The Arizona State Sun Devils will not only have one of the best defenses in the Pac Ten next season, but ASU will have one of the top defenses in the nation. Last season ASU was 1st in rushing defense, pass defense, total defense and they finished 2nd in scoring defense in the Pac Ten. The Sun Devils bring back a lot of productive players on the defensive side of the ball. Freshmen LB Vontaz Burfict finished 2009 with 69 tackles, 2 sacks and 7 tackles for loss. Sophomore DT Lawrence Guy had 37 tackles and led the team with 4.5 sacks. Next season Arizona States defense will have no problem keeping them in games.
Offensively ASU was 8th in the conference in scoring and 7th in passing offense. Coach Dennis Erickson needs to decide if he will go with Brock Osweiler or Samson Szakacsy at QB. RB's Ryan Bass and Cameron Marshall only combined for 453 yards on the ground. ASU might have to count on incoming Freshmen RB (4 star) Deantre Lewis (5'10 189) to contribute in 2010. WR is another position that ASU must find players to produce at this year. The Sun Devils lose WR Kyle Williams (57 catches) and Chris MaGaha (56 catches) to graduation. One player that must step up is Gerel Robinson (26 catches). At 6-4 230 Robinson has enough size to make an impact on offense. WR is another position that ASU's recruiting class could come in and contribute at. Freshmen (4 star) WR George Bell 6-3 195 could line up opposite of Robinson and cause match-up problems for opposing defensive backs. The key to ASU's success on offense will be based on how quickly the QB, WR's and RB's can form some sort of chemistry. ASU starts the 2010 season against Portland State and Northern Arizona before they play at Wisconsin. ASU will have at least two games to find their way on offense.