ASU's Top 10 quarterbacks since 1970, imo


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Posted by Sun Devil P.A.T. on April 01, 20 at 16:23:12:

Sun Devil fans,
I've grown more than tired reading about "political points of view" on this message board. I realize we have the Coronavirus stopping the sports world/ world as a whole right now, but I don't want to see Sun Devils attacking other Sun Devils over politics. So, here's my Top 10 ASU quarterbacks since 1970.

#1) Danny White- Danny was a flat winner! ASU went 32-4 during his 3 years as ASU's quarterback. This included going 3-0 against the U of A, and winning the first 3 Fiesta Bowls over Florida State, Missouri, and Pittsburgh, respectively.

#2) Jake Plummer- Jake broke all sorts of passing records in his four years of playing quarterback at ASU. Of course, Jake is best remembered for his outstanding senior season, in which he should've won the Heisman Trophy, in my opinion, when he led ASU to a 11-0 regular season, and the Rose Bowl. ASU was one defensive stop away from a National Championship, and Jake Plummer's leadership was a big part of it.

#3) Andrew Walter- Andrew was probably the strongest armed quarterback to ever play at ASU. He could make "all the throws", as a NFL scout would say, but he unfortunately was drafted by the Oakland Raiders, who had one of the worst, if not the worst, offensive line in the NFL. Andrew's lack of mobility hurt him behind that line. Andrew put up huge passing numbers in Dirk Koetter's offense at ASU.

#4) Mike Pagel- I think Mike Pagel is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in ASU history. Pagel played at ASU for 4 years (1978-1981). Pagel spent the first two seasons serving as a back up to Mark Malone, but would often get into games when Malone struggled. Pagel could throw the football and put up some impressive offensive numbers during the 1981 season, when ASU had one of the best offenses in the country.

#5) Jeff Van Raaphorst- V-Rap had a great career at ASU, including taking ASU to their first Rose Bowl, and Rose Bowl victory in 1986/ 87 Rose Bowl. The thing that keeps Jeff from being higher on my list is he was 0-3 against the U of A, and he was a turnover machine in those 3 losses.

#6) Joe Spagnola- I only saw Spagnola play in 1970, but he was a big part of leading ASU to their first bowl game victory, in the Peach Bowl over North Carolina. Spaghetti Joe led ASU to an undefeated 11-0 season in 1970.

#7) Rudy Carpenter- This maybe a controversial pick, since many Sun Devil fans did not like Rudy, but he was a tough guy, who played behind some suspect offensive lines, and still put up very good numbers when it came to touchdowns vs. interceptions. Rudy also led ASU to a share of the Pac-10 Championship in 2007, when ASU went 10-2 during the regular season, finishing tied with USC for the Pac-10 Championship. The Trojans beat ASU 24-44 at Sun Devil Stadium, so both teams finished 7-2 in conference play that season. Rudy was a big part of that team's success.

#8) Taylor Kelly- Taylor Kelly was a winner during his 3 years as a starter at ASU. He put up great numbers in terms of touchdown to interception ratio's. ASU won 8, 10, and 10 games in Taylor's 3 year's as the Sun Devil starter. Granted, some of those wins in Taylor's last season (2014) were led by Mike Bercovici, who filled in very nicely for an injured Kelly, who went down against Colorado earlier in the season.

#9) Ryan Kealy- I think he would be higher up on this list, if not for his numerous knee injuries at ASU. Kealy had a great freshman season, in which he led ASU to a 9-3 season in 1997. After 1997, Kealy had a great deal of difficulty staying healthy. When he did play for ASU, he put up big numbers in both passing yardage and throwing for touchdowns.

#10) Paul Justin- Paul played quarterback during the Larry Marmie years, meaning he wasn't exactly surrounded by a lot of talent during his years at ASU. Justin showed great arm strength while playing at ASU, enough to get drafted into the NFL, and to serve as a back up quarterback in the NFL for many years.

That's my list, I left off others that many might think should be on the Top 10, including guys like Dennis Sproul, Mark Malone, Todd Hons, Sam Keller, Mike Bercovici, and Manny Wilkins to name a few. Go Sun Devils!

SD P.A.T.




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