April 5, 2007

Marquardt: ASU's 'enthusiasm' at high level

Senior tackle Michael Marquardt is one of two returning defensive line starters on the Arizona State roster. He's also one of the oldest players on the team, now six-plus years removed from high school after grayshirting at BYU and spending two years on an LDS Church mission.

Last season, Marquardt had 25 tackles, including 7.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks. He'll be heavily counted on to hold down the middle of a defensive line that has little in the way of proven depth.

With the high level of energy around practice in the last few weeks, Marquardt said that the team's off to a good start in its new era.

"More than anything I think the greatest thing that's happened is there's a lot more enthusiasm amongst the players," Marquardt said. "Everyone is excited and I think that goes a long ways."

Two of the position groups on the team have less to adjust to than their peers, as cornerbacks coach Al Simmons and defensive line coach Grady Stretz were both retained by Dennis Erickson.

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