By Jeff Alba for DieHardDevil.com
Magee, Marshall, Miles, Hubner, Carr, Ross, Sampson, Ayers, Schwab, Johnson, Adams, Morrison, Pickens, Tuitea, Beatty and Auberry. That is the list of senior ASU football players that will protect Frank Kush Field with the name on the back of their Sun Devil jerseys one last time on Saturday afternoon. Some have had a bigger impact than others, some have contributed in different ways besides on the field and some were hindered by injuries. Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain for every player on the list…they will all be part of the Sun Devil family for the rest of their lives. Emotions always run high on Senior Day for both the seniors and all the other current players that want to send their guys out with a victory in their last home game. Parents will be on hand and the senior players will reflect on their time at ASU and soak it all in as they charge out of Tillman Tunnel for the last time.
Brandon Magee got choked up earlier this week when he was asked about his last game at Sun Devil Stadium. He is one special player that has been through a lot during his time in Tempe. Last year, he was somewhat lost in the shadows during media day when all the attention was directed at fellow linebacker and close friend Vontaze Burfict. After his season ending Achilles injury before the 2011 season, Magee returned this year to lead by example and inspire everyone else around him. Maybe certain things happen for a reason. He was also a huge help during the coaching transition with the new staff. I promise you, Coach Graham is very thankful for guys like Brandon Magee. He will forever be one of the great character guys to ever put on a Sun Devil football uniform.
Then there is Cameron Marshall. Heading into the game this weekend, Cam is currently #12 on the all-time ASU rushing list with 2,131 yards and #4 on the all-time rushing touchdowns list with 29. After tying the single season touchdown record last year with 18 scores, he has been grinding it out in 2012 trying to find his place in the new offense. One thing will tell you everything you need to know about Marshall…Never once has he complained about his lack of carries this year and has been the consummate team player helping all the younger running backs on the roster. There is no doubt he has set the tone for DJ Foster and Marion Grice.
Josh Hubner will be missed for his powerful leg and more powerful personality. Jamal Miles brought us many moments of excitement with his punt returns and swing passes out of the back field. Sampson and Schwab did the dirty work in the trenches opening holes for running backs and protecting the quarterbacks. Rashad Ross worked hard and had some moments in the sun. The other seniors on the roster were all committed to working hard every day to help the team any way possible.
And finally, there is Corey Adams. A highly ranked local recruit out of Saguaro High School, his ASU career has been limited by persistent back issues. It’s unfortunate, because nobody wanted to be on the field more and help his team more than Adams. He battled these injury issues throughout his Sun Devil career, but never gave up. He kept fighting every day with the hope of getting back on the field to help his team. It never happened this year, but it doesn’t make him any less an Arizona State Sun Devil. We salute your hard work and determination Corey.
Sun Devil Seniors, thank you for the blood, sweat, tears and your commitment to the ASU football program. And remember, you will always be part of the Sun Devil Family…for life.