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Utes on the air Oregon State (2-5, 2-2) at Utah (3-4, 0-4) Saturday, 5 p.m. TV: KJZZ Radio: 700 AM ยป Utes trying to live up to expectations on defense

Malcolm Agnew, running back
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The 5-foot-8 freshman has only played in three games because of an injury, but is by far the team's leading rusher with 378 yards and four touchdowns. He would rank third in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game, but hasn't played in enough games to qualify.

Oregon State's Malcolm Agnew (35) runs against BYU's Tyler Beck (45) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday Oct. 15, 2011.

Markus Wheaton, receiver
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The 6-foot junior leads the team with 51 catches for 647 yards , but no touchdowns this season. Last year led the team with 54 receptions, including 10 against Oregon, and had 660 yards and four touchdowns on the year.

Oregon State's Markus Wheaton (2) escapes a tackle from Washington State's Cyrus Coen (42) as Washington State's Casey Locker (22) moves in to tackle in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in Seattle.

Scott Crichton, defensive end
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The 6-3, 258-pound redshirt freshman from Washington is third on the team in tackles with 42, leads team in tackles for loss with 10 and also with four sacks. Also has one fumble recovery, four forced fumbles and one blocked kick.

Oregon State's Scott Crichton (95), far left, recovers a fumble against BYU during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday Oct. 15, 2011.

Sean Mannion, quarterback
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Another outstanding freshman for the Beavers, he has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 1964 yards and nine touchdowns, but also has 10 interceptions. He ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in passing yards per game and fifth in total offense.

Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion throws against Washington State in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in Seattle.

Jordan Poyer, cornerback/returner
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One of the most dangerous players for the Beavers. Not only does he excel in the defensive backfield with three interceptions, including a 51-yarder for a touchdown, he has 21 kickoff returns for 484 yards, a 23-yard average, and six punt returns, including an 85-yard return for a touchdown. As a sophomore, he was second in the Pac-10 in kickoff returns with a 27.8 average on 33 returns and had two interceptions.

Nick Toon #1 of Wisconsin is upended by Jordan Poyer #14 and Michael Doctor #40 of Oregon State at Camp Randall Stadium on Sept. 10, 2011 in Madison, Wisc.