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Arizona St. Sun Devils

FBS RankingOffenseDefense
Rushing129.1 (81st)149.6 (52nd)
Passing316.7 (10th)273.0 (100th)
Overall23rd88th

Sun Devils report: Strategy and personnel

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Strategy and personnel · Inside slant · Notes, quotes
 

THIS WEEK'S GAME: UCLA at Arizona State, Nov. 26 -- This is a game UCLA (4-6, 2-5 Pac-10) has to have to get to bowl eligibility, but a fast Arizona State defense should make it hard on whoever the Bruins put out there at quarterback. The Sun Devils, after a series of close losses this season, are looking to gain momentum for 2011.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Run the ball. Arizona State is only 88th nationally in rushing at 133.8 yards per game, but some of that is due to the team's emphasis on a pass-happy spread attack. The Sun Devils have the personnel at tailback (Cameron Marshall, Deantre Lewis) to be dangerous, and they might be licking their chops after seeing UCLA's run defense, which has allowed 200-plus yards on the ground in six games this year. Arizona State will want to test the Bruins' strength up front.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB Steven Threet -- With 16 interceptions this season, he'll need to be wary of UCLA FS Rahim Moore, who had 10 picks last season. Although Moore's interception numbers have fallen off this season, he's still one of the nation's premier ball-hawks and a potential game-changer in Friday's game.

LB Vonatze Burfict -- Even more attention will be on the talented sophomore following his costly penalties at the end of the Stanford game. Burfict has to keep his emotions in check, even when calls don't go his way or when opposing players try to bait him into an outburst.

CB Omar Bolden -- He has a team-high three interceptions and will be going against an anemic UCLA passing game this week. If Bolden doesn't make a big play against the Bruins, his mere presence should give Arizona State the comfort of devoting extra personnel to stopping UCLA's running game out of the pistol offense.

ROSTER REPORT

--DT Corey Adams (concussion) is expected to be ready to go for the UCLA game this Friday.

--Backup MLB Gerald Munns (hip) returned to practice last week, and he should be available Friday against UCLA.

--WR T.J. Simpson is trying to get back from an ankle sprain.

--LB Shelly Lyons suffered a broken foot against Cal on Oct. 23 and is out for the season. He had 22 tackles.

--Starting CB Deveron Carr suffered a shoulder injury Oct. 2 at Oregon State and has not returned. True freshman Osahon Irabor has played well in Carr's place.

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