The three-headed quarterback competition is the main storyline of Arizona State's fall football camp, and on Tuesday, one of the QBs got a day off.
Junior Samson Szakacsky was told to take the day off, even though he was dressed in uniform, helmet and pads, by head coach Dennis Erickson.
"Sam's elbow is tired, there was no point," Erickson said.
The competition remains tight. On Tuesday, the two other principals, Steven Threet and Brock Osweiler, got the vast majority of the snaps. Both made nice throws -- Threet hit wide receiver T.J. Simpson for a long gain down the sideline in one-on-one coverage against cornerback LeQuan Lewis -- but Erickson still had some criticism.
"We're going to miss throws, but we're missing too many reads," he said of his quarterbacks. Regarding Threet, he noted that the junior transfer ran a similar passing offense at Michigan.
The ASU receivers made fine catches but also dropped their fair share of balls. Mike Willie and George Bell made plays, but Simpson was the standout. He made the play of the day with a one-handed catch of a pass from freshman Taylor Kelly, who two plays later showed his youth and inexperience when he attempted a pass into the flat that was intercepted by defensive end Jamaar Jarrett for a touchdown.