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"Sun Devil Legends Series" No. 72 Larry Shorty

We check in at No. 72 with a three-year starter during one of the most productive eras of Arizona State football.

Larry Shorty was a three-year starter at left end.
Larry Shorty was a three-year starter at left end.
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The Backstory: Our "Sun Devil Legends" series continues with another batch of talented linemen at No. 72. While many fans might not consider defensive line play to be particularly interesting, those who do know that Arizona State has a proud tradition in the trenches.

Not surprisingly, devoted Sun Devil fans have taken an interest in our "Sun Devil Legends" series and we've received great feedback on many of our linemen profiles. Today's legend is yet another multi-year starter and all-conference performer who let his play do the talking.

The Legend: Larry Shorty (1971-1973)

In terms of Sun Devil football history, few eras can match the early 1970s in terms of overall success. Between 1970 and 1973, the Sun Devils had four consecutive 10-win seasons including three 11-win campaigns.

During that time, the Sun Devil defense was loaded with talent, and Larry Shorty was a prime example. In 1971, Shorty came to Arizona State and fit right in on a defense that was coming off of an undefeated season.

The big man started at left end along the defensive line and became a starter during his first season with the program. In 1972, Shorty began to come into his own and brought home Honorable Mention All-Conference honors that year.

However, Shorty was not done contributing just yet as he built upon a solid 1972 season by earning First Team All-Western Conference Honors on the 11-1 1973 squad.

Unfortunately, Shorty's greatness at defensive end cannot be quantified with statistics, as sacks and quarterback pressures were not kept during the time he competed.

What we do know is that Shorty had a profound impact during one of the greatest eras in Sun Devil history, and that when he started, Arizona State compiled a 32-4 overall record.

Honorable Mention

John Seedborg: Seedborg is our favorite type of player: one part offensive tackle, and the other part kicker/punter. In 1963, Seedborg made the Second Team All-Western Conference at both offensive tackle and kicker as he averaged more than 37 yards per punt.