5. Tyler Graunke, QB, 2004

Graunke was named the All-Southern Arizona Player of the Year in 2004 when he had one of the most prolific passing seasons Tucson has ever seen. The 6-foot 180-pound quarterback threw for a city-record 3,372 yards, which is also still standing as the best mark statewide in 5A history. His two main targets were receivers Jack Darlington and Rocco Bene, Graunke helped them make history when they became the first duo in Arizona history to each finish with 1,000 yards receiving.  Graunke, who also holds the Southern Arizona single-season mark for the most touchdown passes with 37, went on to play for Hawaii. He was a member of the 12-1 team that went to the Sugar Bowl in 2008 when he accounted for Warriors’ lone touchdown in that game. He started in two games and threw for 1,234 yards and 10 downs that year for his best season but left football the following year and has since spent time playing in the German Football League.

August 18, 2013 7:48 pm  • 
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