2013 Raiders Hall of Fame Class announced
Induction ceremony set for Sept. 14July 21, 2013 · @MTAthletics
Murfreesboro - The 2013 class of the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raider Athletic Hall of Fame, announced today, spans seven decades and represents great athletes from five of the university's heralded athletic programs.
Two of the inductees, baseball's Dewon Brazelton and football's Dwone Hicks, are two of the youngest inductees ever, both having just finished their careers within the past dozen years.
They are joined in this year's Hall of Fame class by 1990s women's basketball/volleyball standout Priscilla Robinson Murray, football's Roger Carroll (1979-83) and 1950s two-sport star James "Doug" Shrader, who excelled on the baseball diamond, as well as the basketball court.
Brazelton was MT's highest draftee ever in the Major League Baseball draft when, in 2001, he was drafted third overall by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Tullahoma High School alum earned that lofty status by being named to the elite Team USA national squad in 2000, as well as to five NCAA All-America first-team squads in 2001. He was also pegged the Sun Belt Conference's athlete of the year in 2001.
At the end of his Blue Raider career, the highly-talented right-hander owned both the single-season (154) and career (335) strikeout records for the school. He captivated foes with a blazing fastball complimented with a knee-buckling curveball. His career complete games pitched, 22, and his career wins, 28, both rank second in school history, just one shy of each top spot. He won an amazing 73% of the games he pitched.
During Brazelton's years, the Blue Raiders won an Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship and were regular-season co-champions of the Sun Belt Conference. In those two years (2000 and 2001), the team posted a record of 80-40 and played in two NCAA Regionals.
Hicks was a stalwart on the gridiron, ending his amazing career in 2002 as the all-time scoring leader for the famed Blue Raider football program. The four-year letterman was a workhorse in every sense of the word as he amassed more than 4,300 all-purpose years in his career, the second-most ever in Blue Raider football history.
In rushing for more than 3,600 yards in his career, he joins fellow Hall of Famers Joe Campbell (#1) and Mike Moore (#2) atop the all-time rushing list in third place.
The Huntsville, AL native was named the Sun Belt Conference's 2001 offensive player of the year and was honored to earn a place on the conference's 30-year anniversary football team. Hicks was second nationally in scoring and 25th in rushing to cap a solid junior campaign.
In reviewing the Blue Raider football record book, you get a full understanding of Hicks' dramatic impact on the program as he is listed 40 times, mostly in the Top 10. The Blue Raiders were 12-1 over his career when the tailback carried the ball at least 18 times.
Robinson is the torch-bearer for the women's basketball and volleyball programs in 2013, and rightfully so.
Upon arriving on the Murfreesboro campus from Chattanooga, Robinson quickly took charge and, stunningly, led the Lady Raiders' basketball squad in scoring and rebounding for all four years en route to the team's 75-37 overall record.
In basketball alone, she not only took charge of the team, but also was a leader in the Ohio Valley Conference from Day 1. She was the OVC freshman of the year in 1991, player of the year in 1992, a three-time all-tournament team member and a four-time all-conference selection as she led her Lady Raiders to an impressive 42-16 OVC record.
Robinson could do it all. At the end of her basketball career, she ranked in the Top 5 in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, field goals made, free throws made, games started and double-figure scoring games.
But, that wasn't all she had to offer her university. She also took her highly-athletic skills to the Blue Raider volleyball court and gave the team solid performances as a hitter/blocker. In addition, Robinson also perfected the art of the jump-serve, much to the chagrin of her opponents.
Carroll, a native of Bradley, FL, is a unique Hall of Famer in that he toiled in a position, football offensive guard, which was not linked to a bevy of personal statistics.
But, just listen to all who benefited from his highly-skilled performance on the field and you understand why he is a true Hall of Famer. He is in rare company in having started every single game of his four-year career.
Carroll, who served as a team captain, was one of those athletes who led by example each and every day on the field and was an integral cog in head coach Boots Donnelly's highly-successful rebuilding efforts from 1980-1983. He was honored by the American Football Coaches' Association in 1983 as a first-team All-American.
The All-OVC performer could do it all, from stopping defensive rushers head-on, or pulling out and running ahead of ball carriers, clearing out the opposition with bruising force.
Shrader is also a two-sport honoree, having excelled in baseball and basketball for the Blue Raiders in the 1950s.
His list of accolades is remarkable. Just look at 1955 during which he was selected to the All-Ohio Valley Conference teams in baseball and basketball, as well as earning an All-American honorable mention on the hardwood.
In his senior year, 1956, the Flintville, TN native was the Blue Raiders' basketball MVP, the baseball team's player of the year, the Volunteer State Athletic Conference's basketball player of the year and joined the Blue Raiders' 1,000-point Club in basketball, in addition to being named All-OVC in baseball, again.
That senior year was one any Hall of Famer would dream of as he led the basketball squad in scoring with an average of nearly 18 points a game and led the baseball team with a batting average of .440.
The 2013 Blue Raider Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on the lawn of MT's Rose and Emmett Kennon Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 14 prior to the Blue Raiders' home football game against the Memphis Tigers.
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