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ASU Football: 'Summer of Legends' No. 12 Darryl Harris

Harris takes us deep in to the backfield in the latest installment of our legends countdown.

Darryl Harris of Arizona State runs with the ball during the Sun Devils' Rose Bowl win.
Darryl Harris of Arizona State runs with the ball during the Sun Devils' Rose Bowl win.
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The Backstory: With the exception of a wedding ring, a BCS ring is probably the best thing that could happen to a man. But flashy rings are not the only things that turn a man into a legend. It takes true leadership and heart to climb to the top and today's honoree is still one of the greatest in Sun Devil history.

This season, a lot of the team's success is riding on the backfield and you need to give credit where credit is due. If the Camp T scrimmage was a sign of what's to come, Arizona State may have one of the best offensive lines in the Pac-12.

Our legend Darryl Harris also had an outstanding line as he put up impressive numbers throughout his collegiate career. This Sun Devil could flat out perform.

The Player:
Darryl Harris (1984-1987)

Darryl Harris spent three of his four years as the team's starting back and his career as an upperclassman consisted of a Rose Bowl victory over the University of Michigan and an Associated Press NCAA All-American Honorable Mention honor.

Harris is near the top of the leader board in multiple school rushing categories including seventh-best with 11 career 100-yard rushing games and ninth with 2,617 rushing yards.

During the '86 season, the 5-foot-10 back rushed for 1,042 yards and enjoyed nine trips to the end zone. To give the current fans a comparison, Marion Grice had 1,104 total yards combined last season.

Arizona State has a rich history of having a game changing punt and kick returner. Harris was no different. In his first year with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL, Harris was fourth in the league with 39 returns and fifth with 833 kick return yards. Not too shabby for a rookie, eh?

Who Wears it Now? Junior College transfer and defensive tackle Marcus Hardison currently sports the big 1-2 on his back. ASU has had success with JUCO athletes and the 6-foot-5 monster was regarded by some as a top ten national junior college athlete when he signed his letter of intent to play in Tempe. Hardison will team up with All-American Will Sutton to make up one of the best D-lines at ASU in recent memory.

Honorable Mention

Rudy Carpenter: Carpenter is the best Sun Devil quarterback to wear No.12 and entering his senior year, the 2008 season, he made 31 consecutive starts which was the most since Jake Plummer. He threw for over 2,200 yards and 15 touchdowns in all four years he played (2005-2008).