Brandon Magee will go down as one of the most successful athletes ever to wear the Maroon and Gold. Consider that Magee played in 44 games on the gridiron, totaling 231 tackles, 10 sacks and three interceptions. Magee was named second-team All Pac-12 last season, leading the Sun Devils in tackles and being named a team captain.
Also consider that on the baseball field, Magee went to two College World Series, won consecutive Pac-10 titles and was drafted in three separate MLB drafts.
The Sun Devils will begin life without Magee on March 19 when they open spring practice. However, ASU returns key pieces to a defense that finished second in the conference in total defense.
One of the strengths on that defensive unit in 2012 was the linebacking corps. The 2013 unit brings back starters Chris Young and Steffon Martin. The two combined for 111 total tackles and 20.5 tackles for loss in 2012. Also returning is pass rush Devilbacker Carl Bradford, who finished 2012 with 11.5 sacks.
Without further ado, here is your 2013 spring football linebacker preview.
- Chris Young: 84 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, four pass deflections
- Steffon Martin: 27 tackles, 6.5 TFL, one sack, one fumble recovery
- Carl Bradford: 81 tackles, 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one interception
- Antony Jones: 26 tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception
- Carlos Mendoza: 7 tackles, two interceptions, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble
- Grandville Taylor: 13 total tackles
- Matthew Rowe
- Salamo Fiso
- Kipeli Koniseti: five tackles
- Jason Franklin
- Brandon Magee: 113 tackles, 12.5 TFL, two interceptions
- Brandon Johnson: five tackles, one sack