Found August 22, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The simple fact that Carlos Mendoza has earned a place in Arizona State's second team linebacker unit despite not participating in contact drills until two days ago should say plenty about the freshman, but there's more to it than that. Mendoza has made a strong impression with coaches this fall, all while limited following offseason shoulder surgery. "Its been very frustrating because he's been injured," ASU coach Todd Graham said. "He's really just had two or three days of full practice, but he's a guy that's definitely going to help us this year." Mendoza, 6-foot-1 and 217 pounds, came to ASU from California high school football powerhouse Oaks Christian. He had offers from other schools like Air Force, San Jose State and Washington State, but ASU represented his highest-profile opportunity, and the the possibility of playing early in his college career. "It was a goal of mine to play this year," Mendoza s...

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