September 11, 2007

Colorado report card

Arizona State improved to 2-0 with a 33-14 victory over Colorado on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium. We've broken down each position group on the team, evaluated how they performed, and gave each position group a grade for effort and achievement.

Quarterback

Rudy Carpenter started things off in the worst way possible for his team -- throwing an interception on his first pass of the game, and it was returned for a touchdown. 7-0 Colorado, 54 seconds into the game. The play no doubt made ASU fans nervous; an uncomfortable reminder of last season's struggles in the passing game. As the half went on, however, Carpenter settled in and made better decisions, better throws. When the team went no huddle, he handled it very well. Colorado pressured Carpenter well and he took a lot of hits while throwing the ball. As a result, he maybe felt some phantom footsteps and on occasion left the pocket earlier than would have been idea. The good news on that front for ASU, is that Carpenter continues to look downfield always when on the move and he is mobile enough to make something happen while scrambling. He finished 19-of-37 for 269 yards and three touchdowns against that one interception. It was a less efficient performance than he had versus a lesser San Jose State squad, but still very respectable on the whole and we'll give Carpenter a solid 'B' for his effort.


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