Trent Murphy (BCP 2009) is among 51 college linebackers selected for the Butkus Award 2012 Collegiate Watch List. The Butkus Award recognizes "athletic achievement and service to the community while honoring the nation’s best high school, college, and professional linebackers." Click here: http://www.thebutkusaward.com/resources/assetcontent/Butkus%20Award%202012%20Watch%20Lists.pdf
Ray Polk (BCP 2008) was included in 2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list honoring college football's Defensive IMPACT player of the year. The watch list is comprised of 42 collegiate defensive college student-athletes,whose selection is based on personal character and athletic performance. Click here: Lott IMPACT Trophy Names 2012 Watch List - Lott IMPACT Trophy
Congratulations to former Broncos safety Joe Maggi (BCP 2011) and the University of Arizona for their College World Series title, sweeping the best-of-three final series against two-time defending champion South Carolina with a 4-1 win Tuesday night. Maggi scored first for the Wildcats after a lead off double in the third. We look forward to seeing Joe this fall as he supports his former Broncos team mates and the current Maggi brothers at Brophy, Christian (BCP 2014), also a varsity defensive back, and Dane (BCP 2016), with the freshman team. Click here: Arizona Wildcats win national title with win over South Carolina Gamecocks
Joe Maggi (BCP 2011) helped propel the Arizona Wildcats into the College World Series best-of-three CWS final with a two-RBI single in the first inning of the semi final game, giving the Cats a 4-0 lead they would not relinquish. The final series starts on ESPN2 at 5 PM Sunday, June 24, with the Cats taking on two-time defnding champion South Carolina. Click here: Arizona Wildcats looking to put end to South Carolina Gamecocks' reign at the College World Series
Ray Polk (BCP 2008) was named one of the ten nicest guys in college football by the Bleacher Report. Ray is in impressive company with Lee Corso and Lou Holtz. Click here: Ray Polk | The 10 Nicest Guys in College Football | Bleacher Report
Next stop, the the College World Series with the Arizona Wildcats, for freshman Joe Maggi (BCP 2011), who was a big contributor for the Wildcats two Super Regional game wins in Tucson. Maggi hit an RBI single in the first inning to give the Wildcats a lead they would carry to Omaha. Arizona defeated St. John's 7-4 in game two to sweep the Super Regional series and advance to the CWS. Click here: Arizona Wildcats baseball advances to College World Series with sweep of St. Johns Click here: East Valley Tribune - Arizona Local News
With a one-out double in the bottom of the sixth inning, Joe Maggi (BCP 2011) scored to start a rally to erase St. John's four-run lead. The Arizona Wildcats won the first game of the NCAA Super Regional in Tucson, 7-6, in the bottom of the 10th. The winner of the best-of-three games Super Regional advances to the College World Series. Weekend games are scheduled for telecast live on ESPN2. Click here: Arizona Wildcats baseball rallies from 5-0 deficit to defeat St. John's in 10 innings
Former Brophy teammates, QB Beau Maggi and LB Brandon Bayardi (both BCP 2009) were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. Beau who plays catcher for ASU, was drafted by the Kansas City Royals. He is the second Maggi brother to be drafted out of ASU. Older brother Drew Maggi (BCP 2008) is with the Pirates organization. Younger brother Joe Maggi (BCP 2011), who secured a spot in the Arizona Wildcats' outfield as a freshman this season, plays in the NCAA Super Regional at Tucson this weekend. Yet another Maggi is with the Broncos, with Christian (BCP 2014) making his mark on the Brophy varsity in the defensive back rotation. Beau led the Broncos as quarterback in the 2008 state championship game. Brandon, an outfielder for UNLV, was selected by the Minnesota Twins. He played linebacker, in a defensive front seven comprised of underclassmen, on the 2007 state championship Broncos squad. Click here: Arizona connections in 2012 MLB draft
University of Colorado Buffalo safety Ray Polk (BCP 2008) was named to the 2012 season watch list for the defensive player of the year Lott Impact Trophy awarded to the top defensive impact player. Ray was among the eight Pac 12 nominees included on the 42-player list. Click here: CU Buffs' Ray Polk named to Lott preseason watch list - Boulder Daily Camera Click here: Colorado Buffs' Ray Polk named to Lott Trophy watch list | The Field House
Broncos in the Bowls: Good luck to Trent Murphy (BCP 2009), who returns home with the Stanford Cardinal for the Fiesta Bowl. Murphy led the Broncos' defense in the 2007 and 2008 big-school state championship games at the Arizona Cardinals' University of Phoenix Stadium, site of the Fiesta Bowl on Monday, January 2. Murphy wears his familiar #93 at defensive end and outside linebacker for the Cardinal. Ranked #4 in the BCS, Stanford plays the #3 Oklahoma State Cowboys. Click here: Uneasy alliances formed at Stanford - East Valley Tribune: Sports In the Las Vegal Bowl December 22d, Alex Garoutte (BCP 2010) was a perfect 3/3 for PATs and 1/1 on field goals (from 32 yards in the 2d qtr) for the ASU Sun Devils against Boise State.
