Arizona State: Stop Hating On Dennis Erickson

Michael HamburgContributor INovember 10, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 07:  Head coach Dennis Erickson of the Arizona State Sun Devils watches from the sidelines during the college football game against the USC Trojans at Sun Devil Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona. The Trojans defeated the Devils 14-9.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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On a cool Saturday night in Tempe, the USC Trojans and the ASU Sun Devils participated in a grueling gridiron match that would come down to the final seconds.  The top two things on every fans mind were when is Danny Sullivan going to be benched? And when are we going to win? 

One thing I found amazing was how crowded the sidelines were.  Wherever USC goes so does the media.  Compared to the Louisiana Monroe game there was no one on the side lines, but wherever USC goes the Trojan media soldier follows.  With Arizona State on national television two weeks in a row (due to playing two ranked teams) ASU looked poised and determined to shock to the Pac Ten.  If only I could write the storyline.

Well, 30 minutes later the Sun Devil fans wish was finally granted.  Dennis Erickson finally embraced the quarterback situation and complimented the ASU student section with a present for the future, No. 17 Brock Osweiler.  Even after DE has constantly repeated that he's not ready we needed a change after a depressing first half of not scoring a touchdown.  

After Danny Sullivan threw a pick six before halftime, all you could hear were boos and chants for Brock.  About six weeks later against an overachieving Trojan team, instantly Brock comes in and starts making plays.  Yes, he has a lot to improve on, but he brought another dimension to the game and threw the Sun Devils only touchdown.

He is still a rookie so mistakes are expected but with a bowl game not really in the picture for ASU why not give the young freshman some game experience.  Brock showed off his arm and his ability to keep plays alive with his feet racing for two critical first downs.

When playing USC you expect their offense to score with Pete Caroll at the helms, but if you want any chance to win against Southern California you have to limit turnovers and defensive touchdowns.  Not only did the pick six give them a lead it gave their defense momentum going into the second half.

The Sun Devil defense played out of their minds, constant pressure was the key to holding USC’s offense to a minimal 7 points.  So after a disappointing three game losing streak it doesn’t get any easier going to Eugene to play the Ducks.  Hopefully Brock gets the start and Sullivan just rides the bench. 

Like I stated before you could feel a different vibe when Brock was in the game.  Around campus everyone knows that Sun Devil football still has a long way to go but with our upcoming recruits and young players the future looks promising. 

Dennis Erickson is not washed up in the least bit, he has a great coaching resume and its only his third year coaching at State.  Everyone needs to relax and stop criticizing his play calling. 

He’s a proven winner and soon enough it will show here at Arizona State.