Sports: Dickerson, James to receive Doak Walker Legends Awards

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Sports: Dickerson, James to receive Doak Walker Legends Awards

Eric Dickerson and Craig JamesEric Dickerson and Craig James, former star SMU running backs, have been named joint recipients of the 2009 PricewaterhouseCoopers Doak Walker Legends Award. The award is presented by the SMU Athletic Forum. Individuals are nominated by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee, and the recipient is chosen by the Forum’s Board of Directors.

From 1979-82, Dickerson and James – collectively known as the “Pony Express” – led SMU to national prominence. In their careers, they combined for 8,192 rushing yards and 70 rushing touchdowns, which remains a NCAA career record for a duo. They led SMU to national championships in 1981 and 1982. Dickerson and James will accept their trophies at the Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet on Feb. 19, 2010, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Read more.

December 4, 2009|Sports|

SMU inducts class of 2009 into its Athletics Hall of Fame

SMU's Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2009The Department of Athletics, in conjunction with the SMU Lettermen’s Association, inducted 4 new former Mustangs into its Athletics Hall of Fame during formal ceremonies May 1 – football player Eric Dickerson, basketball player Jim Krebs, swimmer Steve Lundquist and golfer Kyle O’Brien Stevens.

“As a department, we want to continue to recognize the contributions and successes of our former student-athletes,” said SMU’s Director of Athletics Steve Orsini. “Last year we reconstituted our Athletic Hall of Fame, and this year we honor another outstanding group for their accomplishments.”

The inductees and their achievements:

Eric Dickerson (’83) – former All-American Mustang football player, member of the famed Pony Express; led SMU to back-to-back Southwest Conference titles; member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Jim Krebs (’57) – former All-American SMU basketball player; led the Mustangs to three SWC titles and the 1956 Final Four; former NBA player for the Los Angeles Lakers; member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. He died in an accident in 1965.

Steve Lundquist (’83) – former All-American SMU swimmer; two-time Olympic gold medalist; member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame; 1982 United States Swimmer of the Year.

Kyle O’Brien Stevens (’80) – former All-American SMU women’s golf player, claimed medalist honors and led SMU to the team title at the 1979 AIAW National Championships; 2003 inductee into the National Golf Coaches Association Player Hall of Fame.

(Above, left to right: Jane Krebs, widow of Jim Krebs, Eric Dickerson, Kyle O’Brien Stevens and Steve Lundquist.)

May 8, 2009|News, Sports|

Hot Links: Spring 2009 football practice begins March 30

SMU basketball player Bamba FallThe football team will kick off spring practice March 30 as the Mustangs begin their preparations for the 2009 season. Head Coach June Jones and his staff will conduct 14 practice sessions prior to the annual Red-Blue Scrimmage, which is set for 1 p.m. April 25. Read more.

The men’s basketball banquet honoring the 2008-09 team will be held at 7 p.m. April 16 in the Doubletree Campbell Center on North Central Expressway. Head coach Matt Doherty, along with graduating senior Bamba Fall (right), will speak about the season and the future of SMU basketball. Read more.

The No. 24 women’s tennis team (20-2) completed a two-match sweep March 25 to collect their 8th and 9th consecutive wins against Arkansas-Little Rock (5-10) and No. 28 DePaul (15-3) at SMU’s Turpin Tennis Stadium. It was the first time in 21 years the Mustangs have achieved a 20-win season. The team returns to action March 27 in the 2009 Via Christi Collegiate Classic in Wichita, Kansas, with their first match set for 10 a.m. against Nevada. Read more.

SMU thrower Simone du ToitFirst-year thrower Simoné du Toit (left) won the shot put and finished 3rd in discus to lead the women’s track and field team in the 2009 Trojan Invitational at USC March 21. Senior Christina Mueller won the discus event with a throw of 50.28 meters. Read more.

The women’s swimming and diving team earned 19th place at the 2009 NCAA Championships March 21 at Texas A&M. The Mustangs collected points in the 200 medley relay, 400 and 800 free relays and the platform diving event. The men’s championship takes place March 26-28 at Texas A&M. Read more.

The SMU Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Lettermen’s Association, announced the newest class of its Athletics Hall of Fame March 25. The 2009 inductees – running back Eric Dickerson (’83), basketball player Jim Krebs (’57), swimmer Steve Lundquist (’83) and golfer Kyle O’Brien Stevens (’80) – will be honored at a dinner and induction ceremony at 7 p.m. May 1 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Read more.

March 26, 2009|Sports|
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