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

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See who were the best of the best on special teams

We chose Trevor Hankins and Thomas Weber as our "second team" members which made our first team decision much tougher.

The efforts of the following players during their time at Arizona State is unparalleled. Their was no one better than these men at the kicker and punter positions respectively. They may not have gotten a lot of glory but they were counted on when the Sun Devils needed them the most in late-game situations.

It is one of the most burdening and mentally difficult positions to play in football. The kicker or punter may only step onto the field once or twice in a single game but the fan base might pin the entire loss on their shoulders for missing that last-second field goal. Without further build-up, here are the two players who made that clutch punt inside the 20-yard line or long 50-yard field goal more often than not.

Luis Zendejas: "Automatic" was inducted into the Arizona State Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 for his tremendous efforts as a Sun Devil. Zendejas made second team All-Pac-10 as a freshman after putting 16 of 20 through the uprights that season and making all 45 extra points.

He scored 102 points his sophomore season once again making all 30 extra points he attempted as well as 24 of 31 field goals. In 1983, Zendejas was named a consensus All-American making 28 of 37 field goals. His senior year production dropped off slightly only converting 13 of 20 field goals and finishing with 72 points but his remarkable consistency over four years for the Sun Devils would be tough for any kicker to duplicate.

The Mexico City, Mexico native finished his Arizona State career with 380 career points. He played for five years in the NFL with Dallas and Philadelphia but couldn't find much success making only 37 of 55 field goals.

The Zendejas family has owned collegiate kicking in the state of Arizona for the better part of two decades. Zendejas also had two brothers, Max and Tony. Max kicked for Arizona  at roughly the same time Luis was in Tempe and still holds kicking records for the Wildcats. Tony kicked for Nevada-Reno and then later went on to the NFL and most recently Alex Zendejas Jr. kicked for Arizona from 2008-11. Alan Zendejas also kicked for Arizona State from 1987-89 making all 60 of his extra points and 24 of 39 career field goals.

Mike Black: Black was incredibly consistent during his time at Arizona State from 1979-82. In fact, he was a teammate of Zendejas during the 1981 and 1982 seasons making them one of the most impressive special teams units in Arizona State history.

Black struggled somewhat his freshman year punting 55 times for an average of 37.9 yards per punt but then turned it on over the next three seasons. In 1980, 1981 and 1982 he was named first team All-Pac-10 punter averaging 43.4, 42.5 and 44.3 yards per punt respectively in those seasons. Other punters may have punted more often for a better average but no one player was more consistent over a four-year period at Arizona State than Mike Black.

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