Koetter Sees Similarities between UCF and SDSU

The game against Central Florida (UCF) was a potential pitfall for this young Sun Devil team. Following an impressive victory over the visitors from Orlando, ASU isn't resting on it laurels, knowing that the road game in San Diego will be a challenge on both sides of the ball. The second year head coach addresses that issue and others as the team commences its practices prior to their departure for San Diego.

The ASU coach wasn't sure which team posses the bigger offensive threat: "That's a good question. They have similar styles – spreading it out and throwing it around. They're probably throwing for a higher percentage, and have big play guys like Central Florida. Their second and third receivers are probably better. They're just very similar." As far as his own offense, Koetter talked about the status of Andrew Walter, as well as the state of mind Chad Christensen's after being demoted and promoted within 24 hours. On Walter he said, "I really don't know if he's better than Tuesday. Andrew didn't do much yesterday, but he says that he's feeling a lot better today (Thursday). We'll see how he goes…it's just a matter of what he can do."

On the other hand, Koetter was upbeat about his starter for the game. "Chad has been awesome. This is a team game, and we talked about that with the guys. It's certainly not fun on a personal note when you move down and then move up. These guys are watching film every day. So, they know what they're doing well, and what they're not doing so well. They know better than anybody…Chad has handled it great, and so has Andrew. They helped the team to stay focused." If anyone is worried about Chad being ready after being anointed the backup quarterback in the beginning of the week, the ASU coach simply replies: "He was gonna know the whole game plan anyway. He was dislodged as a starter for about an hour and a half."

Bret Hudson is a player who has showed much promise in limited action. The safety will be back for this week's game, which is a huge lift for his for the secondary. "Brett Hudson has done a good job. He's yet to play at this level coming out of Junior College, but we're real excited about his future. With losing Joey (Smith) this week, and not having Al (Williams), we certainly need him." Koetter confirmed that Williams will play against Stanford, but will have some extra padding to carry. "Al is still looking good for Stanford. It's just a matter of what kind of protection will he wear – are they gonna cast it, splint it? But it's pretty much determined that he will play."

Koetter somewhat squelched reports that said that wide receiver Terry Richardson will forgo his redshirt year, and play this week. "It hasn't been determined yet. They're some other factors there. That has to be a big picture decision. Matt Miller had a little scare with his wrist…we have time on that (redshirt decision). We have to have Terry ready if we need him, so we had him work with us (varsity), and since Daryl (Lightfoot) has been playing on the scout team, we were able to make that switch." With three games in the bag, the redshirt decision doesn't necessarily get harder for the coaches. "We've got ten games left, it's a whole season. We're not gonna be more hesitant to not redshirt guys at this point. We're pretty well set on the eight (true freshmen) that are playing, and Terry is the only one sitting on the bubble. If there's an emergency, (offensive lineman)Stephen Berg could help out. He's just a little behind on the learning curve."

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