2017 NFL Draft

Brock Osweiler, QB

School: Arizona State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Kalispell, MT
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 242 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - The Broncos appear determined to give quarterback Brock Osweiler every chance to succeed. First, there's the plan to provide Osweiler with a multi-year apprenticeship behind Peyton Manning. Although the health of Manning's neck remains the question mark that hovers over the Broncos' prospects this year, a successful return without a recurrence of neck trouble likely means a three-year run as starting quarterback, since his 2013 and 2014 salaries are guaranteed if he is still on the roster next March. Before selecting Osweiler, executive VP John Elway wanted to make sure the quarterback knew a long apprenticeship might await him. "When we went and talked to Brock, I said, 'Brock, are you fine sitting on the bench for three, four or five years, because Peyton's going to be the guy?'" Elway recalled. Osweiler's answer -- which came during a thorough, day-long meeting that included a throwing session and conversations with Elway, John Fox and general manager Brian Xanders -- was what Elway wanted to hear, and the Broncos used their 57th pick on him. "I know I need to continue to progress as a quarterback," Osweiler said. "I think Denver is a perfect situation for me to do that." That situation was helped by the fact that the Broncos only added one rookie receiver: Osweiler's favorite target at ASU, Gerell Robinson, who caught 77 catches for 1,397 yards and seven touchdowns for the Sun Devils last year. Robinson was one of 12 undrafted free-agent pickups made on April 28. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 2/57 -- Brock Osweiler, QB, 6-7, 242, Arizona State...Osweiler sat atop the Broncos' draft board at the 57th pick, but if they get their way, he won't see the field for at least three years while serving as Peyton Manning's understudy. Osweiler has arguably the strongest arm in the 2012 class, but only started one year and was erratic at times. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - QB Brock Osweiler, Arizona State -- Only 15 starts, but a tremendous athlete at 6-7 tall who has great arm strength and should get plenty of time to mature and learn from Payton Manning and even John Elway.

04/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT TOP QUARTERBACKS: Brock Osweiler, Arizona State, 6-7, 242...After starting only 15 college games, Osweiler is far from refined as a pro prospect, but there are two things about him that are tantalizing to scouts: He is 6-7, and has a high ceiling -- and that's not a joke. It means his potential boggles the minds of some scouts. Osweiler has exceptional natural athletic ability, evidenced by his great high school career as a star basketball player and quarterback. After verbally committing as a sophomore to Gonzaga, a basketball powerhouse, Osweiler opted for Arizona State after being promised he could play both sports there. He chose not to pursue basketball, but on Nov. 14, 2009, became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Sun Devils since Jake Plummer in 1993. In 2010 former Georgia Tech and Michigan quarterback Steven Threet was the starter, but Osweiler played in six games, including a comeback win over UCLA and a victory over rival Arizona. Last year, his only full season as a starter, Osweiler completed 326 of 516 passes for 4,036 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. But after the coaching staff was replaced, he surprised everybody by entering the draft. Scouts know there is more to him than his unusual height (technically 6-6 3/8). He is tough, mobile, intuitive and has a strong, accurate arm and throws with authority that defenses must respect. Osweiler sometimes throws a three-quarters sidearm, but at his height it doesn't matter. He probably isn't ready for prime pro action, but there is so much promise that some team will surely spend a second- or third-round pick as an investment for the future. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/06/2012 - The Broncos' search for a quarterback is not over, and appears to be focused on the draft.Following his on-campus workout on March 29, Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler told reporters he had workouts scheduled this week with the Broncos. The Chiefs, Dolphins and Bills also planned to bring in the quarterback for private sessions, he said after his workout. Coach John Fox said at the Scouting Combine the Broncos planned to go into training camp with four quarterbacks. With Peyton Manning, Caleb Hanie and 2011 practice-squad player Adam Weber under contract, they need one more to round out the list - most likely a quarterback who can be legitimately considered their starter of the future. Weber and Hanie don't appear to fit the profile, but the 6-7, 242-pound Osweiler would - and might be ideal considering that his relatively raw skill set ensures he needs at least one to two years of proper seasoning. - The Sports Xchange

