Top 5 favorite - not best - was the key for me

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Posted by Big Ron on April 03, 20 at 12:15:41:

In Reply to: Your Top 5 Favorite ASU players posted by Kushman on April 02, 20 at 15:47:20:

It's too easy to pick ASU HOF members. But every year, there are always players that stick in your memories. This is my odd assortment of favorites. No disrespect to Danny White, Jake Plummer, Randall McDaniel, Pat Tillman, etc.

1. Joe Zuger - he did it all for new yong HC named Kush. He was 24-7 as a starting QB. He played DB and his senior year had 10 INTs in the shorter 10 game seasons. And he could really bomb it as the punter. One pregame, he launched one from about the 15. It peaked above the lights in the new Sun Devil Stadium. Everyone on the field froze looking for the ball. It finally fell out of the black sky behind them on the opposite 5 yard line. That was the darndest kick I ever saw. He was credited with 4 80+ yard kicks in his CFL career.

2. Juan Roque - The prototype LT. Big, strong agile. Best Kick step in football. He could kick, turn and square his shoulders before the DE took his first set. Then Juan would hit the DE in the chest with those 2 battering ram arms and stop him in his tracks. Absolute consistency in his technique. It was a thing of beauty.

3. D. J. Foster - The Ultimate Sun Devil. He could have been a star anywhere. He chose to be a Sun Devil. He chose to come back for his senior year. He could do it all. 2,355 yards rushing. 2,458 yards receiving. Recorded at least one reception in all 53 games he played in, the longest streak in Pac-10/12 history.

4. Adam Archuleta - Self made man. A 175-180 lb walk-on that hired a special trainer to help him develop speed and size. He turned himself into terror on the field. Fun to watch him develop. Fun to watch him blow up RBs that ventured into his area. As a 211 lb SS at the NFL combine, Archie posted a 4.46 sec forty and benched 31 reps. Not bad for a kid that once said that he could not do a 225 lb bench press as a freshman.

5. OK, I'm cheating by listing both Olivo brothers as a tie for 5. It's only fitting because it was hard to tell them apart. Ted(68-71) and Sal(72,73) Olivo played D-line in the Kush years. The Boys from Nutley, New Jersey were the prototype Kush era overachievers. A pair of 5'-9" 210 lbs kids playing defensive line. They were half Sun Devils and half Tasmanian Devils. They had to put a smile in Kush's face. They sure did that for me.

Honorable mention list:

Cecil Abono
Nello Tomarelli
Grey Ruegamer
Paul Fanaika
"Taco" Togiai

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