Temple Game Shows Depth of Offensive Threats

After hanging 63 points on the scoreboard Thursday night, you have to stop and wonder - how can you shut down this Sun Devils offense? With every skill position being a virtual threat to score each time they touch the ball, the answer is: you cant. Many questions were answered Thursday night, mainly in the running back position and how Sam Keller would perform in his first regular season start.

Freshman running back Keegan Herring stole the rushing for 134 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. His explosiveness out of the backfield even had Sam Keller marveling. Nevertheless, Rudy Burgess had an impressive game as well, rushing for 60 yards on 10 carries and a score of his own. In fact, the Devils scored four touchdowns on the ground which is great news considering how much they struggled scoring points in that fashion in 2004. Although most ASU fans are anxiously awaiting to watch and see how these running backs do against tougher competition, most of them are pleased with the progress made thus far from last season.

No one will be questioning the Maroon and Gold's ability to catch the football. With two All-American candidates out there running routes to go along with several other threats, the only problem Sam Keller might have is keeping them all happy. Derek Hagan, a preseason Playboy All-American, lived up to the hype in the season opener catching two Keller passes for touchdowns. Zach Miller, aka "The Truth", the team's other preseason All-American, also had a touchdown grab despite still favoring his left shoulder.

What amazed me the most is how the Sun Devils were able to put up so many points without having Terry Richardson catch a ball. You can almost guarantee he will see several balls thrown his way next week at LSU. Moey Mutz, Nate Kimbrough and Jamaal Lewis all had solid performances, combing for six catches, 115 yards and two touchdowns. This is another testament to the depth of the Wide Receiver and Tight End positions.

Sam Keller started off slowly, nearly having his first pass from scrimmage picked off but after getting the cobwebs out, he turned in a solid performance throwing for four touchdown passes with 208 yards through the air. Consistency is something Coach Koetter needs to see from Keller, but his best football is definitely ahead of him.

Granted, a lopsided win has the potential of not portraying an accurate team picture. However, Thursday's game didn't fail to deliver on the promise of an explosive offensive team that spreads the ball around and one that won't make live easy on opposing defenses.

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