Position, years at Arizona: Lineman, 1950-52
Honors, accomplishments at Arizona: Was a second-team AP All-American in 1951, which was the highest major-college honor ever at the time for an Arizona player. … Earned first-team All-Border conference honors as an offensive guard in 1951 and 1952, and was a second-team performer in 1950 (the only sophomore on either the first or second team).
Why he made our list: Donarski was a two-year captain for the Wildcats, playing for coach Bob Winslow and then Warren Woodson as a senior, and leading strong rushing attacks that featured halfbacks Kenny Cardella and Gil Gonzales, as well as fullback Don Beasley.
Donarski, who was from Green Bay, Wisc., spent 56 hours on a train to arrive in Tucson, recruited by Arizona assistant coach Don Vosberg, who had played professionally with the New York Giants with Donarski’s coach at Central High, Ward Cuff.
“Don Vosberg came up to our area and picked up a few ballplayers from Green Bay and took us down there,” Donarski told TucsonCitizen.com this week. “But we had to make the team to earn a scholarship. They took us to Fort Huachuca for two weeks and beat the hell out of us before they gave us a scholarship.”
Donarski had a homecoming of sorts when Arizona played at Marquette in 1952 for the fifth game of its season. The Wildcats were averaging 291.3 rushing yards per game, sixth-best in the nation at the time.