Defense Gets Payback in Second Scrimmage

Just like head Coach Dennis Erickson predicted after the team's first scrimmage, the players in white had their way at Sun Devil stadium today. The offense managed just one touchdown in spring's second (and abbreviated) scrimmage, and was held to 73 yards rushing. While the defense gave up close to 300 passing yards, they did a good job in the red zone.

Brent Miller scored the only touchdown on a hot Saturday afternoon, when quarterback Rudy Carpenter (12-18 165 yards) found him in the back of the end zone from 15 yards out. For the second week in a row Kyle Williams was the leading receiver on offense. The sophomore finished the day with five receptions for 89 yards. His second longest catch was a 26-yarder where he stretched a la ex-Sun Devil Todd Heap to catch a Danny Sullivan pass. Speaking of the backup quarterback, Sullivan looked much better, in part because he played for periods of time with the first unit. He tallied 94 yards on 10-15 passing. Tight end Tyrice Thompson was a very pleasant surprise with three receptions and 58 yards. In one of those he utilized his entire 6-5 frame to haul the ball down.

As mentioned it was a quiet day on the ground, despite Keegan Herring seeing action in his first scrimmage of the spring. The longest run of the day belonged to Ryan Torain for 15 yards, but he also had a costly fumble in the red zone that was scooped up by linebacker Chad Lindsey. Consequently the interior defense for ASU did a fine job. Ex-Offensive lineman Saia Falahola was inserted to the first team and along with Michael Marquardt and on Jon Hargis provided a big push up the middle from the defensive tackle spot. Hargis and Luis Vasquez both had tackles for loss. Vasquez also had two sacks from his second team spot, and had is best spring practice so far.

With Morris Wooten playing on the second unit, Gerald Munns did a solid job at middle linebacker, and was flanked by Ryan McFoy and Travis Goethel on either side. Payton, who was lately practicing at cornerback, moved back to first team safety. Troy Nolan, Justin Tryon and Chad Green completed the other three defensive backs roles on the first team.

It was a rough day for kicker Thomas Weber. After converting 6-7 kicks last Saturday (with his lone miss from 55 yards), he was 2-5 with one of his misses coming from 35 yards out. Jonathan Johnson had another spectacular day, punting three times for an average of 43.3 yards a punt. Kyle Williams returned a punt for 29 yards. Walk-on receiver Noah Burkes was also at punt return, although he wasn't able to register any return yards. Brent Miller was on long snap duties along with regular snapper Jason Perkins.

Aside from Rodney Glass, Josh Barrett and Rudy Burgess all didn't play.

In the last week of spring practice, the Sun Devil will have sessions only on Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00 at Kajikawa Field, and will culminate their 15 practice-session with the Spring Game on Saturday April 14th at 7:30 pm at Sun Devil Stadium. Scrimmage Stats


R. Carpenter 12-of-18 165 yds 1 TD

D. Sullivan 10-of-15 94 yds

D. Crum 2-of-3 38 yds


R. Torain 10 carries 36 yds

K. Herring 8 carries 33 yds

D. Nance 9 carries 16 yds

D. Crum 3 carries 3 yds

P. Jones 1 carry -1 yd

R. Carpenter 3 carries -14 yds


K. Williams 5 rec. 89 yds

T. Thompson 3 rec. 58 yds

B. Miller 3 rec. 33 yds 1 TD

C. McGaha 1 rec. 30 yds

B. Smith 2 rec. 23 yds

R. Torain 2 rec. 22 yds

J. Williams 1 rec. 14 yds

B. Conrad 2 rec. 10 yds

L. Evbuomwan 1 rec. 9 yds

J. Gray 1 rec. 8 yds

B. Matsumoto 1 rec. 5 yds

D. Guthrie 1 rec. 2 yds

D. Nance 1 rec. -5 yds

Kicking – Field Goals

T. Weber 2-of-5 Made 37, 52 Missed 40,49,35

M. Boatman 0-of-1 Missed 42

Kicking – Punting

J. Johnson 3 punts 130 yds

T. Weber 1 punt 45 yds

Punt Returns

K. Williams 1 ret. 29 yds.


L. Vasquez 2 sacks 5 yds

K. Mills 1 sack 5 yds

M. Marquardt 1 sack 5 yds

G. Munns 1 sack 5 yds

L. Vasquez 1 TFL 6 yds

J. Hargis 1 TFL 5 yds

C. Lindsay 1 fumble rec.

T. Nolan 1 PBU

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