Note: Dates listed are when each player wore the specific jersey number, which does not always include the player’s full tenure at ASU.
11 – QB Danny White (1971-73)
One of the true football legends in the state of Arizona, White followed in the footsteps of his iconic father, Wilford “Whizzer” White, in becoming a Sun Devil after his prep career at Mesa’s Westwood High School.
A starter all three years he played at ASU, by the time his career was over he firmly established himself as the best quarterback in program history. After throwing for 1,643 yards and 17 touchdowns in 1971, he set a school record the next season with 23 touchdown passes while becoming only the second player in ASU history at the time to surpass the 2,000-yard passing mark with 2,196 yards through the air.
In 1973, White capped off his collegiate career in incredible fashion, setting a school record with 2,878 passing yards while topping his touchdown mark from the previous season with 24 touchdown throws. White’s passing yardage mark would stand for almost 30 years until Andrew Walter established a new school benchmark in 2002. A team captain as a senior, White was named a First-Team All-American by Football Writers, Time and NEA as well as First-Team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. That year, he also finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
During his three seasons with the Sun Devils, White also was the team’s punter and as a senior he posted what at the time was the third-highest single-season punting average in school history (43.4).
In addition to his individual accomplishments, White helped catapult the Sun Devils into the program’s most dominant stretch of all time as ASU compiled a cumulative record of 32-4 while finishing the 1971, ’72 and ’73 seasons respectively ranked eighth, 13th and ninth in the final season Associated Press polls.
White also guided the Sun Devils to victories in each of the first three Fiesta Bowls, first defeating Florida State 45-38 in 1971, then Missouri 49-35 in 1972 and finally Pittsburgh 28-7 in 1973. In all, White set seven NCAA records during his ASU career and when his Sun Devil tenure was over he was ASU’s all-time leader in various categories including touchdown passes in a single game, single-season touchdown passes, career touchdown passes, single-season passing yards, career passing yards, single-season total offense, career total offense and career punts.
In 1974, White was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the NFL Draft, but because the team was mainly interested in him as a punter he opted to play two years at quarterback in the World Football League. For three seasons from 1976-79, White served as the Cowboys’ punter until legendary Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach retired. White would go on to play for Dallas through the 1988 season and he earned Second-Team All-Pro honors and a Pro Bowl selection in 1982.
After his playing career concluded, White was a head coach in the Arena Football League for 16 years (1992-2004 with the Arizona Rattlers and 2006-08 with the Utah Blaze) and claimed two Arena Bowl titles during that span.
A charter inductee to ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1975, White was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and that same year he had his No. 11 retired by ASU. In 2000, he was named Arizona Athlete of the Century by the Arizona Republic.
Honorable Mention: QB John Torok (1963-64), Chuck Hunt (1965-66), QB Joe Spagnola (1968-70), K Jon Baker (1993-94)
Torok posted a statistically incredible season in 1964, setting school records in passing yards (2,356) and passing touchdowns (20) and becoming the first Sun Devil quarterback to surpass the 2,000-yard and 20-touchdown mark…His efforts that season netted him Second-Team All-WAC honors…Hunt was ASU’s punt returner and tied for the team lead in interceptions in 1966…Before White’s sensational run, Spagnola orchestrated an undefeated season for the Devils in 1970 and the program’s first bowl appearance in 20 years…Spagnola started all three years he played at ASU, culminating with a 48-28 Peach Bowl victory over North Carolina in his final game as a Sun Devil…He also earned First-Team All-WAC honors twice…Baker, perhaps most notably remembered for kicking barefoot, led the Sun Devils in scoring both seasons he played in Tempe and garnered Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors as a senior.
12 – QB Rudy Carpenter (2005-08)
Carpenter spent the early portion of the 2005 season as ASU’s second-string quarterback behind starter Sam Keller; however Keller was shelved for the year due to injury in the season’s sixth game which promoted the redshirt freshman into the starting lineup.
From that point, Carpenter would never miss a start for the remainder of his career as he would stand under center for a total of 43 consecutive games through the 2008 season.
