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Arizona State takes a couple of hits at cornerback

November, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Arizona State has announced an indefinite suspension for cornerback Terell Carr for violating team rules.

The East Valley Tribune reported that Carr was arrested on suspicion of three misdemeanor's Tuesday.

Coupled with cornerback Omar Bolden's season-ending knee injury, the Sun Devils are perilously thin at cornerback as they head to Oregon.

Redshirt freshman Deveron Carr, who made his first-career start last weekend against USC, and senior Pierre Singfield are expected to start for the Sun Devils on Saturday. Behind them are sophomore Josh Jordan and junior LeQuan Lewis, but the Arizona Republic reported that Jordan was slowed Tuesday by a sore ankle.

"Hopefully, he can play," coach Dennis Erickson told the newspaper. "If not, we're down to three corners."

Carr has started seven games this year.

This is the Sun Devils' second suspension this week. Running back Ryan Bass was suspended for violating team rules on Sunday.

Ranking the Pac-10 cornerbacks

August, 31, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller


As a UCLA observer wryly noted, ESPN.com has Bruins cornerback Alterraun Verner as a first-team All-American, while the Pac-10 blog had California's Syd'Quan Thompson and Oregon's Walter Thurmond III as the first-team All-Pac-10 corners.

Yes, there were coin flips involved. There are a lot of good cornerbacks in this conference.

Fact is, the guy who deserves to gripe the most is Arizona's underrated Devin Ross, who was second-team All-Pac-10 a year ago yet seems to be operating in the shadows.
  1. California: Might be the best pair in the nation. Two accomplished, full-time starting cornerbacks from 2008 -- senior Thompson (first-team All-Pac-10) and junior Darian Hagan -- return from a statistically impressive pass defense (24 Ints vs. 12 TD passes).
  2. USC: There are questions here -- is Shareece Wright going to be: 1. healthy; 2. eligible -- but even if Josh Pinkard has to move from safety back to corner, the Trojans are strong here based on pure athleticism.
  3. Arizona: We've mentioned Ross, but Trevin Wade, who steps in for the departed Marquis Hundley, tied Hundley for the team lead with four interceptions in 2008.
  4. UCLA: Verner is as good as anybody in the country, and expectations are high for redshirt freshman Aaron Hester.
  5. Oregon: Coach Chip Kelly tells anyone who will listen that Thurmond is the Ducks best player. Talmadge Jackson and Willie Glasper are 1A and 1B veterans on the opposite side.
  6. Arizona State: Omar Bolden expects to bounce back after a sub-par 2008 season. A troublesome back has returning starter Terell Carr now listed as second-team, with former walk-on Pierre Singfield now No. 1. Safety Clint Floyd might even see action at corner.
  7. Oregon State: The Beavers are replacing both cornerbacks but a strong preseason from Tim Clark and James Dockery ended a lot of hand-wringing over the issue. There's also solid depth.
  8. Washington State: The Cougars pass defense wasn't that bad last year, but that might have been because the run defense was horrible. Things are not completely set here. Brandon Jones will start if his ankle is OK, while Aire Justin is the frontrunner opposite him.
  9. Stanford: Richard Sherman and Corey Gatewood should upgrade the Cardinal's pass defense, but Sherman was a receiver in 2008 and Gatewood was injured. And Stanford was terrible against the pass last year.
  10. Washington: Speaking of terrible against the pass... the Huskies allowed opponents to complete 67 percent of their passes and surrendered 24 TD passes with just seven interceptions in 2008. Quinton Richardson will man one side while the uncertain health of redshirt freshman Justin Glenn means true freshman Desmond Trufant or junior Vonzell McDowell will start on the other side.

ASU notes: Sullivan steps up

April, 9, 2009
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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."

