Utah State inducts 2011 Athletics Hall of Fame class

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Sept. 10 2011 8:00 p.m. MDT

Utah State University held a ceremony Friday to officially induct the 2011 class into its Athletics Hall of Fame.

The inductees include: Jerry Cerulla, one of just three NCAA individual track champions in school history; LaVell Edwards, an outstanding linebacker; Dean Hunger, one of the best basketball players in USU history; Henry King, one of the greatest defensive backs to ever wear the Utah State uniform; Rick Parros, the third-leading rusher in school history; and the 1980 and 1981 Aggie softball teams that won back-to-back national championships.

A total of 61 individuals and three teams have now been inducted into the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 with 12 initial members, followed by eight additions in 1994 and seven in 1995. The addition of any members was stopped until 2006 when five more individuals were added, followed by six recipients in 2007, four more in 2008 to go along with the first-ever team inducted, seven in 2009 and six more in 2010.

Located inside the Steve Mothersell Hall of Honor, the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame gives fans the opportunity to view biographical information and watch videos about each of the inducted members. Both the Hall of Fame and the Hall of Honor are located inside the Jim and Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex in the north end of Romney Stadium.

2011 Utah State University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Class

JERRY CERULLA, Hometown: Wyandotte, Mich.

Sport: Track & Field

Years: 1965-1967

Cerulla was the last track athlete in Utah State history to claim an individual national championship as he won the 60-meter hurdles at the 1966 NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 7.2. Cerulla also earned All-American honors in the short hurdles (indoor) in 1965 as he was ranked the No. 1 hurdler in the world. Cerulla was also a two-time All-American in the 110-meter hurdles (outdoor) in 1966 and 1967.

Along with being a four-time All-American and individual national champion at Utah State, Cerulla also competed in the 1964 and 1968 Olympic trials. Following his Aggie career, Cerulla transferred to Eastern Michigan and won the NAIA Outdoor Championship in the high hurdles in 1968.


Hometown: Orem, Utah

Sport: Football

Years: 1949-51

A terrific lineman and backfield player, Edwards earned all-Mountain States Conference honors in 1950 as a linebacker. Edwards, a three-year letter winner at Utah State, was named to USU’s All-Century team in 1993 and was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame the same year. Following his collegiate career, Edwards served as Brigham Young’s head football coach from 1972-2000.


Hometown: Kaysville, Utah

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Years: 1977-80

One of the best all-around talents in school history, Hunger was named the Big West Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 1980 as he averaged 20.8 points and 8.6 rebounds while shooting 60.6 percent from the field, which still ranks eighth all-time at USU for a single season. His 561 points scored during his senior campaign ranks 22nd all time in school history, as does his 20.8 points per game scoring average that year.

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