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Collier and Denson Named to Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Aug. 28, 2007

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Former Southern Miss football standout Reggie Collier and former head baseball coach Hill Denson were named to the Class of 2008 for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in an announcement, today, in Jackson.

Collier, a native of D'Iberville, Miss., was a four-year letterwinner for the Golden Eagles from 1979-82. He was the first quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season, a feat he accomplished in 1981.

The dual-threat remains prominent in the Southern Miss record books where he is fourth in total offensive plays (1,020), fourth in total offensive yards (5,966), fourth in total offensive yards per game (152.27), fourth in touchdowns responsible for (42), tied for fifth in rushing touchdowns (26), seventh in pass completions (288), eighth in pass attempts (574), eighth in passing yardage (3,662), eighth in rushing yards gained (2,304), 10th in touchdown passes (16), 10th in rushing attempts (446) and 23rd in all-purpose running (2,304).

Collier, the lone football inductee this year, was drafted by the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL in the first round in 1983 and also played with the Washington Federals and the Orlando Renegades. He spent several seasons in the NFL as a member of the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers.

He currently serves at his alma mater as the Coordinator of Athletic Development and Community Relations.

Denson took the reins of the baseball program from his mentor C.J. "Pete" Taylor in 1984 and took the Golden Eagles to unprecedented heights.

In his 14 seasons as the head coach at Southern Miss, Denson compiled a 468-386-2 record, guiding the program to 10 30-win seasons, two 40-win seasons and two trips to the NCAA Regional Tournament, the school's first in all three categories.

Denson currently serves as the head baseball coach at Belhaven College.

Collier and Denson are joined in this prestigious honor my Coolidge Ball, the first African-American athlete at Ole Miss; Paul Covington, the winningest basketball coach in Jackson State University history; Jennifer Gillom, a former Olympic gold medal-winner and SEC female athlete of the year; and Will Clark, Mississippi State's former national college player of the year and six-time MLB All-Star.

The honorees were selected by two separate thirteen-person committees comprised of representatives from all the state's college and university athletic departments plus representatives from Mississippi sports associations and clubs as well as the media.

The public is invited to nominate individuals for induction consideration. Nomination forms, eligibility requirements and selection guidelines are available at www.msfame.com or by calling 1-800-280-FAME. The deadline to receive material for the Class of 2009 is December 31, 2007.

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