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Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 7:53 pm | Updated: 12:45 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Point-Counterpoint: With the departure of Rudy Carpenter, ASU's starting QB job is wide open. Which player should be under center come this fall?

Fans get look at QBs in ASU spring game

Point-Counterpoint: With the departure of Rudy Carpenter, ASU's starting QB job is wide open. Which player should be under center come this fall?

Sullivan has earned a shot at the starting job

-Scott Bordow

I’ll admit that I have serious questions regarding Danny Sullivan’s ability to be a capable quarterback in the Pac-10. He certainly didn’t inspire any confidence with his performances against NAU and USC last season.

Fans get look at QBs in ASU spring game

That said, I think Sullivan deserves first crack at the Arizona State starting quarterback job.

By all accounts, he’s had an impressive spring; coach Dennis Erickson said he’s never seen Sullivan throw the ball better.

Plus, what exactly has Samson Szakacsy done to make anyone believe he’s ready to take over?

Besides, we all know 6-foot-8 Brock Osweiler will be the starter next year; ASU’s coaches practically drool when talking about the freshman.

So let Sullivan be the caretaker this season before the Osweiler era begins.

Szakacsy has more mobility, potential

-Kyle Odegard

Arizona State should go with Samson Szakacsy under center next season.

The offensive line is dealing with a myriad of injuries this spring, and even if all the linemen stay healthy, it still won’t be a dominant group.

Szakacsy has the ability to scramble and make plays with his legs, which will force opposing defenses to stay honest.

He is also a sophomore, while Danny Sullivan is a senior. Next year’s record will likely improve on 2008’s disappointing mark, but the real breakout year is 2010, when coach Dennis Erickson’s last two recruiting classes hit the field.

If Szakacsy starts next season, he will get much-needed experience leading a team. There is not much difference in overall talent in the top two signal callers, so it’s better to go with the long-term solution.

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