Tape It Up: Arizona State: Devils Back In Action

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Arizona State: Devils Back In Action

Arizona State got plenty of good news this week. Aside from a 4-0 record after a 44-32 come-from-behind win over Oregon State last Saturday, a No. 23 ranking in the AP poll and plenty of national respect, the Sun Devils should have a bunch of players back up to speed in the coming weeks, just in time to tackle the meat of the Pac-10 schedule. Safety Josh Barrett, tight end Brent Miller and defensive tackle Saia Falahola are all on the express road to recovery.

Safety Josh Barrett, a graduate student and one of ASU's best athletes, is still feeling the effects of a pectoral injury, but was in good enough shape to play in last week's win over Oregon State. Head coach Dennis Erickson said Barrett had his best game of the season last week after recording four solo tackles and an interception. He should be back in action again this Saturday when the Sun Devils take on Stanford on the road.

Tight end Brent Miller is "fine," according to Erickson, after tweaking his knee on Saturday. The injury occured on the same knee the senior had sprained earlier in the season. Erickson said it appears Miller just broke up some lingering scar tissue, which apparently sounds much worse than it is. He should also play this week.

ASU's defensive line should get a boost next week, although it doesn't seem to need it, as the Sun Devils have limited opponents to a per-game average of 103 yards rushing this season. Still, having extra bodies up front never hurt anyone, so the Sun Devils are pleased to be getting redshirt freshman Saia Falahola back from a triceps injury he suffered during training camp. The 6-foot-2, 301-pound defensive tackle practiced Tuesday for the first time since August and appears to be a week away from playing time.

Seven weeks on the sideline will surely make any player rusty, but Falahola is confident he will work the kinks out of his game before taking the field in two weeks against Washington State. There are sure to be plenty of kinks, however, as Falahola is playing defensive tackle for the first time this year -- he was an offensive lineman prior to this season.

And The Bad News
Defensive tackle Michael Marquardt is still listed as questionable for Saturday's game at Stanford. His ankle injury kept him out of last week's game as well, but Erickson said he is walking better. Cornerback Travis Smith is also questionable after injuring his foot in last week's game.

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