Brock Osweiler of the Arizona St. Sun Devils had an inauspicious beginning to his college football starting career. Osweiler started for ASU under center against the Oregon Ducks in 2009 as a true freshman after seeing mainly spot time all season.
It did not go well.
Osweiler completed five of ten passes, which seems more than decent enough. What wasn't decent was what he produced from those throws, which was 14 yards. That's 1.4 yards per attempt. Eddie Pleasant did knock his shoulder and he had to leave halfway through. Samson Szakacsy had to come in and finish the game.
Now Osweiler returns to ASU determined to prove that the Sun Devils are legitimate contenders for the Pac-12 crown, and that they won't be pushovers if they do make it to the conference championship game. Osweiler has played some effective football early in the season, but Oregon in Autzen at night is as intimidating as it gets. He'll have to perform at the highest level to help the Sun Devils score an upset.
Osahon Irabor has a bruised back that he suffered in Utah, but should be able to play. Alden Darby proved to be an adequate replacement against Utah, but ASU will need their top-line defenders in to slow down the Ducks. However, the Oregon offense is primary a ground attack with the Ducks ranked 62nd in the nation through the air and 5th on the ground.
Tackle Aderious Simmons might also be ready to get back to action after spraining his ankle early in the season.