Hailing from Warren, Ore., Green played three seasons for the Sun Devils. He rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of those campaigns and finished with 40 total touchdowns. Green claimed consensus All-American honors in both 1972 and '73, finishing eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting in his final year. Green was drafted in the first round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Compton, Calif., native was one of only three players in school history to earn consensus All-American honors in two separate seasons. He left school third all-time in solo tackles (192) and is the school’s all-time leader with 18 career interceptions. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 1983 NFL Draft. Richardson won a Super Bowl with the Bears and also played for the 49ers during his seven-year NFL career.
One of two elite tight ends (Todd Heap) in school history, Miller is the most decorated Sun Devil at this position . He was a consensus All-American and John Mackey Award finalist in 2006. The dangerous 6-foot-5, 255-pound weapon finished with 144 receptions, 1,512 yards and 14 touchdowns before being drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
Known for his big hits, “Fo-Rock” was one of the three two-time consensus All-Americans to play at Arizona State. He earned AA honors as a sophomore and junior in 1984 and '85. He was drafted in the third round by the Bengals and earned three trips to the Pro Bowl.
A walk-on from in-state power Chandler High School, Archuleta played in every game of his redshirt freshman season and started for three full seasons. He earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as both a junior and senior and capped his outstanding career with the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award in 2000. Archuleta totaled 127 stops and 93 solo stops (second-best all-time in ASU history) that year. He finished sixth all-time in school history with 53.0 tackles for loss. He was drafted in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Rams and played in the Super Bowl as a rookie.
Hailing from Boise, Idaho, Jake “The Snake” made a quick name for himself in the college ranks at Arizona State by starting nine games as a freshman. He then threw for three straight 2,000-yard seasons en route to a magical senior season in 1996. He led the Sun Devils to an unbeaten regular season and the Pac-10 Championship with 2,575 yards and 23 TDs. Plummer was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, was a consensus All-American and finished third in the Heisman voting. His ability to make something of nothing and lead his team to improbable victories will go down in ASU history. Plummer was taken with the 42nd overall pick in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the home-state Arizona Cardinals.
Since Athlon Sports' inception in 1967, only two Sun Devils uniforms have been retired and White's is one of them. The Mesa, Ariz., prep star went 33-4 as a starter at Arizona State, winning three Fiesta Bowls in the process. He set numerous NCAA and school passing records during his time in Tempe and was named an All-American in 1973 when he threw for 2,609 yards and 23 TDs — which led to a ninth-place finish in the Heisman voting. White went to the Memphis Southmen before leading the Dallas Cowboys to victory in Super Bowl XII. He also was an excellent punter during his time on campus. White was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.
The massive blocker has the distinguished honor of being the only NFL Hall of Famer born in the state of Arizona. McDaniel helped lead the Sun Devils to the school’s first-ever Rose Bowl in 1987 as the Pac-10’s Morris Trophy winner. He was eventually inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. One of the game’s greatest blockers, McDaniel went to 12 Pro Bowls while playing for the Vikings and Bucs during his 14-year NFL career. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
In just three years, this talented pass-rusher from famed Chandler (Ariz.) High rewrote the record books in Tempe. Suggs owns the school record for career sacks (44), forced fumbles (14) and tackles for loss (65.5). He also set an NCAA record with 24.0 sacks in 2002, earning the star defensive end the Morris, Nagurski and Bill Willis Trophies as well as the Hendricks and Lombardi Awards. The unanimous All-American finished his career with 163 tackles and was drafted with the 10th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He helped lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl-winning season in 2012.
Tillman may not be the most talented or productive player in the history of Arizona State football, but there is little doubt that he isn’t the greatest player to ever wear the Sun Devils uniform. The undersized tackler from San Jose (Calif.) Leland worked his way into the starting lineup and helped lead the Sun Devils to an unbeaten conference crown as a junior. The following year, Tillman earned Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors and collected his second Academic All-American honor. After being drafted in the seventh round of the 1998 NFL Draft, Tillman earned a multimillion dollar extension following the 2001 season. Yet, Tillman, motivated by the attack on the World Trade Center, turned down the money to enlist in the U.S. Army. He would lose his life fighting for his country at age 27 in Afghanistan. His jersey is one of only two to be retired by Arizona State since the 1950s. The the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award was renamed the Pat Tillman Award in 2004 and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Pittsburgh's Rushel Shell is on the rise for 2013.
With spring practice kicking off across the nation, the race to win college football’s 2013 national title has officially started. Although it’s hard to learn everything about a team in spring practice, the next few months are a good opportunity to get a look at how some of the open position battles are shaping up, along with how some of the underclassmen have improved since the end of 2012.