Thursday, July 23, 2009
While you were on vacation ... Arizona State
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
The second of 10 quick updates on offseason Pac-10 goings on.
Arizona State in a sentence
- Arizona State will try to bounce back after a disappointing 2008 season that started with a national ranking but finished with a losing record.
The big issue
- While the Sun Devils should be solid defensively, they will be breaking in a new quarterback, likely senior Danny Sullivan, and the seemingly annual struggles on the offensive line need to be corrected.
Quick hit news
- Two players transferred to Arizona State from other BCS schools: quarterback Steven Threet from Michigan and wide receiver Aaron Pflugrad from Oregon. Both will sit out in 2009 and be eligible in 2010.
- Two quarterbacks bolted the team. Jack Elway decided to quit football but remains enrolled at Arizona State. Chasen Stangel decided to transfer to Eastern Kentucky.
- Only one player from the 22-member recruiting class is certain not to qualify academically: offensive lineman Fred Thornton, who will attend Scottsdale Community College. A couple of others, however, still have some remaining work, including super-recruit linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
- San Jose State dropped the Sun Devils from their 2010 schedule in order to play at Wisconsin.