Entering his fifth season as Arizona State head coach, Dennis Erickson has never felt so confident in his team. Since becoming the head coach of the Sun Devils, Erickson has led the program to records of 10-3, 5-7, 4-8, and 6-6.
Erickson told DevilsDigest.com , “It's exciting and it's got to happen. What's exciting to me, finally, is after four years we're worthy. I thought last year we were really close, now I feel like we're here. Now we've got to do it on the field.”
Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone and defensive coordinator Craig Bray return to the staff, allowing each side of the ball to continue with their current systems.
Regarding the offense, Erickson said, “It might even be simpler than it's been. I think one thing we can do right now is line up and run the football without having to trick people.”
“I think offensively, this spring with guys that have played, guys that have started, guys that have made plays, this team offensively isn't anywhere close to what we've had in the past. So we come in offensively with a year under the system, even though Steven (Threet) isn't here, with Brock's (Osweiler’s) experience, and then the young guys, it's exciting. It's really exciting, offensively, compared to what it's been.”
Of his quarterback situation, Erickson said, “It's the best I've ever been around in college. I've never had it that deep. Three of them are unproven, of course.”
“And the offensive front is a totally different world than it's been in the past. We used to wonder just who would play.”
Arizona State opens with three straight non-conference games against UC-Davis, Missouri, and at Illinois. The home schedule includes USC, Oregon State, Colorado, Arizona, and Cal. The Sun Devils will travel to Utah, Oregon, UCLA, and Washington State.