Here’s the first piece I could find on preparation for the ASU game. Strategery included.
… Last year, Stanford’s defense threw the kitchen sink at ASU, blitzing frequently, and the tactic was copied by Sun Devil opponents for the rest of the season. Now, Erickson will likely have to counter a defensive tactic that worked for UNLV.
With quarterback Rudy Carpenter throwing for 733 yards in ASU’s first two games, UNLV sat back in a two-deep zone and dared the Sun Devils to beat them with the run.
Kyle Williams had three catches for 115 yards, but Chris McGaha, Michael Jones and Kerry Taylor combined for just 56 yards on five receptions. ASU rushed for a respectable 131 yards but had few difference-making gains, and run calls late in regulation and in overtime were booed by some in the Sun Devil Stadium crowd.
Willie Martinez lives!
Meanwhile, local sports radio mogul Steak Shapiro is so impressed with A. J. Green that he misspelled the receiver’s name. Twice. In fairness, it did take two sentences.
AJ Greene showed me more in his three catches in the win over South Carolina than almost any Georgia receiver in the last decade, yes that includes Terrence Edwards, Reggie Brown and Fred Gibson. This guy is a total playmaker and if the Dawgs make a real run at the national title get ready for Greene to become a household name to college football fans…