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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Early Look at Arizona State

On Thursday, we'll have a full "Behind Enemy Lines" segment with Arizona State beat writer Jeff Metcalfe, but that doesn't mean you have to wait until then to get the lowdown on the Sun Devils.

First off, a few tidbits Jeff emailed me yesterday:

-- ASU has sold its entire 6,500 ticket allotment. Since we've had nothing but rain, I'm guessing you'd be safe to assume anyone with a tan this weekend is an Arizona State fan.

-- The Sun Devils are flying to Atlanta right after practice on Thursday and working out at the Falcons' practice facilities on Friday.

-- Injury news: Backup WR Brandon Smith is out for the season, along with freshman corner Osahon Irabor. Guard Zach Schlink will miss Saturday's game, but center Garth Gerhart (turf toe) and linebacker Oliver Aaron (elbow) both could play. Defensive end James Brooks is serving the final game of a three-game suspension this week as well.

-- One other potentially key bit of injury news for ASU: All-America kicker Thomas Weber did not play last week and could miss this game, too. Bobby Wenzig, a true freshman walk-on, would be the backup if Weber cannot go.

-- Only seven Arizona State players have ever played in a non-conference road game. Jeff says by his count, there are only 17 on the roster for this week who have played a road game, period.

Of course, you probably have lots more questions about the Sun Devils, and Jeff has answers. He's hosting a live chat at at 11:30 a.m. Pacific (which is 2:30 our time) and you can get the lowdown from him then. Be sure to check it out.


Anonymous said...

Brandon Smith being injured... that scared me for just a second

godawg said...

Me too...until I saw the spelling of the name and remembered he was talking about ASU...WHEW....Not funny Hale...

Ben said...

Hale, you knew exactly what you were doing to us with that Brandon Smith thing. Otherwise, you would have said "ARIZONA STATE's Brandon Smith..." That's cold, man.

Anonymous said...

Do you think it is possible to score an interview with Martinez about the SC and Ark defensive performances or do you think he will just say the same old things he has been saying since last year? I would love to hear his take on the shortcomings of the defense in the past 2 games.