  • Sophomore Garth Gerhart, brother to Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, has passed returning senior starter Thomas Altieri at center.
  • Injuries have been a big issue. At least seven potential starters -- including three offensive lineman -- are sitting out.
  • Senior Dimitri Nance earned praise from Erickson for a good spring and is No. 1 at tailback.
  • With cornerback Omar Bolden sitting out while recovering from shoulder surgery Terell Carr, Pierre Singfield and LeQuan Lewis have played well, suggesting there's good depth at the position.
  • Linebacker prospect Jordan Zumwalt of Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., watched practice Wednesday. Arizona State, Washington State and Boise State have already offered him, but he's expected to draw more attention in the Pac-10 over the coming months.

Pac-10 Morning: Youth and position battles dominate

August, 8, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

If these links were any hotter, they'd be, you know, like on fire or something.

  • A youth movement may be afoot at Arizona, and it's more than touted CB Robert Golden. While he's not that young, junior Earl Mitchell also qualifies as precocious, at least in terms of how well he appears to be transitioning to the defensive line. Finally, there's a little piece of Tim Tebow in Tucson.
  • With Keegan Herring nursing a shoulder injury, there are other guys who can carry the rock for Arizona State. While battling for a starting job at CB opposite Omar Bolden, Terell Carr is playing hurt. And an evening monsoon (a new experience for this Arizona transplant) sent the Sun Devils into their new bubble, indoor facility for the first time.
  • The QB competition at California is heating up, with Kevin Riley doing well while working with the first-team offense Thursday. Speaking of competition, Derrick Hill and Mika Kane have a tight one for the lone interior defensive tackle position in the Bears new 3-4 look.
  • A report from Oregon's Thursday workout, with coach Mike Bellotti providing a long list of youngins and oldins who are doing well. Rob Moseley also has this about position battles:

One thing apparent through four days is that some of the position battles I anticipated aren't developing, at least not yet. When the first units are on the field, it's almost always Nate Costa at quarterback, Jeff Kendall at left guard, Jake Hucko at right tackle, T.J. Ward at free safety, and Spencer Paysinger at WILL linebacker.

Middle linebacker is one that's still tough to call. Because of the laceration on John Bacon's forehead, which I wrote about Tuesday, he's not doing a lot of full-contact stuff, so Casey Matthews is running with the ones.

  • Here's some video of Autzen Stadium's GIANT new scoreboard.
  • Oregon State is replacing three good linebackers with... three more good linebackers. And so the Beavers' defense will just reload. We shall see. Here's an update of another rebuilding effort -- the Beavers' special teams.
  • He cut short his Mormon Mission, so now Stanford defensive tackle Sione Fua, who saw significant action as a freshman, will be on a mission to help the Cardinal defense.
  • The Orange County Register charts the UCLA QBs. The conclusion: Hopefully the cliché -- "It's early" -- applies. The LA Times also checks in with QB Ben Olson. Brian Dohn looks at the secondary. Finally, it turns out that Brian Bosworth's nephew , Kyle, might be a pretty good LB, too.
  • Who's the next great USC nose tackle? It's one of the best competitions of the preseason. The lead from the LA Daily News is the move of Clay Matthews from linebacker to defensive end, where he'll rotate with sophomore Everson Griffin. The Orange County Register discovered strippers working for the USC defense.
  • This might interests USC fans: Ohio State defensive backs suspended for first two games! Only the Buckeyes come to LA for their third game and don't figure to have much trouble with Youngstown State and Ohio University (or is that THE Ohio University?).
  • The tailback competition heads up at Washington. Molly Yanity talks with touted freshman receiver Anthony Boyles, while Don Ruiz concerns himself with the secondary. Bob Condotta reviews the day's events.
  • This from the Washington State football office: "Following [Thursday] morning's practice, Cougar sophomore wide receiver Jeshua Anderson was seen by a team doctor and it was determined he has a hernia. Surgery has been scheduled for Monday morning and a prognosis will be determined following the surgery." Anderson, who nearly qualified for the Olympics, is one of the Pac-10's fastest players and was viewed as a potential deep threat for the Cougars offense. In general, the Cougars receivers are hurting.
  • Finally, here's Jon Wilner's AP top 25 vote. Wilner's poll is often quirky, which is why a lot of people keep up with its changes.&
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