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ASU Football: UCLA players to watch

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Despite being 2-7, there’s still talent.

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For the Arizona State Sun Devils, Saturday against the UCLA Bruins will be Senior day. For guys like Manny Wilkins, Renell Wren and Demonte King (probably N’Keal Harry as well) to leave Sun Devil Stadium one last time with a victory they’ll need to watch out for these Bruins.

Redshirt junior running back Joshua KelleyThe Bruins’ quarterback has flipped flopped this year between Wilton Speight and Dorian Thompson-Robinson. With there being question marks in the passing game, Joshua Kelley has stepped up in the offense. Coming into the Arizona State, Kelley is the 30th leading rusher in the nation with 820 yards.

Kelley has seven touchdowns on the ground and averaging 5.6 yards per game, which puts him in the same tier as other Pac-12 rushers in Sun Devils’ Eno Benjamin and Arizona’s J.J. Taylor, who are in the top 10 in rushing.

Redshirt junior tight end Caleb WilsonIn this era of football, the tight end position is sometimes forgotten about. As Sun Devil fans know from their offense, offenses don’t use tight ends, but UCLA does.

Wilson before getting hurt last year was a top target for first round pick Josh Rosen last season. The tight end has a chance to be one of the first drafted this upcoming April. He leads the team in receiving yards (554), and second in both receptions (36) and touchdowns (2).

Sophomore safety Quentin LakeIt’s hard to find players on the defense that is ranked 100th in scoring defense, allowing 33.6 points per game. The defense also is very bad against the run giving up over 200 yards on average.

Lake leads the team in interceptions and imagining UCLA will attempt to double-cover N’Keal Harry, Lake will be asked to have the over-the-top coverage to help avoid big plays. If Lake can create turnovers and prevent long touchdowns, UCLA may keep the game close.