September 3, 2008
Second-team defensive line gets new look
The ASU football team practiced Tuesday night at Bill Kajikawa Practice Field as it prepares to take on Stanford at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday.
Here are notes from the practice:
Freshman Lawrence Guy, who had been playing left defensive end with the No. 2 defense, was lined up at the left defensive tackle slot with the second group Tuesday.
Freshman Jamaar Jarrett was inserted in at Guy's former place on the outside at right end.
The No. 2 defensive line was rounded out with James Brooks at left end and Jonathan English and Paul 'Unga sharing reps at the other tackle spot.
"That's something we've talked about and we're going to look at it this week," Coach Dennis Erickson said. "That may be a move we're going to make, we haven't decided yet. We kind of wanted to wait until today and tomorrow and see (Guy) inside and see where Jamaar is at.
"From what I saw, probably we'll make that move, but I can't give you an answer until probably after practice tomorrow."
Running backs Keegan Herring and Shaun DeWitty are still recovering from hamstring injuries, and were limited in practice Tuesday.
Both participated some in position drills, but only took several handoffs each in team drills.
Erickson said he is still unsure about their availability for the upcoming game against Stanford.
"Keegan's status is very questionable," Erickson said. "He's got to trust it. When he trusts it then he'll play."
"Shaun, he's not there but he's a lot closer."
The Sun Devils' two senior wide receivers spent much of Tuesday's practice at the trainer's table.
Mike Jones sprained his right Achilles tendon throwing the ball with teammates early in practice.
"I don't think it's very serious, but they're going to have an MRI in the morning," Erickson said. "The doctors think it's a very mild sprain which means he probably will be able to play (Saturday) but we'll have to wait and see."
Nate Kimbrough suffered an ankle sprain against Northern Arizona last Saturday and was not wearing pads Tuesday.
Center Garth Gerhart returned to practice Tuesday after injuring his ankle nearly two weeks ago.
At the time of his injury, Gerhart was still in a position battle with Thomas Altieri, but Erickson said Tuesday that the starting spot is Altieri's for now.
Defensive tackle Spencer Gasu was not dressed Tuesday. Gasu has a bulging disc in his back. He re-aggrivated an old injury in the weight room.
Matt Hustad, who has been out more than a week since re-tweaking the same knee that kept him from practicing last season, was in full pads and running along the sideline Tuesday.
Safety Angelo Fobbs-Valentino had an MRI Tuesday on the knee he injured against NAU, but Erickson said he did not know the results yet.
Former Alabama quarterback Jimmy Barnes was playing as a member of the ASU scout team Tuesday.
Barnes left the Crimson Tide in June 2007 and transferred to Division 1-AA Weber State.
With Weber State in 2007, Barnes was 23 for 67 for 299 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Barnes is listed at 6-foot-5, 239-pounds, but looks as though he may be even heavier than that.
He has two years of eligibility remaining.
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