March 21, 2007

Sixth year of eligibility a special gift for Krula

September 17th 2005. The last time that Zach Krula played a football game. It was on that day that Arizona State's then-starting junior right guard suffered a devastating ankle injury versus Northwestern in the third game of the year. 18 months and three surgeries later, Krula is attempting to make the most of an NCAA approved sixth season of eligibility.

"It's definitely cool to get another chance," Krula said following Tuesday's practice. "I prepared myself for the worst and hoped for the best. In the back of my mind I told myself I was never going to play again because it would make it easier if it didn't happen and if it did it was just a cool bonus."

The Sun Devils have to be pleased as well, especially considering Krula is not only back on the field, he is once again working with the first-string, albeit at right tackle instead of right guard.

For a group that has quality talent at the top but not much proven depth, Krula's return is a nice bonus indeed. Brandon Rodd, Julius Orieukwu and Richard Tuit'u are the only three others on the roster who have shown they are capable of playing well tackle on Saturdays.

"We've been messing around with [the position change] for a little while, me and "House" (the nickname of ASU strength and conditioning coach Joe Kenn). You know I'm 6-foot-7 and I was always a little too big to be playing guard but I like the guard spot," Krula said.

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