USU athletics: Utah State inducts 2012 Athletics Hall of Fame class

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Sept. 10 2012 9:00 a.m. MDT

Years: 1978-81

Brian 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.


Hometown: Blackfoot, Idaho

Sport: Track & Field

Years: 1998-2000, 2002

Shae 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, 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, 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).


Hometown: DeLand, Fla.

Sports: Football

Years: 1978-80

James 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). 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.


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