Arizona State this week announced its 2013 class of inductees to the school’s Sports Hall of Fame, a group that includes former football standouts Todd Heap and J.R. Redmond and current Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Willie Bloomquist.
The class includes seven former Sun Devils and will be inducted on Oct. 12 at halftime of ASU’s football game against Colorado. The seven inductees represent five different sports.
Heap highlights the class as a record holder and one of a few elite tight ends to play at ASU. Heap played at ASU from 1998-2000 and was a two-time first team All-Pac-10 selection. He earned various All-America honors and remains the school’s record holder for receiving yards in a season by a tight end (832) and career receiving yards by a tight end (1,685). Heap played 12 years in the NFL for the Ravens and Cardinals.
Redmond was one of the most prolific running backs in ASU history, finishing his career ranked third in school history for rushing attempts (633) and rushing yards (3,299). His 32 career touchdowns from 1996-99 rank fourth in ASU history, and his 5,617 all-purpose yards rank second. His 350 all-purpose yards in a 1998 game against USC remain a record. Redmond played five NFL seasons.
Bloomquist was a three-time All-American at ASU from 1997-99 and twice earned first team All-Pac-10 honors. An infielder and outfielder at ASU, Bloomquist owns the third best career batting average in program history at .394. He still ranks in the top five for runs, stolen bases and triples and is one of two players in school history to record 100 hits in consecutive seasons. Bloomquist, 35, made his major league debut with the Mariners in 2002 and has since played for the Royals, Reds and D-backs.
Also being inducted:
Reka Cseresnyes, women’s tennis, 1995-98: The first freshman in ASU tennis history to earn All-American honors, a feat she would accomplish four times. Chris Hanell, men’s golf, 1993-97: A three-time All-American, Hanell helped ASU win three Pac-10 championships and a NCAA championship in 1996.
John Jacobs, baseball, 1957-60: A first baseman, Jacobs led the Sun Devils with 36 RBI for a 28-18 squad in 1959. He led the team again with 49 RBI in 1960 and played in the San Francisco Giants organization after graduating.
Eric Larkin, wrestling, 1999-2003: Larkin was a national champion at 149 pounds in 2003 and finished his ASU career as a four-time Pac-10 champion, four-time All-American and three-time Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year.