QB Danny Sullivan
It’s a scheme heavily geared for a quarterback, and it is one that can successfully prepare you for a professional career. Sounds simple, yet it is an accurate description of the Sun Devil offensive system. This is what attracted Danny Sullivan to ASU, while his skills and senior year performance led the maroon and gold to offer him a scholarship and ultimately land him in Tempe.
“The system guides you through everything and makes it easier for you to understand the scheme,” said the 6-4 200 Danny Sullivan on the Arizona State offensive philosophy. “It’s also a system that helps you better prepare for the NFL. Andrew Walter is in the NFL, and Sam (Keller) and Rudy (Carpenter) will be in the NFL one day.”
They are a few certainties in the unpredictable world of college recruiting. Playing one year of varsity football however, will guarantee a player to be under-recruited despite a fine showing in his senior campaign. “I wasn’t really mad or surprised,” claimed Sullivan concerning the relatively little interest he generated from schools. “The players that get recruited heavily have been playing two or three years. If you don’t do well your junior year, you won’t be recruited well. Kyle Boller was the same thing and he ended up at California.”
Nevada and local San Jose State were the only schools that pursued the Los Gatos (Calif.) signal caller in earnest, other than ASU. Oregon State and Oregon showed limited interest. To the credit of the Devils, they knew that Sullivan would be worth recruiting, even before he took his inaugural varsity snap. “The first time I talked to a coach at Arizona State, was (former ASU QB’s coach) Mark Helfrich,” recalled Sullivan. “This was right before the season started, and he said that he was gonna look out for me and see how I’m doing in the season. He was a cool guy, and I got an impression that ASU is a great school and somewhere you want to be at if you’re a quarterback.”
Sullivan mentioned that he did get to watch ASU play several times on TV, even before they showed interest. Some of those games included beating up on hometown school Stanford, and good friend and former Los Gatos standout Trent Edwards. Coach Butch Cattollico coached both quarterbacks, and has stated in the past the Sullivan was every bit as good as Edwards was in his senior year in high school. “That’s a great compliment,” admitted Sullivan. “Trent is such a great player. We talk a lot each year about each other’s season and how we’re doing. Even though I won’t be playing against him, it will be weird seeing him playing for Stanford when they come down to play us.”
In 2005, the ASU incoming freshman completed 134 of 220 passes for 2,435 yards and 24 touchdowns, with only six interceptions. He led Los Gatos High to and 11-2 record and the Central Coast Section Medium School title. He earned the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League-DeAnza Division Most Valuable Player honors, as he guided his team to seven consecutive victories at the end the season. “I’m good at reading defenses and knowing where to throw the ball,” said Sullivan of his skills. “I have good arm strength, but I do need to work on speed and quickness.”
Sullivan has just arrived in Tempe a few days ago, but has kept in contact with both ASU quarterbacks all summer. “Sam and Rudy have been real cool with me,” stated Sullivan, “telling me what to expect once I get there. I’m very excited to come down there. I always wanted to play college football, and now I’m close to doing that. Playing in the Pac-10, learning from great coaches and players…it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”
In a quarterback friendly system as ASU’s, Sullivan is hardly going a limb with his prediction…
Los Gatos (Calif.)
Date of birth
San Jose, Calif.
Favorite TV show
”Caddyshack and Glory Road”
Favorite pro team
”San Francisco Giants”
Person you most admire
”My parents. They’ve always pushed me to be a better person, and taught me how to be myself. They help me to be who I am today.”
First football memory
”My first varsity snap. I was a senior, and it was the first play of the season – I threw it for 25 yards.”
One thing most people don’t know about me
”People may see me as shy guy, but I am very outgoing.”
Why did you choose ASU?
”The environment. The community really supports the team, and playing in front of 60,000 people is a great feeling.”
Where do you want to be in ten years?
”Hopefully in the NFL. If that doesn’t work out, owning a business.”