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October 8, 2009As of Tuesday, Arizona State freshman quarterback Brock Osweiler said about 40 or 50 of his friends and family would be in Pullman, Wash. to see ASU play Washington State. That number could grow by Saturday, as ASU coach Dennis Erickson said the rookie will definitely see some playing time.
"I've got to sit down and talk and see what I'm going to do," Erickson said. "But he'll play Saturday, I just don't know when."
Osweiler has seen very limited action thus far, completing 4-of-7 passes for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Senior quarterback Danny Sullivan still received all the reps with the first team Wednesday, while Erickson also said sophomore Samson Szakacsy's elbow is recovered for now.
Wednesday's practice was rather mundane, but there were a couple of possible injuries to take note of.
Junior wide receiver Kerry Taylor appeared to have tweaked his hamstring, while junior cornerback Omar Bolden sat out the last 20 minutes of practice after colliding with senior cornerback Terell Carr. Bolden was eventually able to walk under his own power with an ice pack wrapped around his right knee.
On the other hand, senior wide receiver Kyle Williams will be fit to return to the starting lineup, after suffering a hamstring injury last Wednesday.
"It's feeling better," Williams said of his hamstring. "There's a little soreness but I just got to work out. It's nothing serious, I should be good to go Saturday."
Erickson said Williams will assume his role as the No. 1 slot receiver, while senior wide receiver Chris McGaha will also get some looks in the slot.
Following his 15-catch, 165-yard performance against OSU, McGaha leads the team in receptions (25) and yards (268). Williams ranks second in both categories with 18 catches for 242 yards. Both have thrived in the middle of the field so far this season.
"Guys like me and Chris are able to find the windows and get in them," Williams said. "So it's easy for Danny to find us and get the ball to us quick. That's the No. 1 thing -- it gives him the opportunity to drop back and get it to us quick and let us make plays."
If the game was on television, it's safe to assume Sullivan would be the focus of many critical eyes. The passing game, in spite of ASU's talent at receiver, has underachieved this year.
"We haven't [shown our potential] yet at all," Williams said. "Right now, we're nearly not as good as we could be. We've got a lot of talent on offense and we've got a lot of people with experience who are smart and know what they're doing out there. It's just a matter of [making] that transition and getting on the field and executing."
Sure, many outsiders have written off Sullivan and are chomping at the bit for Osweiler, but Williams said the vibe is much different in the locker room. From the sounds of it, Williams and company will be looking to make a serious statement on Saturday.
"There's a lot of people saying all kinds of stuff right now," Williams said. "It's whatever to us. We're a team, we know what we got. We stand behind Danny 100 percent. It's just a matter of going over to him and telling him to keep his head up. Again, if we go out and we have a performance like we're capable of, it'll shut everybody up. We just got to go out and do it."
Erickson said he was also impressed with the way sophomore wide receiver T.J. Simpson is developing, along with the improvement of junior LeQuan Lewis, who recently switched from cornerback to wide receiver.
For the first time in what seems like a long time, there wasn't anything new to report on the first-team offensive line.
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