Arizona State Sun Devils freshman wide receiver Jalen Harvey injured his collarbone Saturday and will bbe out of action for the next eight to ten weeks. Jeff Metcalfe of the Arizona Republic reported the news of Harvey’s injury on Twitter.
It’s a tough blow for the Sun Devils, who have a hole at receiver this season since Jaelen Strong was drafted into the NFL last spring. Junior Cameron Smith is likely going to step up as the team’s No. 1 wideout this season, but all others at the position have either little or no on-field experience. Thus, the loss of Harvey, a former four-star recruit out of California’s El Cerrito High School, hurts even more.
Thankfully, senior quarterback Mike Bercovici should benefit from still having running back D.J. Foster to help out, as Foster was second on the team in receiving last season. If he and any of the other receivers on the roster can step up in Harvey’s absence, the Sun Devils could once again be able to make some noise in the Pac-12.
Just the same, that doesn’t take away from the fact that without Harvey, the team’s season opener on the road against Texas A&M suddenly becomes all the more difficult a game, and all the more important as well.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to AZ Central