Saying that Arizona State’s starting quarterback competition “needs to come to an end,” coach Dirk Koetter suggested the winner between Sam Keller and Rudy Carpenter will be evident at Friday’s scrimmage.
“I’m not going to make a big deal of it, but someone is going to go out there with the first offense, and someone is going to go out there with the second,” Koetter said Wednesday. “Our football team needs to have a quarterback and a second quarterback, but it’s not going to be a circus.”
ASU will hold its second scrimmage 7 p.m. Friday at Sun Devil Stadium. The event is open to the public.
During ASU’s first 17 practices through Wednesday, there has been no clear frontrunner between Keller and Carpenter. Koetter said the two have been pressing at times.
“For the betterment of our football team, this needs to end,” Koetter said. “And it’s going to on Friday.”
H-back Brent Miller is experiencing discomfort in the knee he had surgery on in 2003. He underwent an MRI exam on Wednesday and is scheduled to meet with an orthopedic surgeon today.
Linebacker Travis Goethel, who had been limited with a sore shoulder, participated in full contact, and running back Rodney Glass (leg bone bruise) will be “back shortly,” Koetter said. Defensive end Loren Howard (quadriceps), linebacker Robert James (hamstring) and tight end Dane Guthrie (hamstring) remained out.
Kicker Jesse Ainsworth could have two jobs again this season, as the senior leads the punting battle over juniorcollege transfer Jonathan Johnson.
Koetter remains pleased with Johnson’s technique, but displaying it on a regular basis has been a challenge.
“Johnson will be great in the tight-punt drill, but in individual punting, he can be horrible,” Koetter said. “We’re a directional punting team, and you can get a lot of shanks if you are not consistent.”
Kickoff time for ASU’s homecoming game against Stanford on Oct. 21 is set — 12:30 p.m. . . . Running back Preston Jones and tight end Brady Conrad were awarded scholarships.
GETTING TO KNOW...
Kellen Mills Ht.: 6-3; Wt.: 246; Pos.: DE Class: Jr.; Hometown: Mesa Nickname: “K-Mill” Role: Will back up at defensive end
Best moment in football:
ASU’s 52-21 victory against Northwestern last year, in which Mills had a tackle and caused a fumble. Speaking: “I was at fullback, then they cut fullback out of the offense. Then I tried tight end for a while, but it didn’t work out. Then, (defensive tackle) Jordan Hill told me I should try out on the defensive line, and I’ve loved it since the first day.”