Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Dennis Erickson has made his decision—and it only took the entire offseason to do it.
At 12:00 pm Pacific Time, Erickson decided to go with big game experience and consistency in his choosing of Steven Threet as the Sun Devils' starting quarterback for the 2010 college football season.
The duel between the junior Michigan transfer Threet and sophomore Brock Osweiler continued into fall camp after lackluster performances by both during spring scrimmages and the annual spring game.
In Coach Erickson's weekly Monday press conference, he stated that the two quarterbacks were very close and have a great deal of similarities, but Threet showed more consistency throughout the fall camp.
Erickson furthered that he feels confident that this was a "good decision" in starting Threet this Saturday against Portland State, where Osweiler will see playing time as well.
But just like any position on the team, if a starter does not perform and win football games, he may end up losing his job—which is the case for the quarterback situation as stated by Erickson. If Threet wins football games, he will remain the starter. If not, Osweiler will see a lot more playing time.
While spring scrimmages left Sun Devil fans wanting and hoping for more at the quarterback position, fall camp was a different story. Both Threet and Osweiler stepped up their games tremendously, making the starting decision all that more difficult for Erickson and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone—a very good sign for the Sun Devil offense.
Erickson blamed Threet's slow start in the spring on sitting out the 2009 season, per NCAA transfer guidelines, and having a somewhat breakout performance in the fall after getting back into the swing of things.
While playing for the Michigan Wolverines, Threet compiled a total of eight starts, including road games against Notre Dame, Penn State, and Ohio State.
Experience has always been a high priority for Dennis Erickson throughout his lengthy career as a Division I head coach, and Threet takes home the gold medal in the category—although Erickson denied this played any part in his decision.
While the experience of starting in some of the most hostile Big Ten stadiums is helpful and encouraging, Threet still enters the 2010 season as the fourth most inexperienced starting quarterback in the Pac-10, only ahead of Jeff Tuel of Washington State (five starts), Ryan Katz of Oregon State (zero starts), and Darron Thomas of Oregon (zero starts).
Threet spoke to the Arizona Republic about his slow start in the quarterback race, saying, "If you want something bad enough, you just keep working at it and do whatever you can to make it happen."
He did just that.