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Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2007 8:04 am | Updated: 6:19 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Dennis Erickson put the heat on his newly-appointed starting kicker on Friday night, having the entire Arizona State team surround Thomas Weber and scream as he attempted 52-yard field goals.

The exercise was the final element of ASU’s mock game, which took place at Sun Devil Stadium.

A few hundred fans in the stands helped yell.

“You can’t put much more pressure on a kicker than I just did,” Erickson said.

“The first game will be easy. The only way I could have made it more of a pressure situation is if the team had to run if he missed.”

Fortunately for Weber — who on three kicks was wide left, wide right and short — that was not the case.

“That was interesting,” said Weber, a redshirt freshman. “I should’ve made those kicks. But those are a little extreme circumstances. But I’ll learn from it and be ready.”

ASU FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

TIGHT END TOGGLE

Dane Guthrie was the No. 2 tight end when he was moved to defensive end, and Erickson will now use a handful of players behind starter Brent Miller — Tyrice Thompson, Brady Conrad, Andrew Pettes and Jovon Williams. “We’ll do it by committee, other than Brent,” Erickson said.”

MOCK GAME

Friday’s format had the players in full pads — Erickson changed his mind after first indicating that only helmets and shorts would be worn — but there was no tackling. The Sun Devils worked in several down-and-distance and special-teams situations.

Scout-team players wore yellow jerseys, with numbers corresponding to the personnel of San Jose State, ASU’s opponent on Sept. 1.

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