Minor injuries hamper some on Arkansas State team

Updated: August 9, 2003, 10:41 PM ET

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Newcomers and backups on the Arkansas State football team are taking more snaps because several Indians are struggling with minor injuries.

ASU coach Steve Roberts said after Saturday's workout that he hopes to get in 50 plays during a scrimmage on Sunday, but that could be limited by the number of centers available.

"Depending on how quick Tab (Slaughter) heals from an ankle injury, if he's able to go then we'll be able to get our 50 plays," Roberts said. "We need to get it in tomorrow."

Redshirt freshman Tanner Jenkins is listed as the backup center to Slaughter and make the bulk of the snaps. To help out as an emergency center, all-Sun Belt Conference offensive tackle Kimani Jones filled in Saturday.

Sunday's scrimmage is intended to help lay the foundation of a depth chart, with everyone seeing some time on the field but the staff's eyes on the alert for players to perform in certain situations. They'll also be looking at which groups of players work best together.

"Of course, we'll concentrate on the guys that are preparing to play," Roberts said, "because we want to get a good, live look at everybody so we'll know who to count on in certain situations down the line."

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