ARIZONA STATE FOOTBALL

Sun Devils without LB Kyle Soelle, CBs Ro Torrence, Isaiah Johnson at Washington State

Nov 12, 2022, 1:57 PM | Updated: 8:01 pm
Arizona State linebacker Kyle Soelle carries out the state flag as the team takes the field to face...

Arizona State linebacker Kyle Soelle carries out the state flag as the team takes the field to face Colorado in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Arizona State Sun Devils football team was shorthanded for Saturday’s 28-18 loss to the Washington State Cougars at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash.

ASU was without cornerbacks Ro Torrence (illness) and Isaiah Johnson (illness) in addition to senior linebacker Kyle Soelle due to an upper extremity injury, according to SunDevilSource.

“He tried to go all week,” interim head coach Shaun Aguano told reporters of Soelle postgame. I told him I trusted him and if he’s not 100% ready to go and there’s any doubt, I trust that he’ll let me know. He just couldn’t go.”

Trailing 28-0 at halftime, Aguano also told the Sun Devil radio network that quarterback Emory Jones came in for starter Trenton Bourguet due to a leg injury.

A sickness bug has been going around the Arizona State football program and forced starting defensive linemen Omarr Norman-Lott and Nesta Jade Silvera to leave last week’s 50-36 loss to then-No. 10 UCLA because of it.

The absences of two corners couldn’t have come against a worse opponent in Washington State, which throws the ball the 16th-most of any team in the country while also having the fourth-fewest rushing attempts in the nation.

Timarcus Davis and Macen Williams had to step up as the outside corners opposite of Ed Woods, as Jordan Clark continued to play slot corner in defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson’s nickel package.

The loss of Soelle also means ASU was also without the Pac-12 Conference’s leading tackler and one of its captains.

Will Shaffer and Kyle’s brother Connor Soelle have had more of an impact at the linebacker position alongside senior Merlin Robertson.

Arizona State was already without starting left guard LaDarius Henderson, who has now missed four straight games after suffering a finger injury in the 45-38 upset win over then-No. 21 Washington on Oct. 8.

The loss means the Sun Devils (3-7, 2-5 Pac-12) are no longer bowl eligible, while the Cougars (6-4, 3-4) have guaranteed themselves postseason football.

“We just had a good talk and those guys are going to finish and leave their legacy of a team that will never quit,” Aguano said. “They’ll come back tomorrow and we’ll get ready for the next two weeks.

“Our guys will play and they’ll play as hard as they can the next two weeks. And then we’ll figure it out.”

UP NEXT

ASU hosts Oregon State next Saturday at 12:15 p.m. on Arizona Sports 98.7, the Arizona Sports app and ArizonaSports.com.

Washington State head coach Jake Dickert, center, walks on the field during a break in play in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Arizona State defensive back Ed Woods (10) deflects a pass intended for Washington State wide receiver Tsion Nunnally during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Washington State wide receiver De'Zhaun Stribling (88) catches a pass while defended by Arizona State defensive back D.J. Taylor (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Washington State defensive back Jaden Hicks (25) celebrates a pass deflection by defensive back Derrick Langford Jr. (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Arizona State interim head coach Shaun Aguano watches the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Arizona State running back Daniyel Ngata (4) tries to get past Washington State defensive back Sam Lockett III (0) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Arizona State defensive linemen Omarr Norman-Lott (55) and Nesta Jade Silvera (4) sack Washington State quarterback Cameron Ward (1) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) 
              Arizona State running back Xazavian Valladay carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
            
              Washington State running back Nakia Watson (25) leaps and is tripped up by Arizona State defensive back Chris Edmonds (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
            
              Arizona State quarterback Trenton Bourguet throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
            
              Washington State quarterback Cameron Ward throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
            Washington State running back Nakia Watson (25) carries the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Arizona State quarterback Emory Jones throws a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Arizona State wide receiver Elijhah Badger (2) secures a pass for a touchdown while defended by Washington State defensive back Jaden Hicks (25) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Washington State defensive end Ron Stone Jr., left, and defensive tackle Antonio Pule III, right, tackle Arizona State running back Xazavian Valladay during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Arizona State running back Xazavian Valladay (1) carries the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Washington State defensive back Armani Marsh (8) tackles Arizona State wide receiver Cam Johnson (7) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Arizona State linebacker Will Shaffer, right, tackles Washington State running back Jaylen Jenkins during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Washington State defensive end Quinn Roff (20) sacks Arizona State quarterback Emory Jones (5) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Arizona State tight end Jalin Conyers (12) runs toward the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Washington State offensive lineman Ma'ake Fifita (66) gestures as he is carted off the field after an injury during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Arizona State interim head coach Shaun Aguano, center left, and Washington State head coach Jake Dickert greet each other after an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Arizona State wide receiver Andre Johnson (82) catches a pass while defended by Washington State defensive back Derrick Langford Jr. (5) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Washington State quarterback Cameron Ward (1) looks for a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Arizona State quarterback Emory Jones, left, prepares to hand the ball to running back Xazavian Valladay during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Washington State running back Nakia Watson (25) is tackled by Arizona State linebacker James Djonkam during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 28-18. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

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