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11/26 - Koetter has low-key approach to rivalry game with Wildcats

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Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 10:34 pm | Updated: 2:27 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Arizona State continues its low-key approach to preparation for Friday's football game against Arizona.

Quarterback Andrew Walter noted that Dirk Koetter's approach differs from former coach Bruce Snyder.

"The emphasis and preparation is just as much or more now, but I think outwardly things were different before," he said.

The emphasis, Walter said, is on the seniors.

"Coach has been stressing the importance of sending seniors out on a good note," he said. "He feels strongly about this game and finishing on a good note. If it's not outwardly being shown, he definitely shows it to the players."

Arizona players traditionally speak ill of ASU, the so-called "bulletin board" material. Their approach is it really doesn't matter what's said, but they will express how they feel. The players aren't muzzled; they're told to be sure to back up what they say.

Arizona usually has a parade of former players who speak to the team on the importance of winning the game.

ASU senior offensive guard Regis Crawford said the extra motivational ploys are irrelevant.

"I don't buy into that rah-rah stuff," he said. "You have to have that in your heart. So when this game rolls around, inside you need to know you want to win; you need that fire inside.

"The decorations, the spark and glitter don't really do it. It has to be in your heart."


Interim Arizona coach Mike Hankwitz was pleased with the interview he had for the permanent job.

"It went well. All I had hoped for through the whole process was that I would get a chance to present myself and they gave me that opportunity," Hankwitz said after practice Monday. "I feel like I can hold my head up because I feel like we worked our butts off, and we got better.

"The program is in better shape than when I took over. No matter what happens, I can sleep knowing that I helped make things better."


Koetter said tailback Loren Wade, the team's leading rusher, has nearly full recovered from the flu.

"Loren ran the ball hard on Sunday," Koetter said. "He did everything we asked of him."

Koetter said Hakim Hill is troubled by a knee injury.

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