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Carpenter on pace to play Oregon this weekend

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter
threw in practice Wednesday for the first time since he sprained
the thumb on his throwing hand.

Carpenter is expected to play when the Sun Devils (No. 4 BCS, No. 6 AP)
visit Oregon (No. 5 BCS, No. 4 AP) on Saturday.

"I thought he threw it real well," coach Dennis Erickson said.

Carpenter sprained his thumb handing off to tailback
Keegan Herring in ASU's 31-20 victory over California last weekend.

Carpenter wore a glove on his throwing hand in practice so he
could grip the ball better. Erickson said he doubted Carpenter
would use the glove in Oregon.

"Today he wanted to use it, so that's fine," Erickson said.