Stanford's victorious stretch has come at the expense of a few key players. Who will be available when Arizona comes to town on Saturday night?
Offensively, the Cardinal have escaped their early games fairly unscathed. Quarterback Kevin Hogan was very successful against OSU in spite of his ankle injury which he suffered against USC. Hogan is practicing this week and will go against Arizona.
On the line, Kyle Murphy left the OSU game with an undisclosed injury. According to David Shaw, Murphy will go Saturday with no issues.
More good news for Stanford: OL Kyle Murphy will also play this week vs Arizona. QB Kevin Hogan also in a good spot, will ease thru practice— David Lombardi (@LombardiESPN) September 29, 2015
On the Card's thinner side, the injuries are starting to pile up. The notoriously thin defensive line saw two starters go down, as Aziz Shittu and Brennan Scarlett both left last Saturday's game early. Shittu's ankle is well enough to play and X-Rays revealed no bone breaks or ligament tears for Scarlett.
Stanford OLB Kevin Anderson will miss this week's game vs Arizona, back after bye. Aziz Shittu, Brennan Scarlett sore but WILL play.— David Lombardi (@LombardiESPN) September 29, 2015
In Shittu/Scarlett's place, both Nate Lohn and Jordan Watkins saw major playing time. Look for those two to contribute again as Stanford's starters get back to full strength.
As you can see above, Kevin Anderson will be out against Arizona with a "nagging injury". In his place, Joey Alfieri will start again. Anderson is expected to to be back the following week against UCLA.
Arizona is suffering it's deal of injuries as well. Defensive star Scooby Wright will be out for a few weeks with a foot sprain. Quarterback Anu Solomon is day to day after suffering a concussion against UCLA. Should Solomon be unable to go, the Wildcats will turn to either Jerrard Randall or Brandon Dawkins against the Card.
You may have noticed Luke Kaumatule hasn't played this year, which may be by design. The senior defensive end has the chance to come back for another season should he choose to redshirt. Should the defensive depletion continues, he may be pressed into action.
Shaw says that Luke Kaumatule could redshirt this year - would provide much needed front 7 seven next year. But would play in '15 if needed.— Andy Drukarev (@StanfordRivals) September 29, 2015
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