The Arizona State football team had 17 seniors play their final game in a Sun Devil uniform last year, and there are a handful still clinging to the dream of playing on Sundays this coming Fall—or at least making an NFL roster.
Three players were invited to play in last month’s NFL Scouting Combine, and thirteen total players will be showcasing their skills for NFL scouts Friday for Arizona State’s Pro Day.
Representatives from the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers and the hometown Arizona Cardinals will be in attendance.
Here is a breakdown of the five most prominent former Sun Devils that will be participating.
Magee was named a team captain and was the heart and soul of the Sun Devils defense in 2012. After missing the entire 2011 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, he returned to the gridiron with a vengeance. He was selected All-Pac-12 second-team defense and led the team in tackles with 113, including 12.5, for a loss of 64 yards. He finished No. 2 in the conference with an average of 9.4 tackles and 12th with .54 sacks per game.
Magee was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and is a two-sport athlete that has played in two College World Series. He signed a MLB contract with the Boston Red Sox organization prior to the 2012 football season.
The junior college transfer from Scottsdale Community College made a huge impact in his two years on the Sun Devil squad. He holds the record for most yards per punt in a season at Arizona State (47.1 in 2012), which was also tops in the Pac-12 and No. 2 in the nation. His career average of 44.0 yards is second best in school history.
Hubner nailed 22 punts over 50 yards and a career long of 73 yards in 2012. He has never had a punt blocked and has pinned 20 punts within the 20-yard line in his two-year career at ASU.
He was named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award as well as All-Pac-12 second-team specialist. Hubner also received All-America nods from Lindy’s and Sports Illustrated. Hubner played in the East-West Shrine Game and was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.
The local product from nearby Mesa, AZ, came to Arizona State as a wide receiver, redshirting his first year and then moved to the defensive side of the ball. In his years, Johnson saw action in 49 games and started 18 of them.
Johnson finished the year with five interceptions, which led the Sun Devils, was tied for No. 3 in the Pac-12 and tied for No. 11 in the nation. He finished the year second on the team in tackles with 88 and passes defended with 13.
Johnson was also a team captain that earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention and played in the East-West Shrine Game and was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.
Marshall’s name litters the Arizona State record books, after a stellar career in Tempe. He is tied for most rushing touchdowns in a season with 18 and is No. 2 in career rushing touchdowns with 38. He ranks seventh all-time with 2,700 yards on 579 carries for an average of 4.7 yards per carry.
Although 2012 was an off year for Marshall, with the addition of transfer student Marion Grice and true freshman D.J. Foster, the legend of Cameron Marshall will live for a long time in Tempe.
He finished the 2011 season with over 1,000 rushing yards and four 100-plus-yard games, including a career-high 168 yards against UCLA. He finished No. 2 that year, behind LaMichael James, in rushing yards and touchdowns.
Another local product from Peoria, AZ, Jamal Miles dominated on punt and kick returns for Arizona State. He finished the 2012 season with the third-most all-purpose yards with 1019, averaging 84.9 yards per game. He holds he record for most kick return yards in school history with 1,866 and has scored touchdowns five different ways.
He has four return touchdowns (three kickoff, one punt return), 10 receiving touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and even threw for a touchdown. He has returned kickoffs for 99, 98 and 95 yards, and his career-long punt return was for 78 yards—all for touchdowns.
Other notable seniors that are participating are defensive backs Deveron Carr, wide receiver/return specialist Rashad Ross and offensive lineman Brice Schwab.
Let’s wish all former Devils the best of luck in the Pro Day and look forward to them making a splash come the NFL Draft on April 25-27.