Hawaii Bowl is All Business for Tryon

Business and pleasure can co-exist just fine in the Aloha State. Just ask Sun Devils cornerback Justin Tryon. While he's enjoying the warm weather and the beach, he and his teammates know that that they're here only because of a football game – a contest they're taking very seriously. Devils Digest caught up with Tryon in Honolulu following the team's first practice.

"I'm loving it over here," said Justin Tryon. "The weather is real nice. But it's all business here. We got a game to get ready for and win. We can still have a fun, but we know that we're here to play in bowl game and we need to win that bowl game."

Motivation shouldn't be hard to come by as Arizona State is a seven point underdog. Playing the nation's top offense on their home turf isn't causing many football fans outside of the ASU faithful to think that Dirk Koetter's squad has a fighting chance on Christmas Eve. "We are coming as a big underdog," agreed Tryon. "We have five losses, we're not nationally ranked…I don't know about the other guys but that sure motivates me."

In 2006 ASU's pass defense ranked third in the Pac-10 with a 181.9 yard average, the lowest average by a Sun Devil defense since 1992. There's little doubt that the Devils' defense will face its biggest test of the year, from a passing standpoint, against the Warriors who hurl the pigskin for an average of 432 yards a game and accumulated 57 passing touchdowns this year. "We have to be focused, practice hard and come together this week as a cornerbacks group," stated Tryon. "If we have good practices and prepare well we'll be all right. This is the biggest challenge of the season for all the defensive backs, and we have to make sure that they don't pass for that many yards."

The cornerback will be one of two position groups on the ream (defensive line being the other one) that will get to be under the guidance of the same position coach they had in 2006, despite the change at the head coach position with Dennis Erickson coming in. "I love Coach (Al) Simmons," Tryon said emphatically. "He's always on my (rear end) pushing me, getting me to play better. I'm looking forward to him being on my (rear end) next year (smile)."

Tryon was arguably the best newcomer on defense for the maroon and gold in 2006. The JUCO transfer from the College of the Canyons was fourth on the team in total tackles (44) and first in pass breakups (seven). Yet, he doesn't sound fully content with his solid achievements. "It was OK, " he remarked about his first season of Pac-10 play. "It was my first year here and I was learning a lot. Next year, I'm gonna learn a whole lot more. I'm ready to play even better next year."

And there's no doubt that Justin Tryon is ready for a busy day on the field this coming Sunday.

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