Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oregon at Arizona State

Arizona State is coming off a tough road loss and faces a formidable Oregon offense at home in Week 4.

Oregon Offense vs. Arizona State Defense
• Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich's version of the spread offense is more run-heavy than Arizona State's but both teams get the ball out quickly when passing. The Ducks feature bubble screens and quick-hitting routes out of three-receiver sets that simplify the reads for first-year starting QB Darron Thomas, and an experienced receiving corps that includes Jeff Maehl, Lavasier Tuinei and D.J. Davis is also an asset for Thomas. Keep an eye on the 6-foot-5 Tuinei, who will give Oregon CBs Omar Bolden (5-10) and Deveron Carr (5-11) problems. Helfrich can also roll Thomas out of the pocket and give him a half-field read with a run-pass option. Thomas is still developing in terms of accuracy and reading coverage, though, and he gives defenses too many chances to make plays on the ball. Arizona State has intercepted four passes in three games and the secondary is responsible for all four, which is an important point. The Ducks' potent ground game will set up play-action and the Sun Devils' linebackers have been getting sucked up by play fakes this season so the secondary will be counted on heavily this week.



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