September 2, 2007

SJSU game report card

Arizona State's season opening 45-3 destruction of San Jose State no doubt deserves high marks. We broke down each position group on the team, evaluated how they performed, and gave each position group a grade for its effort and achievement.


Junior Rudy Carpenter looked like a much improved quarterback last night. Although he only threw for a modest 197 yards and two touchdowns, Carpenter looked good in the process. His throws were put in places where only the receiver could make the catch. He also threw no interceptions in 20 attempts, and most important of all, Carpenter converted with key passes on third downs. "I don't think I've ever handed the ball off so many times," the starting qb joked after the game. But with Torain and Herring breaking off large runs, there's no blaming coach Erickson for pounding the rock. Overall, Carpenter succeeded because he was able to move the ball to a number of different targets. Sophomore Danny Sullivan saw mop-up duty and fumbled his second snap of the evening just like he did last season a couple of times. However, Sullivan rebounded nicely and went 9-of-12 for 73 yards and an eight-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Andrew Pettes. Because Carpenter wasn't able to test his decision-making in a closely contested game, and Sullivan coughed up another snap, the quarterbacks will get an A-.

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