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Thursday, April 9, 2009
ASU notes: Sullivan steps up

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson began spring practices speaking highly of senior quarterback Danny Sullivan, and it now appears he wasn't just trying to buck up the three-year backup.

Sullivan is the clear No. 1 on the depth chart, with sophomores Samson Szakacsy and Chasen Stangel and true freshman Brock Osweiler battling for positioning in the overall pecking order behind him.

Sullivan's superior knowledge of the offense has helped, but he's also made plays, even with his feet, something the 6-foot-4, 242 pounder hasn't previously shown an ability to do.

"He's not the most mobile guy who's ever walked but he can run when he has to," Erickson said. "And he's got a gun. And he's been very accurate, which, to me, that's what it's all about."

While the defense has dominated spring practices, Sullivan appears to have earned team-wide respect.

"He'll be fine," linebacker Mike Nixon said. "He's a big guy with a strong arm who's smart. He knows the system. They're going to use him the right way and keep him within the system."