21 – RB J.R. Redmond (1996-99)
One of the top all-purpose performers in school history, Redmond began as a key special teams returner and blossomed into one of college football’s premier running backs.
Redmond first saw key action as ASU’s top punt returner for the Sun Devils’ 1996 Pac-10 champion squad, while he also saw action behind All-American Terry Battle at running back and totaled 327 yards on 71 carries with two touchdowns.
After Battle left school a year early to start an NFL career, in 1997 Redmond paired with Michael Martin to form a sensational one-two punch, as he rushed 155 times for 915 yards to complement Martin’s team-high 1,031 yards.
After Martin graduated, Redmond was ASU’s clear-cut top rusher as he paced the squad in rushing in 1998 and ’99. As a junior, Redmond rushed for 883 yards and then totaled 1,174 rushing yards as a senior in 1999. He scored 25 total touchdowns between his junior and senior seasons and he was a three-time First-Team All-Pac-10 selection.
In terms of the Sun Devil record books, Redmond stands third in career carries (633) and third in career rushing yards (3,299) while he also ranks fourth all-time among Sun Devils in rushing touchdowns (32). His 350 all-purpose yards against USC in 1998 remains a school record and Redmond ranks second all-time behind Wilford “Whizzer” White in career all-purpose yards with 5,617. ASU’s punt returner all four years, Redmond also is the all-time school leader in career punt returns and ranks second in career punt return yardage.
Redmond was chosen in the third round (76th overall) by New England in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played three seasons with the Patriots, two with the Oakland Raiders and one with the Arizona Cardinals. Redmond was a key figure in New England’s game-winning final drive in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Honorable Mention: S Mike Clupper (1969-71), HB Mark Lovett, Chris Hopkins, LB Colin Parker (2008-11)
A three-year starter at weak safety, Clupper earned Second-Team All-WAC honors in 1971…Lovett was a three-year starter in the Sun Devil backfield from 1974-76 and was chosen to be a team captain as a senior in ’76…ASU’s leading rusher in 1994 and ’95, Hopkins captained the Sun Devils in 1995 and was also a dynamic kick returner…Hopkins posted four career 100-yard rushing games including a career-best 187 rushing yards against California in 1995, helping him earn Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition that year…A local product from Chandler’s Hamilton High School and a second generation Sun Devil following the footsteps of his father, Anthony Parker, Colin lettered at ASU from 2008-11…A team captain as a senior, Parker was ASU’s leading tackler in 2011 and also twice earned Academic All-Conference honors.
22 – RB Woody Green (1971-73)
Undoubtedly the best running back ever to play for Arizona State, Green holds the school record with 4,188 career rushing yards, a total he reached in only three seasons of eligibility.
Statistically, Green carried 232 times for 1,310 yards with 12 touchdowns in 1971, then set a still-standing school record of 1,565 rushing yards on 234 carries with 15 touchdowns in 1972 and then capped his ASU career off by rushing 209 times for 1,313 yards with 12 touchdowns as a senior in 1973.
In total, Green owns three of the top six single-season rushing totals in ASU history, including a school record 21 100-yard rushing efforts.
A Consensus All-American in 1972 and ’73, Green is one of only three Sun Devils to earn multiple Consensus All-America honors.
A First-Team All-WAC selection all three years, Green helped guide ASU to a sensational combined record of 32-3 including WAC championships each season and wins in each of the first three Fiesta Bowls. Green was named the Offensive MVP in the 1972 Fiesta Bowl after carrying 25 times for 202 yards with four touchdowns in ASU’s 49-35 victory over Missouri.
In addition to being ASU’s all-time leading rusher, he is the school record holder in career carries (675) and total touchdowns (48) and is tied with Terry Battle and Cameron Marshall for the highest rushing touchdown total in a single season (18). Green had sensational career averages of 6.2 yards per carry, 126.9 yards per game and 1.33 touchdowns per game.
After his legendary collegiate career, Green was selected in the first round (16th overall) of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Though he only played three seasons due to career ending injuries, Green carried 375 times for 1,442 yards while catching 58 passes for 562 yards with 11 total touchdowns.
