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Seven Former Sun Devil Greats To Be Inducted Into ASU Sports Hall Of Fame
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 08/27/2013
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TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame will welcome seven former Sun Devil greats to its ranks Saturday, Oct. 12, at halftime of the ASU vs. Colorado football game.

Seven former student-athletes from five different varsity sports comprise the 2013 induction class. Willie Bloomquist (Baseball), Reka Cseresnyes (Women’s Tennis), Chris Hanell (Men’s Golf), Todd Heap (Football), John Jacobs (Baseball), Eric Larkin (Wrestling) and J.R. Redmond (Football) will be honored at the Hall of Fame football game on October 12 vs. Colorado at Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field.

The Hall of Fame Luncheon and Induction Ceremony will take place on October 11 at the Phoenix Country Club from 11:30a.m.-1:30 p.m.  The Luncheon will include a formal induction ceremony into the ASU Hall of Fame by the ASU Athletic Heritage Committee and tickets cost $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10. 

Willie Bloomquist - Baseball / Infield-Outfield / 1997-1999

(B.S., Management)

A three-time All-American, a two-time first team All-Pac-10 performer and an academic All-American, Bloomquist was one of the most productive student-athletes in Arizona State baseball history. He made 175 career starts for the Sun Devils from 1997-99 and finished his collegiate career with the third best batting average in school history at .394. He is one of two players in program history to record 100 hits in consecutive seasons (1998-99) and still ranks in the top five in runs (216), stolen bases (72) and triples (22). The 1999 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Bloomquist led the conference in hits, walks, triples and runs, and began the season with a 20-game hitting streak. He made an impact from the moment he stepped on campus as his .356 freshman batting average ranks among the highest in program annals and earned him freshman All-America recognition. The only player to record four steals in two separate games, he played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 1998 and earned his bachelor’s degree from ASU in 2001. The Seattle Mariners selected him in the third round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft and he made his debut for the Mariners in 2002.

Reka Cseresnyes – Women’s Tennis / 1995-1998

(B.S., Finance/Supply Chain Management, May 1998)

Cseresnyes kicked off her collegiate career at Arizona State unlike any other freshmen athlete: she was the first freshman in Arizona State history to earn All-American honors. Her tennis career excelled from this point on as she became the first ASU women’s tennis player to be a four-time All-American. She posted a 78-36 record in three seasons, including a 52-27 record in dual matches, finished each season in the top-25 final ranking, and played No. 1 singles each season for the Sun Devils. In her senior season, she advanced to the third round of the 1998 NCAA Individual Championships and in her sophomore season she advanced to the quarterfinals. Cseresnyes’ accomplishments off the court included being named the female student-athlete Pac-10 Medal Winner in 1998, alongside Pat Tillman as the male student-athlete. To supplement her award, she also was twice named Pac-10 All-Academic choice, named to the Athletic Directors Honor Roll, a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a four-time Maroon and Gold Scholar-Athlete. 

Chris Hanell – Men’s Golf / 1993-1997

(B.S., Marketing, May 1997)

Hanell was a proven winner on the golf course at Arizona State. He was a three-time All-American (1993-94 honorable mention, 1994-95 honorable mention, 1996-97 First-Team), helped his teams win three Pac-10 Championships, a First-Team Pac-10 All-Academic pick in 1995-1996 and 1996-1997, and received a Golfstat Cup in 1997 as the college player with the lowest stroke average. His 50 rounds played during his rookie season is tied for the most in the past 20 seasons  (1993-94 through 2012-13). Hanell was a member of the winning 1996 NCAA Championship team with ASU, as he also led the Sun Devils in five tournaments that season. In each of his four years, he finished in the Top 10 individually. Throughout his career, he played in 58 tournaments and had a 71.44 stroke average with 24 rounds in the 60s, and his 179 rounds played in his career is second-most in the past 20 seasons for Sun Devil golf. He finished his collegiate career at ASU by receiving the Golfweek, Golfstat and Collegiate Player of the Year Awards in 1997, as well as being chosen as an All-American and an Academic All-American. As a professional, Hanell has one European tour win at the Madeira Island Open in 2004.

Todd Heap - Football / Tight End / 1998-2000

(B.S., Business)

