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ASU Football: Colorado Players to Watch

Dangerous Buffs

Air Force v Colorado Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

After an upset win over Michigan State on Saturday, the Herm train is now rolling back into Sun Devil Stadium. A matchup with the Colorado Buffalo, who was also involved in an upset on Saturday. The only problem being the Buffs were the ones who were upset, losing 30-23 in OT to Air Force. Even with the loss to the Falcons, Colorado already has a win over a top-25 team this season (week 2 vs. Nebraska). The Buffaloes will be looking to get back on track Saturday night against an Arizona State team they defeated last season. These are the Colorado players to watch:

Junior wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. - Let’s be honest, we all knew Laviska Shenault was going to make this list. Shenault had a monster year in 2018, scoring 11 total touchdowns and racking up over 1,000 reception yards. He was also the only player in the country in 2018 to run for and catch five or more touchdowns.

Last year against ASU he scored four touchdowns. That’s a lot. Shenault hauled in two scores and rushed for two more. Last week against Air Force, the junior wideout grabbed eight passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. At 6’ 2” and 220 pounds, Shenault is a nightmare waiting to happen no matter how good your defense is.

Senior quarterback Steven Montez - After throwing for close to 3,000 yards the past two seasons, Montez is off to another nice start. The senior out of El Paso has already slung the ball for 827 yards through three games. His 276 pass yards per game ranks third in the Pac-12 behind Justin Herbert (289) and Anthony Gordon (441).

Montez has a plethora of talented receivers to throw the ball to: the guy listed above, plus K.D. Nixon and Tony Brown. He’s also got a couple of big tight ends in Brady Russell and Jalen Harris. Freshman receiver Dimitri Stanley caught his first career touchdown last Saturday. The senior quarterback had a great game against the Sun Devils last year at home. Whether or not he’ll be able to get into a groove inside Sun Devil Stadium remains to be seen.

Senior safety Mikial Onu - One of Colorado’s most well rounded players on defense, Onu has made his mark three games in on the defensive side of the ball. The senior leads the team with three interceptions, and is tied with fellow safety Aaron Maddox for the most forced fumbles on the squad with two. Last week against Air Force, Onu had a team-high 11 stops, nine of which were unassisted. Jayden Daniels has surprised many with his poise up to this point; however, the true freshman will have to be extra careful on Saturday with Onu lurking in the secondary.