Injuries Force Lineup Shuffles

A bye week is sometimes used to give seldom used players a shot at practicing at their natural position or shuttling over to a new one. With several Sun Devils nursing various injuries, Tuesday's practice saw units on both sides of the ball sport new and at times returning players in their lineup.

Guard Paul Fanaika was sidelined due to a leg injury suffered against USC last weekend. The more serious injury is that to Matt Hustad who will have to have reconstructive knee surgery in the next three weeks that will end his season. The redshirt freshman redshirted the 2007 campaign due to the same injury.

"We're trying to get better," said head coach Dennis Erickson on the changes at the offensive front. "We played Shawn (Lauvao) some at tackle. We moved Adam (Tello) into guard where he really probably belongs. That's where he played in high school and from what I saw it looked like he did some pretty good things."

The safety spot has been hit by injuries as well. Two weeks ago Max Tabach was lost for the year with a torn ACL, and last weekend Clint Floyd lacerated his kidneys and will be out at least 3-4 weeks.

Those two injuries forced Keelan Johnson, who's redshirting this season, to move here from wide receiver. "I want to take a good look at him at both (positions)," said Erickson. "We had planned this a while ago. We saw him at receiver and he's awfully good there, so we just want to look at him at safety."

Ryan McFoy who was moved from safety to linebacker last season, is now back at his original spot. "He's the most logical move for us to get a fourth guy back there," stated Erickson. "We'll see how he plays there, give him some turns. We're fortunate we have a week off, because all this stuff is kind of coming down. At least we'll be able to experiment with some things."

Erickson remarked that quarterback Rudy Carpenter will not practice until Sunday. The senior wasn't dressed and his left foot was in a walking boot due to his ankle injury. This will naturally give Danny Sullivan one more week taking reps with the first team, with Samson Szakacsy backing him up.

"Practice is one thing, game is another," said Erickson. "I think Danny found that out. You practiced pretty well and you go to the coliseum against (USC). It's a little different world."

Long snapper Thomas Ohmart is another player that's scheduled to be held out until Sunday. The freshman separated his left shoulder in the USC contest. Safety Angelo Fobbs-Valentino practiced with an orange jersey, while defensive tackle David Smith was in pads after missing last week's game. He still was replaced on the first team by Paul ‘Unga.


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