Green was a charter inductee of both the ASU Sports Hall of Fame (1975) and Ring of Honor (2011).
Honorable Mention: FS Henry Rich (1950), HB Leon Burton (1955-58), FB Max Anderson (1965-67), HB Dave Buchanan (1968-70), S Kim Anderson (1978), CB Kendall Williams (1980-81), FL Paul Day (1982-86), FB Kelvin Fisher (1987-91)
Though he only played one season for ASU, Rich made it a memorable one as he set a still-standing school record with 12 interceptions…A two-time First-Team All-Border Conference member, Burton was ASU’s leading rusher three of his four seasons and remains the fifth-leading rusher in school history (2,994 yards)…Burton was the national leader in rushing yardage (1,126), yards per game (9.62) and point scored (96) during his sensational junior season in 1957…Burton boasts one of the most tremendous stat lines in ASU history as he rushed for 243 yards on a mere five carries as a freshman against Hardin-Simmons on Oct. 10, 1955, a single-game rushing record at the time that has only once been surpassed…Burton also starred in track and field at ASU and his career yards per carry rushing average of 8.03 is one of the top marks in NCAA history…He was inducted into ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1978…A First-Team All-WAC member as a senior, Anderson rushed for 1,188 yards as a senior, including a 99-yard scoring burst against Wyoming, the longest run from scrimmage in school history…Buchanan rushed for 908 yards and scored 15 touchdowns in 1969, helping him earn First-Team All-WAC recognition…Anderson picked off nine passes in 1978, netting him First-Team All-Pac-10 accolades…Williams saw action at both safety and cornerback during his Sun Devil career, highlighted by a Second-Team All-Pac-10 season at cornerback in 1981…A three-year starter on offense, Day was also a key special teams contributor…A four-year starter at fullback, Fisher totaled a team-best six touchdowns in 1989.
23 – RB Travis Williams (1965-66)
Though his likely is not a household name among recent Sun Devil fans, Williams created lasting memories both during his time at Arizona State and in the NFL.
Williams came to ASU by way of Contra Costa Community College, the same school that produced 2013 signees Demetrius Cherry and Eriquel Florence. At Contra Costa, Williams starred in both track and field and football and in 2009 he was rated as the third-best athlete in school history. At 6-foot-1, 220-pounds, Williams was decades ahead of his time in terms of size and speed; during his junior college career he set a national JUCO record by running the 100-yard dash in 9.3 seconds.
As a Sun Devil, Williams was a two-year starter in the backfield and was ASU’s leading rusher in both 1965 and ’66, totaling 523 yards in ’65 and 551 in ’66. Williams totaled three career 100-yard rushing games during his two-year Sun Devil career.
After being drafted by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 1967 NFL Draft, Williams made a record-setting debut into the National Football League, as he unbelievably averaged 41.1 yards on kick returns, an NFL single-season record that has yet to be broken. Additionally, he returned four kickoffs for touchdowns in his rookie season, a single-season league record that has only once been tied and never exceeded still nearly 50 years later. For perspective, the second-highest single-season kick return average in NFL history (37.7) also was recorded in 1967 by the great Gale Sayers.
Williams’ top overall season came in 1969 when he was the NFL leader in all-purpose yards (1,517) after he totaled 536 yards in 129 carries with four touchdowns, 275 receiving yards on 27 receptions with three scores as well as 517 kick return yards and 189 punt return yards in 13 games for the Packers. Overall that year, Williams averaged 8.2 yards per touch, which ranked second in the NFL.
After playing four years with Green Bay, Williams played for the Rams in 1971 before a knee injury ended his football playing career.
For his career as a return specialist, he averaged 27.5 yards on 102 kickoff returns with six touchdowns and 16.4 yards on 13 punt returns with a touchdown. He also totaled 1,166 rushing yards with six touchdowns and 598 receiving yards with five scores. In 1997, Williams was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame.
Williams’ career and life in general took a tragic turn after his career was cut short due to injury as he ultimately returned to the Bay Area and became entangled with drugs and alcohol and eventually became homeless. He died on the streets of California of heart failure in 1991 at 45 years old.
Los Angeles Times 1989 Feature on Williams’ Struggles.
