Checking in from Phoenix after ASU whooped up on poor hapless Portland State. Here are my take aways from this one-sided massacre. (Yes, I realize they played Portland State)
ASU finally has a competent QB in Steven Threet. No, he isn't an all world QB but he's definitely solid. Half of his incompletions were just drops, his throws were on target all night.
On offense they have a lot of new young playmakers and a new OC (Mazzone) who installed a spread no-huddle offense. They play fast and try to get their plays off with about 16 secs left on the play clock. Really fun to watch. Deantre Lewis is FAST! Cameron Marshall is a load! Jamal Miles is super quick! James Morrison punishes defenders! Their offensive line looks much improved. They are deep at RB, the WR crew is the question mark year, can these youngins step up? Erickson did a good job finding explosive players on offense.
The defense is beastly once again. Omar Bolden is back after missing last year with an injury and is said to look outstanding. Vontaze Burfict is scary-good, total beast. Their linebacking trio is as good as any in the country. The question marks on defense will be the edge rushers and safeties.
Many people picked ASU to finish 9th in the Pac-10 this year and I just can't see that happening with the amount of talent they have. I see them more in the 4-6 range depending on how things bounce this year with injuries and such. Here's to a new and much better year! Go Devils!