First fall scrimmage is a balanced one

The Sun Devils held their first scrimmage of fall camp this morning, and the maroon and gold had a productive showing on both sides of the ball. Head Coach Dennis Erickson was pleased with the performance of his squad but acknowledges there is still work to be done.

"I thought offensively for the very first time it was really well executed," head coach Dennis Erickson said. "I thought all three quarterbacks had their moments. I think Steven Threet had a real good day, just from watching tape. I look at our running backs Deantre Lewis, he brings a little different thing and Jamal (Miles) and then Cameron (Marshall)...I think that our secondary played good.

"We did get the ball out, missed some tackles in space but that's kind of what this offense is all about, trying to get the ball to the playmakers in space and let them make plays and we were able to do that some. Overall since I've been here, this is probably the best overall first scrimmage of the fall."

Threet was 7 of 11 for 91 yards and a touchdown pass to tight end Trevor Kohl. He also ran one touchdown in from four yards out.

Running back Deantre Lewis has been a standout player throughout the fall camp, and didn't disappoint in today's session collecting 40 yards on just four carries. The true freshman from Norco, Calif. is progressing steadily and naturally catching the eye of Erickson and his staff.

"He's caught on real well, he's very bright young man," Erickson commented. "He understands the game real well. He was coached really well; he doesn't make many mental mistakes. The biggest thing he has to do is he has to understand pass protection and how to pass protect. You don't do that much in high school.

"I feel like we have three or four (running backs) and Washington came in at the end and he's got some power to him. So I feel pretty good about this position and like I said I have to look at the tape and those areas but I thought we ran the ball really well."

With much depth at the running back position, it's fair to stay the starting job is still up in the air. With the addition of Lewis, the unit only finds themselves with more players that will be fighting for limited carries.

"Cameron is playing really well but I mean you're not going to keep a guy like that off the field," Erickson commented, "and they're going to end up playing three or four of them and trying to develop one. We can get different personnel groups for what we want.

"We have two backs in there when we have Jamal and Deantre in there at the same time, two with the tight end and two with the quarterback in there so we can do a number of different things. But I think if he's (Lewis) playing like that he's obviously going to see a lot of playing time."

After the loss of senior Jon Hargis, some were concerned about the offensive line and the depth in such a crucial position but as fall camp has shown, others are stepping up to fill the void.

"Right now we're playing with a freshman left tackle (Jamil Douglas)," Erickson said, "which if you saw a lot of those things that happened, he hasn't been here longer…I thought it was pretty good. When we get into the season we'll have eight guys and develop some strength. I've got to look at it individually and see what group we can put together."

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