DE James Brooks leaves Sun Devils

Arizona State is no longer in great shape at defensive end, as we rated the Sun Devils just 24 hours ago.

James Brooks, a senior two-year starter at defensive end, has left the team for personal reasons, according to a school spokesperson.

Brooks was a talented player who had an up-and-down career. Most notably, he blocked two extra points in the Sun Devils' double-overtime win over Arizona. On the downside, he struggled with academic issues and staying out of coach Dennis Erickson's doghouse.

Last year, he had 25 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks.

"James has done a lot of great things for our football program," Erickson said in a statement released by the school. "We will continue to help him in any way we can."

The loss of Brooks means sophomore Junior Onyeali and senior Jamaar Jarrett likely will be the Sun Devils' starting ends. They combined for 22 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in 2010. Greg Smith also is an option, and JC transfer Gannon Conway also looks the part, though he's not played a down of Pac-12 football.

Doug Haller offers some additional perspective here.