9. Pat Flood, QB, 1953

Running back Joel Favara wasn't the only great on Tucson's back-to-back state championships in 1951-52. Quarterback Pat Flood set the Tucson single-season record with 1,002 yards in 1952 for a team that ranked 10th in the nation. Badgers coach Jason "Red" Greer told the Arizona Daily Star that the undefeated 1952 team was the best in school history. His opinion has merit — Tucson High outscored opponents by an average of 19.0 points per game. One of the top universities in the nation also recognized the talents on the team, as Notre Dame recruited the All-State quarterback to play for the Fighting Irish. Flood never made the varsity roster though, and transferred to Navy instead. Flood was the backup quarterback for the 9-1 Midshipmen and threw for 173 yards (41 attempts) and three scores as Navy rolled to a 20-7 Cotton Bowl victory and No. 5 AP ranking. After his playing days were over, Flood went on to become one of the nation's top referees. He spent time in the WAC (1967-83) and Pac-10 (1984-2000). Flood officiated the 1991 Rose Bowl and the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, which was a national title game.

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