Sept. 12, 2011HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi M-Club Alumni Association will formally induct its Class of 2011 on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Southern Oaks House and Gardens located at 1246 Richburg Road. The social begins at 6 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 7 p.m.
The M-Club is the University's association of former athletic letter winners and consists of former players, coaches, trainers, managers and cheerleaders.
The 2011 Hall of Fame inductees include Angela Atterberry-Jackson (Women's Basketball, 1997-2000), Darrin Chancellor (Men's Basketball 1987-1991), Keith Kennedy (Swimming, 1980-84), Chris Logan (Baseball, 1990-1994), Todd Pinkston (Football, 1996-1999), Patrick Surtain (Football, 1994-1997), Adalius Thomas (Football, 1996-1999), and Jerry Taylor (Football, 1952-1956).
Angela Atterberry-Jackson (Women's Basketball 1997-2000)
She was a four-year letter winner and starter for the Lady Eagles. She earned Second Team All-Conference USA as a senior. She was a member of the C-USA All-Freshman Team. She was named Conference USA Athlete of the Week. She helped Southern Miss advance to the WNIT in 2000. She ranks ninth on the all-time scoring list with 1,249 points. She led the team in scoring her senior season with 17.0 points per game. She also ranks eighth all-time in assists with 337 and sixth all-time in steals with 245. She scored a career-high 30 points against Memphis as a senior. She is one of only five players to score over 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and dish out 300 assists and have 200 steals.
Darrin Chancellor (Men's Basketball 1987-1991)
A four-year letterman who earned All-Metro Conference honors in 1990-91. He was a second team selection in 1988-89 and 1989-90. He was named to the all-tournament team in 1989-90. He continues to rank fifth all-time in scoring with 1,670 points. He averaged 20.6 points per game in 1988-89, eighth best in school history. He ranks third in school history in 3-point shooting with 40.0 percent. He scored a career-high 37 points against Virginia Tech in 1990-91, the 10th best performance in school history. He led Golden Eagles to their only two NCAA appearances in 1989-90 and 1990-91.
Keith Kennedy (Swimming 1980-1984)
He was a four-year letterman from 1980 to 1984. He is one of only two four-year letter winners in the program history. He entered Southern Miss out of Hattiesburg High School as one of the top swimmers in the state of Mississippi. He was awarded the school's first ever swimming scholarship. He was the team's top point scorer as a freshman and was the team's most valuable player as a freshman. He was elected team captain as a sophomore. He graduated with a 3.0 GPA and received an NCAA post-graduate scholarship. His specialty was the breast stroke. He was a multi-talented swimmer who also was a part of the 400-medley relay team with a time of 3:41.27.
Chris Logan (Baseball 1990-1994)
He was a four-year letterman for the Golden Eagles from 1990 to 1994 primarily as a catcher. He was a versatile player who had the ability to play a number of positions for the Golden Eagles. Known for his leadership skills and the hard-nosed way that he played the game, he saw considerable action as both a freshman and a sophomore when he was utilized in a number of roles. As a junior, he hit .297 with two home runs and 25 runs batted in and in his senior season, he hit .285 with a home run and 29 runs batted in. He also saw action as a pitcher for a senior pitching in 16 games with eight starts and had six complete games while posting a 7-2 record and a save. Behind the plate, he made it extremely difficult for opposing base runners to steal bases and threw out a high percentage of them that tried to steal. He was a second team all-Metro Conference selection in 1993 and was a part of the 1990 team that made the school's first ever NCAA regional appearance as well as a part of the squad in 1991 that made a second straight NCAA regional appearance.
Todd Pinkston (Wide Receiver 1996-1999)
He was a four-year letterman at wide receiver for the Golden Eagles from 1996 to 1999. As a freshman, he caught 11 passes for a 16.5 yard average and a touchdown. As a sophomore, he caught 38 passes for a 9.5 yard average and three touchdowns. During his junior season, he caught 52 passes for a 16.3 yard average and seven touchdowns. He completed his senior campaign with caught 48 passes for a 20.4 yard average and 11 touchdowns. He finished his career with 149 receptions for 2,366 yards and 22 touchdowns. In 1999 he was a 2nd team all-Conference USA selection. He was a second round selection of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2000...Played professionally with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2000 to 2005. He was a part of three Conference USA championships in 1996, 1997 and 1999.
Patrick Surtain (Defensive Back 1994-1997)
He was a four-year letterman for the Golden Eagles from 1994 to 1997. He saw action as a reserve linebacker and a key member of the special teams as a freshman and finished the year with 66 tackles, eight tackles for losses, a quarterback sack, an interception and recovered three fumbles. He moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and finished third on the team in tackles with 93 and had eight tackles for losses, a quarterback sack and deflected five passes. He led the team in tackles as a junior with 141 tackles and had 17 tackles for losses, three quarterback sacks, recovered two fumbles and had an interception. As a senior, he finished the season with 106 tackles with 13 tackles for losses, two quarterback sacks and an interception. He finished his career with 406 tackles, 46 tackles for losses, seven quarterback sacks and three interceptions. He was named first team all-Conference USA in 1996 and 1997 and was the 1997 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.
Adalius Thomas (Defensive Line 1996-1999)
He was a four-year lettermen at defensive end for the Golden Eagles from 1996 to 1999. In 1996 had 39 tackles that included five tackles for losses and four quarterback sacks. Also broke up a pass and recovered a fumble while leading the Golden Eagles to the inaugural Conference USA championship. In 1997 he recorded 65 tackles with 15 tackles for losses and nine quarterback sacks, had an interception, broke up 10 passes and recovered two fumbles and blocked a kick while leading the Eagles to another conference championship. In 1998 he had 71 tackles with 20 tackles for losses and 12.5 QB sacks also had five pass break ups and two blocked kicks. In 1999 helped lead the Golden Eagle to a Conference USA championship with 67 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, nine quarterback sacks, recovered two fumbles, forced a fumble and blocked four kicks. He had a career 242 tackles including 56 tackles for losses of 347 yards and a school record 34.5 quarterback sacks. During his career he was named to three Conference USA All-Conference teams and was Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999. He earned All-American honors. He was taken in the 1999 NFL draft in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens and played from 2000 to 2006 and the New England Patriots in 2007 to 2009.
Jerry Taylor (Football 1952-1956)
Taylor was an outstanding two-way end for Coach Thad (Pie) Vann from 1954 to 1956 and is considered to be one of the best two-sport athletes in school history. He had a successful career at Columbia (Miss.) High School where he earned 15 letters in four different sports before coming to Southern Miss. At USM during the 1954 season he caught five passes for a 20.8 yard average and scored a pair of touchdowns. In 1955 he caught five passes for a17.0 yard average and two touchdowns, while in 1956 he led the team in receiving with 17 catches for a 16.7 yard average and five touchdowns. For his career Taylor caught 27 passes for a 17.5 yard average and 9 touchdowns. He was a standout. On defense and was a part of a 7-2 victory over Alabama during the 1954 season. The teams that he was a part of had a record of 22-7-1, including a 9-1 mark in 1955. The 1956 team that he played on went to the Tangerine Bowl. He was a four-year letterman in track and field where is specialty was the pole vault. Following his college career he became a successful high school teacher and administrator.