Originally created 12/23/99

Sun Devils will use tandem QBs



HONOLULU -- Wake Forest doesn't know -- and doesn't care -- who will play quarterback for Arizona State.

Whether it's junior Griffin Goodman or sophomore John Leonard, Wake Forest's multiple-front defense will adjust to the style of either quarterback, Demon Deacons defensive coordinator James Bell said.

"We'd like to know who they are and what their strong points are," Bell said. "That's why we're a multiple front, so we can adapt, so we can adjust during the course of the game. It's an adjusting defense, and that's why we like it."

Whether the Sun Devils go with Goodman or Leonard in place of the injured Ryan Kealy for Saturday's Aloha Bowl, they'll face a Wake Forest defense ranked 26th in the country, allowing 320 yards and 19 points a game.

Both QBs will see time for Kealy, who will miss another bowl game with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Kealy also missed the 1997 Sun Bowl with a similar injury.

"I feel bad for Ryan. He's had nothing but buzzard luck," Arizona State offensive coordinator Dan Cozzetto said. "We're so much more a different team when Ryan is in there. He's a take-charge guy, he makes plays, stands in there until the last second and dishes it out. He's our quarterback and we're going to have to go in there and win without him."

Cozzetto expects Wake Forest to find out early whether the Sun Devils backups can handle the pressure.

"If I'm them, I'm thinking I'm going to find out how good these quarterbacks are and I'm going to blitz them, get after them good," Cozzetto said.

Bell said the Demon Deacons won't alter their defensive style to pressure the two untested quarterbacks.

"We're not a blitzing team. We blitz when we feel or deem it necessary," Bell said. "We're not going to come out and all-out blitz anybody, we never have."

Goodman and Leonard have been successful as backups this season.

Griffin led the Sun Devils with a game-winning 49-yard touchdown pass to Devlon Flowers with 23 seconds left in a 28-27 victory over UCLA.

Leonard came on in relief of Kealy in the finale against Arizona, and threw a touchdown pass that sealed a 42-27 victory.

"John can really run, he can make things happen, so we can utilize him on play action, where we can move him out of the pocket. He can do that great," Cozzetto said. "Griff Goodman is a very consistent player, probably a little bit more accurate in throwing the football, but not as mobile as John."

Regardless of who starts, Cozzetto said neither Leonard nor Goodman should feel pressure to fill Kealy's shoes.

"We have plenty of people within the offensive structure to go to, to put points on the board," Cozzetto said. "It's not just going to be put on their shoulders that they have to win the game."