Erickson Pleased With Offense in Scrimmage

Searching to find any sort of consistency on the offensive side football in Thursday night's final scrimmage at Sun Devil Stadium, in front of 5,300 fans, Dennis Erickson called it the offense's top session of the fall.

"I thought offensively it was the best performance that we've had all fall camp," said Erickson, "We mixed and matched on defense, kept some guys out, the same thing offensively."

Rudy Carpenter finished the night 8-15 for 96 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown pass to Michael Jones. The senior wide receiver battled through the flu to catch four passes for 57 yards.

"He was ok," said Erickson of Jones, "He had the flu. He had a couple big plays for us, but that is what we expect, it was nice to have him back."

Carpenter led the first-team offense down the field and into the red zone on its first drive of the night, but the drive stalled when Carpenter's pass on 4th and 1 fell off the hands of running back Dimitri Nance. Erickson said he wasn't unhappy to have the first drive end like that, because he would have played it different in the regular season.

"Not really, we could have kicked a field goal. There are a lot of things you can do when it doesn't count."

Keegan Herring led the charge on the ground, carrying the ball seven times for 35 yards.

"I thought throwing and catching, pass protection, running the football I thought we did a good job. Good way to end offensively and get some confidence going into the game."

The offense scored twice on the ground. First it was Morrison from two yards out, following a 38-yard pass from Chasen Stangel to Keelan Johnson. The second score came from Jarrell Woods, also from a couple yards out. However, Woods, as well as Ryan Bass fumbled the ball once each tonight.

Kyle Williams scored on a 66-yard punt return from a 35-yard kick by reserve Trevor Hankins. Thomas Weber averaged 39.5 yards on two punts, and kicked 2-3 field goals (made 47,49 and missed 47).

The offensive line played its best scrimmage of the fall. Granted, the defense wasn't blitzing, but the front five still did a good job protecting the passer, as well as opening running lanes. On the other hand, it committed seven penalties compared to the defense's two infractions.

At DL Otis Jones turned in his best camp performance tonight, with 2.5 tackles - one for a loss and another for a sack. Lawrence Guy continues to improve and had 3.5 tackles. But again overall the front four wasn't overpowering in rushing the passer or stopping the run, as they have been most of fall camp.

Brandon Magee and Shelly Lyons did a great job at second team LB with three stops each, as did Munns with the same number of tackles. In the secondary, Terell Carr had a team-high tonight of 4.5 tackles. Clint Floyd had a fumble recovery and two stops. Interceptions (both on Jack Elway throws) were recorded by Deveron Carr and Anthony Reyes and if the returns wouldn't have been whistled dead both would have gone for TD's. Like the front seven, the secondary has seen better days in camp with more pass deflections and preventing big plays down the field.

Even though they played well tonight, Erickson's biggest concern heading into next Saturday's opener with Northern Arizona is the young and inexperienced offensive line, which was much improved and played well on Thursday.

"We have a lot to learn and can only get better," said Erickson, "We have to improve and some young guys have to step up on that offensive front for us to have a good team."

ASU's head coach feels that it is time to play somebody else and is ready for Devils to hit Lumberjacks instead of other Devils.

"Like I have said all week, we won't know where we are at until we play a game, you can only go against yourself so long, the enthusiasm, you lose that going against each other. We will find out where we are at next Saturday."

Offensive Stats

Passing

Rudy Carpenter 8-15 96 yards TD

Danny Sullivan 8-13 80

Chasen Stangel 3-4 55

Samson Szakacsy 4-8 47

Elway 0-5 0 2 INT's

Rushing

Keegan Herring 7-35

Ryan Bass 4-24

James Morison 8-23 TD

Jarrell Woods 8-19 TD

Dimitri Nance 6-15

Samson Szakacsy 3-15

Giovannie Dixon 1-3

Kevin Hollis 1- (-2)

Receiving

Mike Jones 4-57 TD

T.J. Simpson 3-48

Ryan Bass 3-16

Kerry Taylor 2-30

Dimitri Nance 2-27

Dan Knapp 2-14

Wes Evans 2-12

Keelan Johnson 1-38

Brian Matsumoto 1-12

Gerell Robinson 1-10

Kyle Williams 1-7

Bryant Piva 1-7

Keelan Johnson 1-38

Defensive Stats

Terell Carr – 4.5 tackles

Lawrence Guy – 3.5 tackles

Shelly Lyons – 3.5 tackles, forced fumble, tackle for loss

Brandon Magee – 3 tackles, TFL

Gerald Munns – 3 tackles

Pierre Singfield – 3 tackles

Otis Jones – 2.5 tackles, sack, TFL

Mike Nixon – 2 tackles

Clint Floyd – 2 tackles, fumble recovery

Jarrell Holman – 2 tackles

Angelo Fobbs-Valentino – 2 tackles, pass defended

Oliver Aaron – 2 tackles, TFL

Bo Moos – 2 tackles

Travis Goethel – 1.5 tackles

Troy Nolan – 1.5 tackles

Ryan McFoy – 1.5 tackles

Paul ‘Unga – 1 tackle, TFL

Saia Falahola – 1 tackle

Leo Montt – 1 tackle

Omar Bolden – 1 tackle

Max Tabach – 1 tackle, pass defended

Travis Smith – 1 tackle

Gerald Flunder – 1 tackle

Josh Jordan – 1 tackle

Morris Wooten – 1 tackle

John McDonald – 1 tackle

Colin Parker – 1 tackle

Chad Lindsey – 1 tackle

Anthony Reyes – 1 tackle, interception, touchdown

Deveron Carr - .5 tackle, interception, touchdown

Jeff Bereuter - .5 tackle, TFL

Gerell Robinson - .5 tackle, pass defended

Jamaar Jarrett - .5 tackle, TFL

Toa Tuitea - .5 tackle

Spencer Gasu – fumble recovery

Special Teams Stats

Kick Returns:

Kyle Williams 1 for 17 yards

Keelan Johnson 1 for 15 yards

Keegan Herring 1 for 49 yards

Special Teams Tackles:

Anthony Fobbs Valentino

John McDonald

Kicking:

Thomas Weber 2-3 Field Goals (Good: 47, 49; Missed: 47), 2-2 Extra Points, Kickoffs: 3 for 182 60.66 Avg.

Punting

Thomas Weber 2 for 79 yards, 39.5 Avg.

Trevor Hankins 1 for 35 yards

Punt Returns

Kyle Williams 1 for 66, TD

Darren Schwandt contributed to this story


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