"Dirk and I talked about it in the off-season," said Brent Guy. "I've been a sideline coach until I became a coordinator, so I decided to come down there. It's easier to communicate exactly what you want. It was a little bit harder to see at times, but it wasn't that big of a problem for me. I enjoyed it. It gets you back more into the actual game flow." Guy added that he wasn't replaced by any of the other defensive assistants, and therefore safeties coach Dan Fidler and graduate assistant Roby Snelling will act as the proverbial eye in the sky for the ASU defense this season.
ASU's defensive coordinator was quite content with what took place on the field against UTEP. "We were pretty pleased," said Guy. "The only exception was that after the blocked punt we let them score so easily. That's the type of stuff we talk about, when we want to fight adversity. We won't let those things happen. We were good on 3rd downs, and we ran to the ball real good. We didn't miss many tackles, and we turned the ball over which has always been an emphasis of ours."
With its two best secondary players out of the game, this group, according to Guy, didn't miss a beat. "It gave us a great opportunity to play some guys we had to give experience to anyway," he explained. "Daniel Varvel, Josh Barrett, Maurice London all showed up and made plays. Of course, we expected Manny (Emmanuel Franklin) to have that type of game for a long time. He continues to play better and better for us, and his plays made a huge difference in the game."
Guy also liked what he saw in the run stop phase of the defense. "They trapped us inside a little bit," he said, "but we were able to stop that. They had a one long run for 17 yards, but we didn't have many edge issues – the ball didn't get to the edge, and we didn't run bad angles in pursuit."
In a previous DevilsDigest interview, Coach Guy eluded to the fact that linebacker Dale Robinson's introduction to his first Div-I game plan, did slow him down in practice. Nevertheless, the junior college transfer showed no signs of being held back as he lead the team in tackles. "When he knows what he exactly needs to do he's really good," Guy remarked. "There were a couple of times obviously where we had some confusion, and that's' why we practice. He'll keep on getting better everyday, and he'll make the sacks, and make the big hits like he did. He'll be a playmaker."
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