Position, years at UA: Inside linebacker, 1980-83
Honors, accomplishments at UA: Two-time consensus All-American, in 1982 and 1983. … Earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors three times. … Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, when he had 176 tackles. … His 566 career tackles are No. 1 in school history. … Picked seventh overall in the 1984 NFL draft, the highest selection ever for an UA player.
Why he made our list: Any of the final five in our countdown of the top 50 players in UA history has a case to be No. 1.
There are four College Football Hall of Famers — Hunley, Chuck Cecil, Rob Waldrop and Tedy Bruschi — and another, Art Luppino, who led the nation in rushing for consecutive seasons.
We went with Hunley, the first of the school’s Hall of Famers and a fearsome defender whose playmaking ability helped the Wildcats upset four top-10 teams during his tenure. When we talked to former UCLA quarterback Rick Neuheisel recently, he still sounded in awe of Hunley 30 years later.
“He and his brother were walking nightmares,” Neuheisel said.
Ricky and LaMonte Hunley played together at linebacker for three seasons at Arizona, and they are reunited as bookends on our countdown, with LaMonte kicking off the list at No. 50.