Honorable Mention: RB Gene Foster (1962-64), FB Bob Thomas (1970), RB George Montgomery (1989-93), CB Courtney Jackson (1996-99), RB Tom Pace (2000-01)
A starter at halfback for the Sun Devils in 1963 and ’64, Foster was ASU’s leading rusher in 1964…Though he only lettered one year at ASU, Thomas’ lone season as a Sun Devil was a memorable one as he became only the fifth recorded player in school history to top the 1,000-yard rushing mark…A starter for ASU’s undefeated 1970 squad, Thomas totaled 1,033 rushing yards from his fullback position—as well as three touchdown runs in ASU’s milestone Peach Bowl victory over North Carolina—helping him net Second-Team All-WAC honors…ASU’s leading rusher in 1991 and the owner of four career 100-yard rushing games, Montgomery was a team captain and Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection as a senior in 1993…A three-year starter at cornerback, Jackson was ASU’s leader in interceptions his final two seasons with the Sun Devils…Jackson earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors in 1999 and Honorable Mention recognition after each of the two previous seasons…A key fan favorite during his time with the Sun Devils, Pace joined the team in 2000 as a walk-on but ultimately lead the team in rushing that season…Pac e was also a standout kick returner during his two seasons with ASU…After ASU, Pace went on to play five seasons in the Arena Football League with Arizona and Utah.
24 – RB Mario Bates (1991-93)
After a standout prep career in enemy territory for Tucson Amphitheater High School, Bates’ career in Tempe was limited but not short on highly impressive efforts.
Bates began his career rushing 108 times for 473 yards with two touchdowns in 1991. In 1992, he began at a feverish pace with 441 yards and four touchdowns on 66 carries in only three games—including a 214-yard outburst against Washington—before suffering a season-ending injury. At the time of his injury, Bates ranked third in the nation in rushing yardage.
Fully recuperated in 1993, Bates was a grinder for the Devils, posting the third-greatest total of carries in a single season at ASU (246) while totaling 1,111 rushing yards with eight touchdowns, helping him earn First-Team All-Pac-10 honors.
Awarded a medical redshirt for the 1992 season, Bates surpassed two years of eligibility at ASU to enter the 1994 NFL Draft and he was chosen in the second round (44th overall) by the New Orleans Saints. He played in New Orleans from 1994-97, then back to Arizona to play for the Cardinals from 1998-99 before ending his career with the Detroit Lions in 2000. He totaled 3,048 career rushing yards with 38 touchdowns and 65 receptions for 419 yards in the NFL.
Honorable Mention: WB James Bilton (1951-54), HB Monroe Eley (1970-71), WB Morris Owens (1972-74), HB Robert Weathers (1978-81), WR Ricky Boyer (1995-97), CB Nijrell Eason (1999-2000), RB (2005-08) Keegan Herring, CB Osahon Irabor (2011-Present)
Bilton was ASU’s leading rusher (557 yards) in 1954, totaling seven touchdowns that season…He previously was ASU’s leader in interceptions in 1951…Eley was named the Offensive MVP of the 1970 Peach Bowl win over North Carolina after rushing for two touchdowns including the go-ahead score in the third quarter…A two-year starter at wingback and a team captain in 1974, Owens had a sensational 1973 season as he set a school record with 1,144 receiving yards while also totaling 52 receptions and nine touchdown catches…He scored seven touchdowns the next year, with 580 receiving yards on 28 receptions…Owens also was a standout punt and kick returner for ASU…A fifth round (106th overall) selection of Miami in the 1975 NFL Draft, Owens played five seasons with the Dolphins and Buccaneers…Weathers totaled 2,168 rushing yards on 411 carries with 13 touchdowns over his four years with the Sun Devils…He was ASU’s leading rusher in 1979 and a Second-Team All-Pac-10 member in 1981…A second round selection (40th overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft by New England, he played five seasons with the Patriots, totaling 733 yards and four touchdowns…A speedy, shifty receiver, Boyer was a fan favorite at ASU and had a highlight reel diving touchdown catch against Ohio State in the 1997 Rose Bowl
Eason came to ASU from the junior college ranks and submitted two excellent seasons, capped of by being a semifinalist for the 2000 Jim Thorpe Award…As a senior, Eason topped ASU with five interceptions and earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition…ASU’s leading rusher in 2005 and ’07, breaking ASU’s freshman rushing record with 870 yards while also setting a school record for rushing yards in a debut game with 134 in the 2005 season opener versus Temple…The former Peoria High School standout and one of the fastest and most popular Sun Devils in recent memory ranks ninth all-time in rushing at ASU with 2,635 yards on 511 carries…After wearing No. 19 his redshirt freshman season, Irabor switched to No. 24 in 2011…He has been a full-time starting cornerback and netted Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 accolades last season.
