Carpenter to have thumb surgery, expects to throw in June

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter will have minor surgery Wednesday on the thumb of his throwing hand.

"I should be good to go in a couple weeks," Carpenter said on Tuesday. "It doesn't worry me. I should be throwing right around the beginning of June."

Carpenter, a senior, hurt his thumb handing off to teammate Keegan Herring in the California game last October. Carpenter, who has started 31 straight games, played with the injury the rest of the season.

"Maybe it affected my accuracy a little bit," he said. "Maybe it took away from my velocity a little. But you can make up for that by making good decisions."