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Huskies vs. Arizona State gameday box, players to watch

HUSKIES GAMEDAY

No. 14 Arizona State (5-1, 3-1 in Pac-12) at WASHINGTON (5-2, 1-2 in Pac-12)

7:51 p.m. PT, Husky Stadium

TV: ESPN. Radio: 1000-AM, 97.7 FM.

The series: Arizona State leads the series 16-15.

What to watch: It sounds as if starting quarterback Taylor Kelly will return from injury this week to start for the Sun Devils. There has been some talk that this might not be the right decision by coach Todd Graham, due simply to how well backup Mike Bercovici played in Kelly’s absence. But as Graham noted this week, Kelly has won a lot of games in his career at ASU, and Huskies fans don’t need to be reminded how dangerous he can be with the ball in his hands (271 passing yards, 84 rushing yards, 4 total TDs against UW last year). A consistent pass rush led by Hau’oli Kikaha, Danny Shelton and Andrew Hudson will be key to make him uncomfortable early and force some rust to show up. … As always, Washington has to run the ball well to have a chance to win, regardless of whether Cyler Miles or Troy Williams starts at quarterback. A solid running game would do wonders for UW’s downfield passing game and make calling plays a lot easier for coordinator Jonathan Smith. Look for Lavon Coleman (if healthy) and Deontae Cooper to lead that effort, with (maybe) some Shaq Thompson mixed in, too.

The pick: ASU, 31-21.

Prime numbers

WASHINGTON

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

3 Troy Williams QB 6-2 194 R-Fr.

He will reportedly make his first career start.

22 Lavon Coleman RB 5-11 217 R-Fr.

Left last game with injury, but if healthy, will be UW’s top available back.

55 Danny Shelton DT 6-2 339 Sr.

To stop ASU’s running game, UW d-line must be stout. That starts with Shelton.

7 Shaq Thompson LB 6-1 228 Jr.

Could see time at running back this week.

ARIZONA STATE

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

8 D.J. Foster RB 5-11 205 Jr.

612 rushing yards, 372 receiving yards and 8 TDs this season

3 Damarious Randall DB 5-11 190 R-Sr.

58 tackles, 6.0 TFL both best on team

21 Jaelen Strong WR 6-3 215 R-Jr.

One of nation’s best receivers (49 catches, 689 yards, 6 TDs)

38 Jordan Simone DB 6-0 195 R-Jr.

Sammamish native and WSU transfer is second on ASU in tackles (50)

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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