Wednesday's post-practice quotes

Head Coach Dennis Erickson and his unit spent Wednesday afternoon continuing with their preparation for their next matchup against Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks will take on the Sun Devils in Tempe on Saturday.

"Good," Head Coach Dennis Erickson said of today's practice. "Everything was pretty smooth and I thought we executed well. We went through a lot of stuff in practice, a lot of plays on both sides of the football but it's been a good week. We'll finish it off tomorrow. Thursday for us is always a mental day, trying not to make any mental mistakes; we don't do a lot physically. It's a mental day tomorrow."

Despite winning 54-9 over Portland State during their home opener, the maroon and gold had much improvement to make over the last week to ensure they were ready for their upcoming contest, which will likely be a more challenging one.

"It helps and its nice to do what you're expected to do," Erickson commented. "And that's hopefully what we were expected to do and now we have to continue it this week because this week is obviously going to be a heck of a lot tougher. Northern Arizona is a heck of a football team and they've given us everything and Arizona everything we've wanted every year so we've got our hands full. We've got to play better than we did last week, no question about it."

Deantre Lewis left practice early during Wednesday's session due to a severe headache, but is expected to return tomorrow.

"Deantre had a migraine headache so they sent him home," Erickson noted. "He's going to be fine, he'll be back at practice tomorrow. They gave him some medicine, they took him to the doctor but he seems okay."

Quarterback Steven Threet will continue to lead the maroon and gold, but only the game will dictate long Threet will remain on the field.

"I don't know," Erickson admitted. "We just have to see what's going on. Until we win it, Steven is the quarterback."

If the score allows, back-up Brock Osweiler will be ready to take the reigns during Saturday's matchup but whether or not we will see Osweiler, is to be determined.

"I hope so," Erickson said of Osweiler playing.

Linebacker Shelly Lyons had an impressive performance against Portland State, accumulating 5 tackles, 4 solo and 1 sack. Despite a few mistakes throughout the contest, Lyons is focused on improving.

"Shelly has practiced very well," Erickson said. "He made some mistakes in that football game the other night. One thing about Shelly, he learns and he's had a good week at practice."


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