Sun Bowl – Dec 31, 2019: Arizona State vs Florida State

Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5) vs Florida State Seminoles (6-6)

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ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS | PAC-12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Herm Edwards

Arizona Players to watch:

Senior WR/RS Brandon Aiyuk (6-1/195)

Aiyuk was tabbed a Pac-12 All-Conference first team choice at receiver in one of the elite conferences in the nation at the position. He was additionally selected as a Pac 12 all-first team choice return specialist.

As a receiver, Aiyuk recorded 1,192 yards this season, the fifth-most in ASU single season history. He is within 18 of fourth place on that list and 56 yards of third. 

At 1,870 all-purpose yards this season, he is fourth in ASU history and within 195 yards of Wilford White’s long-standing school record of 2,065 set back in 1950.

*Junior RB Eno Benjamin (5-10/201)

For Eno Benjamin, it was the second-consecutive season in which he has earned Pac-12 All-Conference first team honors. For the second consecutive season, Benjamin was a key part of the Sun Devil offense and takes home the Wilford White Outstanding Running Back Award.

He has 2,867 rushing yards in his career and now sits in seventh-place on the school’s all-time rushing list. His 576 rushing attempts are the sixth-most in school history.

Senior OC Cohl Cabral (6-5/291)

Cohl has started all 38 games of his career consecutively, starting every game from the beginning of his sophomore season. He showed his versatility and selflessness by briefly moving to left tackle, before finishing the year as one of the top centers in the conference. Credited with just one sack allowed this season, tied for 29th among FBS centers and second in the Pac-12.

**Sophomore P Michael Turk (6-1/220)

A semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, Michael Turk’s 46.0 yards per punt average on 59 punts was 11th in the FBS and led the Pac-12.  He pinned 32 of those 59 punts inside the opponent 20-yard line (54.2 percent), a total that was second in the nation. 

rSenior LB Khaylan Kearse-Thomas (6-1/230)

Kearse-Thomas enjoyed a breakout senior season, wreaking havoc in opposing backfields.  He led the team in tackles-for-loss with 11 – the most among non-edge rushing linebackers in the Pac-12 – and finished with 57 total tackles.

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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES | ATLANTIC COASTAL CONFERENCE

Coach: Mike Norvell

FSU Players to watch:

**Sophomore WR Tamorrion Terry (6-4/203)

Terry has 51 receptions for 1,023 yards and eight touchdowns, posting the 13th 1,000-yard receiving season in school history and the first since 2014. His yards total is tied for second in the ACC, while his average of 20.06 yards per reception ranks third. The redshirt sophomore from Ashburn, Georgia, who is averaging an NCAA-best 53.75 yards per touchdown reception in 2019, has five receptions of at least 60 yards, which is the second-highest total in the NCAA since at least 2010.

*Junior RB Cam Akers (5-11/212)

Akers has gained 1,144 yards with 14 touchdowns on the ground, caught 30 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns and completed 4-of-6 passes for 50 yards. His 18 total touchdowns are tied for the fourth-highest single-season total in program history, while his rushing yards total ranks sixth on FSU’s single-season list and his rushing touchdowns are tied for seventh. The junior from Clinton, Mississippi, leads the ACC with an average of 10.0 points scored per game and 18 touchdowns scored. 

**Sophomore CB Asante Samuel Jr. (5-10/178)

Samuel has 47 tackles, 1.0 for loss, one interception and 12 pass breakups in 11 games this season. He is tied for the ACC lead and for 15th in the NCAA in pass breakups and is the only player in the conference with 12 pass breakups and more than 40 tackles.

*Junior DT Marvin Wilson (6-5/314)

Wilson started the first nine games before a season-ending injury and recorded 44 tackles, including 8.5 for loss with a team-high 5.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four pass breakups and two quarterback hurries. At the time of his injury, his tackles total led all ACC defensive linemen. 

*Junior S Hamsah Nasirildeen (6-4/215)

Nasirildeen has recorded 101 tackles, including 2.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry. He’s the fourth Seminole since 2000 with 100 tackles in a season and leads the team in tackles for the second straight year. His three forced fumbles are tied for second in the ACC and for 13th in the NCAA, and his average of 8.4 tackles per game is sixth in the conference.

It was thought Nasirildeen might declare early, but with a leg injury he suffered in the loss to Florida in the regular season finale, there’s no way to know how that could impact his potential draft status for 2020.

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Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
Arizona State 20, Florida State 14
Sun Bowl
El Paso, TX
Dec 31, 2019 | 2 p.m. | CBS 

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2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl
Stanford 14, Pittsburgh 13

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