During his four years, Carpenter guided ASU to three straight wins over Arizona and three consecutive bowl game appearances. Statistically, Carpenter began by leading the nation in pass efficiency as a redshirt freshman—the first freshman in FBS history to do so—while also establishing an FBS record for completion percentage by a freshman.
By the time his career in Tempe concluded, Carpenter would set numerous passing records and currently ranks second behind Andrew Walter in career passing yards and touchdowns. Additionally, Carpenter was a three-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection from his sophomore through senior seasons.
After ASU, Carpenter went undrafted but entered the NFL as a free agent and has spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Honorable Mention: RB Darryl Harris (1984-87), WR Eric Guliford (1988-92), LB Jason Kyle (1993-94)
Harris was ASU’s leading rusher in 1986 and ’87, including a 1,000-yard season running for the Devils’ Rose Bowl champion squad in ’86…With 2,671 and 22 touchdowns, Harris ranks 10th all-time at ASU in rushing yards, while also ranking seventh in school history with 11 games rushing for 100 or more yards…A First-Team All-Pac-10 honoree in 1987 and a Second-Team member the year before, Harris was also an Honorable Mention All-American following each of his final two years at ASU…Guliford was a three-year starter for the Sun Devils and was ASU’s leading receiver each of those three seasons and is one of the program’s better all-time returns specialists…He earned All-Pac-10 distinction all four years he played at ASU: Second-Team in 1989 at punt returner, Honorable Mention in 1990, Second-Team in 1991 and First-Team in 1992 at wide receiver…Guliford went on to play nine seasons of professional football including five in the NFL and four in the CFL…In his only listed season as a starter, Kyle tallied a team-high 125 tackles in 1994, helping him earn Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition…Kyle was also a stand-out student as he was a three-time recipient of First-Team Pac-10 All-Academic honors…A Tempe native and McClintock High School graduate, Kyle enjoyed a lengthy career in the NFL as a long snapper, lasting from 1995-2010 for the Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints…He appeared in two Super Bowls and was a member of New Orleans’ Super Bowl XLIV champion squad.
13 – WR Chris McGaha (2006-09)
One of the most sure-handed pass-catchers in Sun Devil history, McGaha was a hometown standout as he came to ASU after a stellar career as a two-way player for Phoenix Moon Valley High School.
After a solid redshirt freshman season in 2006, McGaha rose to popularity as a sophomore in 2007 with his acrobatic receptions such as the memorable diving, twisting catch he made against Arizona.
By the time his Sun Devil career concluded, McGaha would climb to third on ASU’s all-time receptions list (168), only behind former Pac-10 record holder Derek Hagan and College Football Hall of Fame member John Jefferson. He also ranks seventh all-time at ASU in career receiving yards (2,242) and recorded the second-highest single-game receptions total in school history when he hauled in 15 receptions against Oregon State as a senior in 2009.
Honorable Mention: K Juan Cruz (1972), RE Ken Talanoa (1993-94), K Mike Barth (1999-2002), S Emmanuel Franklin (2003-04)
Though he only played one season at ASU, Cruz earned Honorable Mention All-WAC honors in 1972 as a member of the Sun Devil team that defeated Missouri in Fiesta Bowl II…Talanoa lettered twice for the Sun Devils in 1993 and ’94 and tied for the team-lead with 5.0 sacks in 1994, helping him net Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors…After primarily handling kickoff duties as a freshman, Barth became ASU’s full-time kicker from 2000-02, highlighted by a junior season in which he was a Lou Groza Award semifinalist and an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection…An excellent student, Barth was the 2003 recipient of the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award and was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic member…When his career ended, Barth ranked second all-time at ASU in made field goals and fifth in points scored…Franklin began his career at cornerback before moving to safety and enjoying a solid senior year in 2004…He suffered an injury prior to the 2002 season which required brain surgery but was able to return to the field for his final two seasons…He was ASU’s leader in interceptions in 2004 and earned the Pat Tillman Leadership Award for his ability to return to the field…Franklin also is one of only three players to record a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown, doing so against San Diego State in 2001.