Nicknamed the “Golden Retriever” at ASU by Coach Bruce Snyder for his blonde hair, great hands and nose for football, Heap is arguably one of the best tight ends in Arizona State history and an all-time fan favorite. Heap began his career at Arizona State with a one-handed 15-yard touchdown pass in the season opener against Washington, earning him the AT&T Long Distance Play of the Week honors for the nation. His Sun Devil career only improved from that point on, as he was awarded the Bill Kajikawa Freshmen Award in 1998, a First-Team Pac-10 selection in 1999 and 2000, selected by Gannett News Service, NFL Draft Report, and CNNSI.com as a First-Team All-American, and earned Second-Team All-America honors from AP and Third-Team honors from Football News. In his last season, Heap had 48 receptions, which was third at that time in ASU history for a tight end in a single season, behind only himself in 1999 (55) and Don Kern in 1983 (49), he extended his consecutive games with a reception streak to 27 games, where he caught at least two passes in all 12 games in 2000, and 30 of his 48 catches resulted in first down or touchdowns. When Heap graduated, he was the all-time leader in receptions by a tight end with 115. Heap was a first round pick (31st overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He earned Second-Team All-Pro honors in 2003 and has played in two Pro Bowls in Hawaii (2003 and 2004). In his 12-year career in the NFL for the Ravens and Arizona Cardinals, Heap has recorded 499 receptions for 5,869 yards, an average of 11.8 yards per catch, and 42 touchdowns. His biggest season came in 2005 with the Ravens when Heap averaged 53.4 yards per game, recorded 75 receptions for 855 yards, 12 catches for more than 20 yards, and 7 touchdowns. 

John Jacobs - Baseball / First Baseman / 1957-1960

(B.S., Business Administration, January 1962)

Jacobs, whom legendary head coach Bobby Winkles described as “the finest fielding first baseman in college baseball and one of the top clutch hitters,” completed a rare feat at Arizona State as he earned the Charles Christopher Trophy in 1957, given to the freshman athlete of the year, and four years later received the Rosenzweig Award as the senior athlete of the year. He set four school records in 1960 as he helped the Devils climb to sixth in a poll voted on by collegiate baseball coaches, making that team the highest ranked program of any sport in school history. Jacobs collected a team-high 49 RBI in 38 games, along with nine triples, 25 extra base hits, and a slugging average of .649, all school records, while also tying the team lead with six home runs and leading the Devils with a .344 batting average. During his freshman season in 1957, Jacobs had 22 RBI and recorded 31 hits, including a team-leading seven doubles, in 100 bats. Jacobs’ power at first base helped drive the 1958 team to a .322 batting average and a 19-16 record, and in 1959, he led the Sun Devils with 36 RBIs and hit .310 on the 28-18 team. Jacobs played in 129 games and finished his career with school records in six hitting categories, including 159 hits, 504 at-bats, 32 doubles, 16 triples, 259 total bases and 105 RBI, before he signed a contract with the San Francisco Giants. 

Eric Larkin - Wrestling / 133, 141, 149lbs / 1999-2003

(B.A., Business Information Systems, May 2003)

Larkin, the 2003 NCAA Division I National Champion at 149 pounds, is one of the best wrestlers in Arizona State history. On the mat, Larkin was the only Sun Devil to receive the Dan Hodge Award, which is the most prestigious award in wrestling given to the best wrestler, on par with football’s Heisman Trophy. He was a four-time All-American, four-time Pac-10 champion in his weight class, awarded the Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2003, received the Pac-10 Medal of Honor in 2003 and was nominated for the 2003 ESPY Award for Best Collegiate Male Athlete. Larkin finished in the top four at the NCAA tournament four times - fourth as a freshman at 133 pounds, third as a sophomore at 141 pounds, second as a junior at 141 pounds and first as a senior at 149 pounds. During Larkin’s senior season in 2003, he posted a perfect 34-0 record, won the NCAA Division I title at 149 pounds, and achieved 123 career victories (tied for sixth all-time at ASU), 72 bonus point victories (third all-time at ASU) and 30 major decision wins (tied for second all-time at ASU). He is one of just three Sun Devils to ever win four individual conference championships along with current ASU Sports Hall of Fame members Curley Culp and Markus Mollica. Larkin finished third at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, and second at the 2004 Trials. 

J.R. Redmond - Football / Running Back / 1996-1999

(B.A., English, May 1999)

During his senior year, Redmond was a candidate for the Heisman Trophy, as well as for the Doak Walker award honoring the nation’s top running backs. Throughout his career, Redmond compiled 2,864 rushing yards, 677 receiving yards, 925 punt return yards and 641 kickoff return yards for a total of 5,107 all-purpose yards and an average of 7.1 yards per touch. He was a 1998 AP Second-Team All-American, 1999 First-Team All-Pac-10 all-purpose back, 1998 First-Team  All-Pac-10 tailback and specialist in 1998, and First-Team All-Pac-10 specialist and honorable mention tailback in 1997. Redmond had 12 career 100-yard rush games, which ties him for fifth all-time in Arizona State’s history. His highest rushing game was October 3,1998 at USC with 33 carries for 214 yards, and he had one 1,000 yard rush season in 1999 (1,174 yards). At 5,107 career all-purpose yards, Redmond’s record is just 547 yards shy of Whizzer White’s ASU career record of 5,654 yards. Redmond was drafted 76th overall in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. In his five-year NFL career, Redmond’s biggest season was his rookie year with 406 rushing yards, 126 receiving yards and three total touchdowns.

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