clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

ASU Football: Colorado Players to Watch

The Colorado Buffaloes come to town on Saturday and we'll tell you just which players ASU will need to contain if they hope to pull out another home win.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona State Sun Devils will take on the Colorado Buffaloes at home on Saturday following its 38-23 victory over No. 7 UCLA on the road. The Buffaloes are coming off a 41-24 loss at the hands of the Oregon Ducks in a game where turnovers plagued the Buffaloes' efforts to even the score.

The Buffaloes come into this game with a 3-2 record and will look to rebound against an ASU team that is rolling with momentum after its pivotal win against UCLA. We'll tell you whom to watch out for this much-improved Buffalo squad as the Sun Devils near their next battle on Saturday.

WR Nelson Spruce

Spruce caught nearly one-third of quarterback Sefo Liufau's passes last season, totaling nearly 2,000 yards on 106 catches for 12 touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior wide receiver is currently having the best season of his career and is on the cusp of breaking school records for almost every major receiving category.  Last season, Spruce led the Pac-12 with his 106 receptions and is one of the biggest catalysts of this Buffalo offense.

LB Kenneth Olugbode

The veteran linebacker is the heart of Colorado's defense. At 6-foot-1, 220-pounds, Olugbode might seem undersized for his position, yet he led the team in tackles in 2014 with 83 and 57 of them were solo. Olugbode was awarded the team's Dave Jones Award as the Defensive Player of the Year in what many called his breakout season, one in which he was only the sixth sophomore at CU to ever claim that many tackles in a single season.

QB Sefo Liufau

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound junior put up big numbers last season but struggles to protect the ball. Liufau threw for 3,200 yards, completing 325-of-498 attempts. He notched 28 touchdowns through the air in his 2014 season. However, Liufau also threw 15 interceptions, a stat that the Sun Devils must try to take advantage of if they hope to combat the junior's potential to keep the chains moving.