After posting five 100-yard receiving games in his first six starts for the Sun Devils, Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong has seen his numbers dip the past few weeks. Strong, the team’s leading receiver, revealed to AZCentral that his lack of production was due to a sore ankle, but he promised that he’ll be at full-speed when the Sun Devils take on the Oregon State Beavers this weekend.
I was just banged up. I had an ankle problem, couldn’t get in and out of my cuts how I wanted to, couldn’t explode off the ball. It was a lot holding me back. Now I’m very excited being back at full strength.
It’s very stress-free (now). I was coming out here and probably had bad body language, just because of the competitive attitude in me. I didn’t want to be here and let my team down. I apologize for all that, but I’m back, ready to work and ready to go against Oregon State.
Although Strong has only accrued 50 receiving yards in his last three games combined, he is still sixth in the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game. If he’s indeed at full-speed on Saturday, it could spell trouble for an OSU defense that gives up 243.3 yards per game through the air.