Comfort and Trust in Rob Likens, Edwards
Up until week eight, Edwards and Rob Likens faced consistent scrutiny about the direction of the offense. Now, both are getting praise.
The scoring in the past two weeks is indicative of what this team can accomplish. At last, Sun Devil playmakers look confident in their roles from the line of scrimmage to the deep field, allowing less hesitation and more damage.
Pressure has been consistently directed to Wilkins in his senior season, and finally, he appears to be comfortable in the pocket. He completed 79 percent of his passes Saturday, showing pinpoint accuracy on throws we haven’t seen since late in 2017.
With a challenge to free Harry from double teams, the Sun Devils have done so by spreading the wealth. Against USC, Wilkins hit six receivers for receptions, and outside Harry on Saturday, he found three more receivers for 124 yards.
Having a guy like Benjamin in the backfield doesn’t hurt, either. Edwards has emphasized the running the football, and with that threat, ASU can step up and hit play action throws to open up bigger gains.
The Sun Devils are three wins away from clinching the Pac-12 South and advancing to the conference title game in Santa Clara. Each coach pleaded patience with a new team, and now, they are reaping the rewards of their improvement.
Following the Stanford game, Wilkins said this team was close to “bringing it all together.” We’re starting to see it, and it’s leading to more positivity.
All quotes in this article were obtained firsthand by Devils in Detail unless otherwise noted.