Tape It Up: Arizona State: Uncharted Torain

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Arizona State: Uncharted Torain

After topping Washington on Saturday, Arizona State improves to 7-0 for the first time in a decade and 4-0 in the Pac-10, all alone in first place in the coveted conference. Not so all alone are the banged up members of the Sun Devils roster, as the team is missing a bunch of key offensive contributors due to injury. Topping the list is running back Ryan Torain, who left Saturday's game in the first quarter with a sprained left foot which, according to head coach Dennis Erickson, is "serious."

Torain, a senior, has rushed for 553 yards this season with five touchdowns. He had more than 1,000 rush yards as a junior, but the Sun Devils will have to find some way to replace his production, as Torain is out indefinitely.

"Somebody stepped on [my foot]," Torain said after the game. He returned to the sideline with his foot in a boot, but Erickson told the media he feared the injury was "pretty serious."

The good news is that backup tailbacks Keegan Herring and Dimitri Nance put together some heroics in the second half of Saturday's comeback win, giving some hope to the now-depleted run game. Herring rushed for 119 yards on 10 carries, including a 76-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and Nance had a 57-yard scoring run of his own, also in the third.

Wide receiver Mike Jones also left the game prematurely, as the junior suffered a concussion on Saturday. He made three first-quarter catches before coming out of the game with the injury, but should be back ready to go in time for the coveted Oct. 27 matchup with Cal.

Tight end Brent Miller had surgery on Friday to repair torn cortilage in his right knee and will be missing anywhere from two to four weeks, leaving the Sun Devils a bit lacking in all phases of their offensive game plan.

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