2007 Arizona State Football Spring Prospectus

April 5, 2007

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When Dennis Erickson was named Arizona State University's 22nd head coach on Dec. 11, 2006, the Sun Devils gained one of the most successful and well-known figures in college football. ASU brought into the fold a leader with a tradition of being a 'players' coach', having earned multiple coaching honors and having guided an extensive list of college football award-winners, All-Americans and NFL draft picks. Erickson brings a resume to Tempe that goes widely unmatched throughout current head coaches, having won a pair national championships while posting a career college football coaching record of 148-65-1 (.694), owning the 11th-most wins among active college head coaches.

'I'm looking forward to elevating the Sun Devil football program,' Erickson said. 'It is exciting to me to have an opportunity to come to Arizona State and to compete for the BCS Championship, the Pac-10 Championship, to compete for the things I look forward to competing for in college football.'

Coach Erickson's legacy had an immediate, yet lasting effect on Sun Devil football, as he and his staff of experienced and savvy assistants instantly established a standard of passion and excellence, which trickled down through every rung of the program.

'I expect our team to be very competitive,' Erickson said. 'I expect to compete for the Pac-10 Championship, and to compete to go to the BCS. To be competitive in that arena, that's what it's all about.'

The contagious enthusiasm of the direction of Sun Devil football was also prevalent in coach Erickson's first signing class at ASU, which included a bounty of highly-ranked prep and junior college athletes spanning a total of 10 states, despite the fact that Erickson and staff had merely 59 days from being introduced at ASU until national letter of intent signing day.

Entering 2007, expectations remain high at Arizona State, as coach Erickson inherits a squad that has played in three consecutive bowl games. Erickson expects a fast, physical brand of football driven offensively by a potent running game and a diverse passing attack while the defense looks to swarm opposing offenses with tremendous speed at every position.

ASU's offense is led by junior quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who has started 18 consecutive games for the Sun Devils. The driving force of the ASU offense is its incredible stable of running backs, highlighted by the dangerous combination of senior Ryan Torain and junior Keegan Herring. The Sun Devil offensive line features five seniors, including standouts Zach Krula, Mike Pollak and Brandon Rodd, while senior wide receiver Rudy Burgess and senior tight end Brent Miller round out the skill position athletes.

Senior safety Josh Barrett, one of the best in the nation at his position, guides the Sun Devil defense. Sophomore defensive end Dexter Davis, senior defensive tackle Michael Marquardt and senior cornerback Justin Tryon enjoyed excellent seasons in 2006 and look to once again be key contributors among a solid ASU defense.

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