ASU offensive preview

By Richard Cirminiello

What You Need To Know:

Still struggling for answers on offense, Dennis Erickson has entrusted the attack to coordinator Noel Mazzone. The veteran assistant is installing an up-tempo offense that will huddle infrequently and operate out of the shotgun liberally. The Sun Devils want to play faster than the other guys, wearing them down in the second half. His first big decision will be at quarterback, where Brock Osweiler, Steven Threet and Samson Szakacsy will resume their close competition in August. Elsewhere, Arizona State lacks dynamic talent and adequate depth. The wide receivers have the potential to be solid and Cameron Marshall is ready to be the feature back, but the line continues to be saddled with question marks. While the program is likely headed for the second tier of Pac-10 offenses, the depth of the ditch will depend on the development of the quarterbacks and strides made by the blockers.


Projected Starter: If Arizona State has any hope for reversing its recent trend of mediocrity, it