Kenny Dillingham addresses Arizona State's injury situation following bye week
Kenny Dillingham said Tuesday that offensive lineman Bram Walden will be unavailable on Saturday when the Arizona State Sun Devils hit the road to battle No. 5 Washington (7:30 p.m. PT, FS1). Offensive linemen Cade Briggs and Joey Ramos are also questionable.
“We gained some and we lost some,” Dillingham told local reporters after Tuesday’s practice.
Walden and Ramos missed practice on Tuesday, according to reports. Briggs received some right guard snaps, left guard Sione Finau — who Dillingham deemed questionable to play — worked at his usual spot, and left tackle Isaia Glass appears on track to play.
Glass has missed five straight games for ASU with a lower-leg injury. Walden has been starting in his place.
“The combination of getting the best 5 to 8 guys in rotation, I think that’s the key,” Dillingham said. “You can play five guys all game. If you play five guys all game, you should have five world beaters up front. The combination of trying to get to seven or eight is the number to keep guys fresher and healthier, especially when you’re banged up. (That) is the ideal situation.”
Dillingham also hopes to get running back DeCarlos Brooks back this week or next week.
Of course, the big one is at quarterback. ASU has been without starter Jaden Rashada since Week 3. When Dillingham initially revealed that Rashada would be unavailable, he put a 4-6 week timetable on a possible return but said the staff would look to preserve a redshirt year for the promising freshman depending on how things went.
Asked Monday if that was still the plan, Dillingham kept the messaging the same.
“It just depends on how the rehab goes. He’s been doing a good job rehabbing it and getting out,” Dillingham said. “He’s going to start to get a little bit more engaged just in terms of the gameplans and being more dialed in this week, just to get his mind back in that mold. He’s been focusing on the physical side of rehab, and he’s still going to do that. It just depends on where he is in two, three, four weeks from now.”