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Shoulder injury sidelines Arizona State LB for the year

Carlos Mendoza, Darius Millines AP

USC remains one of a handful of preseason favorites to compete for a BCS championship, but after two weeks of football, it’s not just the Trojans and a bunch of nobodies in the Pac-12 South division. Rather, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA are all off to 2-0 starts with the Wildcats and Bruins cracking the AP and USA Today top 25 polls.

The good news stops there temporarily for the Sun Devils. William Boor of The State Press reports Tuesday that freshman linebacker Carlos Mendoza will miss the season because of necessary surgery for a shoulder injury he sustained during last Saturday’s 45-14 win over Illinois.

And what a game Mendoza was having, recording two interceptions for 19 return yards. It’s a tough break for a young defender that was showing a lot of promise early in the season. ASU”s defense has been playing well, but things get a little more difficult this weekend when the Sun Devils head to Missouri.

Early reports out of Columbia indicate Arizona State plays young man football, though that’s yet to be confirmed.

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