Preview 2018: Arizona State Sun Devils. The Herm Edwards Experiment

Preview 2018: Arizona State Sun Devils. The Herm Edwards Experiment

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Preview 2018: Arizona State Sun Devils. The Herm Edwards Experiment

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Best Arizona State Offensive Player

WR N’Keal Harry, Jr.
A matchup nightmare, the 6-4, 231-pound junior is physical, reliable, and occasionally explosive. A great recruit, he burst onto the scene with 58 catches for 659 yards and five scores, and took up his game another few notches with 82 grabs for 1,142 yards and eight scores. A phenomenal basketball player, throw it up, and he’ll grab the rebound. His catching radius is enormous.

2. QB Manny Wilkins, Sr.
3. WR Kyle Williams, Jr.
4. RB Eno Benjamin, Soph.
5. OT Casey Tucker, Sr.

Best Arizona State Defensive Player

CB Chase Lucas, Soph.
Tremendously quick, the 6-0, 175-pounder came up with a tremendous first season with 59 tackles with two interceptions. Originally considered a potential running back or receiver, he found a home on the defensive side and turned into a surprisingly physical, very smart playmaker who did a great job of getting around the ball with eight broken up passes in his all-star season.

2. LB Jay Jay Wilson, Sr.
3. CB Kobe Williams, Jr.
4. S Demonte King, Sr.
5. DT Renell Wren, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

RB Eno Benjamin, Soph.
The Sun Devils need an early answer at running back with Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage gone and Nick Ralston playing defense. That means outside of Benjamin, just Trelon Smith’s one carry for four yards returns from last year’s group of running backs.

The 5-10, 201-pound Benjamin ran for just 142 yards and a score, but the former star recruit has the talent and quickness to be exactly what the backfield needs with a little bit of time. Running backs are coming in from the recruiting class, but Benjamin needs to be the main man early on.

Key Game To The Arizona State Season

at Arizona, November 24
This is going to be an interesting first season under Herm Edwards, but no one’s thinking about the Sun Devils winning the Pac-12 title. Going to a bowl is a must, looking solid is a given, and beating Arizona really, really matters.

ASU won two of the last three showdowns and four of the last six, and Edwards needs to be 1-0 vs. Kevin Sumlin.

2017 Arizona State Fun Stats

– 4th Down Conversions: Arizona State 10-of-18 – Opponents 7-of-18 (39%)
– Red Zone Scores: Arizona State 51-of-53 – Opponents 45-of-55
– Onside Kicks: Arizona State 3-of-7 – Opponents 1-of-1

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