Scrimmage Report

After a lackluster in last week's scrimmage, ASU's offense was ready to redeem itself. After Saturday's showing, suffice to say that the players in the maroon shirts feel a bit vindicated today. One thing that didn't change from last week's offense performance was the play of Chad Christensen. While no one is saying it out loud, his performance this afternoon should push him to #1 on the QB depth chart.

Christensen started out with a bang with his first pass going for an 80-yard touchdown to Shaun McDonald. The redshirt freshman quarterback preceded to complete his next four passes as well. His final stats on the day were eye-popping to say the least - 14-19 for 222 yards and four scores. His fellow signal caller Andy Goodenough had a pretty good day passing for 62 on 4 of 9. He also had a touchdown to Matt Miller. Andrew Walter had a miserable day passing for 34 yards on 3 of 8.

The Sun Devils running game showed some improvement this week, and to no one's surprise Hakim Hill led the way with 59 yards on five carries, including a 40-yard touchdown. Jermaine McKinney was the biggest surprise of this Saturday afternoon affair, with 36 yards on 10 carries. Cornell Canidate continued his solid performance with 35 yards on five carries, and had a touchdown to boot. Mike Williams was disappointing with 10 yards on 18 carries. To top it off, Al Williams tackled him for a safety. McDonald was the main beneficiary of Christensen fine play catching seven passes for 159 yards including two touchdowns of 80 and 30 yards. Other touchdowns recipients of Christensen were reserves Moey Mutz for 23 yards, and converted safety Michael Holloway for five yards. Both players had just one catch each in the game. Matt Miller caught just one ball which was the lone touchdown thrown by Goodenough for 23 yards. All three tight ends had a nice day hauling in the pigskin – Mike Pinkard was 2-23, Matt Cooper 1-18, and Frank Maddox 1-35.

Terrell Suggs was his usual self on defense harassing ASU's quarterbacks. He had two sacks, but will probably be remembered most for a personal foul that his committed after one of his sacks. That penalty kept the offense's drive alive, and eventually led to a touchdown. Another extra curricular activity worth noting was a fight between Daryl Lightfoot and O.J. Hackett, which sent the two running about 15 laps around the field. Solomon Bates had an easy interception returned for 25 yards, after Christensen was hit as he threw. Ismail Thrower had a fumble recovery. The play of linebacker Josh Amobi and safety Bret Hudson should also be noted. Both players recorded a sack apiece. In the kicking department it was good day for starter Mike Barth who nailed six of his nine field goals, with the longest traveling 55 yards. Reserve Greg Pieratt may want to forget his 1-8 performance today.

If this scrimmage was supposed to lift the spirits of the ASU offense, then it was a resounding success. The emergence of Christensen is intriguing to say the least, since the quarterback race was believed to be between the two strong-armed quarterbacks – Walter and Goodenough. Hill and McDonald proved again their big play capability. The defense may have been a bit overshadowed today, but its energy and hard hits were evident this week as they were the previous one. With two practices left, Coach Koetter and his staff will fine tune deficiency areas, which will lead up to the annual spring scrimmage game on Saturday, April 13th.

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