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Nine Inductees Slated to be Inducted in the 20

Nine Inductees Slated to be Inducted in the 20

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes, including three All-Americans, two all-conference selections and the first African-American scholarship football player in school history, make up the 2005 class of inductees into the UA Sports Hall of Honor.
Football greats R.C. Thielemann, Leotis Harris, Jon Richardson and Jerry Lamb join basketball legends Scott Hastings and Christy Smith on this year’s distinguished list. Baseball star Steve Krueger, two-sport standout and athletic administrator Bill Gray and long-time assistant track and field coach Dick Booth 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. Richardson was elected posthumously.
The official induction is Sept. 2 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. For ticket information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000.

One of the best all-around players to ever grace the hardwood for Arkansas, Scott Hastings stood out in nearly every phase of his game. He remains the only Razorback in school history to lead the Hogs in both scoring and rebounding for three consecutive seasons. He averaged 18.6 points per game during his senior year and 16.3 and 16.2 points per contest in his sophomore and junior seasons, respectively. He led the way on the boards as well averaging 6.0, 5.4 and 6.7 rebounds-per-contest in his final three years at Arkansas. He also paced the team in blocked shots in his sophomore and senior campaigns. He still ranks fourth in school history with 1,779 points and seventh on the UA career rebound list with 680. A four-year letterman, he holds the distinction of being the final Razorback to garner All-Southwest Conference honors three times (1980, ’81, ’82) in his career. He started as a freshman for a team that was 25-5 and reached the Elite Eight. He also helped guide the Razorbacks to three SWC Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. Following his Razorback career he was a second-round draft pick of the New York Knicks in the 1982 NBA Draft. Hastings went on to play 11 seasons in the NBA with the Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets.

A dominating blocker for four seasons on the Razorbacks’ offensive line, R.C. Thielemann showed his promise shortly after arriving on the Fayetteville campus. A four-year letterman from 1973-76, he became a starter during his freshman season, launching a remarkable streak of 42 consecutive starts. He earned the starting nod in the final eight games of his freshman campaign as well as every game in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He garnered All-Southwest Conference honors at offensive guard in 1975 and helped the Razorbacks to a 10-2 record, including a win over Georgia in the Cotton Bowl. As a senior, he moved to center where he earned All-SWC honors for the second consecutive year. He is one of only two Razorbacks to earn all-conference honors at two positions. A member of the 1970s All-Decade Team, he earned a spot on Arkansas’ All-Century Team selected as part of the football centennial celebration in 1994. Following his collegiate career, he was drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Falcons. He played 12 seasons in the NFL, including an eight-year stint with the Falcons (1977-84) and a four-year stint with the Washington Redskins (1985-88).

A mainstay in the football trenches for the Razorbacks from 1974-77, Leotis Harris literally paved the way for one of the most prolific offensive eras in school history. The standout offensive guard was a key component to some of the most dominating offensive fronts in school history. He earned All-America and All-Southwest Conference honors as a senior in 1977 after helping the Hogs to an 11-1 record. Arkansas boasted a 412.9 yards of total offense in 1977, including 273.7 yards-per-game on the ground. In his sophomore season, he helped the Razorbacks average a school record 320.3 yards rushing and clinch a share of the SWC championship. He was named to the Razorback All-Century Team selected in 1994 as part of the UA football centennial celebration. He is also a member of the 1970s All-Decade Team. He was a sixth-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 1977 NFL Draft. He spent six seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman for the Packers (1978-83).

A long-time assistant coach in the most successful program in NCAA history, Dick Booth has spent nearly a quarter of a century contributing to the unparalleled accomplishments of the Arkansas track and field program. Serving as the field events coach under legendary UA head track and field coach John McDonnell, he has been a part of 33 of the program’s 41 national championships, including three national triple crowns, and 61 conference team titles. Booth’s initial coaching stint at Arkansas (1978-84) included the Razorbacks’ first national crown at the 1984 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. He left the program to become a head coach at Southwestern Louisiana, but returned to Fayetteville in time for the 1988 season. In his combined 24-year tenure with the Hogs, he has coached 31 athletes to a total of 124 All-America honors and 43 individual NCAA championships. He has coached or recruited every UA record holder in the field events. His expertise has been recognized on the international stage as well. In 2000, he was named as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic track and field team in Sydney, Australia. He has coached 11 Olympians, including gold and silver medalist Mike Conley, and 2004 silver medalist Matt Hemingway.

