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ASU Football: 'Sun Devil Legends Series' No. 60

You'll be surprised to see what position our "Sun Devil Legend" who wore No. 60 played.

Dick Curran was one of ASU's first great running backs.
Dick Curran was one of ASU's first great running backs.

The Backstory: It feels like months since we've been able to choose a skill position player to honor as part of our "Sun Devil Legends" series. With No. 60 rolling around, we thought the trend of honoring linemen would continue before we embark on our run through the 50s.

However, when researching No. 60, the team at House of Sparky was met with a delightful surprise. Back in the 1950s, the standards for numbers and positions weren't nearly as rigid as they are today. Thus, we came about one of ASU's first great running backs, and he became the legend we honor at No. 60.

The Player: Dick Curran (1952-1953)

In 1952, a young running back by the name of Dick Curran came to Tempe, Arizona to join coach Clyde Smith's up and coming program. Smith took over for Larry Slemering who led the Sun Devils to a 6-3-1 record in 1951.

When Curran came to Arizona State, he immediately assumed the starting role as a running back. Despite wearing a number usually reserved for offensive linemen, Curran had no issues establishing himself at his position.

Curran's first year as a Sun Devil was his most successful and one of the best seasons an Arizona State back had enjoyed to date. In 1952, Curran rushed 114 times and gained 870 yards which works out to a whopping 8.1 yards per carry.

Curran's 8.1 yards per carry put him in elite company. Only Sun Devil star Leon Burton has surpassed Curran's 1952 average as Burton averaged 10.2 ypc in 1955 and 9.6 ypc in 1957.

After Curran's stellar 1952 season, he was named a team captain for the 1953 season. Curran finished his career with six 100-yard rushing games which was the most that any Sun Devil had ever recorded until Burton and others surpassed his mark.

Honorable Mentions

Ken Kerr: Kerr was a two-year starter and was named an All Border Conference guard in 1957. During his two seasons, the Sun Devils amassed an overall record of 19-1 including an undefeated 10-0 season in 1957.

Larry Delbridge: Delbridge was also a two-year starter at Arizona State and was a team captain in 1972, the heart of the Frank Kush era.