25 – S Mike Richardson (1979-82)
Perhaps the jersey number with the greatest abundance of talent, Richardson’s multitude of All-America accolades enables him to take the cake among his elite peers.
A starter at safety all four years in Tempe, Richardson remains ASU’s all-time leader in interceptions (18), including team-highs in 1980 (eight) and ’81 (six). In 1982, Richardson finished third on the team with 127 total tackles—a year in which ASU had an astronomic total of seven players with at least 100 tackles on the year.
One of the most heavily awarded players in school history, Richardson was regarded as a Consensus All-American in 1981 and ’82, with his senior season being a unanimous selection. Richardson remains one of only three Sun Devils to earn multiple Consensus All-America honors, joining RB Woody Green (1972-73) and S David Fulcher (1984-85). He also earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades as a sophomore in 1980. In terms of conference awards, Richardson was a First-Team All-Pac-10 member in 1981-82, a Second-Team pick in 1980 and an Honorable Mention selection in 1979. He was also a two-time Playboy Magazine All-America pick and was a team captain in 1982.
“L.A. Mike” was picked in the second round of the 1983 NFL Draft (33rd overall) by the Chicago Bears, with whom he played from 1983-88. He finished his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers in 1989. A member of Chicago’s 1985 Super Bowl championship squad, Richardson was an All-Pro pick in 1986 and totaled 20 interceptions over his seven-year pro career. He was inducted into ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Honorable Mention: FB Art Malone (1967-69), WB Steve Holden (1970-72), CB Eric Allen (1984-87), CB Eddie Stokes (1988-89), LB Mike Nixon (2006-09)
One of the most dominant running backs in ASU history, Malone’s 1968 season is something of legend…In total, he rushed for 1,431 yards, still the third-best single-season effort in program history…Malone’s 235 carries in 1968 set a school record and remains the fourth-highest single-season total in ASU history…His eight 100-yard rushing games in 1968 remains tied for the most in a single year by a Sun Devil and his 15 rushing touchdowns that year remains the third-best single-season output in Sun Devil history…He also owns the third-best single-game rushing effort as he gained 239 yards on 29 carries against New Mexico in 1968…In all, he remains eighth on ASU’s all-time rushing chart with 2,649 yards and fifth in rushing touchdowns with 28…Prior to his stellar junior season, Malone totaled 448 rushing yards with five touchdowns and then he carried 212 times for 770 yards with eight scores as a senior in 1969…He ended his Sun Devil career third on the Devils’ all-time rushing list behind Wilford White and Leon Burton…He also earned All-WAC honors in 1968 and ’69 and was a team captain his senior season…Malone was drafted in the second round (39th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons, and played seven seasons in the NFL, including five in Atlanta and two with the Philadelphia Eagles…He ended his professional career with 2,457 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, and tallied 1,465 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 161 receptions…He was inducted into ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1979…Holden was a dynamic receiver and return threat for the dominant Sun Devils of the early ‘70s…A three-time First-Team All-WAC member, Holden capped his career off by earning First-Team America honors in 1972 after leading the Sun Devils with 42 receptions for 911 and a then-school record 12 receiving touchdowns…He also scored four career touchdowns on punt returns and remains ASU’s all-time leader in punt return yardage with 1,120…After his Sun Devil career, Holden was picked in the first round (16th overall) by the Cleveland Browns in the 1973 NFL Draft and played four years with the Browns and a fifth with the Cincinnati Bengals…
Holden was inducted into ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1984…After picking off eight passes in 1987, Allen nabbed Honorable Mention All-America and First-Team All-Pac-10 honors…As a junior, he garnered Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 accolades as a standout on ASU’s Rose Bowl champion squad…After his Sun Devil career, Allen was a second-round selection (30th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1988…He went on to an illustrious 14-year NFL career during which he was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and three times was picked as either a first or second-team All-Pro…A 2008 inductee to ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame, Allen currently is an NFL analyst for ESPN…A two-year starter at cornerback, Stokes tied for the team lead in interceptions in 1988 and earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition in 1989…Nixon came to ASU after a minor league baseball career but ultimately was a standout linebacker for ASU, leading the Devils in tackles in 2008 (90) and ’09 (73)…A two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection and a three-time First-Team All-Academic member, Nixon captained ASU in 2009 and also was the squad’s interceptions leader his final two seasons.
