Utah State University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame announces Class of 2012

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, March 19 2012 2:00 p.m. MDT

As a junior, Castro was ranked as the top wrestler in the nation at his weight class and was a member of the East-West All-Stars. Along with being a PCAA champion as a junior, Castro also won the 118-pound weight class in the PCAA Championships as a freshman. Following back-to-back All-American honors, Castro was unable to compete during his senior season due to a shoulder injury. Eric Hipple — Hometown: Downey, Calif.; sport: football; years: 1976-79

Hipple earned first-team all-Pacific Coast Conference honors as a senior in 1979 and led Utah State to a 14-7-1 (.659) record during his junior and senior campaigns, including its only back-to-back conference championships in school history with a 4-1-0 record in 1978 and a 4-0-1 mark in 1979. As a senior, Hipple completed 60.2 percent of his passes to rank second all-time in school history.

During his career, Hipple had three 300-yard passing games, including a career-best 364 yards against San Jose State on Sept. 8, 1979, to rank 22nd all-time at USU. Overall, Hipple ranks fourth all-time at Utah State in completions (459) and total offense (6,121), fifth in passing yards (6,073), sixth in touchdown passes (34) and seventh in career completion percentage (.540).

Following his collegiate career, Hipple played in the 1979 Blue-Gray All-Star Game and was then selected by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round (85) of the 1980 NFL Draft. Hipple played 10 seasons with the Lions and finished his career with 55 touchdown passes and 10,711 passing yards. He was named to Utah State’s All-Century team in 1993. Brian Jackson — Hometown: Palos Verdes, Calif.; sport: men’s basketball; years: 1978-81

One of the best all-around talents in school history, Jackson earned first-team all-Big West honors as a senior in 1981 and was second-team all-conference in 1979 and 1980 as Utah State played in consecutive NCAA tournaments. As a senior, Jackson scored 655 points and averaged 23.4 points per game to rank seventh all-time in school history.

Jackson also played an average of 37.4 minutes per game as a senior to rank first all-time at Utah State. He finished his collegiate career ranking fourth all-time in school history with 1,900 career points and field goals made (753), fifth all-time in double-figure scoring games (90) and field goal attempts (1,432), sixth all-time in total minutes played (3,768) and minutes per game (33.3), seventh all-time in rebounding (840), free throws made (397) and consecutive double-figure scoring games (32), eighth all-time in double-figure rebound games (30) and double-doubles (27), and ninth all-time in games started (96).

Following his collegiate career, Jackson was selected in the second round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers. He was named to Utah State’s All-Century team in 2005.

Shae Jones-Bair — Hometown: Blackfoot, Idaho; sport: track & field; years: 1998-2000, 2002

One of the most decorated female athletes in Utah State history, Jones-Bair is one of just two female track athletes to earn All-American honors three times during her Aggie career. As a redshirt freshman in 1998, Jones-Bair earned her first All-American honor by finishing eighth in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Her second All-American accolade came at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships as she placed fifth in the pole vault, and her final All-American honor was at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Championships as she placed fourth in the pole vault.

Along with being a three-time All-American, Jones-Bair was also the 2002 Big West Conference outdoor champion in the pole vault and set the then school record in the pole vault during the 2000 outdoor season with a mark of 4.20m (13-9.25). James Murphy — Hometown: DeLand, Fla.; sport: football; years: 1978-80

One of the most prolific wide receivers in school history, Murphy earned honorable mention All-American honors from The Sporting News as a senior in 1980, along with garnering first-team all-Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA) honors in each of his last two years as an Aggie.

During his three-year Aggie career, Murphy helped Utah State to a 20-12-1 (.621) record, including a 12-2-1 (.833) league mark, as the Aggies won their only back-to-back conference championships in school history with a 4-1-0 record in 1978 and a 4-0-1 mark in 1979 (4-0-1), to go along with a second-place finish in 1980 (4-1-0).

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