Pac-12: Levi Jones

Pac-10 All-Decade team

January, 21, 2010
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We've already ranked our top-10 Pac-10 players of the decade, but what follows is our All-Decade team.

As usual, feel free to disagree.

Offense

QB Matt Leinart, USC

RB Toby Gerhart, Stanford

RB Reggie Bush, USC

WR DeWayne Jarrett, USC

WR Mike Hass, Oregon State

TE Marcedes Lewis, UCLA

C Ryan Kalil, USC

OT Levi Jones, Arizona State

OT Sam Baker, USC

OG Adam Snyder, Oregon

OG Max Unger, Oregon

K Kai Forbath, UCLA

Defense

DE Terrell Suggs, Arizona State

DT Haloti Ngata, Oregon

DT Sedrick Ellis, USC

DE Kenechi Udeze, USC

LB Lance Briggs, Arizona

LB Rey Maualuga, USC

LB Keith Rivers, USC

CB Antoine Cason, Arizona

CB Marcus Trufant, Washington State

S Troy Polamalu, USC

S Taylor Mays, USC

P Tom Malone, USC

Fanaika joins special list of Arizona State walk-ons

April, 28, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Arizona State not only continued a tradition of getting at least one player selected in the NFL draft each of the past 45 years over the weekend, it also continued its recent tradition of former walk-ons getting drafted.

Offensive lineman Paul Fanaika, a former walk-on, was picked in the seventh round by the Philadelphia Eagles, so he now joins this impressive list -- it includes two first-round picks -- supplied by the ASU sports information department:

Adam Archuleta, safety, St. Louis Rams (1st round pick)
Vince Amoia, fullback, New York Jets
Brian Jennings, long snapper, San Francisco 49ers
Levi Jones, offensive line, Cincinnati Bengals, (1st round pick)
John Knight, linebacker, San Diego Chargers
Jason Kyle, long snapper/linebacker, Seattle Seahawks
Brad Williams, punter, Minnesota Vikings

Levi Jones has established the Levi Jones Scholarship at ASU, which can go to a deserving walk-on each year.

Who might be next?

Well, two former walk-ons are expected to see significant action next fall: running back James Morrison and cornerback Pierre Singfield.

Bruce Snyder leaves behind strong legacy

April, 13, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Bruce Snyder wasn't Arizona State's greatest coach. That would be Frank Kush. But Snyder ranks a solid No. 2, and he also was something few coaches are: well-rounded.

Snyder loved to read. He could talk incisively about things other than football. And, get this: He was a nice guy.

 
  AP Photo/Roy Dabner
  Bruce Snyder went 126-106-5 in 20 years as a head coach.

Not long ago, he was also doing something few football coaches do: Enjoy retirement.

Then, in June, his doctor gave him stunning news: He had Stage IV melanoma. The story is gracefully told in this column by George Schroeder.

The situation was dire. Realistically, it was a death sentence. But, of course, Snyder fought like crazy. And he shared his journey with the world on his blog.

But that final journey ended Monday. Snyder was 69. He leaves behind a wife, three daughters, a son-in-law, two grandchildren, four sisters, two brothers and his beloved dog, Ella.

And an impressive legacy.

His being well-rounded and good-natured, of course, isn't why Pac-10 fans will remember Snyder today. He was a heck of a football coach, winning Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors at two different schools and nearly leading Arizona State to a national championship in 1996.

He compiled a 58-47-0 record in nine seasons at Arizona State, the win total ranking second behind Kush.

What Arizona State fans will remember most fondly was a scintillating 1996 season, when Jake Plummer, Pat Tillman and the Sun Devils were in the national title hunt until the waning moments of the Rose Bowl, when Ohio State and quarterback Joe Germaine broke their hearts in a 20-17 defeat.

Still, that 11-0 regular season, which included a 19-0 domination of two-time defending national champion and top-ranked Nebraska, and a final No. 4 ranking earned Snyder numerous national coach of the year awards.
 
And probably more than a few moments of "what if" when the lights went off.
 
Snyder, recently enshrined into the ASU Athletic Hall of Distinction, went 126-106-5 in 20 years as a head coach. He also earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors at California in 1990 after the Bears finished 7-4-1 and defeated Wyoming, 17-15, in the Copper Bowl -- Cal's first bowl berth in 11 years and first bowl win since 1938.
 
In 1991, his final season at Cal, he led the Bears to a 10-2 record, No. 8 national ranking and a win over ACC champion Clemson in the Citrus Bowl.
 
So, within a six-year span, he led two different Pac-10 teams to final top-10 rankings.
 
If someone else has done that, well, I couldn't find him.
 
He coached more than 40 players at ASU who were selected in the NFL draft, including seven first-round draft choices: Shante Carver, Craig Newsome, Erik Flowers, Adam Archuleta, Todd Heap, Levi Jones and Terrell Suggs.
 
That's an impressive resume by any measure.
 
It's a coaching legacy that will endure. And here's a guess that those who knew Snyder well also will treasure his legacy as a person.

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