Offense Scores Twice in 1st Spring Scrimmage

For the majority of the first two weeks of spring practice, the ASU defense has been out performing the offense. While the players in maroon did have their moments Saturday afternoon at Sun Devil stadium, they found the end zone just twice in today's scrimmage against the stingy Sun Devil defense.

"I thought there were some awfully good things out there and some awfully not so good things out there," said ASU head coach Dennis Erickson. "Way too many penalties on both sides of the football, on defense we had some pass interference and some late hits that kept drives going, we can't do that, that is not like us."

"Offensively, we must have had five false starts, that can't happen it just kills drives. We haven't had them this spring at all and all of a sudden they happen. It could be a snap count or just jumping, I don't know. Again I have to look at it, you're never happy or never satisfied with anything, but for the first big scrimmage I thought it went pretty well. I'll know more after watching them on tape."

The two scores came on two Rudy Carpenter passes; both went for 14 yards each. The first one was in the early stages to tight end Dane Guthrie and the second one, the last pass for Carpenter on the day, to wide receiver Chris McGaha. Carpenter was extremely accurate completing 11-15 passes for 85 yards. McGaha caught three balls for 31 yards, while Guthrie hauled in a tandem of passes for 20.

"Dane Guthrie is starting to come through for us and that will be big once the season starts," Carpenter stated. "I thought I did all right, but obviously no matter how well you do there are always things you can work on. Overall, I think our offense is pretty successful running and throwing."

A more spread type offense, featuring four and even at times five wide receivers is scheduled to become a bigger part of the team's schemes. There hasn't been too many of those looks thus far in the spring, and the ASU signal caller explains why.

"We still have a lot of work to do on our base three wides and double tights" he said. "We also need to make sure that we can the right people to fill in all the positions. We have to get good at the things we're putting in right now and once we do that we can start putting in more stuff."

Backup quarterback Danny Sullivan had a somewhat rough day get picked off twice (Holman, Cox) and completing 13-25 passes for 106 yards. Chasen Stangel, the team's #3 signal caller completed just one pass out of six for 15 yards. Samson Szakacsy didn't complete a pass in two attempts, but rushed four times for 19 yards.

The ASU running backs were led by Jarrell Woods who had nine caries for 28 yards, and Dimitri Nance who had 24 yards on seven attempts. Shawn DeWitty carried the ball four times for 24 yards, and banged up Keegan Herring saw limited action and carried just twice for two yards.

On defense, safety Rodney Cox continued his solid spring performance with four tackles, an interception and a pass breakup. Ryan McFoy, who lost his first team WILL linebacker status earlier in the week to Colin Parker, came back today as a starter and didn't disappoint with a five tackles, two of them for loss. Parker had four tackles and a pass breakup. Up front defensive end James Brooks had three QB hurries. Defensive tackle David Bertrand, a University of Arizona transfer, started on the first team for the injured David Smith. Wide receiver Nate Kimbrough and tight end Jovon Williams were also held out with their respective bumps and bruises.

On special teams Tomas Weber was shaky kicking field goals connecting on 1-3 attempts. His 42-yard make, was followed by a wide right miss from 47 and a 53 yarder that was blocked by Chad Lindsey. He averaged 40.5 yards on two punts.

The team will resume their normal Tuesday-Thursday practices from 4-6 pm, and return for the second scrimmage of the spring at Sun Devil stadium Saturday April 12th at 9:45 am.

Scrimmage Stats:

Passing

Carpenter 11-15-85, 2 TD's (14,14)

Sullivan 13-25-106-INT

Stangel 1-6-15

Szakacsy 0-2

Rushing

Woods 9-28

Nance 7-24

DeWitty 4-24

Szakacsy4-19

Avory Battle 2-4

Herring 2-2

Carpenter 1 (-7)

Stangel 1-(-8) Sullivan 2 (-15)

Receiving

McGaha 3-31-TD(14)

Tony Simmons 3-41

Brandon Smith 3-36

Kerry Taylor 3-23

Kyle Williams3-16

Guthrie 2-20-TD(14)

DeWitty 1-20

T.J. Simpson 2-10

Justin Driscoll 1-6

Wes Evans 1-5

Nance 1-4

Kevin Ballard 1-2

Woods 1-2

Defensive Stats

#2 Ryan McFoy: 5 tackles, 2 Tackles For Loss

#14 Troy Nolan: 4 tackles

#25 Mike Nixon: 4 tackles

#22 Rodney Cox: 4 tackles, INT, 1 Pass Breakup

#21 Colin Parker: 4 tackles, 1 Pass Breakup

#5 Terrell Carr: 3 tackles

#48 Chad Lindsey: 3 tackles, blocked FG

#32 Omar Bolden: 3 tackles, 2 Pass Breakups

#47 Gerald Munns: 3 tackles

#58 Dexter Davis: 2 tackles, 1 sack

#17 Travis Smith: 2 tackles, 1 Pass Breakup

#30 Derrall Anderson: 2 tackles

#34 James Brooks: 2 tackles, 3 QB Hurries

#97 Luis Vazquez: 1 tackle

#44 Travis Goethel: 1 tackle

#45 Jamarr Robinson: 1 tackle

#31 Pierre Singfield: 1 tackle

#54 Paul Unga: 1 tackle

#6 Grant Crunkleton: 1 tackle

#71 Saia Falahola: 1 tackle

#8 Jarrell Holman: 1 tackle, 1 INT

#7 Jeremy Payton: 1 tackle

#43 Anthony Reyes: 1 tackle

#91 Leo Montt: 1 tackle

#28 Taylor Ashton: 1 tackle

#19 Max Tabach: 1 tackle

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