1. Eric Drage, WR/DE, 1989

If you watched a Santa Rita game in 1988, you saw Eric Drage out on the field — every single play. The 6-foot 1-inch, 175-pound athlete never left the field, according to head coach Bob Vielledent, and for good reason. Drage was the All-Southern Arizona Player of the Year as a senior, an All-State and All-Division first team selection and he also won the Ed Doherty Award as Arizona’s top high school player. While Drage starred at wide receiver, he also was a force at defensive end and even volunteered to be the scout team quarterback. Drage went on to play at BYU, where the two-time All-WAC selection set two career receiving records for the Cougars (3,065 yards and 29 touchdowns) before they were broken in 2008 by future NFL receiver Austin Collie. Going into a pivotal matchup against Sunnyside Drage’s senior year, he asked his coach to not throw him the ball and instead run it since the Blue Devils were overloading their defense to stop him, Vielledent told reporters in 1988. The star receiver went without a catch, but Santa Rita won 13-10. Photo by Linda Seeger / Tucson Citizen

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