It was bad enough that the Arizona State Sun Devils lost a defensive starter before Game 1 even kicked off when Michael Matus went down with a torn ACL. Now with the first game on the books comes another injury as offensive lineman Joey Ramos will join Matus on the sidelines.
Head coach Herm Edwards made the announcement during his regular media availability on Monday.
The Sun Devils (1-0) face a tough test on Saturday when they hit the road for the first time to take on No. 12 Oklahoma State (1-0), a 58-44 winner over Central Michigan on Thursday.
Ramos, a 6-foot-5, 305-pounder from Deer Valley High School, hadn’t necessarily been attached to the starting lineup but was going to be part of a seven-man rotation of players who would see regular playing time. . in the front.
Ramos, who transferred to ASU from Iowa State, started Thursday’s game against Northern Arizona at right tackle in place of Des Holmes, a transfer from Penn State, who was absent with a undisclosed injury. Ramos was seen as a valuable figure as he has the versatility to play any position down the line.
Ramos suffered a sprained ankle in the final seconds of the first half on a play in which quarterback Emory Jones was sacked and lost a fumble. He was down for several minutes before being helped off the pitch.
After the match, Edwards said he didn’t think the injury was serious. On Monday, he apologized for the comment, saying he should have gotten more information before making the statement so soon after the game.
“I spoke to Joey and told him I apologize for saying what I said because I should know better,” Edwards said. “I was just taking it for what I heard on the touchline and should have gotten all the information.”
Sophomore Isaia Glass will likely start at the position with junior Emmit Bohle at left tackle if Holmes is unable to play against the Cowboys. Edwards said Holmes was questionable for this week. Glass and Bohle parted ways at left tackle until spring and fall camp.
“I thought the depth was good,” Edwards said. “Obviously losing Joey isn’t helping him is it, but there are young guys who have been in there. What the coach (Cavanaugh) did – he did some good really moving guys around, playing two positions. And that showed up for us, but we have a good team. We have a team that has experience. It’s like anything. another, they have to play together.”
There were also injury updates. The best news is that Edwards said cornerback Timarcus Davis, who missed nearly three weeks with a knee contusion, should return. But second Ed Woods, who started in place of Davis, is now out with a lower body injury.
Also questionable are junior nickel Jordan Clark (knee) and reserve defensive lineman Gharin Stansbury (hamstring). DJ Taylor started in place of Clark on Thursday night.
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Ramos is the third player ASU has lost for the season, following Matus and true freshman tight end Jacob Newell (leg), although Newell likely hasn’t played a significant role this season.
“It’s the old statement, ‘Next guy up.’ You know, it’s just there’s nothing you can do about it,” Edwards said. “You have to go against the guys who are available and I tell guys that all the time. You’re one shot or a helmet comes off where you need to go in the game, and you have to prepare that way. That’s that’s football it’s really your prep guys who maybe not starters who can be in rotation and all of a sudden you’re in a starting role and instead of playing 20 games you have to play 50 games.”
* ASU’s live stats program crashed at halftime, forcing sports news staff to scramble to get offensive stats handed out after the game. They spent a few hours the next day going through the game footage, checking offensive numbers and updating defensive stats.
ASU linebacker Merlin Robertson was initially credited with five tackles, but the final tally ended up being a career-high 11. Linebacker James Djonkam. went from four tackles to six.
* Former ASU quarterback Jayden Daniels made his debut for LSU on Sunday night as the Tigers lost a nail-biter to Florida State. Daniels threw for 209 yards (26 for 35) and two touchdowns, one of those passes coming on the end play of regulation and taking the Tigers to a point 24-23, only to have the extra kick that would have sent the game in overtime, missed. Daniels also rushed for 116 yards on 14 tries.
Edwards said he texted his former player before the game but did not disclose what he said, preferring to keep it private.
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