14 – S Troy Nolan (2007-08)
One of the most impactful defensive junior college transfers in recent memory, Nolan redshirted in 2006 but leapt to instant prominence as one of the nation’s premier ball-hawking safeties during his two years in Tempe.
Nolan earned Second-Team All-Pac-10 recognition both years at ASU as a starter in all 25 games the team played from 2007-08 and he totaled a combined 128 tackles and 10 interceptions. His six picks in 2007 are the most by a Sun Devil since Nathan LaDuke in 1989 and ranked 12th among FBS defenders that year.
Despite only playing two years, Nolan is ASU’s career leader with four interceptions returned for touchdowns while adding a fifth defensive touchdown with a fumble return in 2008. Additionally, he is one of only three Sun Devils to notch a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown, doing so against UCLA in 2008.
After wrapping up his college career, Nolan was selected by the Houston Texans in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He has remained in the NFL since that point, spending time with Houston, Miami and currently the Chicago Bears.
Honorable Mention: HB Larry Todd (1962-64), KR/PR Lenny Randle (1969), K Dan Kush (1974-75), CB Duane Galloway (1981-82), K Kent Bostrom (1985-87)
A Second-Team All-WAC selection at halfback in 1964, Todd also excelled at punt and kick returner…After wearing No. 15 in 1968, Randle switched to No. 14 in ’69 and wrapped up his career as perhaps the school’s most sensational return man of all time, returning 22 punts for 343 yards with three touchdowns while returning 18 kickoffs for 433 yards…That year he totaled the third-most punt return yards in school history behind his record-setting season of 1968 and Wilford White’s second-best mark in 1948…His 15.6-yard average on punt returns at the time ranked third-best all-time for a single-season at ASU and that season he set a school record that still stands with three punts returned for touchdown in a single season…He also totaled the second-best kickoff return average (24.1 avg.) in school history at the time…Also a baseball star at ASU, Randle played second base for the Devils’ 1969 National Champion club and went on to play 12 years in the majors with the Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners…He was inducted into ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1980…A three-time Honorable Mention All-WAC selection and the son of head coach Frank Kush, Dan Kush cemented his place in Sun Devil lore by kicking the game-winning 29-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to give ASU its legendary 17-14 win over Nebraska in the 1975 Fiesta Bowl… A two-year starter at cornerback, Galloway netted Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 accolades in 1982 as a member of ASU’s prominent defense which helped the Sun Devils defeat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl…Bostrom was ASU’s kicker during the mid-1980s and connected on three field goals in the Sun Devils’ 22-15 Rose Bowl victory over Michigan following the 1986 season.
Extra Special Honorable Mention by Popular Demand: QB Ryan Kealy (1996)
Though he wore No. 8 during his active years on the field, it all began for Kealy wearing No. 14 on the scout team as he redshirted during ASU’s Rose Bowl run in 1996.
Kealy came to ASU from Phoenix’s St. Mary’s High School, where he was named the Arizona Player of the Year by numerous sources and helped guide his team to the 5A state championship in 1995.
As a redshirt freshman in 1997, Kealy took over for legendary quarterback Jake Plummer and maintained a winning standard with the Sun Devils as he helped guide ASU to a 9-3 finish, which included a Sun Bowl victory over Iowa though Kealy did not appear in the bowl game due to an ACL injury in the regular season finale versus Arizona. Thanks largely to Kealy’s guidance at quarterback, ASU finished the season with a No. 14 Associated Press ranking.
Also in 1997, Kealy was named a Freshman All-American by the Sporting News, earned the Mike Bartholomew Most Improved Offensive Player Award and Bill Kajikawa Freshman of the Year Award and broke ASU freshman records for completions (162), attempts (297), yards (2,137) and touchdowns (15).
As a sophomore in 1998, Kealy would set career highs in passing yards (2,161), touchdowns (19) and completion percentage (57.5). To conclude the ’98 season Kealy showcased the top passing effort in the history of the ASU-Arizona rivalry as he completed 33-of-56 passes for 511 yards with four touchdowns in a loss to the Wildcats.
