The Backstory: Over the course of our Sun Devil legend series, we have profiled some of the best pass catchers in Arizona State football history. John Jefferson, Zach Miller, Shaun McDonald and Chris Coyle will all go down in Sun Devil lore for their accomplishments on the field.
However, we have not touched on the most productive wide receiver in the history or Arizona State football. Number 80, Derek Hagan.
The Player: Derek Hagan (2002-2005)
Hagan played in all 14 games in his freshman season, starting three of them. He broke John Jefferson's mark of receptions by a freshman (32) on his way to a spot on the Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman team. He was instrumental in ASU's upset of No. 6 Oregon that season, catching five passes for 95 yards.
In his sophomore season, Hagan led Arizona State in receptions (66) and receiving yards (1,076), earning honorable mention All Pac-10 honors. Hagan surpassed 100 yards receiving in six games that season, catching three touchdowns against Stanford in 2003.
In his junior season, Hagan surpassed his numbers from the year before, catching 83 passes for 1,248 yards and 10 touchdowns. He averaged 104.0 yards per game in 2004, earning him second team All-American honors from Rivals.com. Hagan was one of 11 semifinals for the Biletnikoff Award and he ranked seventh nationally in receiving yards per game.
In 2004, Hagan went over 100 yards receiving eight times and caught multiple touchdowns in three games.
Hagan started every game as a senior in 2005, catching 77 passes for 1,210 yards and eight touchdowns. He earned first team All Pac-10 honors and was named an honorable mention All-American by SI.com. He set a school record with three consecutive seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards and was named to the College Football Hall of Fame watch list.
To this day, Hagan holds school records in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
In the Pros
Hagan was drafted in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He spent three seasons in Miami, only starting one game and catching three touchdowns. He only played in four games in 2008 after being released by the Dolphins midway through the season.
Since that time, Hagan has played with four teams in his NFL career. Most recently, he spent 2012 with the Raiders, catching 20 passes for 259 yards.
Who Wears it Now
No player currently wears No. 80. Who could blame them after the career Hagan had in Maroon and Gold?
Todd Heap (1998-2000)
Heap will go down as one of the best tight ends to ever play at Arizona State. In his tenure, Heap caught 112 passes for 1,685 yards and 10 touchdowns. Heap was a second team All-American selection in 2000.