26 – FB Tony Lorick (1961-63)
ASU’s leading rusher in 1962-63 and also a standout linebacker on defense, Lorick exemplified iron man football with his work on offense, defense and special teams.
In addition to his achievements as a ball carrier, Lorick returned two of his team-high four interceptions for touchdowns in 1963. The year before, he set a still standing single-game punting average of 59.3 against San Jose State and also was the team-leading kickoff and punt returner on the season.
A First-Team All-WAC selection in 1963 and a Second-Team member the previous season, Lorick split his offensive snaps between time at halfback and fullback and totaled 1,509 rushing yards between his final two years as a Sun Devil.
Drafted seventh overall by the AFL’s Oakland Raiders and 22nd overall by the NFL’s Baltimore Colts, Lorick played four seasons with the Colts before two seasons with the Saints. In total, he rushed for 2,124 yards with 14 touchdowns and caught 86 passes for 890 yards with five scores.
Lorick passed away this February at age 71.
Honorable Mention: CB Tom Julian (1968-70), DB Robby Boyd (1985-88), FS Adam Brass (1988-92), CB Kareem Clark (1995; ’98-99), CB R.J. Oliver (2001-05), RB Ryan Torain (2006-07), RB Cameron Marshall (2009-10)
A two-year starter at cornerback, Julian picked off six passes in 1969…A three-year starter at safety, Boyd helped ice ASU’s 1987 Rose Bowl victory with a late-game interception of Michigan QB Jim Harbaugh…Brass was twice recognized as an Honorable All-Pac-10 selection and ASU’s interceptions leader in 1991, while he starred equally in the classroom as he was a three-time First-Team Pac-10 All-Academic honoree and was named a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete in 1992…Clark nabbed Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition as a staring cornerback in 1999…Though the later stages of his career were marred due to injury, Oliver was a key cornerback from 2001-03 and tied for the team-best in interceptions as a freshman and as a sophomore, helping him earn Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition in 2002…Though he only played a season-and-a-half at ASU due to a season-ending injury in 2007, Torain made a major impact and put together one of ASU’s top all-time rushing seasons…In his first hear at ASU after transferring from Butler Community College, Torain totaled 1,229 rushing yards on 223 carries with seven touchdowns in 2006, becoming the first Sun Devil to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing mark since 2001 and ranking the total as the eighth-best single-season total in school history and the most since Freddie Williams in 1975…Torain also scored three times as a receiver, helping him earn Second-Team All-Pac-10 recognition…Before his senior season was cut short due to a foot injury, Torain totaled 553 yards with five touchdowns and caught two touchdown passes in six games…He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and has also spent time with the Washington Redskins and New York Giants…Before switching to No. 6 his junior year, Marshall totaled 1,063 rushing yards with 11 rushing touchdowns in addition to 27 receptions for 271 yards with one score between the 2009-10 seasons.
27 – HB Bobby Mulgado (1954-57)
The debate for the best to wear No. 27 is razor thin at best, as no Sun Devil has worn the number since Mulgado’s career concluded in 1957.
Arguably the most versatile player in program history, the McKeesport, Pa., native created an impact in every way for Arizona State College—literally.
