Hargis tears ACL, O-Line continues to shuffle

There have been many positive changes in ASU's offense this spring. There has also been one negative constant and that is a rash of injuries among the offensive line. Left guard Jon Hargis is the latest front five player to be injured, as a Tuesday afternoon MRI revealed a torn ACL in his knee, effectively eliminating the senior from playing in the 2010 season.

"He's going to have surgery in the next month or so," said Arizona State Head Coach Dennis Erickson after practice. "Those (injuries) take a while so I doubt he will play. If he will play it will have to be later in the year. We will have to see how the surgery goes.

"Too bad for him. Senior year, fifth year I should say. Really nobody hit him. He twisted (the knee) in the scrimmage (last Saturday) and when they looked at it they (the trainers) didn't think it was anything and when they had the MRI today and said it was his ACL I was shocked. We seem to be snake bitten in the offensive front."

"I just found out three and a half hours ago, like 2 o'clock today," said Hargis. "So I've shed my tears. It's a reality check. You hear about…'play like it's your last play.' You always hear that but you never react to it. You're just like, 'it sucks for that guy.' You hear stories about guys tearing their ACL and it's like 'I hope it doesn't happen to me.' But it was like a reality check. Like, 'what am I going to do now from here?'

"If I don't play next year, I know I can (apply for) a medical redshirt. That's something I got to consider. That's an option. Right now I'm not jumping to any conclusions. I just have to take it one step at a time."

Hargis, who is about to earn his degree next month, is still unsure whether he will have his surgery before or after graduation. He added that he expected the recovery time to be six months, but knows it could be as long as nine.

"I really feel bad for Jon because he has worked out and was about to reap the benefits of being a senior and something unfortunate like that happens," Erickson said.

Erickson mentioned several times in the spring how his offensive line was deeper than ever with scholarship players and those numbers are certainly being put to the test in recent weeks. Matt Hustad and Mike Marcisz have been sidelined all of spring from contact work. Patrick Jamison, Zach Schlink, and Adam Tello were not able to finish spring practice fully healthy.

‘We can move people around," Erickson commented. "We lose a guy like that last year it would be more devastating. We got a lot of young guys who played and a junior college kid coming in (Aderious Simmons)."

Redshirt freshman Kody Koebensky is according to Erickson "the only left guard we have left" and was naturally taking reps at that position with the first unit in Tuesday's session as was junior college transfer Chris De Armas and sophomore Andrew Sampson. Erickson didn't rule out the possibility of having the other junior college transfer, Brice Schwab; play at that role as well.

In an unrelated offensive line move on Tuesday, Kyle Johnson replaced Evan Finkenberg at starting left tackle.


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