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ASU installing Texas Tech's offense

With Texas Tech’s head pirate, Mike Leach, currently out of college football, somebody needs to run the high octane, no huddle offense Leach made popular in the college game.

Enter Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson, who is looking to shake things up with his Sun Devil offense.

“It’s going to be a huge turning point offensively in our program,” Erickson said. “It’ll be completely different than what people have seen, and you’ll see it in the spring from day one. Our speed is way better than it’s ever been… You’ll probably see as fast an offensive team that you’ve seen in a long time here, and us taking advantage of all that speed. We’ve got the right guys to do this.”

Erickson is entrusting new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone to install the up-tempo offense, reuniting for the first time since Mazzone coordinated Erickson’s offense at Oregon State in 2002. Mazzone spent the last three seasons in the NFL, coaching wide receivers for the New York Jets, but spent 1995-2005 coordinating college offenses at Ole Miss, Auburn, Oregon State, and NC State.

“I’m excited to be here,” Mazzone said. “This is a great opportunity. There is talent here.”

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  1. The Devil says: Mar 11, 2010 3:14 AM

    my only question is…
    ‘where’ exactly was Mazzone when he said ‘there is talent here..’
    certainly he was not in the State of Arizona, therefore he was able to make this claim.

  2. burntorangehorn says: Mar 11, 2010 8:02 AM

    Did they bother to bring in anyone who actually knows the Air Raid offense? It doesn’t look like Mazzone coached under Leach, Mangino, Stoops, Mumme, or anyone else who ran anything similar to the Air Raid.

  3. chicagosundevil says: Mar 11, 2010 11:42 AM

    OK, OK, OK. Calm down there guys. I like where they are going with this. It’s a simple offense and doesn’t exactly need ‘years’ of training to master.
    The key will be Threet, their new QB. He is going to light it up.

  4. robesi says: Mar 11, 2010 11:49 AM

    The headline – as with virtually all on CFT and PFT – is grossly misleading. ASU is installing an offense similar to Texas Tech’s…not an exact replica.
    Also, it’s important to note burntorangehorn, that there’s actually innovative offenses outside of the Big 12. In fact, the Pac 10 was running sophisticated passing games when most of the Big 12 folks were still plowing through three yards and a cloud of dust.
    Pac 10 offenses were innovative before you were itchin’ in your daddy’s pants.

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