Tape It Up: False Alarms

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False Alarms

There was plenty of bad news released on the injury front following week one's games, but coaches at Auburn, Arizona State and Kansas State are all breathing sighs of relief as they find out that their players will be ready to go this Saturday. Each team had a player get roughed up in their season opener, but Auburn linebacker Tray Blackmon, Arizona State running back Keegan Herring and Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman should all take the field with little damage for week two.

Blackmon hurt his ankle returning an interception for 50 yards on the final play of Saturday's 23-13 win over Kansas State, and sat out the entire second half. Talk about going out with a bang - the 6-foot, 223-pound sophomore said after the game he was hoping to make ESPN highlights with his return. Not the smartest of plans, considering he spent early-week practices with his ankle in a protective boot. Still, Blackmon should be ready to go against South Florida on Saturday, and the Tigers will surely need him - he tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries a year ago and had his first career interception last weekend. Auburn is going to have to play better defense against a USF team that cannot be overlooked, and Blackmon is an important piece of that puzzle.

From the other sideline in that 23-13 Auburn win, the entire Kansas State team held its breath as franchise quarterback Josh Freeman got his left cleat stuck in the turf while awkwardly attempting to slide, feet-first, in the third quarter of the game. It was not pretty. Freeman played the rest of the game, finishing 32-of-57 for 268 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions, but he stretched his leg out continually and was walking with a limp. The sophomore is wearing a precautionary knee brace to practices, but fully expects to play on Saturday when the Wildcats take on San Jose State. Given that the bum knee is not to blame for those interceptions, Freeman has plenty to work on this week in practice.

Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson had some good news for the Sun Devils on Tuesday - running back Keegan Herring has a chance to play on Saturday Against Colorado. The junior sprained is neck in the team's 45-3 win over San Jose State after rushing for 76 yards on 16 carries. He will remain questionable until the end of the week, as some stiffness in the neck is keeping him out of contact drills in practice, but the 5-foot-10, 186-pound back is optimistic that he'll return, and the Sun Devils are optimistic that they'll have him back sooner rather than later, as he led the team in yards-per-carry last year, picking up 5.8 on each of his touches.

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