Redshirt freshman quarterback Rudy Carpenter turned in a brilliant performance on Saturday. In his first career start at ASU, he completed 79% of his passes, threw for 401 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Carpenter involved five different receivers, as well as all three running backs, through the air and hooked up with senior Matt Miller for all three of his scores. Carpenter will continue as ASU's starting signal-caller through the rest of the season after news of junior Sam Keller needing surgery was made public following the game.
Freshman offensive lineman Paul Fanaika saw the most action of his career against the Huskies. Fanaika came in at right guard when starter Stephen Berg went down with an injury in the third quarter. Robert Gustavis' move to left guard to spell the injured Berg made way for the freshman to take the snaps at right guard. With injuries continuing to take a toll, expect to see more of Fanaika. Running back Keegan Herring rushed for nine yards on three carries.
Zach Catanese was in on four solo stops and six tackles total. The safety made the start alongside redshirt freshman Jeremy Payton, who ended up with a lone solo tackle. Michigan State transfer Derron Ware saw more time at safety with the absence of senior Maurice London and came away with a trio of tackles. With the steady play of senior Mike Davis at corner, JC transfer Keno Walter-White may have to wait until next season to crack the starting line-up again. The junior is still a viable option for the defense off the bench and finished the game with a pair of tackles.
Up front for the defense, Will Kofe and David Smith combined for three tackles. Linebackers Chad Lindsey and Adam Vincent also saw action but did not register any tackles.
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