Arizona State Football's Disappointing Season

Michael HamburgContributor IDecember 1, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 20:  Arizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky stands with the student section during hte game with  the Georgia Bulldogs  on September 20, 2008 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.  Georgia won 27-10.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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On a senior day for the ages, the Arizona State Sun Devils faced off against the Arizona Wildcats in Tempe.  Even though the season was over a week before the Territorial Cup due to a loss at UCLA, a win over our in-state rivals would have given the Sun Devil fanbase something to cheer about.

Samson Szakacsy started the game, which was anticipated since he recently had two decent outings two weeks in a row.  But on a senior day to remember, Danny Sullivan came in with seven minutes left in the second quarter.

Respectfully, Sun Devil Stadium did not boo when No. 15 entered the game.  ASU wanted this game more than anything.  USC, UCLA, and Oregon don’t matter when it comes down to the last game of the season against U of A. 

Yes, the season has been a total disappointment with ASU finishing 4-8 overall and 2-7 in the Pac-10, but a win over the Cats would have given the Devils a boost of momentum going into next season.  The thing that hurt the most was that we were in a position to win the game, but senior Kyle Williams muffed a fair catch that was then recovered by the Wildcats.

Sun Devil Stadium was in disbelief, as was Kyle Williams.  Kyle has been a Sun Devil for four years and didn’t deserve to go out like that. 

The season had ups and downs, with ASU getting a last second game-winning drive against Washington and losing two games by last second field goals against Cal and Arizona.  For football in Tempe, this is definitely a year to forget. 

Dennis Erickson has to be sick to his stomach after his second unsatisfactory season in a row.  Erickson can’t fully be blamed for this, and he does deserve another year as the face of the Devils football team. He is one of the best recruiters in the country and half of the players from this year and last year aren’t even his recruits. 

I expect big things from ASU next year in the Pac-10, with multiple top recruits coming in to Tempe.  Teams do struggle, and with struggles come experience and fewer mistakes.  Look for the most penalized team in the country to come out next year disciplined and smarter. 

The quarterback race next year should be exciting with Steven Threet, Brock Osweiler, and Samson Szakacsy all going at it.  Look for Threet to win the job due to his pro style and his previous resume.

I have high hopes for our Devils next year, and hopefully we will come through and compete for another Pacific Ten Championship.