"Unfortunately Brett Palmer injured his elbow two nights ago in practice and is out," said Head Coach Dirk Koetter. "As soon as he gets his strength back he can play in a brace. Quency Darley played with the same injury pretty much all of last year. That's unfortunate for him because Brett has worked so hard the last couple of years to get himself in a position to play, and now when the payoff comes…" The Sun Devil skipper added that Kyle Caldwell is scheduled to start and if he can't do so Darley will slide to defensive end, and Dewayne Hollyfield will fill in at tackle.
Chad Green will start opposite Josh Golden at cornerback. The backup corners will be Mike Davis Jr. and Keno Walter-White. R.J. Oliver and Littrele Jones will sit out the Temple game.
With less than 48 hours before kickoff Koetter feels a strong sense of anxiousness among his squad. "We're just at that point where we really have to play game," he remarked. "These guys are bored with practice, and they're tired of hitting each other. We've been practicing the Temple game plan for two weeks, and I always find that it can come to a point of diminishing returns. We need to play."
When asked about the hurricane damage in the gulf states, Koetter said that this disaster puts football in perspective, especially because it has hit close to home with one of the team's true freshmen. "First off, take the football part out of it. What's going down there in the New Orleans area is a tragedy," he said. "Football is not very important compared to that. We have a player, Jovon Williams, who's mother lives in Mississippi and he hasn't spoken to her yet. He doesn't know if she's OK. The town that she's in is under 20 feet of water. We're focused on our own little world in Phoenix, AZ and they have major problems there."
Koetter deferred any talk about the LSU game until Friday. "Right now we just have to worry about Temple until we get through Thursday night, and we'll see what happens after that."
Due to the fact that the game is on Thursday, the ASU head coach said that the team will go through a rare routine before the game. "Because this game in on a school night, we're not going to a hotel tomorrow night," Koetter explained. "We're going to a restaurant for dinner, come back and have our meetings, and then turn the guys loose and let them sleep in their own beds. Some of our guys will still be going to class in the morning and it doesn't make sense for them to sleep in a hotel."
Green and Darley to Start at Corner and DT
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