Mulgado formed a sensational one-two punch with Leon Burton from 1955-57, and in 1956 Mulgado had a team-best 755 rushing yards on 107 carries with eight total touchdowns. He followed that up with 681 rushing yards and eight scores as a senior beside Burton, with whom Mulgado combined for over 1,800 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground in 1957. Also that season, Mulgado hauled in a team-best six interceptions on defense. Also as a senior in 1957, Mulgado caught 16 passes for 339 yards and threw two touchdown passes.
The definitive “specialist”, Mulgado was the nation’s leader with a 19.1 yard-average on punt returns in 1957 with two touchdowns, while he also starred in the kicking game, leading ASU in punting in 1955-57 and kicked field goals and extra points as a senior.
In all, Mulgado totaled 93 points in 1957, second nationally only to his teammate Burton.
A team captain and First-Team All-Border Conference member as a Sun Devil, at the conclusion of his college career, Mulgado totaled 2,003 rushing yards with 21 touchdowns, ranking him second in school history at the time only behind legendary Wilford “Whizzer” White.
After his time in Tempe, Mulgado was picked up as a free agent by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League before being selected in the fifth round of the 1959 NFL Draft by Philadelphia. In addition to his time with the Roughriders, Mulgado also played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.
His number was retired the Sun Devil football program the season after his college playing career completed. In 2011, he was one of nine inaugural members of ASU’s football Ring of Honor.
28 – K Thomas Weber (2007-10)
Weber arrived at ASU as a walk-on in 2006 and after four-year kicker Jesse Ainsworth departed, ASU handed him the reins as a redshirt freshman. Showing absolutely no first-year jitters, Weber put together perhaps the most sensational season by a kicker in school history as he ultimately earned First-Team All-America honors and became the first freshman to ever with the Lou Groza Award.
During his incredible 2007 season, Weber connected on 24-of-25 field goal attempts and also was listed on the All-Pac-10 First Team in addition to his national honors. Not just a standout on the field, Weber also garnered First-Team Pac-10 All-Academic recognition as a redshirt freshman.
Though his final three years didn’t match the stellar quality of his first, Weber did continue to rack in additional accolades as a Sun Devil including 2008 Playboy Preseason All-America honors and Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 awards in 2008 and ’10.
Weber concluded his college career on a high note, as he connected on five field goals in ASU’s thrilling double overtime Territorial Cup victory over Arizona in Tucson.
Statistically, Weber hit 68-of-87 field goals (.781 pct.) with a long of 53 yards while he also made 136-of-143 extra points. In addition to his placekicking duties, Weber served as ASU’s punter in 2007 and ’08, averaging 39.2 and 41.4 yards in those two seasons, respectively.
In all, Weber stands second all-time at ASU in made field goals and points scored, while he also was a sensational student-athlete as he was a four-time member of the Academic All-Pac-10 team, earning First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention (twice) honors. He also was the 2011 recipient of a postgraduate scholarship presented annually by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Honorable Mention: SS/CB Raye Williams
A three year starter in the secondary, Williams played strong safety in 1976 before moving to cornerback the next two seasons.
29 – FS Nathan LaDuke
LaDuke, a premier athlete at Phoenix’s Alhambra High School, was a versatile threat that chose ASU over a handful of scholarship offers including BYU, Nebraska, UCLA and USC.
A three-sport standout in high school, LaDuke was a state champion wrestler and an all-state pick in baseball in addition to his prowess on the gridiron.
At ASU, LaDuke was a three-year ball hawk in the secondary at free safety. A three-time All-Pac-10 honoree and a two-time Second-Team All-American; LaDuke was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in each of his final two seasons. The only player in school history to lead ASU in interceptions three seasons, LaDuke is ASU’s career leader in interception return yardage (324 on 14 interceptions), while he also remains fifth on ASU’s all-time list for total tackles (360). LaDuke’s versatility also shows with the fact that he is tied with LB Brett Wallerstedt atop ASU’s all-time solo tackles chart (238).
