Posted on: August 30, 2013
“In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are.” – Arnold H. Glasow
As August says goodbye and we ready for September, I was sitting at home the other day thinking about how much I love this time of year. Simple things like cooler weather, the return of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte and the start of fantasy football always bring a huge smile to my face.
Like most guys, I love football. Growing up in New Jersey, I was always a New York Jets fan and anyone who walks by my office will see some Jets décor. But if you know anything about football, you know that my beloved Gang Green is horrible, constantly bringing to mind that famous Marlon Brando scene in Apocalypse Now when he says, “The horror…the horror” every time I see them play.
But I’m a guy. I need football to survive, just like I need air to breathe and food to eat. This is why I’m all in this year for ASU football. They have the talent and the coaching staff that makes fans like me believe this will be a special year. ASU football games will be the most exciting events in Tempe this fall.
As evidenced last season, his first with the team, Head Coach Todd Graham knows what he’s doing. His fast paced, aggressive play was a breath of fresh air to the Sun Devils. Quarterback Taylor Kelly will be one of – if not the best – quarterbacks in the Pac-12. I think what we saw last year was just a glimpse of his potential. If we’re talking offense, I have to mention runningback D.J. Foster. He’s been a shining star at ASU’s offseason workouts this year. Knowing the expectations that his team has, Foster is ready to step up his game. “I want to be that guy they can look to when they need that first down, need that touchdown. Just doing what I did last year, but at a higher level,” says Foster.
But there’s one player this year I’m really going to be watching closely. His name is Will Sutton and I’m sure you’ve heard his name before. Sutton is a 6’1”, 288 lb DT. Entering his senior season, there’s talk of Sutton being a top 10 pick in May’s NFL Draft. Needless to say, he’s the leader and anchor of the defensive. In the win against Cal last season, Sutton played like a man possessed, finishing with nine total tackles and three sacks. Expectations are high and there’s absolutely no reason why number 90 will not live up to the hype.
The talent is there but the biggest test for ASU this year will be their tough schedule. The first game of the season is at home against Sacramento State on September 5th. Let’s be real for a moment – that’s an automatic W in the books. But the next week, on September 14th, Big 10 champion Wisconsin comes to Sun Devil Stadium. Then, they travel to Palo Alto to play Stanford, another really tough opponent. September 28th brings USC to Tempe. Yes, I know Matt Barkley left for the NFL but Marquis Lee is arguably the best WR in all of college football. Yes, I’m nervous. That’s three really tough games in a row. Luckily, 2 of the 3 are here at home. I don’t want to jinx anything and I hate to sound cliché but you know what, I’m going to say it anyway.
I smell the roses.
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