April 3, 2007

Carpenter acknowledges last season's hand injuries

The Sun Devils followed up on Saturday's scrimmage at Sun Devil Stadium with a "skeleton" practice in shorts and no pads underneath their jerseys on Monday. On a day where Josh Barrett, Nate Kimbrough and Rudy Burgess practiced for the first time this spring, and redshirt freshman Saia Falahola switched positions from offensive guard to defensive tackle, the big news was what quarterback Rudy Carpenter revealed exclusively to ASUDevils.com following the workout.

Carpenter was the subject of persistent injury rumors last season, beginning with the practice week leading up to the Colorado game in week three of the season. He left the Kajikawa Practice Field during one of the workouts that week after hitting his throwing hand on the helmet of a teammate, but returned before the workout was over.

Neither then-coach Dirk Koetter nor Carpenter would acknowledge the injury at the time, or at any point in subsequent weeks of the season, nor would they discuss the seriousness of the injury the signal caller suffered the following week, when his left, non-throwing hand was stepped on by a Cal defensive player.

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