The Backstory: Throughout our series, we've celebrated some of the most decorated Sun Devils in school history. But one of the great parts about peeking through the Arizona State record books is discovering the underrated players.
Today, we look at a Sun Devil who never made an All-American or All-Conference team, but his presence was felt on a game-by-game basis. Like many current impact Sun Devils, Hudson was an elite junior college transfer who came in and started immediately. He gave Arizona State two great seasons in the secondary and remains the best player to rock No. 2 in program history.
The Player: Brett Hudson (2002-2003)
For the second time this week, we have the opportunity to profile a junior college transfer who made his name in the secondary at Arizona State. It's fitting that junior college players have earned legend status of late because Todd Graham plans on relying so heavily on them this season. In fact, a current No. 2, Steffon Martin could surpass Hudson in our No. 2 rankings with a breakout year in 2013.
Hudson's story starts in Southern California as he played high school and junior college football in San Diego. A standout at Grossmont Junior College, Hudson won the Team MVP as a freshman and won the Male Athlete of the Year as a sophomore.
In 2002, Hudson transferred to Arizona State and was expected to contribute right away. Dirk Koetter inserted Hudson into the lineup at corner and Hudson responded by leading the team with four interceptions and 66 return yards. Arizona State's biggest win of the season came against No. 6 Oregon, and Hudson's late interception helped the Sun Devils preserve the lead.
As a senior, Hudson started for the second consecutive season, but the Sun Devils were unable to match their success from 2002. A year after appearing in the Holiday Bowl, Hudson and Co. went 5-7 and missed out on postseason play. Hudson was still able to compete after his career as a Sun Devil by representing the team in the Las Vegas All-American Classic.
Hudson is one of just a handful of players who wore No. 2 that started for the Sun Devils, so Steffon Martin has a real chance at overtaking his fellow JUCO transfer.