For a school that has had its fair share of struggles on the field, the Aggies have cultivated a proud athletic history. This weekend, six more Utah State grads will be enshrined into the school's hall of fame.
Here's a little more about the class that will be honored this weekend (figures provided by Utah State athletics):
Candy Cashell, track and field • The first of Utah State's female track All-Americans, Cashell set a school record with a 5-foot-10 high jump as a freshman. She finished sixth nationally at the Outdoor Championships. Cashell was also a three-year player on the Aggies women's basketball team, and blocked 60 shots in her career.
Jim Laub, athletics donor • One of the first to embrace major gifts at Utah State, Laub's generosity helped build the school's indoor field complex, football building and is major force behind the upcoming Wayne Estes Center for basketball and volleyball. Laub is the president and CEO of Cache Valley Electric, and has served in a number of roles as an Aggies backer, including president of the Big Blue fund, and a member of the school board of trustees and board of directors.
Jimmy Moore, men's basketball • A prolific basketball talents at Utah State, he finished his career with 1,164 points (24th all-time), 652 rebounds (16th all-time), 29 career double-doubles, and with a 52.3 shooting percentage. As a senior, Moore scored 19.3 points per game, and scored a career-high 40 points against Wyoming. He played in the NBA for the Seattle Supersonics before returning to the Aggies as an assistant coach. He went on to work for the Utah State compliance office, and current Aggie Jalen Moore is his son.
Corey Murdock, track and field • He was a star hurdler for Utah State in the late 90s, and wrapped up his career as a three-time All-American in outdoor track and and once in indoor. The peak of his career came as a senior in 1999, when Murdock finished as the national runner-up in the 400m hurdles. He was also a three-time Big West outdoor champ in the 400m hurdles, and set two records in the indoor 400m (46.51 seconds) and 400m hurdles (48.85 seconds) that still stand today. He has coached track at Utah State and BYU.
Roy Shivers, football • As a junior, Shivers was the nation's fourth-leading rusher (1,138 yards)and fourth-leading scorer (96 points), earning him All-American honors from three publications in 1965. The Aggies went 8-2 that season He averaged 6.8 yards per carry, good for fourth all-time at Utah State. He is the only play to run, throw and return a kick for touchdowns in the same game, which came in a 41-20 win over Colorado State on Oct. 23, 1965. He played in the NFL for seven seasons before becoming a prominent front office figure in the Canadian Football League, and is widely recognized as the first black general manager in pro football.
Jim Turner, football • A two-year starter at quarterback, Turner was on two of the most successful teams in Utah State history: the teams that won the Skyline Conference title in 1960 and 1961. He was a kicker in addition to one of the team's top offensive threats. Turner scored six rushing touchdowns, three field goals and 25 extra points as a senior to be the nation's 12th leading scorer. Turner went on to join the New York Jets and kicked three field goals to help them win Super Bowl III over the Baltimore Colts, one of the most famous upsets in professional football history.
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