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Hey look, it's 12/12/12. All 12s! Let's take a look at every young man to ever wear the mark of the dozen in Sun Devil history
To some people with too much time on their hands, believe in omens, or just enjoy a pointless chuckle, today is significant.
It's December 12th, 2012, meaning that the date is 12/12/12. Needless to say, it will be a while before such a repetitive sequence happens again.
With this calendar quirk upon us, lets take a look at the Sun Devil players who have worn the magic number.
Fred Mortensen was a quarterback and punter during his ASU career. He led the team with 1,068 yards passing in 1975, forming a tandem with Dennis Sproul. Mortensen's greatest claim to fame came in that year's Fiesta Bowl against Nebraska. Sproul left the game in the fourth quarter due to injury, with ASU trailing 14-6. Mortensen promptly hit John Jefferson for a 10-yard touchdown, then found Larry Mucker for the two-point conversion to tie. ASU went on to win on a late field goal and finish No. 2 in the nation.
Darryl Harris was the team's leading rusher in 1986 and 1987. In that 1986 season that culminated with a Rose Bowl win, Harris ran for 1,042 yards and nine touchdowns, including 109 yards in the historic win over Michigan. His 2,617 rushing yards are now the 10th most on the school's all-time list, having just been past by Cameron Marshall earlier this year.
Eric Guliford was a prolific and punt returner in the late 1980s and early 90s. When he graduated, his 164 career receptions were second most in school history (now fourth), and his 2,408 receiving yards are still sixth most. He led the team in receiving from 1990 through 1992, and led the team in punt returns during all four of his seasons, taking two kicks back to the house.
The most prolific No. 12 in ASU history was quarterback Rudy Carpenter. The fiery gunslinger burst onto the scene in relief of an injured Sam Keller to lead the nation with a 170.5 passer rating. He would start 43 straight games, despite taking a beating behind a terrible ASU offensive line. No Sun Devil has completed more passes than Carpenter's 799, and remains second all-time in passing yards (10,491) and touchdowns (81).
Complete List of Number 12s in Sun Devil History
Ralph Wilson (1950)
Jim Swanner (1958-59)
Steve Zeiders (1967-69)
Jim Brady (1971-72)
Ray Alexander (1974)
Fred Mortensen (1976-77)
Scott McKee (1981)
Stein Koss (1982)
Gordon Moss (1983)
Darryl Harris (1984-87)
Eric Guliford (1988-92)
Jason Kyle (1993-94)
Lamont Morgan (1995-96)
Brian Forth (1997-2000)
Chad Christensen (2001)
Kellen Bradley (2002-2003)
Rudy Carpenter (2004-08)
Matthew Tucker (2009-11)
Danny Lewis (2011-2012)
Villami Moeakiola (2012)