September 4, 2008

Herring, Jones still uncertain for Stanford

The Arizona State football team is two days away from its upcoming game with Stanford, and the status of two of its top offensive weapons is still uncertain.

Coach Dennis Erickson said Thursday that running back Keegan Herring (hamstring) and wide receiver Mike Jones (Achilles tendon) will be a game time decision Saturday night.

"They're a lot better than they were yesterday," Erickson said. "They've got a lot of time and we'll see what happens. It's hard to guess."

Herring participated some in position drills and also took some handoffs in team drills near the end of practice Thursday.

Jones did not participate but was running and working on his lateral movement on the sidelines.

If Herring does not play, Dimitri Nance will again get the start, as he did versus Northern Arizona.

If Jones is sidelined Saturday, sophomore Kerry Taylor will most likely move out to split end with Kyle Williams remaining at the slot position.

While Taylor said he prefers to play the slot receiver position, he will do whatever he needs to do to help the team.

"I think the inside fits me a little bit more but I have no trouble going and playing outside," Taylor said. "The main thing is just to be focused. I just have to make sure I know where I'm going. You have to prepare a little bit differently depending on which position you play, but it really isn't too hard.

"It doesn't really matter to me, I just go out there and play."

Taylor said he hopes Jones will be back for the game, but either way he has confidence in the Sun Devil receivers going up Stanford's defense.

"They're a solid secondary, but our receiving corps is very talented and as long as we go out there and do what we need to do we could have a big game," Taylor said.

Linebacker notes

Gerald Munns broke the pinky finger on his left hand, and practiced with a small cast that covered the injured finger and ring finger Thursday.

Erickson said Munns will play with the cast Saturday.

Mike Nixon returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice with strep throat.


Along with quarterback Rudy Carpenter and safety Troy Nolan who are season-long team captains, tight end Andrew Pettes and defensive tackle David Smith will be captains for the game against Stanford.

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