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ASU Football: 'All-Sun Devils Second Team' offensive line

Looking at some of the best offensive lineman in Arizona State history.

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Throughout its football history, Arizona State has boasted some of the best offensive line talent in the nation. The Sun Devils formed some formidable offensive lines under Frank Kush in the 1960s and 1970s and again with its Rose Bowl teams in the 1980s and 1990s.

Choosing 10 players to make up our 'All-Sun Devils team' was not easy but here are the five players that make up the second team offensive line.

Left Tackle: Levi Jones

The Eloy, Arizona, native began his days at Arizona State on the defensive side of the ball but shifted over to the offensive line as a sophomore. In 1999, Jones started 12 games at left guard and the following season moved to left tackle.

His junior season he was named second team All-Pac-10 selection at left tackle. As a senior in 2001, Jones was named Pac-10 offensive lineman of the year. Jones was recognized as a second team All-American as a senior and was drafted 10th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2002.

Left Guard: Jim Kane

Kane was a three-year starter under Kush from 1966-68. He was named a First Team All-Western Athletic Conference selection in 1968 and in his last two seasons at Arizona State the Sun Devils compiled a record of 16-4.

Kane also went 3-0 against the Arizona Wildcats in his tenure at Arizona State with the Sun Devils outscoring the Wildcats 97-31 in that span.

Center: Mike Tomco

Tomco, like many Sun Devils, found a home at a few different positions along the offensive line while at Arizona State. In 1969, he started at right tackle and was recognized as a first team All-Western Athletic Conference player.

Because of graduation, Tomco was moved to center in 1970 and was named a team captain. That season, Arizona State went 11-0 and Tomco earned another all-conference selection. In 1971, Tomco was named a third team All-American by the Associated Press on a team that went 11-1 including a victory in the Fiesta Bowl.

Right Guard: Gary Venturo

Venturo was a teammate of Tomco while at Arizona State from 1968-70. In 1969, Venturo was named a First Team All-Western Athletic Conference player.

In 1970, he made the move to left guard where he was named a Second Team All-American. Venturo, like Krane, never lost to Arizona while at Arizona State.

Right Tackle: John Jankans

Jankans played at Arizona State from 1952-55 and was one of the most consistant lineman in Arizona State history. He was named an All-Border Conference (yes that is a thing) four seasons in a row, the only Sun Devil to earn that honor four seasons in a row.

Jankans was named a team captain in 1955 and helped Arizona State win eight games that season.

Honorable Mentions:

Even Finkenberg: Finkenberg played in 61 career games while at Arizona State including 41 consecutive starts, finishing his Sun Devil career in 2013. He was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection, including a first team choice in 2013. He was a two-time Randall McDaniel outstanding lineman award winner and was given the Frank Kush captains award  in 2013.

Grayling Love: Love played in all 14 games as a freshman in 2005 and earned a second team All-Pac-10 selection as a sophomore. As a junior, Love started six games at right guard and six games at left tackle. As a senior he was named a second team All-Pac-10 player despite missing the final five games of the season. Love won the Pat Tillman Valor Award in 2005 and was an Academic All-Conference honoree all four seasons at Arizona State.