Las Vegas Bowl Features ASU 7-5 (5-4 PAC12) vs. Fresno- 11-2 (7-1 MWC)

Las Vegas Bowl Features ASU 7-5 (5-4 PAC12) vs. Fresno- 11-2 (7-1 MWC)

Las Vegas Bowl Features ASU 7-5 (5-4 PAC12) vs. Fresno- 11-2 (7-1 MWC)

Serra High graduate Merlin Robertson. (Courtesy photo)

Serra High graduate Merlin Robertson. (Courtesy photo)

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

This game features an up and coming ASU team with first year head coach Herm Edwards leading the way. All their losses were by seven points or less.

They are led by senior QB Manny Wilkins who has played in three bowls during his career.

He has thrown for 2,870 yards and 19 touchdowns with only 4 ints.

The Defense is led by PAC-12 Freshman of the Year Merlin Robertson. The Serra High grad had 73 tackles and was names Walter Camp National Player of the Week earlier in the year.

The Bulldogs are led on the defensive side by Jeff Allison Allison MWC defensive Player of the Year with 106 tackles, fourth most in the Mountain West in 2018. Allison added five tackles for loss and two interceptions this season. His efforts helped the Bulldog defense rise to No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 13.5 points per game this year. Allison is the first Bulldog to win the award since safety Phillip Thomas in 2012. 

Mike Bell of Moreno Valley was all Conference DB. Patrick Jeune (Morningside high) will also see action.

Serra High graduate Merlin Robertson. (Courtesy photo)

Serra High graduate Merlin Robertson. (Courtesy photo)

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