Arizona State football coach Dirk Koetter expects tailback Loren Wade to return to action Sunday. Wade has missed practice time this week due to a severe case of influenza.
“He doesn't just have the flu like you and I get. He has the extremely contagious type where it's not good for him to be around the guys because it might spread," Koetter said. Wade is the team's leading rusher this season with 653 yards and four touchdowns.
QB HAS SURGERY
Third-string quarterback Chad Christensen had surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum and some dislocation in his left shoulder.
Christensen said he does not remember an exact point at which he suffered the injury.
“I found out about it midway through the year, and it just kept getting worse," said Christensen, whose rehabilitation is expected to last three to four months.
“Hopefully everything will go well, and I'll be ready for spring ball," he said.
In Christensen's absence, Koetter said reserve quarterback Kellen Bradley or punter Tim Parker will hold on extra points and field goals.
The Pac-10 released its All-Academic team on Thursday and five Sun Devils made it. Senior wide receiver Skyler Fulton made it for the second straight year, being named to the first team with a 3.32 grade point average in elementary education. Christensen (3.93 in business finance) and long snapper Jason Burke (3.78 in business) made the second team. Offensive tackles Andrew Carnahan and Grayling Love received honorable mention. . . .
Seven ASU assistant coaches will begin recruiting trips today, with two heading to Texas, three to California and two to what Koetter called “points east."