Boise State Tribute to Louisiana Tech

In BroncoCountry's continuing series, we pay tribute to Louisiana Tech, Boise State's football opponent this coming Tuesday. March On Bulldogs!

(Editor's Note:  This is part of a continuing series of tributes to WAC schools as Boise State completes its final season in the conference.  The series is meant to spread good will throughout the conference, highlight the rich heritage at member schools and to thank the WAC members for having Boise State in their conference for the last ten years.)

Louisiana Tech is located in Ruston, a town of 20,546 in the 2000 census. Ruston is located on the western side of Louisiana near the borders with Arkansas and Texas. Ruston is known as the home for the yearly Squire Creek Peach Festival.

In the Reconstruction era following the Civil War, it became known that Pacific Railroad would soon connect the Deep South with the West, with tracks to run across north Louisiana. Sheriff Robert Edwin Russ donated 640 acres to the town and this area became Ruston (short for Russ Town). Cotton farming paced the early Ruston economy and in 1900, a second railroad (this one running north and south) was built through Ruston. This brought even more business and industry. The G.I. Bill of Rights, passed after World War II, sent war veterans to college and fueled tremendous growth at the local universities.

Because of the rapid expansion of Louisiana Tech, Ruston continued to grow despite a recession experienced by the oil industry. Recently, the historic downtown district has been restored and more than 15 historic buildings have been placed on the National Register. The timber, poultry and cattle industries continue to grow.

Louisiana Tech was founded in 1894 as The Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana. It consisted of a brick building with eight large classrooms, an auditorium, a chemical laboratory and two offices. The original mission was to help develop an industrial economy in post-Reconstruction Louisiana. In 1898, the name was changed to Louisiana Industrial Institute and then Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1921 to reflect a larger and more capable technical institute. The school was unofficially called Louisiana Tech since the 1920's but the name was officially changed to Louisiana Tech University in 1970.

The first doctorate was awarded in 1971 in philosophy in chemical engineering. In 2007, Tech became the first school in the world to award a bachelor's of science in nanosystems engineering. Louisiana Tech is home to more than 80 buildings, including the Biomedical Engineering and Aviation buildings. Tech also hosts the A.E. Phillips Lab School, which is an elementary school on the university campus. The school's South Campus includes School of Forestry, Department of Agricultural Studies, Center for Rural Development, Equine Center, and Tech Farm.

Over 11,000 students from 46 states and 68 countries attend Louisiana Tech today. The university is widely known for its engineering program and students at Louisiana Tech perform research funded by NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, to name a few. The university confers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees through its five academic colleges (Applied and Natural Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering & Science and Liberal Arts). Additionally, LA Tech offers doctoral degrees in audiology, business administration, counseling psychology (accredited by the American Psychological Association), industrial/organizational psychology, computational analysis and modeling, engineering, and biomedical engineering. The Academy of Marketing Science publishes the top marketing journal "The Journal of Academy of Marketing Science." Louisiana Tech's College of Business features one of the strongest professional selling and sales management scholarships in the country.

Louisiana Tech and neighboring Grambling State University operate an ROTC exchange program. Louisiana Tech operates the Air Force ROTC while Grambling operates the Army ROTC, and students from either school may participate in either program.

Each student who graduates from Louisiana Tech is recognized with a brick that is paved into a walkway with their name engraved on it. As of May 2009, Louisiana Tech had awarded more than 87,700 degrees. The university has 19 National Merit Scholars, including five from the 2009 freshman class.

Louisiana Tech was honored as the Top University Faculty List by RateMyProfessors.com. Tech was named the Top Public School with best "total out-of-state costs" by Kiplinger's Magazine in 2009. The school was 7th in Small Times' list of the best institution in nanotechnology commercialization in the nation in 2009.

The Lady of the Mist is a Louisiana Tech landmark located in the midst of a fountain in the quadrangle of the campus. The sculpture was located to welcome all to the campus. The inscription states that she symbolizes "Alma Mater", welcoming new students and bidding farewell to graduates. She symbolizes a hope that Tech graduates will fulfill their ambitions and their highest callings.

Notable alumni:

·  Trace Adkins, country singer

·  Leon Barmore, Hall of Fame coach of the Louisiana Tech "Lady Techsters"; best coaching winning percentage in women's basketball history

·  Billy Bonner, nuclear physicist and head of the T.W. Bonner Nuclear Laboratory at Rice

·  Terry Bradshaw, Hall of Fame great Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Janice Lawrence Braxton, retired WNBA player for the Cleveland Rockers; Inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame; One-time Olympic gold medalist; Wade Trophy winner

·  Kix Brooks, member of the country music duo Brooks and Dunn with 21 #1 country music singles, two #1 country singles of the year, one-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and 14-time CMA Duo of the Year

·  P.J. Brown, former NBA power forward for the New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, Chicago Bulls, and Boston Celtics; One-time NBA champion; Three-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team; One-time NBA Sportsmanship Award; One-time J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award; Inducted into the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame

·  Sharon Brown, Miss USA 1961

·  Mary Elizabeth Talbot Busbee, the first lady of Georgia from 1975-1983.