04/06/2012 - Cardinals quarterbacks coach John McNulty attended the recent Pro Day of Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler. The Cardinals aren't likely to draft a quarterback, but McNulty is impressed with Osweiler, who left school a year early. "Everybody talks about his height (6-7), but he obviously moves very well for his size. And that idea that he could have gone to Gonzaga to play basketball is something people take into consideration, for his athletic ability," McNulty said. He's showed a big arm today, that's for sure. He threw a lot of deep balls, which was nice." - The Sports Xchange

04/02/2012 - It all started with NFL.com's Gil Brandt, who wrote Friday that Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler may have catapulted himself into the first round of the NFL Draft with his pro day performance. At 6-7, Osweiler is a former basketball player with rare athleticism, but the NFL scrap heap of broken dreams and unfulfilled promises are filled with physical specimens. "Based on Friday's workout, I think Osweiler vaulted himself into the first round on draft day," Brandt wrote. "He will likely work out for a number of teams; there is a lot of excitement surrounding him. His showing Friday was somewhat surprising; I think he exceeded the expectations of everybody in attendance." Everyone agrees that Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill are the draft's top three quarterbacks. But no one has Osweiler No. 4. NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang has Brandon Weeden and Kirk Cousins ranked above Osweiler, whom he projects as a third-round pick. Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly was asked about Brandt's assessment during an appearance on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft." "I'm not sure what that means, to be honest with you," Casserly said of Brandt's first-round projection (via PFT.com). "I haven't studied this guy yet but I interviewed nine teams about him. Eight of them had him rated in the fourth round. The workout doesn't change the rating on the tape. The other team had him rated in the second. Issues about the guy concerning decision making, accuracy, takes too many sacks, questionable instincts. All of those things, to me, are things you see on tape, not in the workout. I'm going to take what those teams said and stick with that." NFL Films' Greg Cosell, who watches more film than anyone not employed by an NFL team, also doesn't consider Osweiler's shorts and t-shirts workout suddenly indicative of first-round talent. - Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

03/31/2012 - Stanford's Andrew Luck completed 46 of 50 passes at his pro day workout. Three were dropped. And it was a windy day to boot. "No wonder he's going to be the No. 1 pick!" we heard. And Luck isn't the only top NFL quarterback prospect who was practically perfect this month in showing off his arm to league coaches and talent evaluators at his pro day. According to reports, Baylor's Robert Griffin III was 78 of 84 with four drops (see my guilty-as-charged breathless video report, above). Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill was 65 of 68 with two drops. Oklahoma State's Brandon Weedon, 42 of 52 with several drops. And on and on ... Wisconsin's Russell Wilson, 59 of 63. San Diego State's Ryan Lindley, 67 of 73. Boise State's Kellen Moore, 52 of 53. Just today, Arizona State's Brock Osweiler was 66 of 75 - and that, of course, included several drops. Impressive as hell, right? Well, not really. On Friday we asked two of the more respected NFL talent evaluators to weigh in on the subject, plus a former longtime NFL quarterback, and - yeah - the glistening pro-day numbers don't exactly impress them. "I can't speak for coaches and scouts. I can only tell you that I think that those kinds of numbers for a pro day are close to being meaningless," said Greg Cosell, senior producer at NFL Films for 33 years, whose analyses of draft-eligible players are considered by many to be the benchmarks. "Obviously, if a quarterback who is being thought of relatively highly comes out and misses guys consistently, then you'd say, ???Wow, that's a concern.' ... But any quarterback who would be a top-quality NFL prospect, to me, would be expected to come out in shorts and a T-shirt, throwing to receivers he's comfortable with, and (complete that many)." Cosell said one of his good friends, former Eagles QB great Ron Jaworski, once told him that in practice he could complete timing passes while blindfolded. - John Kryk, Kryk Slants

03/31/2012 - Among the factors that helped former QB Brock Osweiler decide to declare for the NFL Draft after his junior year were high draft projections, an ability to focus solely on improving without school eating up his time, the departure of OC Noel Mazzone (his mentor), a new coaching staff and a new offense he wasn't sure he'd be able to master in a year. - Craig Morgan, CBS Sports

