Updated Feb 21, 2013 - 8:09 am
ASU linebacker Brandon Magee not worried about health going into NFL Combine
After suffering a devastating, season-ending Achilles injury before the 2011 season, Magee worked tirelessly to get back on the field for one final shot at a professional career.
This past season, Magee's comeback was nothing short of remarkable. He was the second-best tackler in the Pac-12 (9.4 per game and a team-high of 113 for ASU), and also added 6.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss. For his tremendous efforts during the Sun Devils' 8-5 campaign, Magee was named to the second-team All-Pac-12.
But even during his swan song in maroon and gold, the injury bug found a way to end Magee's final collegiate game prematurely. During the Sun Devils' 62-48 win over Navy in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, the Corona, Calif. native suffered an elbow injury that forced him out of the contest.
For the past five weeks, Magee said he has worn an elbow brace during preparations for the NFL Combine. But just days before he'll partake in the biggest job interview of his life in Indianapolis, the 22-year-old is feeling just fine.
"I feel like I'm at the top of my game, in physical shape and my motor is running just right," Magee told Arizona Sports 620's Doug & Wolf Wednesday. "My feet are perfect right now. Coming off the injury it took me a long time to get ready, but my elbow is getting a lot better right now."
Injuries aside, Magee said he's excited to get back on the field inside Lucas Oil Stadium and believes he'll have no problems during the interview process.
When asked a sample question that he might hear from an inquiring general manager, Magee didn't hesitate to answer.
"I play the game because I love it," said Magee. "I'm a passionate guy. It shows on film. It shows when I'm playing. I love being part of a team, and I love being coached hard and going through struggles. The struggles make you better in life."
He added that getting a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream this weekend provides him yet another opportunity to prove his doubters wrong.
"People always talk about my height, they talk about my size and just try to find negatives on me," said Magee. "Regardless of what people say, I'm going to succeed. There is no way to stop me, honestly."
Magee isn't slated to participate in on-field workouts at the Combine until Monday. He will also be joined in Indianapolis by fellow Sun Devils Josh Hubner and Keelan Johnson.
Dave Dulberg, Web Content Editor - ArizonaSports.com
- Sun Devils ranked 18th in preseason coaches poll
- ASU's Todd Graham: 'This is the best offensive team I've been around'
- ESPN ranks ASU's Taylor Kelly and Jaelen Strong among top 100 players in college football
- ASU coach Todd Graham excited for Taylor Kelly and offense's potential in 2014
- Arizona State coach Todd Graham confident defense will be fine
- Tracy Smith, ASU Baseball Head Coach - Thursday July 31ASU baseball’s new head coach Tracy Smith talks about taking over the program.
- Todd Graham, ASU Football Head Coach - Thursday July 31Head coach Todd Graham talks about the upcoming season of ASU football.
- Dr. Michael Crow, ASU president - Wednesday July 23ASU president Dr. Michael Crow is this week’s guest on the Fork Report.
- Adam Archuleta, former ASU & NFL defensive back - Wednesday July 16Former ASU & NFL DB Adam Archuleta is the guest on this week’s ASU Fork Report.
- Darren Woodson, former Sun Devil & NFL defensive back - Wednesday July 9Former Sun Devil DB Darren Woodson shares his thoughts on ASU football.