Osweiler eager to fulfill basketball dream

Brock Osweiler's 6-8 242 stature was always a dead giveaway for his basketball background and following the football season the sophomore ASU quarterback had decided to go back to his first love.

Brock Osweiler confirmed Tuesday night reports from his home state of Montana that he would join the Sun Devil men's basketball. During his recruitment with the maroon and gold the signal caller always knew that he could pursue his hoops dreams in Tempe and he did get the blessing of ASU football head coach Dennis Erickson.

"Brock and I talked about that actually when we recruited him," Erickson recalled, "so he came in here last week or so and he asked if it would be okay if he talked to (ASU basketball) Coach Sendek. I think he just wants to see where he is at, there's no guarantee that he's going to make that team, it's a pretty good team.

"But he wants to go out and try and see where he is at, so I don't have a problem with that and if he can contribute and help out, that's great and if he can't, then he needs to look at what he needs to do, that's up to him.

Before deciding to attend Arizona State, Osweiler had previously verbally committed to Gonzaga to play basketball. Despite his decision to change his sports path in college he never lost his love for the roundball.

"When I was going to the NIKE All-American camp my freshman year, I took an unofficial trip to Gonzaga," Osweiler said, "and just fell in love with everything right away," Osweiler stated. "I committed to them and I held it strong until my junior year when I decided to switch sports entirely and come to ASU.

"I have a great love and a great passion for the game of basketball, I always have and I have talked to some of the basketball guys, I've talked to my family and the coaches and it just seems like something that is a ‘why not'. It's something I feel like I can do at a successful level for both sports so I'm going to try it out and see what happens."

Osweiler realizes that that he faces an uphill battle to make any kind of impact on the team and is just grateful for the opportunity.

"(Sendek) wouldn't promise me anything which is fair and completely understandable," Osweiler commented. "He told me he couldn't promise anything and I could be a scout team player this year, it's up to myself to see what kind of playing time I get. My biggest thing is that Coach Sendek is opening up the opportunity and that's all I ask for. I'm very grateful for that and I'm going to do the best with it."

Osweiler added that he sees himself staying with the basketball team for future seasons as well regardless of any playing time he may or may not get.

The ASU QB has not played competitively for nearly two years and has much work to do to catch up with the Sun Devils basketball team, who has already begun practice three weeks and less than a week away from their season opener.

"I've got a lot of work to do," Osweiler confessed. "But, more importantly I'm just focusing on the football season, that's the main thing right now. We have to go out and get three wins in three weeks so football is the main priority and it's going to stay like that but this is something I want to try out."

*** After a relatively light practice on Tuesday, the maroon and gold returned to the Kajikawa Practice Facility this afternoon to continue preparation for Stanford this Saturday. As the week progresses, head coach Dennis Erickson is confident that his team has already bounced back from yet another disheartening loss to USC.

"This is a very resilient group," Erickson stated. "This is a group that I've mentioned before; we know what we can do we just haven't quite got there yet. For a team that's 4-5, we've been practicing well and who know what happens, Saturday is another day for us so we're excited about getting a chance to play but it's been a good week."

Despite the inconsistencies of the maroon and gold offense, the Sun Devils have been able to find success on the ground this season. Sophomore, Cameron Marshall has scored seven touchdowns so far and accumulated 505 yards. Against USC Marshall lead the team in rushing yards with 9 carries for 56 yards.

"Cameron, he has had a tremendous year," Erickson said. "Everybody talks about Deantre (Lewis) and they should because he has made some big plays for us but Cameron flashed the other night and he's been solid in all aspects of it.

"He is a hard runner, he's really becoming a good pass protector, the guy that we have in there when we're in a situation where we have to throw it. He is having a great year and for a sophomore, never redshirting, he's starting to understand things a little bit better."

Facing no.7 Stanford this weekend in Tempe, the Sun Devils will face one of the Pac-10's best who is coming off a 42-17 win over the University of Arizona. The Cardinal offense capitalizes on their physical offensive line as well as the success of their run game. Equipped with three powerful running backs, including sophomore, Stephan Taylor who ran for 82 yards and four touchdowns against the Wildcats.

"They play a couple of them but he (Taylor) is a good, solid player," Erickson commented. "Anytime you have to follow (Toby) Gerhart, it's a little different deal but he's good, he probably has more speed. They play another kid named (Anthony) Wilkerson, who is a true freshman and a great big kid.

"They have three (running backs) that they run in and out of there, they're good runners. Their offensive front is the story, they've very dominant and a very dominant football team obviously."


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