Has Danny Sullivan Proved Himself As The Sun Devils' Starter at QB?

Kristian SiutaCorrespondent IIOctober 20, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Danny Sullivan #15 of the Arizona State Sun Devils drops back to pass during the college football game against the Oregon State Beavers at Sun Devil Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona. The Beavers defeated the Sun Devils 28-17.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The line of great Arizona State quarterbacks are evident. The names range from Jake Plummer, Paul Justin, Andrew Walter, Danny White, Jeff Van Raaphorst, and Rudy Carpenter.

Now the starter at ASU is Danny Sullivan. But can Sullivan ride the momentum wave, to a successful finish in conference play and return the Sun Devils to postseason play?

Well, Sullivan is coming off his most complete game, and even threw a last second 50-yard touchdown pass to beat Washington. His confidence is riding high into a Stanford game that he has had circled since the Spring.

Why, you ask?

Sullivan is a Bay Area native, from Los Gatos High School, where he led the Wildcats, in his one season as starter, to a 11-2 record and a section title. Not bad for a first time starter. 

Oh and Sullivan's record as a starter through his first six games at Los Gatos High School is equal to the Sun Devils current record at 4-2.

Eerily similar? Yes. Just a coincidence? Probably. 

But the confidence is there for Sullivan. Danny Sullivan received a lot of criticism for his postgame press conference against Oregon State, where Sullivan dodged questions about his starting job.

Oh by the way, Sullivan passed for 338 yards against Oregon State, albeit in a comeback effort. The point is, Sullivan embodies the attitude of the Arizona State football team, "Never say die". 

ASU marched into their contest against Washington with the mindset that it was a "do-or-die" game for the Sun Devils. The outcome, as we all know, was a dramatic last second victory for ASU.  

Now, with the standings showing Arizona State in a tie for second place, the dreams of a special year at the beginning of the season, are still alive. However, with Stanford awaiting the Sun Devils in Palo Alto, this Saturday's contest has that "must-win" feeling around it. 

With Sullivan expecting close to 200 friends and family members in attendance this weekend, the senior quarterback will look to catapult the Sun Devils into the top tier of the Pac-10 with a victory against his Bay Area foe, Stanford. 

However, for Sun Devil fans, don't expect for Sullivan to turn into Andrew Walter and throw for 536 yards like Walter did in 2002 at Autzen Stadium, or Rudy Carpenter passing for 467 yards in the Insight Bowl in 2005. Danny Sullivan is a manager of the offense. He will run the plays that are called, and be smart with the football as the Sun Devils matriculate down the field. 

The end result, might not show in the stat columns, but in the end, the Sun Devils have a leader at quarterback that can win games for Arizona State. Surely, there is nothing wrong with that stat.