Monday, August 20, 2007

More Woes for the D-Line

There's a new twist to the struggles the ASU defensive line is having staying healthy, and it involves a player switching to the other side of the ball.

Florida transfer defensive lineman Tranell Morant, as expected by Pitchfork Nation, will be out at least seven weeks after having cartilage removed from his knee. Morant was plagued with injuries in 2006 and, obviously, his knee problems have stretched into this preseason. Morant, at the earliest, might be expected back when ASU makes road trips to either Oregon or UCLA.

To help alleve some of the problems, TE Dane Guthrie has left that spot on the depth chart to join the D-Line. So far in training camp, the Devils have seen Morant, Luis Vasquez, Kellen Mills and Saia Falahola miss time due to injury. Guthrie will see most of his action on the line at defensive end.

With Guthrie leaving his TE position, look for Tyrice Thompson or Andrew Pettes to get more reps with the offense alongside incumbent starter Brent Miller.

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