Devils feeling no weather apprehension

Neither snow nor rain will slow down the U.S. Postal service or the Sun Devils for that matter. ASU travels to Pullman, Washington where near freezing temperatures await them, yet quarterback Brock Osweiler, who grew up in Kalispell, Montana is confident that Saturday's night weather won't be an issue as they face Washington State in hopes of keeping their Pac-12 South title dreams alive.

"Last time I checked, football is all about playing in the elements so we look forward to whatever weather comes at us," Osweiler said. "It's going to be fun, it's going to be exciting and it's another chance to go play a football game."

Should the Sun Devils face the snow that is predicted for Saturday luckily they are equipped with a powerful running game, which includes running back Cameron Marshall who rushed last week for a career-high 168 yards.

"If it is extremely windy out there, to have Cameron and Jamal and Kyle and all those guys in our backfield, with the way our offensive line is playing right now, that's a huge asset to our football team," Osweiler admitted. "If it comes down to needing to run the ball a lot, we'll be just fine."

The weather may not be an issue for Osweiler, but after last week's loss to UCLA what will it really take to win close football games?

"Just don't tense up," Osweiler said. "A lot of guys get tense and try to force plays in tight football games and I think that's when you really need to remember to play like you always do, play like you've been coached to do. Stay loose and believe in your reads, believe in your progressions, trust in your teammates and offensive line and everything will take care of itself."

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The Washington State Cougars, 3-6 for the season and 1-5 in the Pac-12 will likely be an easy feat for the maroon and gold who have been able not to overlook their less challenging opponents so far this season but Osweiler admits that the Sun Devils never underestimate the teams they face.

"Regardless of who you're playing, what conference they play in, what division they're in, you can never overlook a football team," Osweiler began. "Any given Saturday, anything can happen. I expect a great effort out of Washington State and the same for our team."

In order to avoid an outcome similar to last weeks 29-28 loss to UCLA at the Rose Bowl, head coach Dennis Erickson spent the week preparing his unit for the Cougars, without forgetting the lessons they learned against the Bruins.

"Our guys know what happened, they know where they're at and they understand how difficult its going to be to go up there and play," Erickson commented. "It's a difficult place to play. They have to get focused and do the things to win. It's been a good week at practice and I really believe we'll find out Saturday night."

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Sun Devil nation has patiently awaited the return of cornerback Omar Bolden, who was sidelined during spring ball by a torn ACL. The senior has been seen slowly beginning to participate in practice sessions, but it is still unknown whether or not he will return to the field as a Sun Devil.

"He's been doing about the same things he's been doing, skeleton, 7 on 7 and some scout team stuff," Erickson said. "We'll know more at the end of next week, whether he'll even try to play or not but its totally up to him. That's kind of where we're at but I'm not planning on him coming back, but that's just my opinion."

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The football world was rocked this week with news that longtime Penn State head coach Joe Paterno has been fired amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving many leaders at Penn State. Erickson, who knows and has coached against Paterno, expressed his emotions regarding the news.

"Pretty much shock," Erickson admitted. "I know Joe and he's one of the greatest of all times and not knowing enough about it, other than what I read I'm just shocked like everyone else in our profession and everyone else in the country. You feel so bad for the victims and their families, its unbelievable. I've known Joe for many years and he's one of the great people that I've ever met."


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