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"Sun Devil Legends Series" No. 75 Victor Leyva

The Sun Devils don't have many four-year starters, but Victor Leyva managed to pull off the feat between 1997 and 2000.

Victor Leyva wasn't exactly a well-photographed lineman, but he always got the job done.
Victor Leyva wasn't exactly a well-photographed lineman, but he always got the job done.

Backstory: No. 75 has always been a popular choice for offensive linemen. While certain numbers in the 60s and 70s often look unappealing on the back of a jersey, Arizona State linemen seem to gravitate toward numbers like 75 and 77.

With that being said, we had our hands full for the fourth consecutive day in terms of selecting a Sun Devil legend. Unlike No. 76, we did not have a bevy of team captains at our disposal. However, we did have plenty of All-Conference players to choose from.

Today's selection is a rarity because our "Sun Devil Legend" was a four-year starter along the offensive line. While other linemen had more of an impact during their careers at Arizona State, it's hard to argue that other players enjoyed the consistency that our selection did during his career.

The Player: Victor Leyva (1997-2000)

After reaching back to the 1960s and 1970s for our past two picks, we didn't have to look too far to find our legend at No. 75. Victor Leyva played a mere 13 seasons ago. As a four-year starter, few linemen can match the longevity and impact that Leyva had during his time in Tempe.

As a freshman, Leyva burst onto the scene as the Sun Devils' starting right guard where he played well enough to earn Freshman All-American honors.

The next season, Leyva again started at right guard, but the Sun Devils struggled to a 5-6 record. With such great athleticism, coach Bruce Snyder asked Leyva to make the transition to right tackle the following season and he flourished.

In 1999, Leyva made the switch outside and was honored as an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 tackle. However, his best work was still ahead of him.

During his senior campaign, Leyva was the heart and soul of the offensive line. Despite the Sun Devils' 6-6 mark, Leyva stood out on an individual basis and became a First Team All-Pac-10 right tackle.

Though the Sun Devils were far from exceptional during Levya's career, the big man enjoyed longevity and success that few Sun Devil offensive linemen could ever match.

In the Pros: After four years at Arizona State, Leyva spent four years at the professional level. The Sun Devil tackle was drafted as a guard by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 2002 draft and spent three seasons with the team.

After missing the 2004 season, Leyva tried his hand with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots in 2005 before ultimately retiring.

Honorable Mentions

Nello Tamarelli: As a two-year starter, Tamarelli not only had one of the best names on the team, he had one of the best work ethics as he earned Second Team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 1967.

James Keyton: Another two-year starter, Keyton not only made his way onto the Pac-10 Honorable Mention list, he also was a Second Team All-Conference performer in 1982.

Jeff Kysar: If not for Leyva, Kysar was a very deserving choice at No. 75. He was a three-year starter for Arizona State and was a Second Team All-Pac-10 player in 1994.

Who Wears It Now?

William McGehee: A redshirt sophomore from Plano, Texas, McGehee likely won't factor much on the playing field this season. However, he does have a 6-foot-5 frame that could make a difference in the future.