Arizona State offensive guard Paul Fanaika (ankle) practiced on Wednesday and should be available for Saturday’s game against UCLA.
Fanaika’s availability is important because backup Zach Krula suffered an injury to a medial collateral ligament in his knee.
Krula will have arthroscopic surgery on Friday, which will determine if he can return this season. Krula has missed most of the past two seasons with a serious ankle injury.
“If it’s totally torn off, it’ll scar over and he’ll probably be able to come back,” Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson said. “If it’s (slightly) torn, then they have to sew it up and he’ll probably be out for the year. Hopefully it’s torn so they can go in and fix it, and he’ll have a good knee the rest of his life.”
Fanaika originally left the Oregon game with a sprained ankle but returned when Krula got hurt.
Backup Danny Sullivan continued to get more snaps as Rudy Carpenter’s workload stays light because of his sprained right thumb.
Erickson said Sullivan has grown as a player this season and is constantly getting better.
“I’m not afraid to play him at all (if the need arises),” Erickson said.
Freshman Samson Szakacsy, who started the year as the third-string quarterback, will have a second opinion on his sore throwing arm and then likely have arthroscopic surgery in the next couple weeks.
Junior tailback Keegan Herring has been nominated for the FedEx Orange Bowl-Football Writers Association of America Courage Award. Herring’s father, sister, aunt and close friend all died within months of each other earlier this year.
Herring has 659 yards and four touchdowns this season while splitting time with Dimitri Nance in the backfield. The football writers announce a weekly nominee every Wednesday during the season.
Defensive end Dane Guthrie is doubtful for Saturday’s game after suffering a concussion against Oregon … Erickson has been named a semifinalist for the George Munger Award and to the watch list of the Bear Bryant Award, both given annually to the best college coach. ASU’s Bruce Snyder won the Bryant award following the 1996 season.