Arizona State Football: The 5 Most Under-Appreciated Players in School History

Jeff Chase@@Real_Jeff_ChaseSenior Analyst IIMarch 21, 2012

Arizona State Football: The 5 Most Under-Appreciated Players in School History

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    There are players like Danny White and Pat Tillman who will always go down in the memories of anyone who knows a thing about Arizona State football. But sometimes other great players slip through the cracks.

    ASU has been a storied program throughout its years, and many great players have come through Tempe.

    The following players had great careers as Sun Devils, but often their names don't get mentioned with some of the best.

John Torok

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    John Torok was the starting quarterback for the Arizona State Sun Devils during the 1963 and 1964 seasons.

    The teams went a combined 16-3, as Torok led them with some great years under center.

    Once he took over in 1963, Torok completed 41 of his 79 attempts, throwing for 600 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions.

    He really got things going though in 1964, as he led the team with 2,356 yards while completing 55.4 percent of his passes. He also threw for 20 touchdowns that year.

Curley Culp

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    With the Arizona State Sun Devils, Curley Culp played both offensive and defensive line. While that was impressive by itself, it can't go unmentioned that Culp was also the NCAA heavyweight champion in wrestling.

    Culp played apart of the late-1960s teams, but those squads failed to play in a bowl game.

    After playing with the Sun Devils, Culp went on to have a pro career with the Kansas City Chiefs, and then the Houston Oilers and the Detroit Lions.

    While his college career stats are not so easy to find, his 68 sacks at the pro level speak for the kind of play he had on the field during his college days.

Junior Ah You

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    A talented defensive end for the Arizona State Sun Devils, Junior Ah You went on to have a great career in the Canadian Football League and the USFL.

    As a Sun Devil, Ah You was a part of the school's 1970 Peach Bowl. In that game, ASU defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels.

    Ah You was once again a force on the defensive end of the ball, as the Sun Devils had their first big bowl win, taking down the Florida State Seminoles 45-38 to win the Fiesta Bowl.

Jake Plummer

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    Jake Plummer was by far one of the best quarterbacks to ever don the maroon and gold, but after his abrupt departure from the NFL, his name has fallen off the earth somewhat.

    During his days with the Sun Devils, he took the team to the 1996 Rose Bowl, as the team went undefeated during the regular season. They didn't finish the year the way they had it going, losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes 20-17.

    Plummer went on to have an average NFL career, but he decided to just retire from the NFL after the Denver Broncos traded him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be replaced by a young quarterback named Jay Cutler.

Jim Jeffcoat

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    Jim Jeffcoat played defensive end for the Arizona State Sun Devils from 1980-82, and was one of the best defensive lineman in all of college football.

    Jeffcoat was a key component to the Sun Devils successful 1982 season, where the team went to the Fiesta Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners. In that game, Jeffcoat was selected as defensive player of the game, while also defining his name before entering the NFL Draft.

    He was taken 23rd overall in the 1983 draft by the Dallas Cowboys, and he went on to have a great pro career. He recorded 102.5 sacks over his career, as well as winning two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.

    He played in the NFL for 14 seasons.