Tape It Up: Mid-Week Roundup

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Mid-Week Roundup

We're only halfway through the first week of practice, and there's already been a lot of painful news coming out of training camps. Today's casualties include Iowa State, Hawai'i and Missouri.

Iowa State linebacker Adam Carper is out for the season. The Cyclones were counting on Carper's return from knee surgery to support Alvin Bowen on a defense deep in the rebuilding process under the tutelage of new head coach Gene Chizik, but Bowen will now have to teach juco recruit Michael Bibbs the ropes, and fast. Carper injured his left knee during a practice drill midway through the 2006 season, but the injury has not responded well to treatment, forcing the junior off of the depth chart. If he chooses, Carper can petition the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility and get this season back.

Hawai'i starting center John Estes is sitting out of contact drills after spraining his left elbow Monday. In his absence, Aaron Kia was brought up to first-team center.

Missouri is down two after Tuesday's practice sessions. Running back Tony Temple, the Big 12's leading returning rusher, is day-to-day after bruising his right knee and cornerback Hardy Ricks is out indefinitely after disloacting his left shoulder. Temple smacked knees with cornerback Paul Simpson during 11-on-11 play yesterday.

Temple had a breakout year last season, rushing for 1,063 yards. Temple's three backups, Jimmy Jackson, Marcus Woods and Earl Goldsmith, combined for just 316 yards on the ground. Woods is the closest to competing with Temple for playing time. Starting 10 games in 2005, the senior was in the hunt for the starting role last season before Temple hit the ground running. An increase in the level of his play will keep the redshirts on freshmen recruits De'Vion Moore and Derrick Washington.

Ricks got his arm wrapped up with a teammate's pads while tagging him in a one-on-one drill, leaving him high and dry for the season. After corner Domonique Johson left the team in the spring, Ricks was in perfect position to battle Simpson for the remaining starting spot opposite Darnell Terrell. Ricks started eight games last season, but inexperience left him vulnerable to pressure from top passing offenses.

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