#17 Arizona State Sun Devils (5-1) vs #13 Utah Utes (5-1)
Coach: Herm Edwards
Arizona State Players to watch
*Junior RB Eno Benjamin (5-10/201)
Eno took home 2nd Team All-American honors last year. He put up 1,642 yards, averaged 5.5 ypc, and set an all-time Sun Devils rushing mark. However, he’s not looked the same in 2019. Opposing defenses are keying on him, and keeping him in check. He’s been held to under 85 yards in three contests – including a pedestrian 38 yards on 11 carries against Michigan State. ASU needs to get Eno rolling if they hope to win the Pac-12 South.
**Sophomore DT DeVonta “DJ” Davidson (6-4/310)
Starting sophomore nose tackle DJ Davidson told Sun Devil Source that he is focusing on a low stance as well as being observant of the feet, hands and eyes of Moss in this week’s film studies to maximize chances for his unit to stop the run. Davidson is a becoming a stand-out on the ASU defense. He worked hard on his stamina in the off-season and has seen more action this season.
**Sophomore S Aashari Crosswell (6-1/200)
Crosswell comes into this weeks game with 6 passes defended and 1 Int. His ball-hawking skills were on display towards the end of last season, recording at least one interception in four of his last five games. He is a athletically gifted defensive back that plays with a physical edge.
***Freshman QB Jayden Daniels (6-3/190)
The true freshman has found himself forced to make plays with his arm, as opposing defenses are teeing off on Benjamin. He put up 363 yards with 3 touchdowns last week vs Washington State. He’ll need another performance like that to keep ASU competitive against the Utes.
Coach: Kyle Whittingham
Utah Players to watch:
Senior RB Zach Moss (5-10/215)
Big and powerful, Zach Moss has 14 100+ yard games in his career, including a personal best of 211 against UCLA at the end of last year. Against Oregon State, last week, he lit them up with 121 yards on only five carries and scored two touchdowns. Moss is definitely one of the more exciting running backs in the country.
Senior DE Bradlee Anae (6-3/265)
Anae has 20.5 career sacks and 31 career tackles-for-loss, so far. In 2018, Anae was name First-team All-Pac-12. He started all 14 games (the last 11 at right end); led the Pac-12 with 8.0 sacks; 15.5 tackles-for-loss tied for third in the Pac-12 and ranked second on the team.
Senior DT Leki Fotu (6-5/327)
Fotu is one of the best interior linemen in the country. He’s got a massive frame and those strong Tongan genes. Defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley says what makes Fotu such a great player is remarkable athleticism for a man of his dimensions.
Senior FS Julian Blackmon (6-1/190)
A former cornerback turned safety, Blackmon is growing into his new position. “Julian’s just got great range and great ball skills,” Scalley recently said. In 2018, Blackmon was named 2nd-team All-Pac-12. He started all 14 games at corner and led Utah with 10 pass breakups. The more comfortable Blackmon becomes at safety, the better the results will be.
Rice-Eccles Stadium – FieldTurf
Oct. 19 | Salt Lake City, Utah