2. Joe Petroshus, RB/DB, 1969

Of all the great running backs in Tucson High history, Joe Petroshus is the one with the records. After the 1968 All-American rushed for a city-best 1,418 yards in the regular season, averaging more than nine yards a carry, he left as the Badgers career rushing (2,718) leader. His 19 touchdowns that season also tied the season-high mark before Allistaire Hartfield broke it two years later with 21 scores in 1970. Petroshus also has the career rushing touchdown record (32) and a game-high 303 yards against Pueblo in 1968. Somehow, the 9-1 Badgers missed the playoffs in 1968, but the 6-foot 2-inch, 190-pound Petroshus contributed as a sophomore to Tucson's championship in 1966. Coach Ollie Mayfield told the Arizona Daily Star in 1969 that Petroshus was "one of the best football players" he's ever seen and that the two-time All-State back was sought after by Southern California, Nebraska and Oklahoma. He stayed in Tucson, though, and entered his second year at the UA as the top preseason Sophomore-of-the-Year candidate. However, an ankle injury limited him to just 14 carries in 1970, and he never led the Wildcats in rushing despite lettering three years.

August 22, 2013 5:59 pm  • 
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