September 16, 2007

SDSU Report Card

Saturday's 33-14 win over San Diego State moves the Sun Devils to 3-0 entering Pac-10 play next weekend versus Oregon State. The Sun Devils got strong play from the running game and had another very reasonable performance on defense Find out what grades we gave each position group for their performance inside.

Quarterback:

A sore ankle didn't stop junior Rudy Carpenter from displaying his improving passing accuracy Saturday night against the Aztecs. Carpenter completed 15 of his 21 attempts for 200 yards and two touchdowns. He would have had another 50 or so yards had a deep completion to Chris McGaha not been called back due to a penalty on Paul Fanaika. While Carpenter's completion percentage continues to rise, his decision-making is still occasional cause for concern. Some of his deep passes over the middle of the field were forced, leaving his receivers vulnerable to a big hit. Carpenter's worst decision came early in the fourth quarter, when, after a play-action fake, he stared down junior Mike Jones and was intercepted by an SDSU cornerback sitting in zone coverage. Carpenter said after the game that he misread the SDSU's cover-two defense. Other than the one turnover, Carpenter was able to move the ball around, completing passes to six different Sun Devils. Sophomore Danny Sullivan again saw mop-up duty for the second time this season, didn't fumble a snap and completed his only pass attempt for 11 yards. While Carpenter's demeanor in the press conference suggested he wasn't thrilled with his performance or particularly happy with how he was feeling (or perhaps both), the majority of his throws were well-placed, which is always an encouraging sign. Because of another poor interception, and the lack of development with the tight ends -- understandable in one respect with Brent Miller out of action -- the quarterbacks will get a B.

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