Spring Football Prospectus

April 21, 2006

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In 2005, Arizona State University furthered its reputation as an offensive powerhouse en route to a 7-5 finish, and ASU's third postseason bowl game appearance during head coach Dirk Koetter's five-year tenure. Led by a bounty of offensive threats and an athletic defense, Koetter has high expectations for the Sun Devils in 2006, as the team continues to improve toward becoming a legitimate Pac-10 Conference championshipcontender. Also, the 2006 season marks the 10th and 20th anniversaries of ASU's two Pac-10 championship seasons and Rrose Bowl berths, which followed the 1986 and 1996 seasons. Koetter eagerly awaits finding out whether the Sun Devils can build upon the 2005 season to have the ability to continue that championship trend in 2006.

'Looking back at last season, there are some aspects of our team about which we were tremendously satisfied, and some areas that needed improvement,' Koetter said. 'The bottom line is that we had 7-5 season, and ended it on a high note after defeating our rival Arizona and then Rutgers in the Insight Bowl to close out the season.'

ASU's offense is driven by the lethal quarterback duo of seniorSam Keller and sophomore Rudy Carpenter. Also, versatile tailback/wide receiver/cornerback Rudy Burgess (junior), record-breaking tailback Keegan Herring (sophomore), dynamic wide receiver Jamaal Lewis (senior) and All-American tight end Zach Miller (junior) are main weapons among the Sun Devil offense.

Defensive tackle Jordan Hhill (senior) and safeties Josh Barrett(junior) and Zach Catanese (senior) are the stalwarts of an improving Sun Devil defense.

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