LaDuke was picked by the Phoenix Cardinals in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft and he also spent time with the Arizona Rattlers in 1992, ’95 and ’96. He was inducted into ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and into the Arizona High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Honorable Mention: CB/FL Bruce Hill, TB Jerone Davison, TB Michael Martin, OLB Robert James
Hill started at cornerback in 1983 before ultimately switching to receiver, where he was a starter as a senior in 1986…Perhaps his most notable achievement as a Sun Devil was his contribution to ASU’s 1987 Rose Bowl victory as he hauled in a pair of touchdown receptions—including the go-ahead score—from quarterback Jeff Van Raaphorst to help the Devils take down Michigan…Davison was ASU’s leading rusher in 1992 and garnered Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition that year…After suffering a neck injury early in ASU’s Pac-10 championship season in 1996, Martin returned to full health as a senior in 1997…That year, Martin returned with a vengeance as he rushed for 1,046 yards and was the recipient of the Gene Autry Courage Award, an accolade since also won by the likes of Anthony Robles and others who have overcome injuries and other physical limitations to thrive in athletics…An Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection and a team captain as a senior, Martin concluded his ASU career in style as he was named the MVP of the 1997 Sun Bowl after rushing for 169 yards with a touchdown in ASU’s 17-7 victory over Iowa.
30 – SE Calvin Demery (1969-71)
When discussing the top receivers in program history, Demery is rarely mentioned in the same conversation as the likes of J.D. Hill, Steve Holden, John Jefferson, Aaron Cox, Keith Poole, Shaun McDonald and Derek Hagan, but his achievements rival many of ASU’s all-time greats. In fact, statistically he remains one of the very best in school and very few Sun Devils at any position made as sensational of a debut as Demery did in ASU’s season-opening 48-26 win over Minnesota on Sept. 20, 1969.
In his first game as a sophomore during a time in which freshmen were in eligible for varsity action, the Phoenix South Mountain High School graduate set school single-game records of 11 receptions for 201 yards against Minnesota, marks that stood until 1973 and ’76, respectively. That year, Demery earned First-Team All-WAC honors after establishing single-season school records in receptions (45) and receiving yards (816) while also adding four receiving touchdowns.
After a knee injury limited his junior season, Demery became the favorite target for a first-year quarterback by the name of Danny White and again paced the Sun Devils with 43 catches for 641 yards with five scores as a senior in 1971, helping ASU claim victory in the inaugural Fiesta Bowl.
At the end of his career he was ASU’s all-time leader in receiving yards per game (74.0), a record that stood for over 30 years until Shaun McDonald’s 77.5-yard average from 2000-02.
Demery was selected in the eighth round of the 1972 NFL Draft by Minnesota, where, according to records, he played five games his rookie season.
Honorable Mention: QB Dick Mackey (1952-54), WR/TE Richard Mann (1966-68), SE Greg Hudson (1973), WR/DB Ron Brown (1980-82), TB Mike Crawford (1983-85), FS Jason Shivers (2001-03)
Mackey, ASU’s top quarterback in 1952 and ’54, was also the team leader in interceptions in 1953 and ’54 and a team captain in ’54…A two-year starter at wide receiver/tight end, Mann contributed to the program beyond graduation as the team’s wide receivers coach under Frank Kush from 1974-79 mentoring the likes of John Jefferson, John Mistler and others…The Offensive MVP of the 1973 Fiesta Bowl, Hudson had a team-high 62 receptions that season in addition to 974 receiving yards and eight touchdowns…A two-year starter in the secondary, Brown also made an impact on offense including a 52-yard touchdown to close the door on Oklahoma in ASU’s 1982 Fiesta Bowl victory…Brown gained his greatest recognition as a Track and Field gold medalist in the 1984 Olympic Games…Crawford was the team leader in rushing in 1985, including a 100-yard effort in his final collegiate game occurring in the 1985 Holiday Bowl against Arkansas…Shivers was ASU’s leading tackler all three years he played in Tempe, totaling 314 stops as a Sun Devil…A Freshman All-American according to Sporting News in 2001, the Phoenix South Mountain High School product earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition in 2002 and Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors the following year…Shivers left ASU a year early to enter the NFL Draft and was selected in the fifth round by the St. Louis Rams…He ultimately played one year in the NFL and five seasons in the Canadian Football League.