Position, years at UA: Cornerback, 1970-72
Honors, accomplishments at UA: Was a first-team All-American in 1972, as selected by UPI and the Sporting News. … The Associated Press selected him as a third-team All-American. … Earned first-team All-WAC honors as a junior and senior.
Why he made our list: Jackie Wallace, from St. Augustine High in New Orleans, is one of the program’s top defensive playmakers of any era. Not only did he intercept 20 passes — 19 coming in his final two seasons — he returned two for touchdowns and scored four times on punt returns.
Three of his punt returns came during his junior season, covering 73 yards vs. Texas Tech, 94 against UCLA and 74 against Utah. In that 14-3 victory over Utah, Wallace also intercepted two passes, one coming in the end zone and the other returned 36 yards for a score.
UA coach Bob Weber, in a UPI story, called Wallace’s performance “the best game I’ve ever seen.”