The usual roundup of local high school stars was at the Washington game. ASU's newest verbal commitment, J.W. Lucas, was there talking to his future position coach, safety coach Dan Fidler, at length. I am VERY impressed by his size, and when I saw him standing next to defensive lineman Loren Howard he didn't look that much smaller. Howard was joking around and wrestling with every ASU coach that came to say hi. I hope this guy really wants to be at ASU, and isn't just enjoying getting to stand on the sidelines at ASU home games. The fact that his brother Phil is playing on the team can't hurt. Randy Hill was there too, as well as Nick Johnson. I got further confirmation that Johnson is all but verbaled to ASU, and he's just enjoying the recruiting process (which is why he isn't making the official announcement yet). Two new faces I saw were Danny Bauger and Sawyer Smith.
A lot of pro teams were scouting out Scott Peters and Levi Jones, as well as Washington's Larry Tripplett. Among those teams were the Rams, Packers, Ravens, Jets, Giants, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, and even the Arizona Rattlers.
Here are some additional player quotes (and with their first home loss there quite scarce this time around):
Mike Karney: ""I'm pretty bitter right now. I've always said that once we don't beat ourselves we'll be all right. You see when we don't give up the ball, all the good things we do. We just have to get rid of all those errors…I don't know why we come out flat in the first half. Maybe it's just how this team works. I don't know. You can't come out flat against a team like Washington. I don't know how many fourth quarter comebacks they had since Neuheisel has been there…They did a good job game planning for our run game. Our runs that worked great last week, were just not there for us this week…We just have to go into Oregon, forget where we playing (in arguably the toughest stadium in the Pac-10) and just come out with a win."
Levi Jones: "We knocked them off the ball, we dominated their front four, and I think we ran the ball pretty good. Yeah, we could have done a better job, but I thought we did OK running the ball… There's no reason why we always fall behind in the first half. We just have to roll with the punches. We had numerous attempts to convert to scores and we just didn't do it. Our last drive in the fourth quarter should have been converted to a score. We didn't make the plays at the right time, and that's something we have to work on…Yeah, playing at Oregon will be a tough one. But I'm confident that if we take care of business up there, we'll get the job done."
Solomon Bates: "I can't say I'm surprised on how well Washington ran the ball. They did come out aggressive and real tough to start the game. Point blank they got the job done, especially on some comeback runs…You have to start the game hard and we didn't. But we did make the necessary adjustments at halftime, and took care of business in the third quarter. But in the fourth quarter, typical Washington team took to us and had their comeback…In the first half we were slanting a lot, and they were cutting back running the ball and getting 8-9 yards each run. In the second half, we just played a base defense and played them straight up. It did work out for us for most of the second half…Oregon is the toughest road game in the Pac-10, and luckily for us their home streak is over. That's in our favor. But it's always tough to play up in Eugene. Always. And after a loss we have to regroup and do a better job next game."
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