August 7, 2007

Inside report: Offensive depth chart battles

Through five camp practices, the first-team Sun Devil offense has looked relatively solid across the board, and many of the second-team skill team players have also performed well, while the backup offensive line play has not appeared as crisp. Here is a breakdown of each offensive position group and inside report on depth chart battles, including which freshmen have impressed and may see action.

Quarterback

Third-year starter Rudy Carpenter looked very sharp in non-live (live being full tackling) 11-on-11 and continued to play well in 7-on-7 and into live full team action in Monday's first practice in full pads. It's as good as we've seen him throw it thus far.

Second-team quarterback Danny Sullivan had a reasonable practice but is still a bit mechanical in terms of his reads. He's improved his conditioning it appears, and has a very live arm with great posture and very good release mechanics. If the game slows down for him just a tad, he could really take a big step forward with his play.

The talk around the team and on message boards is whether one of the two freshmen quarterbacks will pass Sullivan on the depth chart but we've seen nothing to indicate this is an impeding reality. Chasen Stangel played at least as well as Samson Szakacsy yesterday and better than Szakacsy today after Szakacsy got out to a quicker start the first couple days. Judging them in totality over the five days, we'd score it about equal.

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