While you were on vacation ... Arizona State

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

The second of 10 quick updates on offseason Pac-10 goings on.

Arizona State in a sentence

  • Arizona State will try to bounce back after a disappointing 2008 season that started with a national ranking but finished with a losing record.

The big issue

  • While the Sun Devils should be solid defensively, they will be breaking in a new quarterback, likely senior Danny Sullivan, and the seemingly annual struggles on the offensive line need to be corrected.

Quick hit news

  • Two players transferred to Arizona State from other BCS schools: quarterback Steven Threet from Michigan and wide receiver Aaron Pflugrad from Oregon. Both will sit out in 2009 and be eligible in 2010.

  • Two quarterbacks bolted the team. Jack Elway decided to quit football but remains enrolled at Arizona State. Chasen Stangel decided to transfer to Eastern Kentucky.

  • Only one player from the 22-member recruiting class is certain not to qualify academically: offensive lineman Fred Thornton, who will attend Scottsdale Community College. A couple of others, however, still have some remaining work, including super-recruit linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

  • San Jose State dropped the Sun Devils from their 2010 schedule in order to play at Wisconsin.