He went on to a superb year career with the Lions, rushing for more than 5, yards and 18 touchdowns as a pro. Lions to the Grey Cup.
Among the many storylines for Southland Conference football in the seventies was the league's attainment of Division I football status in and I-A status in Following Arkansas State's undefeated record in when no bowl was available for the team, the Conference and officials from Shreveport petitioned the NCAA for a new postseason bowl game following the season.
The Independence Bowl, named for the commemoration of the nation's Bicentennial that year, was the home of the Southland Conference champion through the season. McNeese State defeated Tulsa, , in the inaugural game, followed by Louisiana Tech's win over Louisville in In the Independence Bowl, the final game with the Southland champion as the host, Southern Miss nipped McNeese State, , before a record crowd of 42, To best assess the candidate pool for the all-decade team, the Southland Conference developed a metric that analyzed numerous elements of a student-athlete's performance and value within the league at the time.
Most notably, the conference honored "real-time" factors such as all-conference selection by coaches and a player's statistical performance among his peers at the time.
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Further, other components of selection including a player's effort toward helping his team win a championship or finish near the top of the conference, whether he earned individual honors from the league, if he participated in postseason bowls, and if he was drafted by or participated in the NFL. Louis Cardinals.
Lions, leading team to Grey Cup. Taken in the second round 35th overall in the NFL Draft by Detroit, Roque appeared in 17 career games with three starts with the Lions.
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A sophomore starting right tackle opposite Roque on ASU's Rose Bowl team, Grey Ruegamer switched to center for his junior and senior seasons and became arguably the best at the position in Sun Devil history. Initially a third round pick 72nd overall by the Miami Dolphins in the NFL Draft, Ruegamer enjoyed a lengthy pro career with his playing time occurring with the Patriots, Packers and Giants.
A two-time Super Bowl champion, Ruegamer played in career games with 17 starts. Victor Leyva and Marvel Smith both redshirted as true freshmen on ASU's squad and ultimately ended up at the pro level. Smith was the first of the pair to be drafted as he bypassed his senior season at ASU to enter the NFL Draft, where he was picked in the second round 38th overall by Pittsburgh.
A two-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers, Smith played in games with starts for Pittsburgh from the seasons. In , Leyva was chosen in the fifth round th overall by Cincinnati and he played in 10 games with the Bengals in Initially a walk-on defensive lineman, Jones switched to offensive line and blossomed into an All-American and ultimately became - and remains - the highest drafted offensive lineman from ASU when the Cincinnati Bengals picked him 10th overall in An All-America caliber lineman at ASU and one of the better interior linemen ever to play for the Devils, Peters was chosen in the fourth round th overall by Philadelphia.
In total, Peters appeared in seven NFL games with four starts. Picked in the fourth round th overall by the St. Though he wasn't as highly acclaimed at ASU as teammates such as Jones and Peters, Kosier put together the longest NFL career of the group and totaled the third-most career games played and starts by a former Sun Devil offensive lineman as he played in career games with starts in 10 seasons spent with the 49ers, Lions and Cowboys.
Next, consecutive centers would be drafted into the NFL in Drew Hodgdon and Mike Pollak, with Hodgdon being selected in the fifth round st overall by Houston in , while Pollak was chosen in the second round 59th overall by Indianapolis.
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Hodgdon appeared in 14 career games with eight starts in three seasons with the Texans, while Pollak recently retired after playing seven NFL seasons, registering 81 appearances with 52 starts in his time with the Colts, Panthers and Bengals. A former walk-on at ASU, Paul Fanaika became a steady starter for the Devils and ultimately was drafted in the seventh round th overall by Philadelphia in The next season, Shawn Lauvao was chosen in the third round 92nd overall by Cleveland. After only appearing in three total games from as a member of the Eagles and Seahawks and not playing in the NFL in , Fanaika started all 16 games of the season with the Cardinals and started all 14 games in which he played last year with Arizona.
This offseason, Fanaika signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Lauvao appeared in 10 games with one start as a rookie in , but has started every game he has played since that season, a total of 58 games from , most recently with Washington after four years with the Browns.
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Absolute slam dunk on this one, as between the disparity between the accomplishments of Randall McDaniel and the other Sun Devil offensive linemen is a gaping hole even bigger in size than the ones McDaniel opened for Viking and Buccaneer rushers. Very likely the best football player to ever come out of Arizona State with only Mike Haynes and perhaps Terrell Suggs able be in the same overall conversation, McDaniel was purely dominant at both the college and pro levels and is the obvious choice here.
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The oldest name on this list is John Jankans, an unstoppable force at Arizona State in the s. Though he likely isn't a household name among Sun Devils, Jankans holds the distinction of being the only player in program history to be named First-Team All-Conference all four years and was the first offensive lineman inducted into ASU's Sports Hall of Fame.
In the s, Grayling Love, the late Brandon Rodd and Evan Finkenberg were among the more highly acclaimed offensive linemen at the conference level for the Sun Devils that did not transition to the NFL.