Monday, March 16, 2009
More notes from Erickson's presser
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Some notes, quotes and sundry information from Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson's sit-down with reporters Monday.
- Erickson said spring practices, which begin March 24, will be "very physical," with more live contact than in the past. He also said the offensive scheme could be tweaked: "I think coaches make a mistake when they are stubborn about what they do."
- He said he'd like to winnow the five guys competing to start at quarterback to two by the end of spring, but he also said he's not opposed to playing two guys next fall -- something he said he'd never done before.
- Defensive tackle Jonathan English and tight end Dan Knapp will miss spring while recovering from injuries. Offensive tackle Matt Hustad will be limited as will safety Max Tabach. Running back James Morrison, now on scholarship, should be able to practice.
- Erickson called his decision to keep Shawn Lauvao at guard last year instead of moving him outside to tackle his "biggest mistake."
- Lauvao's weight room numbers: 500 pound bench press, 675-pound squat, 350-pound power clean. If it's not readily apparent, those are big numbers.
- He said Kerry Taylor, though he can play all three receiver positions, is first in line to replace Michael Jones at the 'X'.
- The most intense competition on the offensive line might be at center, where Garth Gerhart, brother to Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, will challenge starter Thomas Altieri.
- While talking about his defense, this is what Erickson said about ASU's 54-20 loss to Oregon last fall: "That was embarrassing. I'll never forget that one."
- Erickson brought up redshirt freshman defensive tackle Otis Jones a number of times, noting Jones and his 400-pound bench press figure to be in the playing rotation.
- Erickson reiterated his desire for someone else to punt rather than Thomas Weber, who won the Groza Award as the nation's best field goal kicker in 2007 but wasn't as dead-on last fall.