03/31/2012 - After sitting out the Combine and bypassing Arizona State's original pro day because of a foot injury, Brock Osweiler had his opportunity to work out for pro scouts on Friday. The junior ran the 40-yard dash twice and threw during a scripted passing session, reportedly looking good in both areas. Osweiler ran his 40-yard dash in the mid-4.9s and showed off his quick feet during the passing drill, moving around with ease in the pocket. He completed 66-of-75 throws with most of his incompletions coming on passes over 30-plus yards. He displayed the arm strength to make all the NFL throws, but his accuracy during Friday's workout was described as "good, but far from great." Osweiler also showed a few tweaks in his technique and delivery, showing a more smooth, efficient throwing motion. Seattle sent a strong contingent to the workout with head coach Pete Carroll, GM John Schneider and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell representing the Seahawks. Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland was present, as well as quarterback coaches from the Browns and Cardinals. Osweiler raised a few eyebrows when he decided to surpass his senior season in favor of the NFL Draft, but he cited the coaching change as one of the main factors in his decision. Opinions of his draft projection are all across the board from the late first round to the fourth round. NFLDraftScout.com currently ranks Osweiler as a third round prospect and the sixth available quarterback in this class. Former Sun Devil receivers Gerell Robinson, Mike Willie and Aaron Pflugrad caught passes from Osweiler during the workout. All three are considered late round prospects or free agents. Troubled linebacker Vontaze Burfict also ran 40-yard dashes on Friday, posting numbers in the mid-4.8s -- not great times, but considerably better than his 5.03 at the Combine. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/31/2012 - Almost three months have passed since Brock Osweiler declared for the NFL draft. Since then, the former Arizona State quarterback has trained, but until Friday, he had not worked out in front of NFL personnel. Osweiler attended the NFL Combine in February but just did interviews because of a left foot injury suffered on the Sun Devils' second to last drive in the Dec. 22 Maaco Las Vegas Bowl. He attended ASU's Pro Day on March 16 but didn't work out. That turned Friday's workout into somewhat of a mystery. Until it started. Osweiler, showing off different throwing mechanics, worked out for more than an hour in front of scouts at ASU's Verde Dickey Dome. The consensus: He was sharp. "Coming out of the bowl game with my mid-foot sprain, I never really experienced an injury like that," Osweiler said. "It took me two months to get healthy so for me to put my Pro Day this far back, I'm one of the last ones in the country. It was very hard to sit back and wait but I felt it was worth it." Osweiler worked with former ASU offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone to design a workout that would answer questions about the quarterback's shortcomings. "Can he move?" Mazzone said. "Can he throw on the run? How's his feet in the pocket? How (does) he throw the deep ball?" "For what we asked of him, I thought he did really well," an AFC scout said. "He could not have done more. He moved well and threw some nice deep balls. But it's a whole different thing being in (the Dickey Dome) than it is when you're facing the Giants." Said Cardinals quarterbacks coach John McNulty: "Everybody talks about his height, but he obviously moves very well for his size. And that idea that he could've gone to Gonzaga to play basketball is something to take into consideration, for his athletic ability. He showed a big arm today, that's for sure." - Doug Haller, The Arizona Republic

