Osweiler set to start for Oregon contest

A bicep injury to senior signal caller Danny Sullivan isn't the sole reason that Brock Osweiler will get the nod in Eugene on Saturday, but it has certainly paved the way for the ASU true freshman to make his debut this weekend as the starting quarterback.

"Sully hasn't even practiced this week because of his bicep (injury)," said Arizona State Head Coach Dennis Erickson following Wednesday's practice. "Right now we'll probably start Brock. I got to see what happens tomorrow or Samson (Szakacsy) might be the second (string) guy because he has been getting some reps. (Sullivan's) bicep is really bothering him and he couldn't throw it today.

"With two days of practice…we'll see how it is with Danny tomorrow, but right now I would say we would probably start Brock."

Erickson said that modifications to the game plan have been made to some degree, yet the change at quarterback hasn't dictated that move.

"We really simplified some things this week anyway," Erickson explained. "When I say simplified, I mean…so we can get the snap count, execute what we have because it's different. If you play in the Southeast conference or if you play in some of those arenas everyday, this kind of stuff happens.

"But in this league it happens occasionally when you go to the University of Arizona or to Pullman at night after they had a full day and you go up there and it's hard. This (Autzen stadium) is a difficult place so we simplified things because of that."

Erickson added that if Sullivan's injury was healed that the senior could possibly play this weekend. "We'll go into that game, see what happens." Erickson commented. "Because of Danny's experience being there, I would probably put him in a little sooner than I would Brock during the season when Danny started. It could happen."

The Sun Devil skipper didn't rule out playing Szakacsy as well on Saturday, albeit mostly in certain situations.

When asked how Osweiler has been handling everything this week in practice, Erickson replied:

"OK…He's not making every prefect throw. Not making every perfect read. He's learning, he hasn't played. Just like any guy that hasn't played at that position. He's no different than anyone else.

"It will be a tremendous learning experience for him."


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