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ASU Football: 'All-Sun Devils second team' wide receivers

Two Sun Devil Athletics Hall of Famers and one acting star make our list of All-Sun Devils wide receivers.

J.D. Hill
J.D. Hill

Arizona State is not a team that it was easy to come up with a list of all-time greats. Luckily we get to do a first and second team, so today we take a look at the All-Sun Devils second team wide receivers.

Ben Hawkins: Hawkins spent his three years in maroon and gold as a two-way player, lining up as a wide receiver when his team had the ball and a defensive back when it didn't.

It was his in his final season in 1965 that he put himself on the map. He caught 36 passes for 719 yards and five touchdowns, was a selection to the All-Western Athletic Conference team and became the first Arizona State player to make a first team All-American roster.

Hawkins graduated from the college game to the NFL, where he starred with the Philadelphia Eagles. His best season came in his second year, hauling in 59 catches for 10 touchdowns and a league-leading 1,265 yards. Including that 1967 campaign, he had an excellent six-year stretch in the NFL, in which he caught 241 passes 4,507 yards and 32 touchdowns.

He was inducted into the Arizona State Hall of Fame in 1979.

J.D. Hill: Hill was a three-sport star in Tempe, excelling on the gridiron, the basketball court and the track stadium.

Hill's best season was in 1970, on an undefeated Peach Bowl-winning team, when he scored 10 touchdowns on 58 receptions and 908 yards. He also rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns.

In his three-year Sun Devil career, he gained 2492 yards from scrimmage and found the endzone 30 times.

He was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the fourth overall selection in the 1971 draft, and also spent time with the Detroit Lions.

He was inducted into the Arizona State Hall of Fame in 1976.

Shaun McDonald: The turn of the millennium didn't mean a drop-off in talent in the wide receiving position for Arizona State. McDonald was arguably the best receiver in the Pac-10 during his time at Sun Devil Stadium, especially in 2001. It was then he led the conference in yards per reception (23.5), was second in receiving yards (1,104) and was third in touchdowns (11).

His 2,867 career receiving yards are third in Arizona State history and his 24 touchdowns are fourth.

He was selected in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams, caught 11 touchdowns and raked in 2,490 yards across seven years in the NFL with the Rams, Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Aaron Cox: While Cox's freshman year was respectable, he exploded in his final three years, leading the Pac-10 in yards per reception, including a career-best 20.7 in 1987.

When it was all said and done, Cox came in at fourth on the all-time Sun Devil receiving yards with 2,694. Among Sun Devils with at least 85 career receptions, his 19.8 yards per catch is best all-time.

The Los Angeles Rams liked what they saw in Cox and selected him 20th overall in the 1988 draft. Unlike his collegiate career, Cox's best year in the NFL was his rookie year in 1988, where he had 28 receptions for 590 yards and five touchdowns.

Honorable mention Isaiah Mustafa: His football career wasn't the most spectacular- he caught 23 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns- but he makes the list for one reason.

You may not know the name, but you definitely know the man. Or more specifically, the man your man could smell like.