Thursday's post-practice quotes

Head coach Dennis Erickson and quarterback Steven Threet discuss this week's matchup against Stanford.

Dennis Erickson

On the progression of Aderious Simmons "He has really progressed and is turning into an outstanding player. He doesn't know yet what he is doing to be honest with you, but he is so physically gifted and works hard. He has everything you would want in an offensive lineman. He continues to get better and better all the time. Next year, with the off-season program he'll be amazing. He has a lot of talent."

On how the health of the offensive line has helped keep the group cohesive and playing well "It's helped, there's no question. We have been healthy and we finally have depth. It makes a huge difference and we just have to stay healthy for the next three games. The offensive line has been playing pretty darn good."

On the status of Kyle Middlebrooks "I would be surprised if he played. That ankle is bothering him. If he'd played he'd be lucky. No sense taking any chances with him – we have depth there (at running back)."

Steven Threet

On how frustrating it has been losing some games this year by such close margins "Very. It's tough – three games (losing) by five points. It's difficult to take, definitely."

On the challenge winning the last three games of this season starting with Stanford "Another good team coming in, obviously. We've been playing good teams all year, we had a good week of practice and we just have to make it count on Saturday."

Washington State who has a similar offense to ASU's was able to find some success against Stanford. Can you take away some schemes from that game film and apply them on Saturday? "Definitely. Some teams have been able to attack (Stanford) pretty well. They are obviously a great defense and very well coached. But over the course of the game there are opportunities, as with every game. So it will be about taking advantage of those and executing well."

On whether he has been emotionally able to put the USC loss behind him "Yes, we had to. I think it helps that you have such a good team coming in that you don't have any time to sit and think of what could have been. You have to get ready for a great football team coming in here on Saturday."

On whether he thinks Stanford is the best one-loss team on the nation "They are a very talented team and they have put together a very good season. Their only loss was to Oregon and they were up in that game. It's gonna come down to who is the best team on Saturday."

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