Confirmed: torn ACL's for Bolden, Simpson

Following Tuesday's practice head coach Dennis Erickson affirmed what the Sun Devil nation feared the most since hearing about the injuries to both Omar Bolden and T.J. Simpson. A MRI done yesterday revealed that both seniors have suffered torn their ACLs putting their availability this season in serious jeopardy.

"Both of them tore their ACL's unfortunately," Erickson said. "They will have surgery next week, I believe on Thursday and when they are done with that they will rehab and we'll see what happens as the year goes on. Those (injuries) are usually six, seven months before you get back.

"It's a tough blow in that these guys have been here ever since I have been here. We battled through a lot of things and they worked their rear end off. Now they get to this part of their career and they get hurt. I just feel so bad for them. That's where the pain is. The football team will go on – that's why we have 85 players on scholarship. But I feel bad for those two football players because they have given so much to the school."

Erickson wouldn't speculate if this tandem would be ready to play at any point in the 2011 season and that only when the surgery is performed can the true extent of the injury be assessed.

Bolden was an All-Pac 10 selection last year who contemplated making himself available for this year's NFL draft but decided to return for his senior season. Simpson is one of the only proven veterans of the wide receiver group. He posted 29 catches for 481 yards in 2010. The ASU head coach was asked which players he expected to step up and fill in the void left but these seniors.

"(Devan) Spann has to step up,' said Erickson of the redshirt freshman cornerback. "We'll get Deveron (Carr) back. (Alden) Darby could play there if we had to make that move, although he is playing very well at safety. Someone will step up – that's why you play the game. We always talk about being one play away from playing and that's what happens.

"We get to see (wide receiver) J.J. Holliday and he's getting better all the time. Kevin Anderson is too. George Bell, today was his best day he had in a long time and he can show you what he can do."

Erickson added that wide receiver Aaron Pflugrad, who missed most of spring due to vertigo, could now be moved to an outside receiver position with having depth in the slot position with Jamal Miles and A.J. Pickens.

"You have to adjust as a football team," Erickson remarked, "and our football team will. We talked about it today and that's just how it is."

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The ASU ‘It's Time' marketing campaign that will launch the re-branding of ASU Athletics has already created quite the buzz in the community mainly because of the shroud of secrecy surrounding it. Details will start to be unveiled April 9th, and Erickson wasn't about to give anyone a sneak preview of what the exact changes will entail.

"I have no idea what they are going to do," Erickson quipped. "I can't wait to see it – it will be exciting. You know me, I'm always out of the loop. It's top secret and I'm surprised the Pentagon isn't involved in that thing. The security? Watch out. You can't even get into our office."


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