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Erickson, Weber discuss upcoming season at Pac-10 Media Day


July 29, 2010

Arizona State Head Coach Dennis Erickson
Opening statement:
"We're excited about this football team. We lost some starters but we have a lot of guys coming back. I think Lawrence Guy is one of best defensive linemen in the country. Vontaze Burfict had a great spring. He didn't get any penalties. You don't want to take a lot away from him because he's such an aggressive guy."

"What's exciting to me is how much better we're going to be on offense. I hired a new offensive coordinator, Noel Mazzone. We are doing all the things that are happening in college football right now. We had a lot of fun in the spring. Guys are really enjoying what we're doing."

"We have two quarterbacks who competed in the spring. Brock Osweiler is probably as talented as I've had at that position. Steven Threet played in big games when he was at Michigan. Those two are competing. Both are good football players. I haven't made a decision on what we're going to do yet."

"We finally got some depth on our offensive front. Guys that had to play as freshmen and sophomores are bigger and have more experience. Our skill is the best since I've been there.

"Thomas Weber, who won the Lou Groza Award two years ago, shows you what happens when you don't have a kicker. Last year, he pulled up right before we played at Georgia, and we missed three field goals. He's a great player and a great character. You don't see many kickers come to things like this."