While Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson wasn't ready to name a starting quarterback for the visit to UCLA on Saturday, it's clear that Samson Szakacsy made an impression with his performance at Oregon.
Szakacsy came off the bench and completed 13 of 22 passes for 113 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the 44-21 defeat. He also ran for a touchdown and used to his speed to elude heavy pressure from the Ducks.
"He'll get the most reps with the ones this week," Erickson said.
True freshman Brock Osweiler made his first career start against the Ducks, but was knocked out off the game with a shoulder injury. He had replaced senior senior Danny Sullivan, who was nursing a biceps injury. Both are expected to be available Saturday, but it appears that Erickson wants a closer look at Szakacsy, an athletic sophomore who's battled a nagging elbow problem since he arrived in Tempe.
"We've just never have seen him because he's been hurt all the time," Erickson said. "So we're going to let him take that first group quite a bit in the next few days and see where he's at."
If Szakacsy plays well, it could lead to an interesting spring. Osweiler was thought to be the quarterback of the future, but Szakacsy could make a challenge. And there's also Michigan transfer Steven Threet, who started eight games for the Wolverines in 2008 but opted to transfer because he wasn't a good fit for Rich Rodriguez' new spread-system.
"It will be interesting to see what happens in the spring with the three of them -- there will be great competition," Erickson said.