Each February, the nation’s best college gridiron talent is invited to participate in the National Football League Scouting Combine. This weeklong event is held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, where top-ranked players perform physical and mental tests in front of NFL coaches, general managers, and scouts.
With increasing interest in the NFL Draft, the scouting combine has grown in scope and significance, allowing personnel directors to evaluate upcoming prospects in a standardized setting.
The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine begins Wednesday, February 20. A total of 333 players will attend this year’s camp, and among them are three former ASU Sun Devils: linebacker Brandon Magee, defensive back Keelan Johnson, and punter Josh Hubner.
Magee, 6-0 / 228, was recognized as a team leader during his time at ASU. Unfortunately, the talented linebacker’s 2011 season ended before it began. He tore his left Achilles in preseason work, causing him to redshirt. There were big expectations for Magee based on his work as a junior, when he started 11 of 12 games playing on the weak side and posted 73 tackles, five for loss, and 1.5 sacks. He also flashed talent in his freshman and sophomore seasons, losing four games in 2008 due to injury.
Magee led the Sun Devils in tackles in 2012 with a total of 113. He also recorded 12.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble. He chose football over baseball after signing a multi-year deal with the Boston Red Sox in 2012.
Johnson, 6-1 / 207, was a four-year letterman at ASU who played in 49 games, including 18 starts. He totaled 169 tackles (117 solo) and had eight career interceptions, which is tied for the second most by a Sun Devil since 2000. He also had one sack for five yards and 3.5 tackles for losses.
Johnson made his first career start on Oct. 3, 2009, against Oregon State. He redshirted and played wide receiver during preseason camp in 2008, but moved to the defensive side of the ball during the season.
Hubner, 6-4 / 236, finished the 2012 season second in the nation and first in the Pac-12 conference with 47.1 yards per punt, earning ASU’s single-season record (46+ attempts). An All-Pac-12 second-team honoree, he had 19 punts pinned inside the 20 last year and led the conference with 20 punts of 50 or more yards. He had 5,013 career punting yards for an average of 44.0 yards per kick, which is second all-time in school history.
Hubner, who is just the second punter from Arizona State to be named a Ray Guy Award semifinalist, also earned All-America honors from both Sports Illustrated and Lindy’s. He was named the Babe Alex Demon Special Teams MVP at ASU’s Award Banquet on Dec. 8.