USU Athletics: Hall of Fame banquet set for Friday, Sept. 13

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5 2013 6:00 p.m. MDT

Murdock is one of the most decorated athletes in Utah State history as he was a four-time track All-American and 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 and also earned All-American honors in the 400m at the Indoor Championships. Murdock also earned All-American honors in the 400m hurdles at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championships 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. Murdock was also a three-time Big West Conference Outdoor Champion in the 400m hurdles, a two-time Big West Conference Outdoor Champion in the 110m hurdles and a two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Champion in the 400m. 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.

Shivers earned honorable mention All-American honors from 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, ranked fourth nationally in scoring with 96 points and 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.

Turner was a member of two Skyline Conference Championship teams in 1960 and 1961 that combined for an 18-3-1 record, including a 9-1-1 Skyline Eight mark, and back-to-back bowl appearances as USU played in the 1960 Sun Bowl and the 1961 Gotham Bowl. During his Utah State career, Turner’s teams combined for a 26-5-1 record, which are the most wins in a three-year period in school history. As a two-year starter at quarterback, Turner ranked 12th in the nation in scoring with 70 points during his senior season as he had six rushing touchdowns, three field goals and 25 extra points. Turner also ranked 17th in the nation in scoring during his junior season with 58 points as he accounted for three rushing touchdowns, two field goals and 34 extra points. All-time, Turner still ranks tied for seventh in school history with his 64 extra point attempts and 10th all-time with his 55 made extra points.

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

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