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ASU Football: Three players who have stood out through the first three games

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DJ Foster is just one player who has stood out during Arizona State's first three games.

Doug Pensinger

The Arizona State football season is already a quarter finished and there have been several standouts. The offense is averaging 47 points per game and ranks No. 14 in the nation in rushing yards per game.

The defense, despite replacing nine starters from 2013, has played well against three very unique offenses. The team has started as many as three freshman, including two at linebacker.

Here are just three players who have stood out during Arizona State's first three games of the season.

D.J. Foster

This selection is a no-brainer as Foster is currently on pace for over 2,000 rushing yards this season. The junior has found the endzone six times in three games and as 649 total yards of offense this season. Foster is bigger and a more physical runner than he was last year. He also trails only Jaelen Strong on the team in receptions (11) and receiving yards (139).

Any questions that Foster couldn't carry the load in 2014 have been quickly erased. He has 54 carries this season, the other running backs on the roster have accounted for a combined 42 carries. Foster is averaging 9.4 yards per carry and ranks No. 4 in the nation in rushing.

Jordan Simone

Simone seemed to come out of nowhere and has been one of the most consistent players on the defense. The former walk-on slowly raised up the depth chart in the secondary and started against Colorado. All he did against the Buffaloes was record 13 tackles, two tackles for loss, force a fumble and record an interception.

Through three games, Simone trails only Damarious Randall for the team lead in tackles. He has shown a knack for finding the football and making plays on the defensive side of the ball. He has now cemented himself in the starting secondary.

Matt Haack

There is no denying that the Sun Devils struggled on special teams in 2013. This season, the punt team has been a pleasant surprise, led by the sophomore Haack. This season, Haack is averaging 43.3 yards per punt, with a long of 57 yards.

Haack has placed four of his 14 punts in 2014 inside the 20-yard line, meaning he is giving his defense plenty of long fields to work with.