The Never-Ending Story: Who Will Start at QB For Arizona State?

Kristian SiutaCorrespondent IINovember 16, 2009

EUGENE,OR - NOVEMBER 14: Quarterback Samson Szakacsy #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils avoids the rush of defensive end Will Tukuafu #39 of the Oregon Ducks in the third quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon Defeated arizona State 44-21. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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If there ever was a do-or-die scenario in a team's season, this weekend for the Sun Devils is the beginning of a two game slate that can define a terrible season, or a salvaged one.

And still the question surrounding Arizona State heading into their 10th game of the season is still adamantly swirling around the quarterback position.  

So, who should Dennis Erickson select to start at the Rose Bowl Saturday night? 

Well, former starter and senior quarterback Danny Sullivan has had a full weeks rest for his ailing bicep injury, and will be re-evaluated as the week progresses. As will Brock Osweiler, who injured his shoulder during his first career start last Saturday in Eugene. 

But all the talk around campus has been of the long haired, free-spirit quarterback of the future, Samson Szakacsy. Maybe it's a little bit of "what have you done for me lately" syndrome, but the fans in Tempe have taken a liking to the California native. 

Szakacsy brings flare, mobility, and excitement to the quarterback position. All of those attributes have been dearly missed by Sun Devil fans since the great Jake Plummer walked the sun-drenched campus.

But I don't want to count my eggs before they hatch. Samson Szakacsy provided a necessary spark for Erickson's offense last weekend, but how will his elbow hold up, after his first true game experience since high school?   

Adrenaline can do wondrous things in the heat of battle, but how will these quarterbacks manage down the stretch, when wins are at a premium, now more than ever?  

The question is, who will Erickson turn to, when he knows how much the UCLA game means for Arizona State this Saturday?