After a 40-16 blowout loss in Colorado, Arizona State returns to Sun Devil Stadium for an important matchup with a Washington State squad that has opened conference play with three consecutive victories.
This week's edition of the 'Sun Devil Source Premium Report' highlights ASU's upcoming matchup with WSU, but includes detailed analysis of some of the decisions the Sun Devils' coaching staff has made in recent weeks that help put perspective behind the team's offensive and defensive struggles.
At the outset of the episode, hosts Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman explain why the Sun Devils decided to start injured sophomore quarterback Manny Wilkins against the Buffaloes and why ASU kept Wilkins in the game even when the outcome was already decided.
Kerry and Chris detail the challenges a true freshman quarterback like Dillon Sterling-Cole or Jack Smith would face against a high-caliber opponent, and explain what ASU could have done differently from a play-calling perspective to put the Sun Devils in better situations to succeed.
The hosts also discuss how shuffling personnel along the offensive line impacts an offense's capabilities and why the Sun Devils have so many linemen on the move this week when only left guard Sam Jones is not expected to play.
On the defensive side of the ball, Kerry and Chris talk about the limited depth ASU has at the linebacker level and how that has impacted the Sun Devils against both the run and the pass this season. With junior Christian Sam hurt and depth remaining a weak point for ASU, Kerry and Chris share their thoughts about the conundrum the Sun Devils face with substitutions and in-game fatigue.
Kerry and Chris also provide analysis of WSU's Air Raid offense and how Mike Leach's version of the scheme provides specific challenges against the Sun Devils' passing defense. After detailing the Cougars' offensive personnel, Kerry and Chris discuss the similarities between WSU's defensive approach to the one taken by the ASU coaching staff during seasons in which the Sun Devils have had their most success.
The episode concludes with a 15-minute interview Chris and two other reporters conducted with ASU defensive coordinator Keith Patterson, who opens up about the Sun Devils' struggles with tackling and with defending the pass.
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