Demario Richard says he's at full strength for Oregon game

Arizona State should have its full compliment of running backs for Oregon this week as its starter was a full participant in practice to start the week.

After missing a game for the first time in his Arizona State career last week, sophomore running back Demario Richard practiced fully on Sunday and said he's 100 percent healthy for Oregon this week. 

In fact, he felt well enough to refer to himself in the third person by nickname. 

"I feel great, I feel good to be back in motion, ready to be back on the field," Richard said. "Welcome back D-Rich, that's all I'm waiting for."

Richard took reps with the starters in ASU's team tempo period observed by media and also was a full speed participant in a skill development session of practice. 

Eight days earlier, Richard was medically cleared to play at Utah but tried to warm up and didn't feel he was ready. The Sun Devils lost to the then-No. 4 Utes 34-18 and had just 15 rushing yards on the night. 

Richard said only once prior had he missed a game in his playing career and it was agonizing to not feel healthy enough to play in such a big game. 

"Junior year of high school first round of playoffs, torn ligament in my foot in the playoffs but other than that, never missed a game," Richard said. 

As Richards is getting healthier, so to are the Sun Devils more broadly. Senior wide receiver Devin Lucien practiced fully and is no longer sporting the green non-contact jersey reserved for injured players that he wore last week along with a black sleeve on his left knee. 

The sleeve remained Sunday but Lucien worked with the first-team offense. 

ASU's only remaining injured players who aren't already declared out for the season are sophomore safety Armand Perry (ankle), sophomore tight end Grant Martinez (ankle), redshirt freshman wide receiver Jalen Harvey (clavicle) and true freshman fullback Nick Ralston. 


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