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 senior, Murphy caught 66 passes, which ranks ninth all-time at Utah State, while his 1,067 receiving yards during his junior year ranks 10th all-time in school history. As a junior, Murphy had two of the top receiving games in Aggie history as he had 215 yards against Long Beach State on Oct. 6, which ranks ninth all-time, while his 196 receiving yards against Pacific on Oct. 20 rank 16th all-time. For his career, Murphy still ranks tied for seventh all-time at Utah State with 17 touchdown receptions, eighth all-time in receiving yards with 2,132 and ninth all-time with 133 receptions.

Following his collegiate career, Murphy was selected in the 10th round (266) of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and played with the Kansas City Chiefs for one year. Murphy later played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Winnipeg Bombers from 1982-90 and was named the CFL Most Outstanding Player in 1986. Murphy also played on three Grey Cup Championship teams, being named the Most Valuable Player in 1988, and was a two-time CFL All-Star.

He finished his professional career with 9,036 receiving yards and was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 2000. He was also inducted into the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame in 1995, the High Schools of Deland, Fla., Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Province of Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, and was named one of the 20 all-time greats in Winnipeg history.

James Parker — Hometown: Layton, Utah; sport: track & field; years: 1995, 1999-2001

Parker is the most decorated athlete in Utah State history, earning All-American track honors a school-record nine times. During his Aggie career, Parker was a four-time All-American in the indoor 35-pound weight throw (1995, 1999, 2000, 2001), a four-time All-American in the hammer throw (1995, 1999, 2000, 2001) and an All-American in the discus (2001). Parker was also a seven-time Big West Conference champion in the discus (1995, 1999), hammer throw (1995, 1999, 2000, 2001) and shot put (1995), and was named the Big West’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1995, along with being a two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Champion in the weight throw (2000, 2001).

During his collegiate career, Parker set still-standing indoor school records in the shot put (18.34m/60-2.25) and weight throw (21.57m/70-9.25), and outdoor school records in the discus (58.56m/192-1) and hammer throw (73.32m/240-7). His best NCAA championship was a runner-up finish in the hammer throw as a senior and a fourth-place finish in the same event as a junior.

As a professional, Parker won three consecutive USA hammer throw titles from 2003-05, was the 2004 USA indoor weight throw champion and was the silver medalist in the hammer throw at the 2003 Pan Am Games. His personal best of 79.20 meters in the hammer throw ranks seventh all-time in the United States.

Kristie Skoglund — Hometown: San Diego; sport: softball; years: 1984-87

Skoglund is one of six softball players in Utah State history to earn All-American honors as she was named to the Converse first team as a utility player during her senior season in 1987. As a senior, Skoglund helped Utah State to a 33-14 record, including a first-place finish in the High Country Athletic Conference (HCAC) with a 7-3 mark. Skoglund also helped Utah State to a 30-24 record in 1984 during her freshman year as the Aggies advanced to the College World Series and finished tied for seventh with a 2-2 record.

During her career, Skoglund was a four-time first-team all-HCAC selection and a four-time NCAA Central Region first-team honoree as a pitcher as she posted a career 60-25 record. Overall, Utah State posted a 117-63 (.650) record during her four-year stint, including a 29-11 (.725) mark in the HCAC and back-to-back conference championships in 1986 and 1987.

Skoglund still ranks tied for first all-time at Utah State in career saves (7), is second all-time in earned run average (0.86), is third all-time in career wins (60), fourth all-time in complete games (77), fifth all-time in innings pitched (617.7), seventh all-time in strikeouts (315), eighth all-time in shutouts (7), and ninth all-time in games pitched (96). Skoglund also ranks fourth all-time in school history with a career batting average of .399 and still holds the single-season school record for saves with four set in 1985.

Emmett White — hometown: Ogden, Utah; sport: football; years: 1998-2001

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