02/24/2012 - Friday has been a good day for NFL teams in search of a quarterback in the 2012 draft. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III answered concerns about his height by measuring in at nearly 6-2 (1/2) and 223 pounds. Moments later, Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler, currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 rated passer, measured in slightly shorter than he'd been listed by the Sun Devils. According to a league source, Osweiler measured in at 6-6 (7/8) and 242 pounds. He'd been listed by ASU at 6-8. Typically, it is a bad thing for a player to measure in shorter than he was listed by the school but in the case of the lanky Osweiler, measuring in more than an inch shorter should help to ease concerns about his mobility. Osweiler shows surprisingly light feet and flexibility on tape for a quarterback of his size. There is no doubt that he's a unique athlete, considering the fact that he originally committed to Gonzaga University as a basketball player before electing to pursue football with the Sun Devils. Despite Osweiler's rocket arm and athleticism, there are plenty of doubters who question if he'll be able to escape the speed of NFL pass rushers. This is mostly due to the fact that few quarterbacks of his size have had any sustained success in the NFL. The only 6-8 quarterback in recent league history was former Seattle Seahawks' first round pick Dan McGwire (1991), whose lack of mobility contributed to him being a notable bust. On the other hand, there are a handful of successful NFL quarterbacks who measured in at 6-6, including Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens. Former Arkansas standout Ryan Mallett, drafted last year in the third round by the New England Patriots, is also 6-6 and played well when given an opportunity in the preseason. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/24/2012 - Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler is joining Stanford's Andrew Luck, Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill as quarterbacks who will not be throwing in front of scouts at the 2012 Combine. The foursome make up the top quarterback prospects on NFLDraftScout.com's board, leaving a rather ho-hum group of passers left to throw to receivers during Sunday's throwng session. The NFL can't be thrilled with the fact that arguably the four most intriguing quarterback talents in the draft will not be throwing on the first day the league is opening up the Combine to fans. The shorter-than-expected Osweiler told me Friday as he was walking out of Lucas Oil Stadium that he would not be throwing. He did not provide a reason and unfortunately, I was unable to ask further questions due to a pre-scheduled radio commitment. Osweiler surprised many with his decision to leave Arizona State after only one starting season. He was very impressive in 2011, however, setting the ASU record by completing 63.2% of his passes for 4,036 yards -- another school record. Osweiler threw twice as many touchdowns (26) and interceptions (13) in 2011 and though he left ASU following the team's bowl loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, he had a strong game personally, completing 30 of 47 passes for a career-high 397 yards and two touchdowns against one interception. Arizona State's Pro Day is currently scheduled for March 24. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 45. *Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State, 6-7, 240, 2...Osweiler is a former high school basketball star who considered a scholarship to Gonzaga before focusing on football. His natural leadership ability was evident from the start at Arizona State, where on Nov. 14, 2009 he became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Sun Devils since Jake Plummer in 1993. Obviously tall with huge hands that engulf the ball, Osweiler is an intriguing physical specimen but has started only 15 games. His delivery is sometimes 3/4-side arm, but at his height that does not put the ball in jeopardy of being batted at the line. He seems to have a natural feel in the pocket and moves with grace for such a tall dude. But his strength, and his upside, is passing the ball, which he does with authority. Last year, his only full season as a starter, he completed 326-of-516 passes for 4,036 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He probably isn't ready for primetime pro action, but there is a lot of promise. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/23/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE, UNDER RADAR UNDERCLASSMEN: QB Brock Osweiler, Arizona State: Osweiler is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4-rated quarterback and No. 45-rated prospect, overall, so he hardly qualifies as under the radar. However, considering the amount of hype being generated around Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and even Ryan Tannehill, the lanky Osweiler hasn't received the national attention his talent warrants. If Osweiler can calm concerns about his mobility at a estimated 6-7, 240 pounds, scouts won't be able to resist admiring his strong, accurate arm. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/09/2012 - Arizona State University quarterback Brock Osweiler, after conferring with family and newly hired head coach Todd Graham, has decided to leave ASU and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Osweiler rewrote the Arizona State record book for passing in his first season as the starter, becoming the first quarterback in the history of Sun Devil football to throw for more than 4,000 yards, finishing the season with 4,036. He also set new school records for completions (326), attempts (516) and completion percentage (63.2), and threw for 26 touchdowns, the fourth most in school history. The tallest quarterback in the nation last year at 6 feet 8 inches, Osweiler has played in 25 career games, including 15 as the starter, and has thrown for 5,082 yards and 33 touchdowns in his three-year ASU career. He's also added four rushing touchdowns. Six of Osweiler's seven career 300-yard passing games came during the 2011 season and he topped the 350-yard mark four times. He threw for a career-high 487 yards against Arizona, tying a school record with his 63 pass attempts, and amassed 395 passing yards in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. He's thrown for three or more touchdowns four times, three of which came last season, including in wins over then-No. 21 Missouri and on the road against Utah. - Arizona State football

