Devils Bounce Back With Strong Practice

The Arizona State Sun Devils took to Kajikawa Practice Field for the first time since their upset loss to UNLV last Saturday and if Tuesday night's practice was an indication of the team's attitude, Devils fans shouldn't be too worried. Head Coach Dennis Erickson was very pleased with the intensity and attitude of the team as they prepare for Georgia.

"It was pretty good, pretty spirited and pretty intense," remarked Erickson. "I mean, that is how it should be all the time. It shouldn't take something like that for us to practice like that. I thought it was pretty well done."

"We are normally a good practice team, for whatever reason we didn't practice good last week. Not that it makes the difference, but it helps."

The veteran coach knows his team can't afford to stay shell shocked too long or they are going to pay the price against Georgia. That is why Tuesday's practice was so encouraging, because ASU returned with energy and looked like they were taking their frustrations out Tuesday evening.

"We can't stay shell shocked too long or we will get shell shocked again," Erickson noted. "We just have to get ready to play and the biggest thing now; it is a tremendous challenge for us. You have the #3 team in the country coming into your house, that is exciting and what football is all about. It is a great opportunity for our players and our program, to see where we are at right now."

The ASU Head Coach stated that he isn't changing anything at all about his practice plan in order to jumpstart his team, the plan is the same.

"We just practice like we always practice, we never change much," Erickson explained. "Tuesday and Wednesday are usually difficult for us in pads, that is how it was last year and it always will be. I don't know if it is that as much as focusing on next week. We won't change it."

Morris Wooten and Jamarr Robinson have ended their suspensions and could play this weekend. Consequently, Erickson is elated to have both of them back in the fold.

"They were moving around, they have fresh legs, so they were moving around pretty good," stated Erickson. "It will help us, Morris will really help us physically against the run. Obviously, they (Georgia) are a team that does both, but they are pretty solid running the football."

The depth chart will have Wooten backing up Gerald Munns at MIKE linebacker, Travis Goethel and Shelley Lyons at SAM, Mike Nixon and Ryan McFoy at WILL.

"With him (Wooten) and Munns at middle linebacker it allows us to move Nixon back where he belongs, it just gives us depth," said Erickson. "It goes from us not having very much last week, to now we are in decent shape."

Avory Battle took reps as the scout team running back as James Morrison broke his ankle.

"It's not a serious break, all breaks are serious, but it's not a dislocation, he'll be out a couple months," Erickson stated.

Other minor injuries were to Saia Falahola and Dimitri Nance. Falahola left practice with a broken bone in his hand, but returned later with a cast. Nance broke his pinky, but Erickson said he will be fine and will also play with a cast.

Keegan Herring and Brandon Magee didn't practice, but Munns and Andrew Pettes did.

The Devils will return to practice tomorrow at 6:30PM.


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