Kealy started all 11 games he played as a junior in 1999, helping lead ASU to an Aloha Bowl berth while also defeating Arizona after having suffered defeat the previous two years to the Wildcats. That year, Kealy just barely missed a third consecutive 2,000-yard passing season as he threw for 1,976 yards with 10 touchdowns. He did not appear in the Aloha Bowl due to another ACL injury, leaving duties to reserves Griffin Goodman and John Leonard.
As a senior, Kealy only appeared in two games and threw for 288 yards with two touchdowns. He missed early season action due to a team rules violation and was replaced in the starting lineup with Jeff Krohn.
Though he never received all-conference honors and his career progression was interrupted by injuries and issues off the field, his career stands among the best statistical passers in school history. Upon the completion of his Sun Devil career, Kealy ranked second all-time at ASU in passing yards, third in passing attempts and completions and tied for fourth in passing touchdowns. Many of those records have since been surpassed by the likes of Andrew Walter, Rudy Carpenter and Brock Osweiler, but Kealy still made a lasting impact during his time at ASU.
15 – QB Dave Graybill (1955-56)
Though over 50 years have passed since his time at ASU, Graybill is still considered one of the school’s top all-time athletes and is one of only seven three-sport lettermen in Arizona State history as he was a member of the football, baseball and basketball teams. ASU’s top quarterback in 1955 and ’56 for head coach Dan Devine, Graybill was the first Sun Devil to surpass 1,000 passing yards in a season with 1,079 in 1955 while also tying the school single-season record at the time with nine touchdown passes. He also registered a team-high three interceptions on defense that year, helping him earn First-Team All-Border Conference honors.
Graybill was also a First-Team All-Border Conference member in basketball as a junior, averaging 17.7 points per game. In baseball, he played pitcher, third base and outfield and led ASU in batting three successive seasons from 1955-57. He batted .369 as a sophomore, .444 as a junior and .400 as a senior and also was ASU's leading pitcher in 1957 with a 7-3 record and a 3.16 ERA. Ultimately, Graybill was inducted into ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.
Among other professions, Graybill worked in ASU’s athletic department before retiring in 1995. In addition to his own contributions to ASU, Graybill is the patriarch of a Sun Devil family as his son, Dave, Jr., pitched at ASU from 1982-84 and his grandson, also named David, is a freshman pitcher on this year’s Sun Devil baseball team. Graybill passed away on Christmas Eve of 2002.
Honorable Mention: QB/P/DB Joe Zuger (1959-61), DB Rick Shaw (1966-67), KR/PR Lenny Randle (1968), TE Bruce Hardy (1974-77)
Zuger did it all during his time at ASU, playing quarterback and punter while also starring on defense…In 1961, he intercepted 10 passes and remains one of only four Sun Devils to pick off 10 or more passes in a season…Zuger went on to a 10-year star career in the CFL from 1962-71 during which he was a three-time Grey Cup Champion and the 1967 Grey Cup Most Valuable Player…He was selected to ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1987…Shaw earned Second-Team All-WAC honors at defensive back in 1967…In 1968, Randle played his first of two seasons for ASU as an amazing returns specialist…That year he totaled 37 punt returns for 440 yards with two touchdowns as well as seven kickoff returns for 170 yards with one touchdown…His 37 punt returns stood as a team record which has since only been broken once and his punt return yardage that season remains the ASU single-season record…His 88-yard punt return for a touchdown against Wisconsin was the second-longest punt return in school history at the time... A three-year starter at tight end from 1975-77, Hardy twice earned Honorable Mention All-WAC recognition…He totaled 47 receptions as a Sun Devil and was inducted into ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2007…A ninth round NFL Draft Selection in 1978, Hardy played 12 years with the Miami Dolphins totaling 256 receptions for 2,455 yards with 25 touchdowns in 151 games…Hardy gained attention before his Sun Devil career even began as he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated due to his legacy as a three-sport high school phenom at football, baseball and basketball in Utah.
