Physicality is a big part of football, one of the main reasons why the sport is as popular as it is.
And, according to NFL.com’s Mike Hugenin, the Arizona State Sun Devils have one of the 15 most physical players in college football in linebacker Antonio Longino.
Longino ranked sixth.
The particulars: 6-2, 229, senior
The skinny: Longino has overcome a tough upbringing in Cleveland and has become a potential All-Pac-12 player; he also will be playing this season as a graduate student, as he earned his undergrad degree in May in interdisciplinary studies (with an emphasis on education and sociology). Longino is a gifted athlete who went from a seldom-used backup in 2013 to a force for the Sun Devils’ ultra-aggressive defense last season. He had 94 tackles, including three games with double-digit stops, highlighted by an epic 17-tackle performance against Duke in the Sun Bowl. He runs well and generally arrives in a foul mood.
The ASU linebacker is one of two Pac-12 players on the list, with USC’s Su’a Cravens coming in at No. 3.