Jeff Krohn To Get The Reps With First Team

Aug. 22, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz.-- Incumbent Jeff Krohn has beaten out two challengers toearn the right to practice with the first team entering practices this week.

Krohn, a sophomore and former walk-on, started nine games last season underformer coach Bruce Snyder.

New coach Dirk Koetter threw the quarterback job open to competition, butthrough training camp, it became obvious Krohn was the front-runner.

The pass-oriented, wide-open offense that Koetter brought from Boise Staterequires quarterbacks to make split-second decisions.

'Whether it be the experience of playing last year or not, Jeff is justmentally farther along,' Koetter said Tuesday. 'He can make the mostconsistent decisions within the time frame that you need to.'

Junior Matt Cooper is slightly ahead of redshirt freshman Andrew Walter forthe backup role, Koetter said.

Krohn threw for 1,751 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for an offensethat led the Pac-10 in passing. He was intercepted six times.

Cooper threw for 169 yards in a backup role last season. His lone touchdownpass came in the Aloha Bowl.

Koetter said freshman Chad Christensen probably will sit out this season asa redshirt. Christensen committed to Arizona State when Snyder was the coachand had to convince Koetter of his abilities.

Arizona State opens its season at home Sept. 8 against San Diego State.
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