Threet healthy, eager to bounce back

The Sun Devils took to the practice field Tuesday afternoon focused and motivated to put last weekend's embarrassing 50-17 defeat to Cal behind them. Quarterback Steven Threet didn't look to just shake off the lopsided loss but also the concussion that he suffered in that contest.

"It was tough. It was disappointing. Embarrassing. Every word that you can think of," Steven Threet commented. "We've just got to come back out today and work hard and push to get better and get ready for Saturday.

"We felt prepared coming off the bye week. We had a couple of extra days to prepare for them and obviously did not get it done on the field."

The Sun Devils can take solace in the fact that prior to last weekend's drubbing; the team had managed to stay competitive in their first six games, including close losses to Oregon, Oregon State, and Wisconsin.

How the team responds this weekend may be affected by the status of Threet, who was injured shortly before halftime on an intercepted pass.

"It was more hitting my head on the ground than getting hit on the chin," Threet recollected. "I guess it was a combination of those two on that play."

Threet admitted that at the time he thought he felt well enough to go back in the game, but was advised otherwise after failing a concussion test during the halftime break.

"It kind of got worse as halftime went on. I could tell right after the play that I was shaken up," Threet said. "But you know that happens throughout the course of the game. I didn't think it was any different. But as halftime progressed, it got a little worse. I got dizzy just standing up straight. I was dizzy; couldn't really pick things out. It would have been tough to go back in. I was trying, but I failed the concussion test on the sideline."

Fortunately for the Sun Devils, both Threet and backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, who had been suffering through back pain recently, both returned to practice today and showed no signs of being limited by their respective ailments.

"Yeah, he (Threet) threw it pretty well," head coach Erickson commented. "Again, it's about those tests that they give. He just can't have contact. He can move around and do all the stuff that he did. He'll get tested again tomorrow."

Threet though showed no doubt that he'd be ready to play this weekend. "I'll be on the field on Saturday," he said. "I've talked to the doctors and they say I'll be ready to go."

In the event that he isn't ready for action against the Cougars on Saturday, Brock Osweiler received plenty of snaps today in practice for the first time in a while.

"It was the first time he's got reps in almost three weeks," Erickson commented. "You try to split them a little bit more because of that. He's getting treatment but he's healthier than I've seen him in a month."

Along with getting back to full strength, the Sun Devils will also look to make adjustments to the offense to assist whomever lines up behind center. Coach Erickson alluded to simplifying the offense in his press conference Monday; a move that Threet agrees may be beneficial to the team.

"It's something that coach thinks will help the offense move along a little bit faster," Threet explained, "and we'll get plays off quicker and get the ball out to our guys a little more often.

"It's a matter of making the decision making process easier. There are a lot of things; even just run plays and getting the ball to our wideouts as well. Just trying to execute the system well."

When asked if the new offensive scheme has been overwhelming for the quarterback to comprehend this season, Threet was quick to interject.

"Not at all," he said, "but at the same time the execution on the field hasn't been there 100% of the time either, so we've got to do something to put points on the board."

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