Arizona State’s defense was stellar in Saturday’s game at Washington, even though the unit was its “own worst enemy at times,” coach Dennis Erickson said.
•Arizona State’s defense was stellar in Saturday’s game at Washington, even though the unit was its “own worst enemy at times,” coach Dennis Erickson said.
“We played great,” Erickson said. “We committed bad penalties that kept drives going. Other than that, we held them under control.”
The Huskies had four first downs via ASU penalties. The Sun Devils allowed one touchdown, that coming on a second-quarter receiver-option pass from Cody Bruns to quarterback Ronnie Fouch.
Washington had 8 yards rushing before Terrance Daily had a 39-yard carry in the final three minutes.
•Reigning Lou Groza Award winner Thomas Weber is back in form, hitting 7 of his 8 field-goal tries in the last two games. He returned to punter on Saturday and averaged 41.2 yards a boot.
“It was good to see him have that stroke back,” Erickson said. “It’s kind of like a golfer, and a lot of that is the snap and the hold. We were having some problems as far as tempo for a while, from snap to hold to kick. Now, he has confidence in that, and he is kicking a lot better.”
• Guard Zach Schlink will have an MRI exam and X-rays today to determine the severity of knee and ankle injuries suffered in his first career start. Erickson did not rule Schlink, a true freshman, out for this week.
“I hope he’s not hurt bad,” Erickson said. “I’d like to see Zach practicing and see how much better he can get over the next month.”
If Schlink can’t play, ASU could keep the line it had after he was hurt on Saturday — moving Shawn Lauvao back to left guard and putting Tom Njunge at right tackle.
• Of the players who suffered stingers, center Thomas Altieri is probable for this week, while defensive tackle David Smith questionable.
• Safety Clint Floyd, who has missed three games with a lacerated kidney, will undergo a blood test this week and could be cleared to practice.
• Altieri and redshirt freshman Garth Gerhart will split first-team snaps in practice this week. Gerhart came in after Altieri’s injury and played well, Erickson said.
• Defensive end Dexter Davis had two sacks on Saturday, giving him 23 1/2 in his career and moving him into fifth place on ASU’s all-time list.
Next up is Scott Stephen, who had 26. Terrell Suggs holds the school record of 44.
•Schlink is the 18th ASU player to make his first career Division I start this season.
It was reported on Sunday that Michael Jones’ 146 yards receiving against Washington was a career high.
Jones had 162 yards in ASU’s season opener against Northern Arizona on Aug. 30.
The Sun Devils host Washington State for homecoming at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Cougars — who are 1-8, with their only win against championship subdivision Portland State — are led by first-year coach Paul Wulff, who played at WSU under Erickson in 1987 and ’88. It will be a big recruit-hosting weekend for ASU.