU's lackluster performance versus the Beavers, Erickson said that, "He would evaluate the tape and then make a decision."
True Freshman Brock Osweiler was the other option that Erickson, and Offensive Coordinator Rich Olson were considering. However, Osweiler has yet to complete a pass against a Bowl Subdivision school. His four completions on the season were completed against Idaho State in a 50-3 blowout win.
So, the fans Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium voiced their respective opinions on a total of four completions for 43 yards and a touchdown against Idaho State?
Yeah, they did! The Maroon and Gold fans wanted Sullivan out, the same quarterback that the fans cheered for last fall during the final chapter of the Rudy Carpenter Saga.
Yes, that was the same, "Sully", that the student section adored, a near two weeks ago. My how things change quickly in the desert..
And to imagine, Brock Osweiler is being heralded as the offensive savior of the Sun Devils currently. What is in his future? In a month, the fans might be calling for Samson Szakacsy to start for the Sun Devils, if he is healthy.
Erickson might see all three of his quarterbacks in this game, as he as started to utilize Szakacsy in zone-read-option plays, in short yardage situations.
Depending on how well or how poorly Sullivan performs in "The Palouse" this Saturday, will determine how early we see Osweiler. If the ASU offense finds a spark against the Cougars, Osweiler will be signaling in plays for Erickson instead of showing off his arm.
Although, I might speak for the minority, but I think that Sullivan will prove himself against Washington State. The offense actually had a nice statistical performance against Oregon State last week (338 yards), the only negative in those numbers, was the score.
Unfortunately, nice numbers in the passing game to formulate a comeback, did not end in points, as drives stalled due to penalties and miscues on third down. The Sun Devil offense was a woeful 4-of-18 on third-down conversions against the Beavers. This is an area where Sullivan and the wide receivers need to find that chemistry again.
Sullivan and Kyle Williams were on the same page against ULM, connecting eight times for 129 yards. However, Williams has not eclipsed the 50 yard mark in any other game.
Chris McGaha showed off last weekend against Oregon State, while entering the ASU record book for most receptions in a game. The Senior receiver caught 15 passes for 165 yards, which left him second all time.
Both of those performances helped the ASU offense in those games, however, Erickson has yet to see both receivers contribute in the same game to light up the scoreboard.
If the Sun Devils offense is going to be successful, Sullivan is going to have to utilize both of his targets out wide, to try to jump start offense. Unfortunately, under these circumstances, Osweiler might be making a trot out to the huddle if Sullivan struggles again.
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