This Saturday will mark the end of an era at Arizona State, as the battle against the Washington State Cougars will be the final home game for the Sun Devil seniors.
Yesterday, we took a look at the departing player on the offensive side of the ball. Now, we turn out attention to the defenders who will run onto Frank Kush Field for the final time this weekend.
Corey Adams - DT
One of the top defensive line prospects in the class of 2009, Adams came to Tempe as a five-star prospect but injuries derailed his career. He made two sacks in 2010, and saw action in all 13 games last year, making 16 tackles. Sadly, injuries have cost him his final season at ASU.
Career Stats To Date: 30 games, 30 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 5.0 tackles-for-loss
Kevin Ayers - S
Coming over from Pasadena City College, Ayers has been a valuable special teams player and reserve safety. This season, he blocked a punt against Oregon State that resulted in a safety for the Sun Devils.
Career Stats To Date: 22 games, 24 tackles, 1 tackle-for-loss, 1 blocked punt
Charles Beatty - LB
A local product from Mountain Pointe, Beatty spent time at Wagner College before transferring to Arizona State for the last two seasons. However, he's not been able to make a contribution on the field for the Sun Devils.
Deveron Carr - CB
A talented cornerback from Chapparal High School in Scottsdale, he found his way into the lineup in 2009 after a redshirt year. He made three starts that year before earning the job heading into 2010. He made his first career interception in the second game against NAU before injuring his shoulder against Oregon State and being knocked out for the year. Carr came back to start all 23 games since the start of last season, and made his second career interception three weeks ago against UCLA.
Career Stats To Date: 39 games, 31 starts, 82 tackles, 2 interceptions, 19 passes defended
Josh Hubner - P
Since arriving prior to the 2011 season from Scottsdale Community College, Hubner has developed into one of the nation's best punters. He's shown a powerful leg, culminating in a 73-yard bomb earlier this year. Hubner also has been very successful in pinning opponent's inside their 20, with 40 of his 105 kicks landing inside the red zone. Recently, he was named as one of the Ray Guy Award semifinalists.
Career Stats To Date: 23 games, 23 starts, 105 punts, 43.8 yard average, 40 inside the 20, 25 over 50 yards
Brandon Johnson - LB
A very valuable special teams contributor over the last three seasons, Johnson has also seen some time as a reserve linebacker. He recovered fumbles in consecutive games last season against Colorado and UCLA, and was an Academic All-Pac-10 honorable mention in 2010.
Career Stats To Date: 29 games, 25 tackles, 2 tackle-for-loss, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 sack
Keelan Johnson - S
One of the most physically talented players during his time at ASU, Johnson was a fringe starter during his first three seasons before blossoming into a full-time starter and team captain this year. He's currently second on the team in both tackles (66) and passes defended (nine) this season through 10 games, and the growth of his leadership ability has been very impressive.
Career Stats To Date:46 games, 16 starts, 147 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 10 passes defended, 5 interceptions
Brandon Magee - LB
A true Sun Devil, Magee has become a role model during his five seasons in Tempe. He's proven to be a dynamic and versatile playmaker at linebacker, and his considerable on-field skill is only topped by the leadership ability. He battled back from a season-ending injury before last year to return as the face of the program and one of the nation's top tacklers (currently 38th overall). Magee was also a two-sport star, and was recently drafted by three different MLB teams, before signing with the Boston Red Sox this summer.
Career Stats To Date: 41 games, 22 starts, 201 tackles, 19.5 tackles-for-loss, 9 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 interceptions
James Morrison - RB/DE
Coming to ASU from St. Mary's, Morrison never was able to make a major impact on the field. Despite being an annual star during spring football, Morrison was always buried on the depth chart, even after this past spring in which he earned the nickname "Tank" from Todd Graham. Earlier this season, he moved to defensive end, which is his currently listed position, hence his inclusion with the defense.
Career Stats To Date: 34 games, 32 carries, 134 yards, 1 TD, 3 receptions, 34 yards, 2 tackles
Toa Tuitea - DL
A hard working big body on the defensive line, Tuitea has seen action as a reserve in the line rotation. He had his best production last season with 11 tackles, including his lone career sack in the win against Missouri.
Career Stats To Date: 37 games, 24 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 sack
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