Sun Devil Summer School: The Stars of the 1950s - Clancy Osborne

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By Brad Denny By Brad Denny

Long before the likes of Todd Heap and Zach Miller defined ASU as a factory for all-pro tight ends, Clancy Osborne manned the position for the Sun Devils in impressive fashion. 

A letter winner from 1954-57, Osborne was a key target at tight end for the Sun Devils in a time period at Arizona State under head coach Dan Devine that helped set the stage for the many of program's finest seasons of all time.

According to ASU records, Osborne is the first tight end in school history to lead the team in receiving, catching 20 passes for 351 yards with three scores in 1957. 

That season he joined Sun Devil legend Bobby Mulgado as Arizona State's team captains and Osborne was one of four Sun Devils to earn All-Border Conference honors helping lead ASC to what at the time was perhaps Arizona State's most incredible football season in program history. 

Between Osborne's junior and senior seasons, Arizona State racked up an outstanding 19-1 combined record, including a perfect 10-0 season in 1957 in which the Sun Devils claimed the Border Conference championship.  

That year ASC also finished ranked 12th nationally in both the Coaches and Associated Press polls, marking the first time in school history that the Sun Devils were listed in the final season top-25 rankings. The No. 12 ranking would stand as the highest final season slot for Arizona State until the Devils' memorable undefeated Peach Bowl championship squad in 1970 finished sixth in the Associated Press poll and eighth in the Coaches Poll. 

A 27th round NFL Draft selection by the St. Louis Rams, Osborne shifted to linebacker during his professional career.

Speak of the Devils isn't the only Sun Devil source to honor Osborne, as recently House of Sparky pegged him as the top athlete in ASU football history ever to wear No. 85.