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ASU Football: No. 21 Fresno State players to watch

The Bulldogs’ defense will be a force.

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As Saturday’s final ASU football game quickly approaches, the team’s have made their way to Las Vegas.

The Sun Devils seek to finish with an 8-5 record to gain some momentum heading into the end of recruiting season and spring practices.

Standing in their way are the No. 21 Fresno State Bulldogs. FSU dominated their way through the Mountain West conference, including defeating the San Diego State Aztecs who took down Arizona State earlier this season.

ASU will have their fair share of challenges during the game, most notably playing without star junior wide receiver N’Keal Harry who has declared for the NFL Draft.

Let’s take a look at some of the Bulldogs impact players to watch for on Saturday:

Senior wide receiver Keesean Johnson — Fresno State had tremendous success throwing the ball this season, and Johnson was a key component of that attack.

The 6-foot-2 wideout produced monster numbers this season, including catching 93 passes for 1,307 yards and eight touchdowns. His size could pose issues to the Sun Devils’ undersized secondary.

Johnson and the Bulldogs’ senior quarterback Marcus McMaryion have formed quite the connection in their lone season as teammates.

Senior linebacker George Helmuth — The experience the Bulldogs possess on both sides of the ball is impressive.

Helmuth is one of their defensive leaders, he leads the team in sacks with five on the season. Helmuth is quite adept at getting into the opponent’s backfield this year by totaling 7.5 tackles for loss.

The Sun Devil offensive line has been very good this year, but will have their hands full with Helmuth on Saturday.

Junior defensive back Mike Bell — While Fresno State has three defensive backs with three interceptions, Bell gets the recognition here.

He leads the FSU secondary in tackles with 76, and is sometimes used in corner blitzes.

With Arizona State trying out a bunch of receivers on Saturday, ball security will be pivotal for Manny Wilkins and the ASU offense.