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ASU Football: 'Summer of Legends' No. 58 Dexter Davis

Our next Sun Devil legend is a man who was a nightmare for Pac-10 quarterbacks while at Arizona State.

Dexter Davis was a nightmare for Pac-10 quarterbacks while at Arizona State.
Dexter Davis was a nightmare for Pac-10 quarterbacks while at Arizona State.
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The Backstory: As we move into the high 50's, we get to one of the most prolific pass rushers in ASU history. He graduated from Thunderbird High School in Phoenix in 2005 and also won a state championship in wrestling in his prep career. Number 58 in our Sun Devil Legend Series is Dexter Davis.

The Player: Dexter Davis (2006-2009)

After redshirting in 2005, Davis had a breakout 2006 campaign that saw him land honorable mention freshman All-American honors by the Sporting News. Davis started all 13 games as a redshirt freshman, leading Arizona State in sacks and racking up 40 total tackles.

That season, he was given the Bill Kajikawa Award, which is handed out to the top freshman football player. Davis led all Pac-10 players with three forced fumbles and his six sacks were the most by a Sun Devil freshman since Terrell Suggs.

In 2007, Davis earned second team All-Pac-10 honors after leading Arizona State with 10.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. He was named the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman at ASU's end of the year banquet.

Davis started all 12 games in 2008 and finished third in the Pac-10 with 11 sacks. He earned first team All-Pac-10 honors from Phil Steele, compiling 40 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

Davis' 50 career starts are the most by any player in Arizona State history. He played and started every single game from 2006-2009, racking up 136 career tackles and 31 career sacks.

Those 31 career sacks rank third in school history, behind only Terrell Suggs (44) and Shane Carver (41). Davis goes down in ASU history as one of the most consistant defensive players to ever wear the Maroon and Gold.

In the Pros

Despite his impressive collegiate career, Davis was selected in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. In his rookie season, Davis played in 15 games, however he only played in one game in 2011 and is no longer on the Seahawks roster.

Who Wears it Now

The number 58 is currently worn by junior offensive lineman Sil Ajawara. The Margarita, California, native played in fives games last season including the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Navy.

Honorable Mention

Larry McGlothen - McGlothen was a starting defensive tackle on the 1986 Rose Bowl team. That team finished 10-1-1 and is still the only ASU team to win a Rose Bowl.

Dereck Moore - Moore was a starting linebacker for Arizona State in 1991. That team went 6-5 including a blowout victory over Arizona.