“I’m a competitor and I expect a solid performance out of myself,” Osweiler commented. “The biggest thing, for me on Saturday, is to put my teammates in a great position to make plays and be successful. My biggest goal is to limit turnovers and make big plays when I have to and basically, to put my teammates in a good position where they, especially the veterans, can make big plays for our team.”
More challenging than simply starting your first collegiate game is starting that game in Autzen Stadium, possibly one of the loudest venues in the Pac-10. The environment in Eugene makes it nearly impossible to hear on the field, forcing the Sun Devils to prepare their team for a silent snap count, which will be used throughout Saturday’s matchup. To simulate the deafening noise Autzen will undoubtedly create, Coach Erickson brought in the Sun Devil’s marching band to practice in order to prepare his team.
“The band can play pretty loud if they have to,” the young qarterback mentioned. “It was good that they came out and helped get us ready for Autzen Stadium.”
“That’s something that I’ve never experienced and I’m sure some of the guys on our team have yet to experience it as well. It goes back to being a big learning experience for me this weekend and it’s going to be good to see some family and friends up there in the Northwest, so it should be a lot of fun.”
Last week against USC, Coach Erickson made the quarterback change as part of their halftime adjustments. Despite coming up short against the Trojans, Osweiler and the maroon and gold offense found the spark the needed to stay in the game and will hopefully carry over the momentum against Oregon.
“USC was a big learning experience, not only for me but for my teammates,” Osweiler admitted. “We learned a lot, especially in the film room Sunday. We found a couple little plays where, if we make this block or if I make this throw, it could be a big play and a game changing situation. We learned a lot from the USC experience and we’re going to take that into this week up at Oregon and once again it should be a great experience.”
Preparing to face the incredibly talented, Oregon Ducks, the Sun Devils have to be prepared all around for the challenge they will face in Eugene. Coming off a loss to Stanford, the Ducks will undoubtedly be fired up on their home field this Saturday.
“Oregon is very athletic,” Osweiler stated. “They have a lot of speed in their secondary and great playmakers up front on the line and on the linebacking core. We’re expecting a great effort from the Ducks, they’re very talented and we’re not going to take them lightly at all.”
Ready for the challenge, Osweiler will lead the Sun Devils against Oregon. The composed freshman will be placed in a hostile environment, like none other, and certainly be challenged by the Ducks defense. Being thrown into Autzen will be a true test for the young quarterback, yet also a great opportunity to prove his abilities as the maroon and gold play caller.
“I’m excited,” Osweiler admitted. “I think the number one thing is that Saturday is going to be a great learning experience for myself and my teammates. I think we had a great week at practice in preparation and we’re excited for the game.”