6. Joe Rowley, RB/DB, 1983

Rowley may have had a small 5-foot 8-inch 155-pound frame, but it didn’t stop him from making a big impact on both sides of the ball. The three-year star running back amassed a school-record 2,937 yards to break Larry LeKander’s school record of 2,772 yards from 1955. Rowley also set the school record with 48 career touchdowns and held on to both marks until Johnny Peña broke both within the last two years. However, Rowley still holds the single-game rushing mark from when he rushed for 288 yards against Tucson High in 1982, his senior year when he was named to the Arizona Daily Star’s Super 11 and All-City first team after finishing with an area-best 1,229 yards rushing and 122 points on 164 carries. He also received first-team All-City honors as a junior when he led the area in scoring again, with 105 points, and was second in rushing, with 931 yards. Rowley, who was also a premiere sprinter and high jumper in the spring, continued his career at New Mexico State for two years and totaled 1,299 totals yards and 11 touchdowns, before a coaching change cause him to part with the Aggies. He also considered Northern Arizona, Wyoming and Stanford for college.

August 18, 2013 7:49 pm  • 
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