16 – QB Jake Plummer (1993-96)
One of the most memorable figures in Sun Devil football history, the spirited and gutsy “Jake the Snake” took ASU from a mediocre team all the way to the Rose Bowl.
After earning all-state honors at both quarterback and punter as a senior at Boise’s Capital High School in 1992, Plummer joined the Sun Devil football program the following fall and took the first steps toward creating his unique and unforgettable legacy at ASU.
Plummer took over starting duties during his true freshman season in 1993, helping lead the Sun Devils to four wins in the season’s final five games. The next season, Plummer threw for 2,179 yards with 15 touchdowns and improved to 2,222 yards with 17 touchdowns as a junior in 1995, helping him earn First-Team All-Pac-10 and Honorable Mention All-America recognition that season.
Already prominent on local and conference levels, Plummer’s sensational senior season in 1996 and ASU’s meteoric rise to the top of the Pac-10 made “The Snake” one of college football’s most visible and exciting athletes.
That season, Plummer threw for 2,776 yards and 24 touchdowns, the second-highest single-season total in school history at the time and the most since Danny White in 1973. His 24 touchdowns tied White’s output in ’73 for second-most in ASU history at the time.
Above all record book achievements, Plummer was the driving force in ASU’s legendary undefeated regular season, Pac-10 championship and Rose Bowl berth. Included among that season’s timeless memories are ASU’s shock-the-world 19-0 shutout of top-ranked Nebraska and a 56-14 dismantling of Arizona in Tucson. Ultimately, ASU fell under two minutes short of a national championship after Ohio State gained a late-game victory in the Rose Bowl.
In addition to team and statistical accomplishments, Plummer was awarded heavy accolades as the second runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting and was named the Pac-10 Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year. He also earned First-Team All-America honors by the Football Writers Association of America and First-Team All-Pac-10 recognition.
Plummer was selected in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, with whom he played six seasons before four years spent with the Denver Broncos. Plummer retired from the NFL prior to the 2007 season and was inducted into ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame later that year.
Honorable Mention: HB Nolan Jones (1958-61), QB Dennis Sproul (1974-75), QB Mark Malone (1977-79), Jim Meyer (1983-84), Brad Williams (1990), Stephen Baker (1997-99), QB Andrew Walter (2001-04)
One of the offensive standouts of Frank Kush’s early years as ASU’s head coach, Jones was the Sun Devils’ leading rusher from 1959-61…He also scored 27 total touchdowns over that span and earned First-Team All-Border Conference honors all three years…He also was a key figure on special teams returns and was one of ASU’s leaders in interceptions his last two seasons…At the end of his career, his 2,122 rushing yards ranked third in school history behind Wilford White and Leon Burton and over 50 years later Jones’ career total ranks 13th all-time at ASU…Before switching jersey numbers his junior year, Sproul wore No. 16 his freshman and sophomore seasons and was ASU’s primary quarterback both years, including ASU’s historic undefeated 1975 season…A two-year starter in 1978-79 to usher ASU into the Pac-10 Conference, Malone earned Honorable Mention All-America recognition by the Sporting News in 1979 and was perhaps ASU’s most prolific dual threat quarterback of all time…Malone was ASU’s leading rusher with 757 yards in 1978, according to ASU’s records making him the only quarterback to ever lead the team in rushing in a season…Malone was selected in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft and went on to play 10 total seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers and New York Jets…He was inducted into ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2001…Meyer was ASU’s punter in 1983-84 and earned Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors both years…Williams earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition at punter in 1990…Baker followed in his brother Jon’s footsteps—albeit not barefoot—in kicking for the Sun Devils…He punted, kicked and handled kickoffs for ASU…He was named a Freshman All-American by the Sporting News in 1998 and garnered Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors at punter that year as well…During his three years as a starter, Walter brought an aerial attack to Arizona State unlike any player before him…Though he didn’t take over starting duties until the fifth game of his sophomore year, he immediately made an impact from that point as he shattered the previous single-season passing yardage mark by nearly 1,000 yards as he totaled 3,877 yards through the air while his 28 touchdown passes brought him within one touchdown pass of tying the school’s single-season record…By the time his career ended after the 2004 season, he was the school record-holder in virtually every career and single-season passing mark, he broke John Elway’s Pac-10 career touchdown passes mark and also became only the sixth quarterback in league history to pass for over 10,000 yards…A third-round selection of the Oakland in 2005, Walter played four seasons with the Raiders before signing with the New England Patriots prior to the 2009 season.
