on heading down the home stretch of spring practice
"Today for me was a typical last day in pads. It started out not very good, but ended up very good. Enthusiasm started to pick up. We've added some things and when you add things it does slow you down a little bit and that's what kind of happened today. We had a good spring, we made a lot of improvement...we are about where we want to be offensively and defensively. I think the biggest thing is that the intensity level of practice has picked up and that was one of the big goals for us this spring. "
on the format for Saturday's spring game
"We're gonna split into two teams – maroon and gold. Basically one team will be the 1's offense and the 2's defense, and the other will be the 1's defense and 2's offense. We will be going 1's against 1's – like I said many times I really believe in that. I've done it a million ways, but I have found that to be the best because you have the first groups working together in a full game, which is gonna happen on September 2nd (in the 2007 season opener). It's a heck of a game, it matches up pretty good."
"We'll play 12-minute quarters. Clock will stop like a regular game. I'll divide the coaches up with the players and I'll be on the winning team. I won't decide what team I'm on until the game is over. I want to go into the fall 1-0. If it's overtime, we're going until someone scores."
on whether he's still tinkering with the lineup or trying to establish it for the spring game
"A lot of it is set in stone. Some isn't. There are always the challenges of some positions. You can take six offensive linemen or seven with Julius (Orieukwu) and Shaun (Lauvao) at guard. Receivers – there are some that haven't played. I'll be able to see more of Rudy (Burgess) and Mike Jones as we get into camp. Obviously, Kyle (Williams) has jumped out…I really won't decide until the fall, but there are some etched in stone."
Erickson also mentioned that his players will participate in a literacy program that will take place in inner-city areas in Phoenix. The program is headed by ASU alumni Gene Fazio, who's a faculty member of Maricopa Community College organization.
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