01/09/2012 - Osweiler, who is from Kalispell, Mont., became the first Sun Devil true freshman to start a game at quarterback since Jake Plummer in 1993 when he was named the starter prior to the Sun Devils' contest at No. 14 Oregon on Nov. 14, 2009. Statement from ASU Head Football Coach Todd Graham: "I wish Brock Osweiler nothing but the best in his pursuit of a future in the National Football League. That is the goal of every college football player who buckles up a chin strap. I met with Brock on several occasions and we discussed his future at length. Brock is doing what he believes is best for him and his family and we respect that. He will always have an open door to come back to at Arizona State University. Once a Sun Devil, always a Sun Devil!" - Arizona State football

01/06/2012 - The Pac-12 will lose at least five juniors who will be first-round picks in this year's NFL draft, six if Oregon running back LaMichael James leaves early. And it could be seven if Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict can get his act together. Yeah, we've heard that one before. As it stands now, seven juniors have declared early, with Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler set to announce his intentions this afternoon, with all indications being that he is gone. That presumably wouldn't have happened if not for the Sun Devils' coaching change. Anyway, there will be a significant talent drain from the Pac-12, which wasn't all that hot in 2011 outside of Oregon, Stanford and USC. Six of the 11 first-team all-conference juniors are leaving, with James and Stanford linebacker Chase Thomas still undecided. - Anthony Gimino, The Tucson Citizen

01/06/2012 - Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler has declared for the NFL draft and will forgo his senior season. Osweiler made the announcement on Friday after discussing his options with family and incoming Sun Devils coach Todd Graham. A backup most of the 2010 season, Osweiler became the first Arizona State quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards as a junior, finishing the season with 4,036 yards while setting school records for completions, attempts and completion percentage. He also threw for 26 touchdowns, fourth-most in school history. A native of Kalispell, Mont., the 6-foot-8 Osweiler was a basketball recruit for Gonzaga before signing with Arizona State to play football. He has been projected as a mid-round NFL draft pick. - AP Sports

01/06/2012 - Reports surfaced Thursday that junior quarterback Brock Osweiler has decided to leave Arizona State and declare for the NFL draft. Sources indicate that Osweiler is indeed leaning toward that direction, but as of Thursday night, Osweiler's father, John, said in a text message that his son is ???going over some last-minute details" and that the family hopes to announce a decision Friday. Devils Digest, citing an anonymous report, reported that Osweiler would announce his NFL intentions at a Friday news conference. As of Thursday night, ASU spokesman Mark Brand said no news conference has been scheduled. In his first season starting, Osweiler became the first ASU quarterback in school history to pass for 4,000 yards. In 13 games, he completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 4,036 yards and 26 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. After ASU's loss at the Las Vegas Bowl, Osweiler said he wanted a few days to get away and clear his head before thinking about next season. He broke down in tears when asked about outgoing offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, telling reporters that Mazzone had made him the quarterback he is. - Doug Haller, The Tucson Citizen

12/22/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Brock Osweiler has been as good or better than hoped for in his first full season as the starter. The junior has a gun for an arm and is uncommonly mobile for a 6-8 quarterback. Coach Dennis Erickson also has praised Osweiler's leadership. Osweiler completed 296 of 469 passes for 3,641 yards, with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, in the regular season. - The Sports Xchange

