Guy sees greatness in defense

Even the most skeptical Sun Devil fan would find it hard not to be excited about the prospects of the ASU defense this year. Therefore, you can only imagine how of one its most prominent members, defensive tackle Lawrence Guy, feels about this group and its level of expectations for the 2010 campaign.

"When we talk as a team we think we are the number one defense in the nation," Lawrence Guy said, "and we will stay as the number one defense in the nation. Sometimes we'll have off days and sometimes we'll have good days, but it doesn't matter because nobody can beat us."

"We're not just hyping ourselves up. We are the number one defense in the nation."

Last week, the offense was able to make some hard earned gains, especially in the passing game. Guy tipped his hat to that side of the ball and acknowledged that the offense has stepped up their game and more importantly adapted to the way the defense was playing them.

"Our offense has improved so much," Guy commented, "and if you see them beating us, that means that they are the best in the Pac-10."

Ever since Guy arrived here in 2008, his impact was immediately felt. He came in as a defensive end, but shortly after was moved to defensive tackle where he blossomed. He started the last eight games of that season, and his 44 tackles were the second-highest among Pac-10 defensive tackles that year.

He earned First-Team Freshman All-American honors from the Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, and Additionally, he was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection.

In 2009, led the team in sacks with four and a half and in quarterback hurries with three, and recorded 37 tackles – seven of them for a loss.

Seeing Guy's level of play in spring practice, Arizona State Head Coach Dennis Erickson feels that the 6-5 300 junior is as good a defensive tackle he has coached in a while. "He's hard to block," he said. "I don't know how many sacks we would have if we didn't blow the whistle. He's having a great spring.

"The thing that Lawrence has done is that he made such a great turnaround in everything that he does. Academically, the things that he's doing are unbelievable for someone that just barely got in. His work ethic to make him where he is football wise is just a great story. He's been a great leader."

Guy spares himself any compliments, stating that he's having an "OK" spring. He added that these days he is honing various aspects of his game so he can continue and improve.

"I'm working on all the little things," Guy commented. "My technique, using my hands…I can go out every snap full speed because that is my mindset but I also I feel like I should slow it down and work on the little things because if I improve on those that will make me unstoppable."

The defensive line lost only one starter to graduation, All-Pac 10 selection Dexter Davis. With the recent play of the defensive line, it doesn't seem that the front four has missed a beat after Davis' departure and Guy knows the reason for that.

"We have some people stepping up into their roles," Guy said. "When Dex left we lost a leader, but we gained three, four more leaders. As he left, Dex told us that we can be all we want to be and that no one can hold us down. So I know we will be the number one defensive line in the nation."

Guy has emerged this year as one of those leaders and he does relish in that status.

"Most players look at me and the hard work I do," Guy remarked, "but I think that everyone is their own way can be a leader. I'll be more vocal, tell players to keep on pushing and not let down. I will always push a player to the limit and have them go as far as they can go."

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