ASU Football: 'All-Sun Devils second team' kickers and punters

Christian Petersen

Special teams plays a large role on any team but often goes overlooked.

After watching the 2013 edition of the Arizona State football team, their is nothing more that Sun Devil fans have learned  to appreciate more than quality special teams play.

Although the Sun Devils struggled this past season with a rotation of punters, Arizona State has a rich history of solid play on special teams.

Punter: Trevor Hankins

Hankins attended Chaparral High School and went on to Glendale Community College before walking-on to the Arizona State squad in 2008. He became the team's starting punter during the 2009 season and stayed in that role through 2010. During that span he punted 123 times averaging an impressive 44.3 yards per punt, 37 of which died inside the 20-yard line.

He was award honorable mention All-Pac-10 for his contributions during the 2010 campaign and although the Sun Devils didn't make a bowl while he was on the team, his yards per punt average is impressive enough to land him a spot on our team.

Kicker: Thomas Weber

Weber redshirted in 2006 but started as the team's kicker for the next four years from 2007-10. Weber makes the list primarily for what he was able to accomplish during the 2007 season at Arizona State. He hit 24 of 25 field goal attempts and 46 of 48 extra points for a total of 118 point that year. Weber was the first freshman ever to win the Lou Groza Award given annually to the best kicker in the country. He was named a first-team AP All-American as well as first team All-Pac-10 during that season.

One of Weber's most memorable moments came on Oct. 6, 2007 when he hit a game winning field goal against Washington State with 50 seconds left to give the Sun Devils the win 23-20. Weber's 2009 season was shortened by injury but he still managed an impressive Arizona State career hitting 68 of 87 field goals and 136 of 143 extra points for a total of 340 career points.

Honorable mentions:

Zane Gonzalez: I know what you're thinking, " Seriously? He's only played one season so far..." He's only getting an honorable mention for that reason but Gonzalez had a phenomenal freshman campaign. He hit 25 of 30 field goals and was a perfect 63 for 63 on extra points.He also broke the Arizona State record for points by a kicker with 138 and tied the NCAA record for field goals made by a freshman. If Gonzalez sticks around for four years and can be as consistent as he was last season, he could go down as one of the best kickers ever for the Sun Devils.

Stephen Baker: Played in 1998 and punted 56 times for an average of 45.7 yards. He downed 18 punts inside the 20-yard line that year.

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