September 10, 2004
Arizona State's defensive line should be at full strength for Saturday's non-conference contest at Northwestern.
But coach Dirk Koetter said sophomore Jordan Hill will again start at defensive tackle.
Gabe Reininger, who sat out the opener against Texas-El Paso with a knee injury, is healthy enough to play and will play, Koetter said.
Koetter noted that if Northwestern passes the way it did in its opener, a 48-45 loss to Texas Christian (513 yards passing), Hill will be a better fit for the defense.
In more lineup news, senior safety Riccardo Stewart (shoulder) was limited in practice and left the field Wednesday night with his right shoe off.
But Stewart will start.
"Riccardo's foaming at the mouth," Koetter said.
Stewart was having problems with his Nike shoes "digging in his foot," Koetter said.
ASU is eager to have Stewart on the field.
"He's the leader of the defense," Koetter said.
LOOKING FOR A PRESENT
Koetter's youngest child, Davis, will be celebrating his sixth birthday on Saturday.
Northwestern's offensive line averages 312 pounds. The Wildcats' biggest starter is 6-foot-7, 335-pound junior right tackle Zach Strief.
DEVIL OF A WILDCAT
Former ASU quarterback Garrick McGee is Northwestern's wide receivers coach. McGee, who lettered at ASU in 1992, coached last season at Nevada-Las Vegas with his former ASU coach, Bruce Snyder.
McGee earned a bachelor's degree in arts and sciences at the University of Oklahoma in 1996.
Former ASU quarterback Mike Affleck was suspended for two games his senior season in high school. No reason was publicly disclosed, but the word was that he was punished for underage drinking.
After deciding to leave ASU after spring practice, Affleck returned home to Provo, Utah, and enrolled at Brigham Young.
Affleck isn't practicing with the Cougars because he has been suspended — for underage drinking.