Sunday, August 3, 2008

Erickson and Devils Address Media

On Sunday Dennis Erickson shared his thoughts on the upcoming season as he begins his second season as head coach of the Devils.

"This is an exciting time for everybody in college football," he said.

An exciting time indeed. The Devils, coming off a 10-3 season and a share of the Pac-10 title, are full of confidence heading into the year.

"We had a very good summer from what I understand with our offseason workouts," Erickson said. The coach said that players have been working hard on their own in the offseason with strength and conditioning.

Official practices start Monday and Erickson said the staff should be able to gauge pretty quickly where the players are at.

Erickson and his team are looking forward to beating the heat when practices move in to "The Bubble," ASU's new indoor practice facility.

"We have one of the best indoor facilities in the country," Erickson said of the team's new practice digs.

A statement that was no suprise to anyone who follows ASU football, Erickson said the production he will get out the offensive line is the biggest question heading into fall practice.

"We've got to establish our offensive front."

That front will now be without right tackle Richard Tuitu'u who has decided not to play football this season. Erickson said his absence will provide a challenge but that he is excited about the young talent on the line.

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