The Backstory: When Arizona State fans read through the Sun Devil baseball roster, they might notice a familiar name. David Graybill is a 6-foot-5 local guy out of Brophy Prep, but his name rings a bell for so many other reasons. That's because anyone who's followed Sun Devil athletics know about the storied Graybill family.
When the first baseman took the field this season, he became the third generation of Graybill's to play baseball for the Sun Devils. Graybill's father, Dave Jr., pitched for Arizona State in the early 1980s. Graybill's grandfather, Dave Sr., also played for Arizona State in the mid 1950s. But Dave Sr. played more than just baseball, he is one of just seven three-sport lettermen in Sun Devil history. The eldest of the three generations played baseball, basketball, and football, and he takes his spot at No. 15 in our "Sun Devil Legends" series for the time he spent at quarterback.
The Player: Dave Graybill (1953-1956)
By now, you probably have an understanding of the sensational athletic talents Dave Graybill was blessed with. Few athletes in college sports have ever successfully lettered in two sports, and Graybill is the rare competitor who found time to excel in three sports.
During his first two seasons with the Sun Devil football program, Graybill didn't see the field often. But that's alright, we'll cut him some slack because he was also getting the hang of playing two other sports during the offseason. Once Graybill accrued the necessary repetitions to impress coach Dan Devine, he provided an instant burst of energy into the Sun Devil offense.
Though Graybill played in an era where running the ball was the standard, Devine urged Graybill to show off his talented throwing arm and the quarterback obliged. In 1955, Graybill attempted 132 passes, the second most a Sun Devil had thrown up to date. Of those, Graybill completed 80 for 1,079 yards and nine touchdowns and became the first 1,000-yard passer in school history.
Graybill's 60.6 completion percentage in 1955 set a Sun Devil record that would be surpassed just once over the next 25 seasons.
After throwing for 1,000 yards, the Border Conference recognized Graybill as a First Team All-Conference performer and the Sun Devils recognized him as a great leader. Despite leaving the team in the offseason for his other athletic endeavors, Graybill came back in 1956 and assumed his role as the starting quarterback once again.
In 1956, Graybill only attempted 84 passes, but he did throw for five touchdowns en route to a 9-1 record.
It's important to note that Graybill didn't just limit himself to offense (Of course he didn't), as he also started in the defensive backfield. In 1955, Graybill led the team with three interceptions and accumulated 50 total return yards.
Though he blessed other Sun Devil athletic programs with his presence, Graybill became a Sun Devil legend because of what he was able to accomplish on the football field.