Huskies Show Versatility on Offense, Defense

The University of Washington is still winless in the Pac-10. However, ASU Head Coach Dirk Koetter is impressed with what the Huskies bring to the table on both sides of the ball. The fine play of his quarterback Rudy Carpenter has also caught his eye.

"They have a lot of schemes (on defense), with an experienced coordinator (and a former Arizona State assistant coach) in Kent Baer," said Koetter. "Tons of zone blitzes, very multiple in their looks. Physical front four, excellent speed at linebacker…"

Washington signal caller Isaiah Stanback was heavily recruited by the Sun Devils. As he did a few years ago, Koetter is greatly impressed with his physical attributes. "He's very athletic, and the epitome of dual threat," he commented. "How many guys start in the Pac-10 as a wide receiver and two years later be a starting quarterback? I've seen him on TV a couple of times this year and I'm impressed how he's maturing as a quarterback. We thought he had that in him and that's why we recruited him."

It would probably be a reach to declare that ASU has a quarterback controversy on its hands. Nevertheless, backup Rudy Carpenter had a career day against Stanford with 304 yards and three touchdowns, and with Sam Keller still nursing a thumb injury there's a good chance that Carpenter could see some action early and often.

"Sam is definitely still working through that thumb (injury)," Koetter remarked. "He was way better today (Tuesday) than he was last Tuesday, but he's not where he wants to be." The Sun Devil skipper wasn't surprised by Carpenter's play since he has made the most of his chances in the past as well.

"He got off to a rocky start, and that surprised me because that's uncharacteristic of how Rudy has been practicing," said Koetter. "After the first couple of plays he settled down. When he got limited time in previous games he played well. He had two weeks to learn the game plan and he did a good job. In hindsight you wish you would have started him. We now know that we have two guys that can play quarterback, and that's a luxury you have to have because you never know when guys are gonna get hurt."

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