ASU football's fall camp is barely a week old, but the three-headed quarterback competition of sophomore Brock Osweiler and juniors Samson Szakacsy and Steven Threet might soon be down to two - Osweiler and Szakacsy.
While none really stood out in practice Tuesday, Osweiler was the most accurate of the three. Without mentioning any specifics, Threet did not have a good practice and will have to step up his effort. But it is still early in camp.
In truth, all three have a lot of improving to do. The Devils' No. 1 defense, just from one day of observation, looks stronger than the other side of the ball and its play is affecting the QBs' performances.
"A lot of enthusiasm and flying around," head coach Dennis Erickson said after practice.
Indeed. The team drills were very competitive and spirited. At one point Tuesday, a play spilled over the sideline, and two players barreled into a member of the media holding a note pad - on crutches. It was an absolute miracle that the guy's knee, already wrapped up, apparently wasn't further damaged as he was knocked backwards and off his crutches.
There were some changes in the No. 1 offensive line. Former tight end Dan Knapp, a junior, found himself with the first team offense at left tackle, with redshirt freshman Evan Finkenberg at right tackle and junior Brice Schwab moving inside to right guard.
"We want to get the best five out there," Erickson said. "He (Schwab) can move, he's a big body inside. We have to find out who the best fit is for us."
At least this shifting along the line is happening now for the Devils, because if it were closer to the start of the season, there might be some chemistry problems that could affect the line's play as a unit. Erickson has time to find his No. 1 line, and it looks like it will be a collection of versatile players.