Nov 28, 2015; Morgantown, WV, USA; The Big 12 and West Virginia Mountaineers logo is seen on a pylon during the first quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports
No. 9 – Ira Rodgers
Ira Rodgers played long before the Big 12 was formed, or more than likely, pylons were even used on the field of play. Rodgers came to West Virginia in 1915 and played quarterback for head coach Mort McIntyre. He switched from quarterback to fullback, which wasn’t much different in those days as running the ball was the way to play.
Rodgers helped buck that trend, though, by throwing for 11 touchdowns as a senior in 1909. He threw for a total of 24 career touchdown passes, a rather revolutionary mark in those days.
Rodgers is considered one of the best all-around players in West Virginia history. He was the Mountaineers’ first All-American and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1953.
Next: 8. Oliver Luck