Barrett's Best is Yet to Come

This is what all the conditioning and preparation in the off season led up to - fall's first practice. While the Sun Devils were not wearing full pads they were definitely put to the test. Safety Josh Barrett missed a portion of spring practices due to an injury; however, he did not let that set him back. On Thursday he didn't show any rust and we caught with the senior after Thursday's practice.

After being injured through much of spring practices, getting back into the thick of things can be a struggle. Despite his injury Josh Barrett continued to work hard over the summer and did not let his condition hinder his training. "The stuff I was out for in spring was mostly full contact drills," said Barrett. "So I was able to get in some work which benefits a lot right now."

Barrett's performance exemplified the importance of diligence and dedication during the off-season. He had this to say about off-season training: "The most important thing is the off-season. I just wanted to get to a point where my conditioning was at a peak level because when injuries really seem to happen is when you get tired and lose your technique."

During the summer, Monday and Wednesday night workout sessions were especially beneficial. "We would come out and do things similar to what we do at practice, and that helped a lot," Barrett said.

Coach Erickson mentioned during Pac-10 Media Day last week, that the defense has some question marks. Barrett has also acknowledged the uncertainty but has chosen to channel that doubt into motivation. "It's a challenge for not only myself, but for the other teammates. We have to step up and do the job, we have to get out there and make plays," Barrett said.

With all the excitement of a new season, as a senior there is still the reality that it is the last year wearing the maroon and gold. Barrett recalls, "It is kind of nostalgic. It's good memories though. Stuff that makes you smile. Stuff that makes you laugh. And then there is also a good thing that I like to think of and that is… that the best memories are yet to come."

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