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ASU Football: Oregon State Players to Watch

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The Sun Devils (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) and Beavers (4-5, 3-3 Pac-12) collide Saturday on FS1 in what will be ASU’s final road game of the season. Arizona State will enter into Saturday’s contest on a three-game skid.

On the other side, Jonathan Smith’s squad has won two of their last three games. The Devils crushed the Beavers 52-24 in Tempe last year, but will now have to make the trip up north for a game on Oregon State’s home turf. These are the Oregon State players to watch out for in Corvallis on Saturday:

Junior wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins -- Last week was only the second game all season where Hodgins didn’t make a touchdown grab. The junior leads the conference in both reception yards (103 Y/G) and receiving touchdowns (12) heading into OSU’s matchup against Arizona State.

Hodgins only had one catch in last year’s contest, but that should not be the case this time around as he has transformed into one of the conference’s most dangerous receivers.

Senior quarterback Jake Luton -- A veteran collegiate player, Luton is having a solid season behind center. He has career-highs this season in both passing yards (2,019) and passing touchdowns (19). Luton has done a nice job of not turning the ball over too. He has two interceptions all year. He may not have the best numbers in the Pac-12, but he’s played well up to this point and is still a player worth keeping an eye on.

Junior linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr. -- The Beavers rank second in the Pac-12 in sacks, and that is entirely thanks to Rashed. The Phoenix native has gotten to the opposing quarterback a conference-best nine times this season.

He also leads the team in forced fumbles (2) and is second on the team in total tackles. The offensive line has been a bit of a weak link this year for ASU, and Rashed will look to take full advantage on Saturday evening.