Tuesday, September 22, 2009
ASU kicker Weber out five to six weeks
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Arizona State won't have the services of one of the nation's best kickers for as long as six weeks.
An MRI late Monday revealed Thomas Weber, the 2007 Groza Award winner, will be out at least until late October with a groin injury.
Weber didn't kick in the Sun Devils 38-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe. He was replaced by freshman Bobby Wenzig, who converted all five PATs and kicked a 24-yard field goal.
On Monday, coach Dennis Erickson said he wasn't sure what he was going to get out of Wenzig.
"To be perfectly honest, he had not kicked that much, so I wasn't sure what to expect," he said. "He didn't jump out at me at camp, by any means, but he is who we had and I thought he did a good job. He came in and he kicked off good. He knocked through all the extra points and knocked through the field goal when he had a chance, so it's pretty hard to complain. It might be a little different for him kicking down there than it was here."
"Down there" is No. 17 Georgia, where the Sun Devils visit on Saturday.
Another interesting option: Erickson said starting linebacker Mike Nixon also could kick.
"He's got a real strong leg," he said.