Do you know the unofficial nickname of the '78 Brophy football team? From the BrophyFootball.org History --tab at left-- Joe Klein (BCP 1985) explains: "The 1978 Broncos were a small, undersized yet determined group.“Pygmy Power” was a term used by many when referring to the ’78 team.With each game looking to be an uphill battle due opponents being larger and stronger, the team took it one game at a time." George Quiniff (BCP 1979) fondly recalls even the newspapers referred to the '78 Broncos as the Pygmies.
What current Bronco player has a dad who played on the 1978 Broncos? George Hale (BCP 1979), father of current Broncos' fullback Andy Hale (BCP 2012) #41, was a linebacker on the '78 team.
There is a long way to go this season, but a 10-0 regular season record is a special opportunity to look back at one of Brophy's top football teams, the 1978 Broncos. Coach Trevor Stinson and his 1978 squad, led by quarterback Doug Stitler (BCP 1979), was the first, and until this season the only, Brophy varsity football team to get through the regular season without a loss. It did not come easy. The team opened the season with back-to-back narrow 7-6 wins over Central and Paradise Valley, and completed the season sweep with a tough 10-6 victory over Cortez. After defeating St. Mary's 30-17 during the season, Brophy again played the Knights in the first round of the playoffs. For the second time, Brophy beat St. Mary's, moving on to play Tucson Amphitheater in the quarterfinals. The Broncos sealed a win over Amphi with a 99-yard touchdown pass from Stitler to Curt Reiman (BCP 1979), a longest touchdown pass record that will stand forever. A tough loss to Mountain View -- the eventaul champion -- in the semifinals ended the season at 12-1. Special thanks to George Quiniff (BCP 1979), 1978 Broncos' offensive lineman and father of Sam (BCP 2009), who was a QB and long snapper in Brophy's most recent championship game appearances in 2007 and 2008.
Photo and story from the ARIZONA DAILY STAR: Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy (BCP 2009) smothers UA's Nick Foles after Foles fumbled late in the second quarter. It was one of five sacks for the Cardinal. Click here: Stanford 37 Arizona 10: That's gotta hurt
Class of 2011 College Football Commitments: Kyle Veldman, M.I.T., Will Perrott, Duke, Josh Dennard, Montana, and Ryan Hickey, Mesa CC, with more pending. Congratulations Kyle, Will, Josh and Ryan for your Broncos' careers.
Former Broncos appear in four Pac-12 spring games: Ray Polk (BCP 2008), Colorado; Trent Murphy (BCP 2009), Stanford; Alex Garroutte (BCP 2010), ASU; and Jack Auran (BCP 2009), USC. The Buff's Polk, DB, Cardinal Murphy, LB/DE, and Sun Devil Garroutte, K, are set to start this season.
Alex Garoutte (BCP 2010) was five for five on PATs and hit field goals of 43, 47 and 49 yards during the 2011 ASU spring game.
Big role expected for Ray Polk (BCP 2008) at Colorado this fall--as a high school sophomore, Ray played cornerback on the 2005 Broncos' state championship team (sealing the victory over Hamilton with an interception to end the game) before switching to running back his junior and senior years (delivering the second school football state championship in 2007): CU's Polk still in demand but knows it's safety first - By Natalie Meisler The Denver Post
BCP Alumni Club:
Brophy football alumni are encouraged to contact Broncos' varsity defensive line coach James Allen by Email to get him their current contact information. James will be leading a new Brophy Football Alumni Club. The initial vision is to help keep Brophy grads in touch with each other and the current football program. Email: James@Azcolaw.com