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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The news is good for Arizona State

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

There's a lot of Arizona State information packed into this story from Jeff Metcalfe of the Arizona Republic, and nearly all of the news is good.

The Sun Devils are almost entirely healthy, Metcalfe reports, other than defensive tackle Otis Jones. The key thing there is the availability of offensive linemen who were banged up before and during spring practices: Zach Schlink, Adam Tello, Matt Hustad, Mike Marcisz and Thomas Altieri.

ASU's season probably hinges on how much the O-line improves, even more than how well things go at quarterback.

Further, folks around the program continue to believe super-recruit Vontaze Burfict will qualify academically. If so, the prep All-American linebacker figures to be in the mix to either start or see significant action.

Still, having seen how things often go with the NCAA Clearinghouse, the Sun Devils might want to continue to rub their rabbits' feet on that one.