10/29/2011 - Brock Osweiler winged passes into tight spaces. Cameron Marshall, finally fully healthy, showed off his ability to get into the end zone. That ballhawking defense did what it does best. Letdown? Not a chance, at least not this time. Osweiler guided Arizona State's offense to near perfection during a big opening blitz, Marshall scored three touchdowns on the ground and the 23rd-ranked Sun Devils maintained control of the Pac-12 South with a 48-14 rout of Colorado on Saturday. "We didn't want to come out lethargic like we have the past few times (against underdogs)," said Arizona State receiver Gerell Robinson, who had four catches for 89 yards. "This is a different team with a different mindset. We know that we control our own destiny and it's the first time we're in this position, so we're not going to slip." Arizona State hasn't been particularly good against teams it was supposed to beat, including a sluggish-starting win over then-winless Oregon State to start October. Knowing they couldn't afford a slip-up against an injury-riddled, 31-point underdog, the Sun Devils (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) manhandled the Buffaloes on both sides of the ball from the start, jumping out to a 21-point lead in the first quarter. Marshall finished with 114 yards on 15 carries, Arizona State had 522 total yards and its defense forced five turnovers to stay a game ahead of UCLA in the division race. - AP Sports

10/08/2011 - Brock Osweiler passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns and No. 22 Arizona State forced five Utah turnovers to turn a close game into a 35-14 victory Saturday. Jon Hays threw three interceptions in his first major-college start for the Utes (2-3, 0-3 Pac-12). Osweiler had the third 300-yard game of his career to lead the Sun Devils (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12). Utah had taken a 14-10 lead with 10:32 left in the third quarter on Hays' 2-yard TD pass to tight end Dallin Rogers. Arizona State then scored 18 straight points in less than four minutes to take a 28-14 lead. The Sun Devils turned Utah's fifth turnover of the game into another seven points, with Osweiler's 12-yard TD pass to Mike Willie capping a 10-play drive set up by Reggie Dunn's fumble with 14:12 left to play. - AP Sports

09/10/2011 - Brock Osweiler hit Jamal Miles on an 11-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Arizona State made a big early season statement with a wild 37-30 victory over No. 21 Missouri on Friday night. Arizona State (2-0), playing in front of a "Black Out" crowd at Sun Devil Stadium, built a 30-16 lead behind Osweiler's 353 yards and three touchdowns passing, and another score rushing. Missouri (1-1) charged back in the fourth quarter behind James Franklin, who hit L'Damian Washington on a 25-yard touchdown pass and tied it on 3-yard TD pass to Michael Egnew with 2:50 left. Missouri's Grant Ressel missed a 48-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in regulation, then Osweiler opened overtime with the TD pass to Miles, his second of the game. Missouri's final chance ended when Franklin's pass on fourth down fell harmlessly in the end zone. - AP Sports

09/09/2011 - Quarterback Brock Osweiler, as Erickson has been saying for months, looked like he can handle the full-time starting position, completing 19 of 26 passes for 262 yards. That was against an FCS defense, however. Missouri, which has a superb defensive line, had three sacks and forced two turnovers in its opening win over Miami (Ohio). Defensive end Brad Madison, a preseason All-Big 12 selection, had two of those sacks. "They have some big, athletic guys up front and they play with a lot of intensity," Osweiler said. "They have a few linebackers who have played for a couple of years and are very talented. Their secondary doesn't make a lot of mistakes and (they) really understand what they are doing in coverage. Their defense plays sound, disciplined football." Osweiler, who had started two games in his first two seasons, actually will have an experience edge on Missouri quarterback James Franklin, who will be making his first road start. He was 17 of 26 for 129 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, last week. He also rushed for 72 yards on 14 attempts. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2011 - Brock Osweiler threw two touchdown passes to Aaron Pflugrad before leaving with leg cramps, Cameron Marshall ran for two more scores and Arizona State opened the season with a 48-14 blowout of UC Davis Thursday night. Arizona State dominated UC Davis from the start, rolling up 517 total yards while holding the FCS Aggies in check until the backups gave up a couple of late scores. Osweiler was sharp in his first home start, throwing for 262 yards before limping off following a 13-yard touchdown pass to Pflugrad midway through the third quarter. Marshall scored on a pair of 2-yard runs in the opening quarter to get Arizona State off to fast start and Jamal Miles made it a runaway by opening the second half with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, giving the Sun Devils some momentum before facing No. 21 Missouri next week. - AP Sports

