Las Vegas Bowl – Dec 15

Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5)  vs  #21 Fresno State Bulldogs  (11-2)

***

ARIZONA STATE WILDCATS  |  PAC-12

Coach:  Herm Edwards

Arizona State Wildcats Players to watch:

**Sophomore RB Eno Benjamin  (5-10/200)

Sophomore sensation Eno Benjamin
Photo:  Sun Devil Athletics

At 1,524 yards this season, Benjamin is 42 yards away from the ASU all-time single season school rushing record (1,565 yards by Woody Green in 1972). He also set the ASU school record with 277 carries this season.  Benjamin is tied for third nationally with his 1,524 rushing yards and his 15 rushing touchdowns are seventh in the country. Both totals lead the Pac-12 Conference. His 147.6 all-purpose yards per game are ninth nationally. 

*Junior OC Cohl Cabral(6-6/291)

Cabral is one of only 15 Power Five centers to not allow a sack this season, and he is the third-highest graded center in the Pac-12 as a run blocker (63.3).

***Freshman CB Aashari Crosswell  (6-0/190)

Crosswell led the team in interceptions with three while recording 121 yards in interception returns. He also led the team with 9 pass breakups.  As a true freshman, Crosswell has already played over 700 snaps this year.

*Junior WR  N’Keal Harry  (6-4/216)

ASU wide receiver N’Keal Harry has already announced his decision to forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL draft. He will NOT be playing in the Sun Devils’ upcoming Las Vegas Bowl game on Dec. 15  against Fresno State.

***

FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS  |  MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

Coach:  Jeff Tedford

Fresno State Bulldogs Players to watch:

Senior WR KeeSean Johnson  (6-2/202)

Fresno State senior wide receiver KeeSean Johnson had six 100-yard games this season, second-most in the MW. He had a career-high 173 yards in the win over San Jose State and notched a career-high 10 receptions one week prior to help clinch the West Division title for Fresno State over San Diego State. The senior leads the FBS in active career receptions (267) and consecutive games with a pass reception (48).

*Junior MLB Jeffrey Allison  (6-0/250)

Fresno State MLB Jeffrey Allison
Photo:  The Fresno Bee

Allison was name the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. He led the Bulldogs with 109 tackles this season (59 solo) at a clip of 9.10 tackles per game. He was fourth in the conference in total tackles. He posted a career-high 17 tackles against Nevada on Oct. 6, led the team in tackles eight times during the season and tallied five games with double-digit tackle outputs.

Senior LT Christian Cronk  (6-5/305)

Cronk, the left tackle, helped keep five opponents without a sack this season and was a key part of the offensive line that did not allow a quarterback hurry in seven games. The offensive line ranks seventh in the FBS in sacks allowed (0.83/ game) and fifth in tackles for loss allowed (3.75/ game). 

*Junior DE Mykal Walker (6-3/220)

Walker led the Bulldogs’ defensive line with 67 tackles (33 solo) and ranked second in the league in tackles per game among all linemen with 5.6 per game. The junior also led the ‘Dogs with 11.0 tackles for loss (for 25 yards) and had a season-high 3.5 TFLs in the 50-20 victory over Hawai’i. 

***

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl
Fresno State 31, Arizona State 20

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s