2010 Arizona State Football: Starting Quarterback Duel Near an End
The Arizona State Sun Devils have 12 days until their season opener against the Portland State Vikings in Tempe, AZ. That means that head coach Dennis Erickson and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone have 12 days to choose their starting quarterback.
The duel between Sun Devil quarterbacks Steven Threet and Brock Osweiler continued into fall camp after lackluster performance by both during spring scrimmages and the annual spring game.
Both quarterbacks headed into the August 21st scrimmage at Sun Devil Stadium with something to prove. To start the day off, Brock Osweiler started to run onto the field with the first team, only to do a 180 when Threet was put in instead.
Now, this could be taken one of two ways: Threet could be the favorite at this moment, or he was chosen first to play with the first team, seeing as both quarterbacks practiced with both the first and second teams.
In interviews with the press, Erickson and Mazzone kept their composure, explaining the starting quarterback position, with neither hinting at their favorite.
Erickson commented to the Arizona Republic that "they [both] had their moments," referring to the two quarterbacks.
Based on performance in the recent fall scrimmage, Threet looks like he could be the man that lands the starting gig. He looked like a different man on the field, one that had a new confidence level and a new understanding of leadership. This is a trait that Sun Devil fans haven't seen in years, and one that is needed to boast a winning record in 2010.
Offensive coordinator commented to the Arizona Republic that the Threet "was a lot more controlled today. He's finally realizing that every play doesn't have to be perfect, which was a problem."
Threet commented on his performance to reporters by saying, "I felt like I was responding quicker today and making better decisions," furthering with "I know I made mistakes and have things to work on but I'm making progress."
While sophomore Brock Osweiler posted nearly the same numbers as Threet in Saturday's scrimmage, it was the experience in pressure situations that gave Threet the edge. The Michigan transfer has the experience and composure of starting in Big Ten games for the Wolverines, where the stadiums are much more hostile compared the Pac-10.
Threet's poor spring performance could be due to adjusting to yet another new offensive scheme, but seems to have a grasp on it as the regular season creeps up on the Sun Devils.
Overall, there is a glimpse of hope for Sun Devil fans in Tempe, as they might have the offensive leadership that the team has been so desperate for in recent years.
While Erickson has not given a timetable as to when he will announce his starting quarterback, it can most likely be expected as early as this week.