Past And Present Devils Excelling On And Off The Field

It may be the doldrums of the offseason, but that does not stop a former and a current member of the Sun Devil football team from receiving some impressive honors.

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Aaron Pflugrad, the newest Philadelphia Eagle, was named by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame as a member of the 2012 NFF Hampshire Honor Society. The honor recognizes players from all collegiate levels for their on-field accomplishments and those in the classroom. A second-team member of the 2012 Pac-12 All-Academic team, Pflugrad was a key contributor last season, catching 44 passes for 665 yards and five touchdowns, and last week signed a free agent deal with the Eagles.

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His former teammate, linebacker Brandon Magee, picked up some nice recognition of his own on Monday. He was named one of 42 nominees for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which factors in on-field play with character and off-field qualities. As one of the most respected members of the team, Magee is being counted on this season to fill a major leadership void left on the team by the departures of Omar Bolden and Brock Osweiler.

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The last six months have been a tumultuous period in the history of ASU football, but it's refreshing to remember that no matter the score, the coaching situation or national perception, there are always outstanding young men like Pflugrad and Magee who actively live the notion of being a true Sun Devil.

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