Ducks Sack King Ready for More Fun

Nick Reed would like to keep Rudy Carpenter's number on Saturday as the Oregon Ducks (5-2, 3-1) travel to Tempe to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils. Last year, Reed had three and half sacks against ASU the Pac-10's leading sacker is hoping Carpenter is 100 percent ready to go.

"I hope he's a hundred percent," Reed said of Carpenter, the ASU signal caller. "He's a tough guy, he's a competitor and I wouldn't want to play against anything less. I respect him for what he's had to go through the last two years. He gets hit a lot and gets back up."

Carpenter has been a guy the Ducks have always feared for his toughness and his ability to make big plays. This year Carpenter has had to overcome some injury problems particularly to his ankle and it appears he will be ready to go this Saturday even though his coach, Dennis Erickson says maybe not completely healthy.

"I don't know if he will be 100 percent, or if he will ever be 100 percent this year, but he will be better than he was against USC, unless something happens this week," said Erickson of Carpenter earlier this week.

Carpenter has thrown for 1,474 yards this season at a 65 percent completion ratio. He's tossed eight touchdowns while giving up five interceptions and averages 245.7 yards a game in passing. The Sun Devils have given up 15 sacks so far this year. That might be a very good lead-in where Reed is concerned.

Reed is the Pac-10's best at sacks with eight and Will Tukuafu at the other end of the Duck defensive line is second in the conference with six. Those sorts of numbers makes one wonder what could happen under the lights at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday night. Some Duck fans have been critical of the amount of pressure Oregon puts on opposing quarterbacks. While no one is questioning what Reed and Tukuafu have done, some wonder if showing more blitz packages might be in order for a big, strong-armed quarterback like Carpenter. For Reed's part, he continues doing what he has to and enjoying it. What more can the defensive line do to help keep pressure on Carpenter?

"Just keep it up," responds Reed to the question of more pressure on the quarterback. "I always have the most fun when we can get pressure with just the Dlinemen, four or three men. Getting sacks and putting pressure on them without a blitz. That helps our linebackers and DBs out. It's a challenge for us but it's something we're up to."

Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m. (Pacific) and there are reports that the non-televised game should bring in 66-67,000 fans. The game will be carried on OSN Radio and replayed on CSN at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night.




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