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October 2, 2008

ASU's Weber has broken bone in hand

2007 Lou Graza Award winner Thomas Weber will likely be able to punt for Arizona State on Saturday in the team's game against Cal despite having a broken scaphoid bone in his left hand.

Weber said he believed he suffered the injury upon falling to the ground and bracing himself with his hand when he had a punt blocked in the game against Georgia on Sept. 20.

Sun Devil coach Dennis Erickson said an initial x-ray following the injury did not turn up the fracture, but a subsequent exam did find one, and Weber was wearing a cast on the hand/wrist area at practice on Wednesday.

"I can say I've never had a kicker who has broken his wrist," Erickson said. "That will go in Chapter 14 of my book. You should read the first 13."

For Thursday's practice, Weber is expected to wear a brace instead of a cast, and he said he does not expect to have trouble catching the ball prior to punting.

Erickson said he has not decided if backup punter Trevor Hankins will travel with the team to Cal.

Linebacker Mike Nixon attempted several field goal attempts in practice for the first time this season on Wednesday, but Erickson and Weber both said there would be no impact on Weber's ability to continue in that role.

"It's not that big of a deal," Weber said. "I was even able to catch it in a cast. Kicking-wise it doesn't affect me at all. The only real issue would be punting."

Guy to start?

Freshman strong safety Clint Floyd has practiced with the first-team at strong safety since last Tuesday and it appears he will earn a start against Cal. It would be the first start for an ASU true freshman.

But as of Wednesday, it looks as though Floyd may be joined in the starting lineup by classmate Lawrence Guy, who worked with the first group at left defensive tackle. Guy has worked behind Saia Falahola in recent weeks, but Falahola is dealing with a broken bone in his right hand and a nagging issue with his lower right leg.

"It's not been decided yet." Guy said, when asked if he would start against Cal. "We'll just find out on Saturday. [Working with the first-team] has been a great experience."

Guy said he's come a long way in his first month of the season, especially since moving to tackle from end, where he worked for the first couple weeks of the season.

"I've improved a lot since I first got here," Guy said. "I'm real happy with the way things are going so far. I couldn't ask for nothing different.

"I got used to the speed in the first month or so of camp. I just need to get used to playing hard every play, not slacking on any play. That's a little difficult, especially the beginning of the season. It's not as bad now that I'm getting used to it.

"When I played in high school, I could just go out there and do whatever I want to do. Here you have to do assignments, know your holes, your gap assignments and everything."

Herring ready

Since missing the Georgia game, senior running back Keegan Herring has practiced in every ASU workout, with no apparent setbacks. He appears ready to play on Saturday at Cal after missing three of the team's first four games.

"Keegan practiced good today," Erickson said. "I don't know that he's 100 percent, but he's getting closer. Unless there is a setback tomorrow he'll be ready to go."


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