Graham gives final thoughts ahead of UCLA game

Arizona State coach Todd Graham spoke with reporters for the last time Thursday ahead of the team's travel to Los Angeles for a battle with UCLA.

Senior cornerback Lloyd Carrington was banged up in the second half against USC last week and limited in practice Tuesday and Wednesday, but Arizona State coach Todd Graham said Thursday he expects Carrington to start against UCLA.

"The deal is he's got to be full speed and he seems to be," Graham said. "He went through everything today and looked good."

The Sun Devils continue to round back into healthier form, and should have all of its players who have been out in recent weeks at or near full strength, with sophomore safety Armand Perry an exception. Perry is still out with an ankle sprain, though he's now off crutches.

Sophomore running back Kalen Ballage played against USC for the first time this season after missing three games with mono, and it was a challenge according to Graham.

"He's a guy that's pretty darn good," Graham said. "Conditioning wise, that was pretty hard. He had a hard time last week, he really did. He played every special teams play. Coming off that type of illness, that's not easy. He didn't do anyting for three weeks. I think it's still a ways for him (to be full strength)."

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