One of the most talented southpaws in school history, Steve Krueger starred for Norm DeBriyn’s baseball Razorbacks in 1979 and 1980. An All-American and a two-time All-Southwest Conference selection, Krueger still ranks among the most durable and effective hurlers in the program’s history. He set a school record by tossing 11 complete games in 1979 and then duplicated the feat the following season. His 22 career complete games rank second on the UA record list. He tallied 10 wins to help the Razorbacks advance to their first College World Series in 1979. He was named to the College World Series All-Tournament squad in helping the Hogs to a national runner-up finish. As a senior, he earned All-America honors and was named the recipient of the J. Frank Broyles Award, an honor recognizing the most outstanding Razorback athlete of the year in any sport. His 13 victories (13-0) on the mound in 1980 remains a record for Razorback pitchers and his 23 career wins ranks sixth. His season earned run averages of 1.59 (1979) and 1.73 (1980) rank as the fourth and fifth lowest marks, respectively. His career ERA of 1.66 is number two all-time on the UA list.

Named the SEC Freshman of the Year in 1995, Christy Smith set a record that may never be broken by playing in every minute of every regular season conference game (445 minutes played), a streak of 575 minutes that stretched into her sophomore season. She led the Lady Razorbacks to the 1998 NCAA Final Four in Kansas City and it was her four free throws in the closing moments that sealed defeat for Duke in the West Regional. The four-time Associated Press honorable mention All-American made NCAA history as Arkansas became the first unranked team and lowest seeded team (9th) to reach the Women’s Final Four. Had she not missed six games with a torn ACL as a sophomore, Smith likely would be the all-time assist leader. She finished her career fifth in scoring (1,459), and second in assists (507) and steals (239). In the space of 12 months, Smith led Team USA to Gold at the World University Games, Arkansas to the NCAA Final Four and the Charlotte Sting into the WNBA Playoffs. A second-round draft pick of the Sting, she played two seasons in the WNBA before injuries forced an early retirement. Named the NCAA Woman of the Year from the state of Arkansas in 1998, she was the Women’s Athletics Department’s Salute to Excellence recipient in 1999.

The first African-American scholarship football player to compete at Arkansas, Jon Richardson blazed the way for thousands of future Razorbacks with grace and dignity. The native of Little Rock lettered for Coach Frank Broyles’ Razorbacks from 1970-72. The tailback was second on the team in rushing in 1970 with 441 yards and nine touchdowns on 104 carries. He ranked third on the squad with 17 receptions for 240 yards and a score on a team that went 9-2 and finished the season ranked No. 11 in the nation in his sophomore season. In 1971, Richardson was third on the club with 483 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 104 carries, including a career-best effort of 154 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Oklahoma State. He hauled in 13 catches for 87 yards in helping the Hogs to an 8-3-1 mark and a No. 16 national ranking. As a senior, he ranked second on the team with 313 yards on 97 attempts and led the squad with seven touchdowns. He tallied 14 receptions for 105 yards, ranking him fourth on the squad. He also broke the school record with 501 yards in kickoff return yardage in his final collegiate campaign. His 19 rushing touchdowns still rank 11th on the UA career record list.

A team captain on Arkansas’ 1964 national championship football team, Jerry Lamb was a sure-handed receiver in the golden era of Razorback football. A three-year letterman from 1962-64, he earned All-Southwest Conference honors as both a junior and a senior. Named the SWC Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 1962, he led the Hogs with 23 receptions, 278 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore. He paced the Razorbacks again as a junior, racking up 16 receptions for 240 yards and two touchdowns. As a senior, he earned 13 catches for 180 yards, and again tied for the team lead with two touchdown catches. In his three years on the gridiron, Arkansas won 25 games including posting the program’s only perfect 11-0 record in 1964. He represented his alma mater in the 1965 Hula Bowl. Following his collegiate career, he was drafted by St. Louis in the 1964 NFL Draft and by Kansas City in the 1964 AFL Draft. He played professionally with the Chiefs. He is a member of Razorbacks’ all-decade team for the 1960s and was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

First as a two-sport standout and then as an administrator, Bill Gray has been an instrumental part of the Razorback program in a career spanning four decades. A native of West Helena, he lettered as both a quarterback and a defensive back on the gridiron from 1962-64. He also was a three-year letterman (1963-65) for the Hogs on the baseball field. As a quarterback, he completed 83-of-157 passes with 11 touchdowns in his Razorback career. His 68-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Lamb in the 1963 Sugar Bowl is still the school record for the longest completion in a bowl game. As a sophomore, he passed for 340 yards and five touchdowns in helping the Hogs to a 9-2 record and a No. 6 national ranking. In 1963, he garnered 483 yards and four touchdowns through the air. He earned four career interceptions as a defensive back, including three as a senior. He was part of Arkansas’ perfect 11-0 season and the program’s only football national championship in 1964. He finished off the memorable year by leading the Razorback baseball team with a .322 batting average in 1965. He returned to Arkansas in 1984 as the Hogs’ football recruiting coordinator. In 1988, he transitioned to senior administration where he has served ever since.

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