17 – QB Brock Osweiler (2009-11)
After two years of being primarily labeled as the 6-foot-8 former Gonzaga basketball commit, Osweiler took the reins of starting quarterback in 2011 and posted a statistically remarkable year. In his only year as a full-time starter, Osweiler set school single-season records in passing yards (4,036), completion percentage (63.2%), completions (326) and attempts (516) while tossing 26 touchdowns, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history.
The Montana native left ASU a year early and was selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. As a rookie in 2012, Osweiler sat behind future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
Honorable Mention: QB John Hangartner (1956-58), P Lance Anderson (1993-96), WR Terry Richardson (2003-06)
A four-year letterman and a two-year starter at quarterback, Hangartner captained ASU in 1958 for first-year head coach Frank Kush…In 1957, Hangartner set school records in passing yards (1,203) and passing touchdowns (14) and surpassed his passing yardage mark the next year with 1,208 while also serving as ASU’s punter during his senior season…Anderson was ASU’s primary punter all four years he played in Tempe, including the Sun Devils’ Rose Bowl run in 1996…After serving as a solid complementary receiver to the likes of Skyler Fulton and Derek Hagan in 2003 and ’04, Richardson exploded in a new role as a junior in 2005 by becoming one of the nation’s most dangerous return men…A Second-Team All-American returns specialist by Sports Illustrated, Richardson averaged 15.3 yards on 22 punt returns with two touchdowns and averaged 27.3 yards on 23 kickoff returns, netting him First-Team All-Pac-10 recognition at kick returner…Though he missed half his season due to injury he still received Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition as a kick returner after averaging 28.7 yards on 38 returns including a 100-yard touchdown…He also earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 accolades at wide receiver in 2004 with career-highs of 45 receptions for 679 yards with six scores…His 28.7-yard average on kickoff returns stands as the Arizona State career record.
18 – WR Ben Hawkins (1963-65)
A two-way threat from the days of platoon football, Hawkins starred at wide receiver and defensive back for the Sun Devils.
ASU’s leading receiver, interceptions leader and top punt returner in 1964 and ’65, Hawkins owns the distinction of being the first Sun Devil football player to earn First-Team All-America honors as he was named to Time’s All-America list as a senior in 1965. He also earned First-Team All-WAC recognition that year.
A third round selection of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1966, Hawkins played eight seasons in Philadelphia and one with the Cleveland Browns.
Hawkins was inducted into ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.
Honorable Mention: P Marcus Williams (1994-97), WR Skyler Fulton (2001-03)
A kickoff specialist before taking over as the team’s punter in 1997, Williams earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors in his only season as ASU’s full-time punter…After sitting behind the likes of Shaun McDonald at wide receiver, Fulton emerged as one of ASU’s go-to targets as a senior in 2003, catching 62 passes for 901 yards and 10 touchdowns…A classroom standout as well, Fulton was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection…After his Sun Devil career, Fulton had brief stints with the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks and also spent time as a graduate assistant on Colorado’s football coaching staff…He was also a talented baseball player and was selected in the MLB draft both out of high school and during his college career at ASU.
19 – Henry Carr (1963)
Titles such as “The World’s Fastest Man” and recognition such as a major University’s all-time greatest overall athlete are statements often considered hyperbolic in nature, but in the 1960s Henry Carr was deservedly showered with such praise.
Despite lettering only one year in football for the Sun Devils, Carr speedily solidified himself as one of the fastest athletes to participate in any sport at ASU and showed his prowess both on the gridiron as well as on the track as one of the University’s all-time great runners.
A native of Detroit, Carr won the 1963 NCAA title at 200 meters in 20.5 and twice that season he ran world records. He ran even faster the next year, setting a world record of 20.2 for 220 yards. In both 1963 and ’64, Track and Field News ranked Carr number one in the World at 200 meters.
