Just as it seemed like Brock Osweiler and Samson Szakacsy were putting a little bit of distance between themselves and the competition, Steven Threet strikes back with his best practice to date and proceeds to be the offensive star of Saturday’s scrimmage. The junior was 7 of 11 for 91 yards and a touchdown. He also ran in for a score from 4 yards out.
“I think we did a good job,” Threet said. “We were a little slow from the start but we did a good job picking the tempo up and just getting positive plays and first downs.”
Threet, a redshirt junior from Adrian, Mich., spent last year working with the scout team. He transferred to Arizona State from the University of Michigan and was forced to sit the season on the bench due to NCAA transfer rules. At Michigan, Threet started eight games as a freshman in 2008 but needed new surroundings when former Wolverines’ head coach Lloyd Carr was let go.
Fitting in with a new team and learning a new offense hasn’t been easy, but Threet feels like it’s all finally starting to come together.
“It’s something that’s taken a little time,” Threet confessed. “Spring ball and now through camp ball but I’m definitely starting to get a better feel of it and kind of understand the ins and outs of it.”
Threet made his presence known early in the scrimmage. The offense worked the ball inside the red zone and was sitting on the 4-yard line. Threet dropped back to pass, saw all of his options were covered, pulled the ball in and took off to the end zone. It was the first touchdown of the game and the first of two rushing touchdowns to be scored by a quarterback (Taylor Kelly being the second one).
“I was reading the defensive end and he crashed on the back so there was nobody left for me,” Threet commented. “It felt good. It just feels like there’s more room out here. It was nice to finally get it going and go live a little bit.
“(Running) is part of the offense. It’s another threat, another thing the defense has to account for. When that’s the play to make, that’s the play I try to make.”
Nonetheless, Threet was quick to compliment his teammates for the on field production.
“(The offensive line) has been working hard all summer,” Threet noted. “Putting time in the weight room and really coming together as a unit and I think we’re really starting to see it come together.”
The signal caller also had kind words for the deep group of receivers supporting him.
“The (wide receiver) corps did a great job today,” Threet stated. “We emphasized blocking on run plays and running the routes hard and I think they came out today. We start slow but we were able to get it going and the wide outs helped pick it up too.
“We were getting a lot of guys in there. We go fast and guys get tired. It’s good to have depth at the wide out position and I think we have that.”
Threet was also cognizant of the impressive performance turned in by true freshman running back Deantre Lewis.
“(Lewis) has done a tremendous job,” Threet said. “He’s come in and done the best he can to learn the offense and get to know the plays. He’s explosive with the ball in his hands. He’s a great asset for us quarterbacks to have to be able to get him the ball and make plays on the sideline.”
Although Threet may be riding high now, he knows that nothing is finalized yet in this position battle and if he wants to win the starting job he is going to have to continue to perform at this high of a level.
Earlier this week Threet missed some practice time with a back injury. With time to make an impact on the coaches minimal, Threet knows he is going to have to battle through the pain.
“It’s not as bad as it was and it’s getting a lot better,” Threet claimed. “The training staff is doing a great job. It’s tender but you come out and play. Just block it out and play.”