NINE INDUCTEES SLATED TO BE INDUCTED IN THE 20
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes, including a former NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player, a national championship quarterback and six other all-conference performers make up the 2003 class of inductees into the UA Sports Hall of Honor.
Basketball greats Corliss Williamson and Johnny Adams join UA football legends Gary Anderson, Bud Canada, Fred Marshall and Jerry Mazzanti on this year’s distinguished list. Other Razorback standouts Chip Hooper (tennis), Cynthia Moore (Lady Razorback track and field) and Scott Tabor (baseball) will also be honored as part of this year’s festivities.
Honorees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor by a vote of former letterwinners in conjunction with the “A” Club. Adams was elected posthumously.
The official induction is Sept. 5 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. For ticket information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000.
One of the most decorated basketball players in UA history, Williamson was a two-time All-American (1993-94, 1994-95) and two-time SEC Player of the Year (1993-94, 1994-95) for the Razorbacks. As a sophomore in 1993-94, he earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the NCAA Tournament in leading the Hogs to their first national basketball crown with a 76-72 win over the Duke Blue Devils. He averaged 20.4 points a game in Arkansas’ national championship season. In his junior campaign, Williamson helped the Razorbacks to a national runner-up finish. In his three-year tenure, Arkansas posted a record of 85-19 with one overall SEC title and three SEC Western Division crowns. A Russellville, Ark., native, he ranks as the school’s eighth leading scorer with 1,728 points and UA’s 10th leading career rebounder with 647 rebounds. He lettered three times for the Razorbacks before entering the NBA draft following his junior season. A first-round draft pick by the Sacramento Kings in 1995, he has spent eight years in the NBA including stints with the Kings, Toronto Raptors and his current team the Detroit Pistons.
Whether lining up at tailback, wide receiver or returning kicks, this multi-talented and versatile football standout contributed nearly every way imaginable in a stellar collegiate career. A letterman from 1979-82, Gary Anderson was selected to the All-Southwest Conference team in 1982 and is a member of UA’s All-Decade Team for the 1980s. As a tailback, he rushed for 1,999 yards and 10 touchdowns on 392 carries. He still ranks among the UA top 10 for career rushes, rushing yardage and yards per carry. He led the Razorbacks in receptions in three straight seasons with 23 (153 yards), 26 (263 yards) and 26 (286 yards) in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, respectively. A gifted kick returner, he led the Razorbacks in punt returns in four straight seasons. He holds the school record for total returns (137) and punt returns (115) in a career. He also paced the Hogs in kickoff returns in 1979. The Columbia, Mo., product captured the Crip Hall Award as a senior in a 24-6 win over Rice. A first-round draft pick by the San Diego Chargers in 1983, he went on to play for Tampa Bay in the NFL. He also logged time in the United States Football League (USFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL).
The only quarterback in UA history to lead a team to a national championship, Fred Marshall cemented his place in Razorback history by leading the Razorbacks to a magical 11-0 season in 1964. A three-year letterman, Marshall assumed the starting quarterback role early in the 1964 campaign and made the most of his opportunity. The recipient of the 1964 Houston Post Award, recognizing the most outstanding player in the Southwest Conference, Marshall threw for 656 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 438 yards. He garnered All-Southwest Conference honors and earned the Crip Hall Award in his senior season in the Hogs’ 44-0 rout of SMU. He engineered a historic 80-yard drive late in the fourth quarter against Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl to clinch the win and the Hogs’ first football national championship. Following his Razorback career, he went on to play with Calgary of the Canadian Football League.
A standout hurler for the Razorbacks from 1979-82, Scott Tabor still ranks as the winningest pitcher in school history. Tabor racked up a UA career record 34 victories while in a Razorback uniform. He also still owns UA career marks for games started (46), complete games (28), and innings pitched (368.0) and ranks third in strikeouts (261). A four-year letterman, he earned All-Southwest Conference honors twice (1981-82) and All-SWC tournament accolades as a freshman in 1979. He helped lead the Razorbacks to a combined record of 164-73-2 in his tenure including a national runner-up finish at the College World Series in 1979. He posted records of 10-2 and 11-2 in 1979 and 1981, respectively.
Perhaps the greatest singles player in Razorback tennis history, Chip Hooper helped Arkansas tennis gain national recognition in the late 1970s and the early 1980s. A three-time letterman, Hooper became the first UA player to achieve the nation’s No. 1 ranking in singles during the 1980 campaign. He also became the first Razorback to earn multiple All-America honors in singles (1980-81). In his senior season, he helped lead the Hogs to a school record 31 wins for legendary UA coach Tom Pucci. He captured the SWC title in No. 1 singles in both 1980 and 1981 in leading the Razorbacks to league crowns in both of those seasons. He also won the singles’ title at the 1981 ITA National Indoor Championships. Following his standout career at Arkansas, Hooper played on the pro tennis circuit reaching as high as No. 17 in the world singles rankings.
A five-time All-American and recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, Cynthia Moore helped set the standard for Lady Razorback track and field from 1988-91. The El Dorado, Ark., native redefined the jump records at Arkansas, breaking both indoor and outdoor marks for the long and triple jumps during her tenure. She earned national runner-up honors in the triple jump at the 1990 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. In 1991, she was voted the NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Arkansas. When she departed Arkansas, she left as the school record holder both indoors and outdoors, marks that stood for almost a decade.
An offensive and defensive end, Bud Canada was a four-year football letterman for coaches Glen Rose and John Barnhill from 1945-48. He led the Razorbacks in passing in 1945 completing 24 of 69 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the Razorbacks in punt returns that season with 21 returns for 264 yards. In 1946, he helped lead Arkansas to a Southwest Conference championship and spot opposite LSU in the 1947 Cotton Bowl. The next season, the Razorbacks landed in the Dixie Bowl and earned the first postseason win in school history with a 21-19 decision over William & Mary. Following his Razorback career, he appeared in the prestigious College All-Star Game in Chicago, Ill.
An All-Southwest Conference performer in 1962, Jerry Mazzanti was a mainstay at tackle for the Razorback football team. The standout was a three-time letterman earning letters in 1960, 1961 and 1962. In 1961, he racked up 51 tackles and earned a pass break up and a fumble recovery. He made 42 tackles in his senior season while snaring an interception and covering two fumbles. During his tenure, the Razorbacks posted a record of 25-8 including capturing two Southwest Conference crowns (1960, 1961). In each of his three seasons, the Hogs finished in the top 10 in the final national rankings. Following his Razorback career, the Lake Village, Ark., product played in the National Football League with Philadelphia.
One of Arkansas’ earliest basketball stars, Johnny Adams became the fifth Razorback to earn All-America honors in basketball when the Helms Foundation recognized him in 1941. A three-year letterman and a two-time All-Southwest Conference performer, Adams helped Arkansas to a combined record of 50-18 in his tenure under head coach Glen Rose. In his senior season, he scored a team leading 206 points and led the Razorbacks to a 20-3 record including a perfect 12-0 mark in SWC play. The memorable season culminated with UA’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Final Four. In 1941, the Beebe High School product set a then-UA record with 36 points against TCU. The record stood for 25 years. Following his collegiate career, Adams went on to star with the Phillip’s 66ers, one of the nation’s best semi-pro teams.
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