09/01/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: UC Davis at Arizona State, Sept. 1 The Devils should have an easy time, and they figure to look good doing it while debuting their new uniforms and helmets (with the school's new pitchfork logo). ASU has won 11 of its past 12 season-openers. KEYS TO THE GAME: Arizona State led the Pac-10 in rushing defense in each of the past two seasons, and the Sun Devils would like to establish that as their identity again. Sophomore DT Will Sutton, who missed last season because of academics, has been a camp standout and should help fortify the middle by keeping blockers off LB Vontaze Burfict. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Brock Osweiler - The job is all his now, but he still has much to prove. The 6-foot-8 junior showed the requisite leadership in the offseason, but he'll have to make better throws than he did in the 2010 regular-season finale against Arizona, when the Wildcats dropped four or five pretty easy interceptions. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - The slogan for the season: "It's Time." That's what the banner proclaims outside Arizona State's practice facility and it's what most fans are thinking after three bowl-less seasons under coach Dennis Erickson. The 64-year coaching veteran hit a rough patch with the Sun Devils, but the program has been building toward this season. ASU, especially with USC ineligible to win the new Pac-12 South, is a logical choice to advance to the conference championship game because of its experience. ASU has 15 returning players from a team that went 6-6 a year ago and has 30 upperclassmen among the 44 players on the two-deep on offense and defense. It's time. And Erickson knows it. "I'm very passionate, because this is obviously going to be my last coaching job, of getting this turned around," Erickson told the Arizona Republic. "That means winning, getting to bowl games, competing for championships. I want to get it to where it's consistent. Not that we're going to win a national championship or go to a Rose Bowl every year, but to go where we're going to be competitive every year. To where people are going to have worry about Arizona State." If ASU is going to get it turned around, much will depend on one of the new starters junior quarterback Brock Osweiler. He stepped in late last season for an injured Steven Threet, helping the Sun Devils to wins over UCLA and Arizona. Erickson has praised Osweiler at every turn in the offseason. With no experience behind him on the depth chart, Osweiler is going to have to productive and healthy. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - To project ASU into the Pac-12 title game requires a leap of faith in junior quarterback Brock Osweiler, who took over for most of the final two games last season for Steven Threet, who then had to give up football because of concussion problems. The 6-8 Osweiler looked good against a bad UCLA defense while leading ASU to a 55-34 victory, and he then got away from several mistakes (read: dropped interceptions) in an overtime victory against Arizona. Erickson has always been high on Osweiler, and he praised the quarterback's offseason improvement. "Brock had a great spring," Erickson said. "He's very talented in a lot of areas. I do know that he's the tallest quarterback in the league, so you've got that going for you. But the thing that's really jumped out is his leadership ability ... how he's taken things over in the summertime offensively. "You can have talent, you can do a lot of things, but the intangibles as far as leadership is the key to that position. The best ones I've had in my coaching career have not always been the most physically gifted, but they've been the best leaders, and that's what we have with Brock." - The Sports Xchange

08/08/2011 - Arizona State has as much speed and athleticism as it's had under coach Dennis Erickson. The Sun Devils have one of the best linebacking corps in college football, an impressive offensive line and depth at just about every position. It's a combination that's ratcheted up expectations in the desert to levels not seen in years. Whether the Sun Devils live up to the hype will likely hinge on one player: quarterback Brock Osweiler. The undisputed starter this season, Osweiler is out to prove that his two games under center in 2010 were a glimpse at the future, not just mop-up success at the end of another bowl-less season in Tempe. "He's only played two football games, so we've got to see as time goes on," Erickson said Saturday during Arizona State's media day. "But I really believe in him, trust in him, and I know everybody on our team does. That's probably the most important thing." Osweiler certainly has the talent to succeed. A onetime basketball recruit at Gonzaga, the 6-foot-8 junior is athletic and has a lot of power in that long right arm, able to squeeze balls into impossibly tight spaces from long distances. Osweiler has added a new tool to his repertoire this season: leadership. He took charge of the team in that tense, back-and-forth game against Arizona and was one of the ringleaders during offseason workouts. He stepped forward during spring drills, letting everyone know this was his team, and even spent some of his summer mornings racing up nearby South Mountain with teammates to make sure he was ready for the season. - AP Sports


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