Position, years at UA: Center, 1985-88
Honors, accomplishments at UA: Earned second-team All-America honors from the Football News in 1986 and 1987, and first-team honors from that publication in 1988. … Won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10′s top offensive lineman, as voted by the league’s defensive linemen, as a senior. … Was first-team All-Pac-10 in 1986, 1987 and 1988.
Why he made our list: Joe Tofflemire is the most accomplished offensive linemen in school history, although he was recruited by coach Larry Smith out of Post Falls (Idaho) High School as an outside linebacker. He redshirted the 1984 season as a defender, before being moved to center in the spring of 1985.
He became a four-year starter, giving a glimpse of what was to come when he earned second-team all-conference and Freshman All-America honors in his first year at center.
“He was a giant among players of his generation,” said Dick Tomey, who coached during Tofflemire’s final two seasons at UA.
“With what he gave to his teammates and the coaches in terms of his work ethic and character, the impact he had was enormous.”