Threet, Osweiler Split First Team Reps

After another tough loss to a ranked opponent, the Sun Devils are in the midst of a bye week. However, there were some conspicuous changes at Tuesday's practice. Most noticeably sophomore quarterback Brock Osweiler sharing first team reps with incumbent junior quarterback Steven Threet. Head coach Dennis Erickson didn't give any indication that the changes were permanent.

"We're getting some of the backups in there a little bit, get them some of the reps," Erickson noted. "We were out here for about an hour and twenty minutes, got a lot of plays in. It was good. We'll do the same thing tomorrow and Thursday we'll probably just go in helmets.

"We're just getting (Osweiler) more reps. It's a good time to get him reps. He's taking a few with the ones. It's a good time for him to get some reps right now. He's practicing a lot better. But the time off with his back injury really hurt him. He's practiced the last three weeks really well. It's hard to tell unless he plays. He played a little bit against Washington State."

Many Sun Devil fans have been clamoring for a change at the position and Threet didn't help his case last Saturday against Stanford, fumbling once on the goal line and notching his 16th interception of the season.

Threet's inconsistency and penchant for turning the ball over have been two of the many problems plaguing ASU in 2010. Penalties are another. But even after multiple crushing defeats at the hands of favored opponents, the Sun Devils are still fighting hard and Erickson seems proud of his group.

"They've played hard and practiced hard," Erickson affirmed. "They came out today with a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm. That's tough when you lose two football games like we did the last two times out against two pretty good football teams. They've got a lot to them. They really do, to come out like this. They'll do the same thing the next couple of days and they know we have two games left."

"One thing about having a young team is that they'll continue to improve and get better. That's the good thing about having a lot of sophomores."

The first of those two games will be against UCLA in Sun Devil Stadium, a game that the Sun Devils could conceivably win. UCLA has had their ups and downs this year, not unlike the struggles of ASU. The Bruins boast a well stocked coaching staff and many talented players yet to reach their potential.

With last Saturday's loss to Stanford, ASU virtually put themselves out of the running to be bowl eligible. However, if the Sun Devils go on to win their final two games of the year; they would be able to file a waiver trying to earn bowl eligibility. Erickson said his focus isn't on the possibility of going to a bowl game, but rather on beating UCLA next Friday.

"The bottom line, for us, is we can't worry about that," Erickson commented. "We just have to beat UCLA then go to the next one. If that happens, then we just have to see what happens. It doesn't make any difference if you don't win two games."

Every week it seems like the maroon and gold have a player or two come off the injury list, but just as many join the list as new additions. Today's practice saw Gerald Munns return to action after missing the Stanford game but T.J .Simpson sat out with an ankle sprain. Corey Adams remained out as well.

"Corey Adams didn't play against Stanford because he has a concussion. He's not ready yet," Erickson stated. "T.J. Simpson sprained his ankle. Munns was out here today. He didn't play in that game because of a hip pointer but I would expect him to be okay."

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