Carr reached his athletic peak at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo as he won a pair of gold medals, first by winning the 200 meters and second by anchoring the winning 4 x 400 meter relay team to a world record 3:00.7.
His track achievements were followed by a career in football as he was selected in the fourth round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the New York Giants and spent three seasons playing defensive back.
Honorable Mention: S Josh Barrett (2004-07)
Barrett came to ASU by way of Reno High School in Nevada and enjoyed his best year in 2006 as a junior, leading ASU with 82 tackles and three interceptions while earning Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition…He was drafted in the seventh round in 2008 and completed his fifth NFL season in 2012, spending time with the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.
20 – WR J.D. Hill (1967-68; ’70)
In a time where football was a game still primarily played on the ground, J.D. Hill was a wide receiver ahead of his time due to his incredible combination of size, speed and playmaking abilities.
A Second-Team All-WAC selection as a dynamic receiver and punt returner in 1967, Hill saved his very best for last as a Sun Devil.
After sitting out the 1969 season due to a disciplinary issue, Hill returned with a vengeance as in 1970 he set school records in receptions (61), receiving yards (1,009) and receiving touchdowns (11). The program’s first 1,000-yard receiver, Hill earned First-Team All-America honors by Sporting News and Time Magazine. Hill’s contributions that season helped ASU to a perfect 10-0 record, the Western Athletic Conference championship and the program’s first postseason appearance in nearly 20 years.
In addition to his football prowess, Hill played baseball and ran track for ASU, making him one of a small handful of three-sport lettermen for the Sun Devils.
One of the highest draft picks ever produced by ASU, Hill was chosen fourth overall in the 1971 NFL Draft. In total he played seven seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions, earning a Pro Bowl nod his second year in the league.
His son, Hakim, signed with the Sun Devils in 2001 and played running back at ASU through the 2004 season.
Hill was inducted into the ASU Sports Hall of Fame in 1976, its second year of existence.
Honorable Mention: QB John Jacobs (1961-63), QB John Goodman (1964-65), WB Chris DeFrance (1978), DB Jean Boyd (1991-93), K Jesse Ainsworth (2003-06)
Jacobs enjoyed an excellent season in 1962, ASU’s first in the Western Athletic Conference, as he earned First-Team All-WAC honors at quarterback after passing for what was then a school record 1,263 yards while tying the school mark with 14 touchdowns…A three-year letterman and two-year starter, Goodman was ASU’s top quarterback in 1964 and ’65…Goodman is revered for being one of the most nobly accomplished Sun Devils of all time as he served over a 40-year military career from 1967-2008, rising to the rank of Lieutenant General…A two-year starter at wingback, DeFrance earned Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors in ASU’s debut season in the league in 1978…He also caught a 53-yard touchdown in ASU’s 1978 Garden State Bowl victory over Rutgers…Boyd transferred to ASU from Cerritos (Calif.) College and spent time with the New England Patriots and in NFL Europe after finishing his Sun Devil career…His greatest contributions to ASU have come beyond his playing days as he has been a crucial member of the athletic department staff since 1995…He began as a management intern and has worked as Coordinator then Manager for Life Skills, Manager for Football Academics, Assistant then Associate Athletic Director for Student Athlete Development…Boyd co-founded the “Scholar Baller” program at ASU which promotes academic and life achievement through motivational academic incentives and educational initiatives…In June of 2012, Boyd was selected as the 2012 Lan Hewlett Award winner at the 2012 National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes Conference, an award considered the top distinction for the profession…Ainsworth was ASU’s kicker his entire career from 2003-06…He excelled on and off the field as he earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition in 2004 and Pac-10 All-Academic honors his final three years at ASU…He remains ASU’s all-time leader in made extra points (160) and connected on 139 consecutive PATs to end his career, a school-record streak…When his Sun Devil career was over, Ainsworth also ranked second in ASU history in field goals made and points by kicking, only behind former All-American kicker Luis Zendejas.