USU athletics: Utah State Hall of Fame Banquet set for Saturday, Sept. 8

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Sept. 7 2012 11:00 a.m. MDT

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.

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. As a senior in 1980, 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. 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.

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).

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 the College World Series as a freshman in 1984. 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 60-25 record as Utah State won back-to-back conference championships in 1986 and 1987. Skoglund still ranks tied for first all-time at Utah State in career saves (7), second all-time in earned run average (0.86), 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).

White earned Associated Press Third-Team All-American honors as a junior in 2000 as he scored 16 touchdowns, which still ranks third all-time at Utah State. During his junior year, White set the still standing NCAA single-game record for all-purpose yards with 578 as he had a school-record 322 rushing yards to go along with 134 receiving yards and two punt return yards at New Mexico State on Nov. 4, 2000. As a junior, White also led the country with 238.9 all-purpose yards per game, which still ranks as the sixth-best average in NCAA history, and averaged 120.2 rushing yards per game to rank 13th in the nation. All-time, White ranks second in school history in all-purpose yards (5,872) and punt return average (10.5), fourth in overall touchdowns (32) and rushing touchdowns (27), sixth in rushing yards (2,791), rushing attempts (517), rushing average (5.4) and kickoff return average (23.9) and eighth in total points scored (194).

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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