The ASU football team has its Guy back.
Sophomore defensive tackle Lawrence Guy returned this week after straining his bicep during a weightlifting session in training camp.
“I feel like I’m going to be in tip-top shape to play [in the Louisiana-Monroe game next week],” Guy said. “The injury is not going to affect me at all.”
Guy was a first-team Freshman All-American last season as a disruptive interior player — the kind that makes everyone else around him better.
Given the ruthlessness with which the Sun Devils treated Idaho State’s offense last weekend, that’s a scary thought for upcoming opponent LMU.
“We got talent and we got confidence,” Guy said.
Forced to watch ASU’s defensive dominance of ISU last weekend from the sideline, Guy has a few impressions.
“I think we can be the top defense in the nation,” Guy said. “I saw a big improvement from our team from last year to this year.”
The additions of freshmen like middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict, defensive lineman Toa Tuitea, Corey Adams and Will Sutton — combined with the growth of sophomores like Guy and linebackers Colin Parker, Brandon Magee and Shelly Lyons — were making the big fella smile after Thursday’s practice.
“The freshmen are coming up,” Guy said. “They want to be big playmakers, trying to get their names noted.”
Guy was a major part of a Sun Devils’ defensive unit that became the strength of the team and started turning heads during the second half of last season.
It’s more than just the talent infusion, Guy said. Perhaps, a paradigm shift.
For now, just call it “swag.”
“We struggled last year to figure out how we’re going to play,” Guy said. “Now we got that attitude, we got that swag that we’re going to come out and dominate every team that we see in front of us.”
Guy, who recorded 10 tackles for loss and two sacks last season in only eight starts, thinks the combination of veteran intelligence and youthful energy has changed ASU’s identity.
“There has been an increase in intensity,” the sophomore said. “Making plays and knowing what your assignments are … it’s the coaching and the athletes.”
Guy said his goal is to be a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and an All-American this year.
ASU coach Dennis Erickson shared a few thoughts regarding some of his players’ opening week performances following Thursday’s practice.
On senior cornerback and junior college transfer Pierre Singfield:
“It’s been a tremendous story. He was better than a walk-on, and we knew that. That’s a great story. He’s playing really well.”
On what senior quarterback Danny Sullivan needs to improve on after his first career start:
“Just to continue to manage the game. He made a few [poor] reads that he’s got to get better at. But if he continues to play like he did against Idaho State against tougher competition, then I’ll be happy.”
On freshman running back Cameron Marshall’s first college game:
“He didn’t make any mental mistakes for a freshman. He probably pass protects as [well] as any freshman I’ve been around. He didn’t break any assignments. He ran well, too.”
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