The Backstory: After hitting the mid 40s in our "Summer of Legends" countdown, we have honored some of the greatest Sun Devils in Arizona State history. From Pat Tillman to Mike Haynes, all-world skills and work ethic set many of our recent honorees apart.
At No. 38, we encounter a unique scenario. Very few players wore 38 for more than a season or two, and even fewer started while donning the jersey. For the maroon and gold, 38 is special in that it's waiting for a player to give it a legacy. Fortunately, one recent Sun Devil gave it his best effort, and he turned out to be quite the specialist.
The Player: Trevor Hankins (2008-2010)
The punting unit at Arizona State will take on a decidedly different look this season. For the past four years, local punters recruited out of community colleges have manned the job, but that tradition will not continue.
Instead, freshman Matt Haack appears to have the inside track on the starting job, and he'll have big shoes to fill. That's because in 2009, Trevor Hankins came to Tempe and thrived in the desert air.
After graduating Chaparral High School, Hankins attended Glendale Community College. The 6-foot-3, 248-pound athlete looked more like a tight end than a punter, but he garnered attention for his booming leg and was recruited to Arizona State.
Upon arriving in 2008, Hankins held a backup role, but when he switched his number to 38 for the 2009 season, he came into his own. As a junior, Hankins punted 69 times for a remarkable average of 44.2 yards per punt. 18 of his punts traveled more than 50 yards and 21 of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.
Hankins' 2009 average proved to be the best mark for an Arizona State punter in more than a decade, but he wasn't done performing just yet. As a senior, Hankins managed to step up his game despite having his number called 15 fewer times than the previous season.
In 2010, Hankins punted 54 times for an average of 44.6 yards per punt, including 16 punts inside the 20-yard line. For his efforts, Hankins earned First Team All Pac-10 honors as well as Second Team All-American honors from Scout.com.
Hankins not only gave No. 38 the legacy it has lacked, he gave the punters who follow in his footsteps an impressive legacy to live up to.