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USU athletics: Utah State University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame announces 2013 class

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12 2013 5:40 p.m. MST

One of the most decorated athletes in Utah State history, Corey Murdock was a four-time track All-American, and he is one of just two athletes in school history to accomplish that feat. During his senior season in 1999, Murdock was the national runner-up in the 400m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Boise, Idaho, and also earned All-American honors in the 400m at the Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. Murdock also earned All-American honors in the 400m hurdles at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., as he finished fourth nationally. His first All-American honor was during his sophomore year in the 400m hurdles at the 1997 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Ind. Murdock was also a three-time Big West Conference Outdoor Champion in the 400m hurdles during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons; a two-time Big West Conference Outdoor Champion in the 110m hurdles as a junior and senior; and a two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Champion in the 400m during his junior and senior seasons. During his senior season in 1999, Murdock was also named the Big West Conference Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and set still standing school records in the indoor 400m (46.51) and 400m hurdles (48.85), while also anchoring the school record time of 3:09.64 in the 4x400m relay team. Following his freshman season in 1994, Murdock won the USA Jr. National Championship and represented the United States at the World Jr. Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, where he placed 12th in the 400m hurdles. Following his runner-up finish at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Murdock again represented the United States, this time at the World University Games in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, as he advanced through three rounds to place fourth in the 400m hurdles with his personal best time of 48.85.

ROY SHIVERS

Sports: Football/Track & Field

Years: 1964-1965

An explosive runner with catlike quickness, Roy Shivers earned honorable mention All-American honors from both Central Press and Newspaper Enterprise of America following his junior season at Utah State in 1965 as he rushed for 1,138 yards on 189 carries (6.0 ypc) with 14 touchdowns. As a junior, Shivers was the nation’s fourth leading rusher and also ranked fourth nationally in scoring with 96 points. He also earned All-America honors from Texas News. Shivers also caught 20 passes for 220 yards (11.0 ypr) with two touchdowns that year, to go along with nine punt returns for 179 yards (19.9 ypr) and seven kickoff returns for 140 yards (20.0 ypr). As a two-year star at Utah State, Shivers still ranks fourth all-time in school history in rushing average (6.8 ypc) and ninth all-time in rushing touchdowns (18). His 16 total touchdowns in 1965 still ranks tied for fourth all-time at USU for a single-season, while his 14 rushing touchdowns and 96 points scored rank tied for sixth all-time, and his 6.0 yards per carry average that year still ranks eighth all-time. Shivers, who had eight career 100-yard rushing games at USU, including six during his junior season, is the only player in school history to run, throw and return a kick for touchdown in the same game — a feat he accomplished against Colorado State in 1965. Against the Rams, Shiver threw an 89-yard touchdown pass, which is still the fourth-longest pass play in school history. For his performance against Colorado State, Shivers was named the Sports Illustrated National Player of the Week. Following his junior season, Shivers played in the 1966 College All-Star Game against the Green Bay Packers and was then drafted in the first round of the National Football League supplemental draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and spent seven years (1966-72) with the team. Following his playing career, Shivers entered the coaching ranks and eventually was named General Manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (2000-2006) as he was the first black general manager in professional football. Shivers is currently the Director of Player Personnel for the B.C. Lions of the CFL. Along with his football career, Shivers was also a member of USU’s track team in 1965 and ran on the then school-record 4x100 meter relay team.

JIM TURNER

Sport: Football

Years: 1959-62

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