Offensive Downpour

Just when the rain stopped dropping at Sun Devil stadium, another drenching started to take place. The ASU offense, who hasn't fared all that well so far in the spring had a breakout performance, especially in the passing game where the Sun Devil signal callers tallied a combined 332 yards completing 64% of their passes.

"It was a great offensive day," quarterback Danny Sullivan said. "We had five touchdowns as a unit. That's a pretty big deal against this defense, so we take it to heart."

"Our receivers, for the most part, played very well; caught the ball real well," said head coach Dennis Erickson.

Sullivan was efficient completing 10 of 14 passes for 110 yards including a 32-yard score to Chris McGaha. Cornerback Terell Carr bit on the pump fake by Sullivan which allowed a wide open McGaha to catch the arching pass in the near corner of the end zone.

This was the first spring scrimmage for McGaha this year, since he tweaked his hamstring the first week of practices. The senior had three catches and 50 receiving yards today.

"He made some big plays for us and having him back in the lineup sure makes a difference," noted Erickson.

Not to be undone backup quarterback Samson Szakacsy had a successful day himself completing also 10 of 14 passes, for 103 yards and two scores. The sophomore scrambled out of the pocket to find T.J. Simpson from 17 yards out and added an 11-yard scoring pass to Gerell Robinson on a fade route.

Robinson, who paced the Arizona State wide receivers with seven catches and 53 yards, scored again on a similar play, this time six yards away from a Brock Osweiler toss.

The running backs enjoyed a solid day of their own, highlighted by backups Jarrell Woods (pictured) who led his group with 62 yards on ten carries, and James Morrison who registered 44 yards on 14 carries, including a hard fought 3-yard score.

The offensive line once again did a formidable job pass protecting, and elevated their run blocking performance.

The ASU defense, which has been spectacular for most of the spring, easily had their worst outing in the last few weeks. They had a hard time rushing the passer, and didn't always effectively clog up the running lanes.

There were however some bright spots on this side of the ball.

Gerald Munns, who took some reps at first team MIKE linebacker, had 7.5 tackles. Fellow linebackers Aaron Oliver and Travis Goethel had 5.5 and five tackles respectively.

Cornerback Josh Jordan shined in the secondary with five tackles, and a pass deflection. The sophomore also had a spectacular interception that got called back due to a called sack. Oliver and Jordan also delivered the most punishing tackles of the scrimmage.

Jamarr Robinson had two passes batted down from his defensive end spot, while cornerback LeQuan Lewis tallied two pass deflections.

The offense had seven penalties called, including six false starts. The defense had five infractions.

Cornerback Pierre Singfield and offensive lineman Mike Marcisz were injured during the scrimmage and didn't return. Running back Ryan Bass who was injured in Wednesday's practice didn't play.

Sullivan stated that he felt that the offense has started to turn the corner since last week, and looks forward to continued improvement. "One practice every time," he said, "getting better every day, and hopefully by that we'll get better for the season"

The senior who recalled the lack of offensive leadership this past season, is prepared to take on this role. "There's one year left and I'm trying to make the most of it," he stated, "have fun out here, be a leader for this team."

"[I'm] progressing pretty good right now. Just got to take it one more week and come ready for the spring game and show off all my talents then. I'm a person that if I can't have fun, then I'm not going to do well out here. The more I have fun, the more I'll be able to do well."

Shannon Koehle contributed to the article


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