Arizona State Football and Samson "the Truth" Szakacsy

Michael HamburgContributor INovember 17, 2009

EUGENE,OR - NOVEMBER 14: Quarterback Samson Szakacsy #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils throws a touchdown pass as linebacker Kenny Rowe #58 of the Oregon Ducks applies pressure 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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Week after week, loss after loss, Sun Devil fans are becoming less interested in our football program.  Even though the Pac-10 is still wide open the Devils could still possibly be bowl eligible if they follow a four-game losing streak with two straight wins.

This week ASU goes to Westwood to play a 5-5 UCLA team that is also trying to keep their bowl hopes alive. The buzz around the Tempe campus has been quiet but one thing that looked great last week at Oregon was Samson Szakacsy.

Going into the Oregon game Brock Osweiler was the named the starter but after he was injured in the second quarter the red shirt sophomore got his first significant amount of playing time and took full advantage of it, displaying his speed and accuracy, he almost looked like a poor mans Jeremiah Masoli. 

For the first time this season our offense looked alive and fluent with Samson under center and one thing that should be a no brainer for coach Erickson is to let Samson start.  How Danny Sullivan’s name can still be mentioned as the starting quarterback blows my mind.

The Oregon game was over when LaMichael James scored two first quarter touchdowns but I was still into the game every time Samson stepped on the field. Samson’s injured elbow looked great and he really looks like the truth.

The only thing that really matters as long as the Devils are not looking at a BCS bowl is beating the Wildcats from Tucson. The Territorial Cup is the longest active rivalry in the country and even if ASU hasn’t won one game this season the only game that matters is the match up against the kitties from southern Arizona.

I feel it this week, if Samson starts I believe we can get a win in SoCal and go into the University of Arizona game with much needed momentum. Yes, this has been a disappointing season for the Devils but with new recruits and Erickson’s players finally getting accustomed to the spread offense, I expect the next few years to be eminent.