Three Selected to Hall of Fame

May 16, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The first full-time athletic trainer in school history and two former standout athletes, have been selected as the 2003 inductees to the Blue Raider Hall of Fame.


George Camp, Clark Maples, and Herbert Owenby will enter the Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 19, at an induction banquet set for 6:30 PM at the Garden Plaza/Doubletree Hotel in Murfreesboro.


Camp has been a member of the Blue Raider athletic staff since August of 1969, when he came to the University as the first full-time athletic trainer in MT history. He has worked devotedly for the physical well-being of Blue Raider athletes in all sports, made travel arrangements for the football team, and has headed the athletic department's administration of its medical insurance program. 


A member of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame, he is now working exclusively with the athletic department's insurance administration after retiring from his full-time trainer duties in 1998.


A two-year player and starter at center and linebacker after transferring from the University of Kentucky, Maples was one of the OVC's top linemen in 1963-64. A fiercely tough individual, he was described by his coaches as one of the hardest hitters on the squad.


He helped lead the Blue Raiders to an OVC title and a two-year record of 15-4-1.


Maple's contributions to Blue Raider athletics didn't end after his eligibility expired as he has continued to be a staunch supporter of all Middle Tennessee athletic programs.


Owenby, a receiver for Coach "Bubber" Murphy's football squad from 1964-67, still holds a prominent place in the Blue Raider record books. Making his accomplishments even more remarkable is the fact that his playing career ended over 35 years ago.


Owenby is tied for first in all-time TD receptions in a game with three and tied for 3rd in career receptions with 110.  He led the team in receptions in 1967 with 32 and his 1,757 career receiving yards ranks him fourth all time.  He finished his career with 21 touchdown receptions, which also ties him for first all-time, and three 100-yard receiving games.


Varsity Club Director Jim Simpson said, "The 2003 class of the Blue Raider Hall of Fame is indicative of the strength of candidates who are eligible for induction. They have literally given lifetimes of support to this university and June 19th
will be their day."


The inductions will kick off two-days of activity around campus as the Legend's Event expands yet again.


This year, the induction ceremony will take place at an evening banquet. The ceremony, which will take place at the Garden Plaza/Doubletree Hotel, is open to the public, with tickets costing $25 each. Induction Banquet tickets are available now at the MT Ticket Office or by calling 1-888-YES-MTSU.


Immediately following the banquet, a reception is slated for the Shoeless Joe's Sports Cafe in the Garden Plaza/Doubletree.


On Friday, the Varsity Club will host its annual Golf Tournament at Indian Hills Golf Club. This year's tournament has been expanded to accommodate the large expected turnout. Two tee times are reserved for participants, one at 7 AM and the other at 1 PM. A barbeque lunch is slated for anyone wishing to attend between rounds.


The Tournament is open only to Varsity Club members, and the entry fee is $60, which includes the round of golf and lunch.


For more information on any of these events, please contact Jim Simpson at (615) 898-5632.

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