·  Saxby Chambliss,  current United States Senator from Georgia; former United States Representative from Georgia

·  Barbara Colley, romance and mystery novelist

·  Fred Dean, NFL Hall of Fame defensive lineman of the San Francisco 49'ers

·  Matt Dunigan,  retired CFL quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos, BC Lions, Toronto Argonauts, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Birmingham Barracudas, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats; Inducted into Canadian Football Hall of Fame; Two-time Grey Cup champion; Tom Pate Memorial Award; Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy; Voted one of CFL's Top 50 players; Holds pro football record for most passing yards in one game (713)

·  Troy Edwards, retired NFL wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Detroit Lions; Current AFL wide receiver for the Grand Rapids Rampage; Holds the NCAA record for most receiving yards in one game (405 vs. Nebraska)

·  Charles R. Embry, Professor Emeritus at Texas A & M

·  Chuck Finley, retired MLB pitcher who was a 1st-round draft pick, a five-time All-Star in 17 seasons for the California/Anaheim Angles, Cleveland Indians, and St. Louis Cardinals; ranks #23 all-time with 2,610 strikeouts

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Woodie Flowers, professor of mechanical engineering at M.I.T and former host of Scientific American Frontiers

·  Tim Floyd, current NCAA head basketball coach at USC; Former NBA head basketball coach of the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets; Former NCAA head basketball coach at Iowa State, Idaho and New Orleans.

·  Cheryl Ford, current WNBA power forward for the Detroit Shock; Three-time WNBA champion; WNBA Rookie of the Year; One-time WNBA All-Star game MVP; One-time Olympic bronze medalist

·  Kim Gandy, former President of the National Organization for Women

·  Sonja Hogg, former Louisiana Tech physical education professor, founding coach of the Lady Techsters, and Baylor Lady Bears basketball coach; inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

·  Vickie Johnson, retired WNBA shooting guard for the New York Liberty and San Antonio Silver Stars; Two-time WNBA All-Star; Eighth leading scorer in WNBA history

·  David Charles Jones, retired U.S. Air Force General; former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff; former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

·  Karl Malone, retired NBA power forward for the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers; Two-time NBA MVP; Thirteen-time NBA All-Star; Eleven-time All-NBA First Team; Two-time All-NBA Second Team; One-time All-NBA Third Team; Three-time NBA All-Defensive First Team; One-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team; NBA All-Rookie Team; Two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP; NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team; Two-time Olympic gold medalist; Second leading scorer in NBA history

·  Jim McCrery, former United States Representative from Louisiana

·  Chris Medley, motivational speaker

·  Paul Milsap, current NBA power forward for the Utah Jazz; NBA All-Rookie Second Team; Three-time NCAA rebounding champion

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Robert W. Mondy, historian of the American frontier

·  Kim Mulkey, current head women's basketball coach at Baylor; One-time Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award; One-time Olympic gold medalist; Inducted into women's basketball Hall of Fame; Only female to win NCAA title as a player and a coach

·  Pat Patterson, winningest college baseball coach in Louisiana sports history; Seven-time conference Coach of the Year (Deceased)

·  James P. Pope, former U.S. Senator from Idaho, Mayor of Boise, and Director of the Tennessee Valley Authority

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Norman L. Richardson, journalist known for coverage of hurricanes; Frank C. Allen Award; AP Managing Editor's Association Award

·  Jerome Ringo, Chairman of the National Wildlife Federation

·  Scotty Robertson, former NBA head coach for the New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Bulls, and Detroit Pistons

·  David Sequi, retired MLB first baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Montreal Expos, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, and Cleveland Indians

·  Dheeraj Sharma, internationally-renowned marketing scholar, Associate Editor of Journal of Marketing Channels, Editor of the Academy of Marketing Science Proceedings

·  John Simonton, founder of PAiA Electronics; publisher of Electronic Musician

·  David Templeton, chemist and former dean of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of California, participated in the Manhattan Project

·  Stanley R. Tiner, 

executive editor and Vice President of The Sun Herald newspaper in Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi; 2006 Pulitzer Prize in journalism for Hurricane Katrina coverage

·  Robert Tinney, illustrator

·  Lauren Tressler, international Nintendo WiFi Tetris Champion

·  Joe Waggonner,

former United States Representative from Louisiana

·  Morgan W. Walker, Sr.,  founder of Continental Trailways and Walker-Roemer Dairy

  • Wayne Watson, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter in Contemporary Christian music

·  Waltz With Me, notable music group

·  Teresa Weatherspoon, current head coach for the Lady Techsters; Retired WNBA point guard for the New York Liberty and Los Angeles Sparks; Two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year; WNBA second all-time assists leader; Four-time WNBA All-Star starter; One-time Olympic gold medalist; One-time Olympic bronze medalist; Wade Trophy winner

·  Randy White, retired NBA power forward for the Dallas Mavericks

·  A.L. Williams, head football coach at Northwestern State.

·  Will Wright,  co-founder of the game development company Maxis; Creator of the Sim City computer game series

·  Charles Wyly, businessman

·  Sam Wyly, founder of University Computing Company, Earth Resources Company, Sterling Software, and Maverick Capital; Has acquired and is the largest stockholder in several other companies

 

Louisiana Tech has been a member of the Western Athletic Conference since 2001, the same year Boise State joined. Since 1901, Louisiana Tech has an all-time record of 552-419-37. Tech has won two Division II national championships, 24 conference championships and played in five bowl games despite playing 24 seasons as an independent. The Bulldogs won two conference titles in the Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association, three Louisiana Intercollegiate championships, 10 Gulf States titles, 8 Southland championships and one in the WAC. In fact, Boise State's history with Louisiana Tech began long before they both joined the WAC in 2001.

In 1972, the Bulldogs whipped Tennessee Tech 35-0 in the Grantland Rice Bowl to capture the Grantland Rice Bowl and were named the College Division National Champions by the National Football Foundation with a perfect 12-0 season. In 1973, Louisiana Tech beat Western Illinois in the newly-formed Division II quarterfinals and then outlasted Boise State 38-34 in a thrilling semifinal match to reach the championship game. Roger Carr's 21-yard scoring reception with 12 seconds left pulled out a heart-stopping win for Louisiana Tech. The Broncos had taken a 34-31 lead with just minutes remaining. With the exciting win over Boise State behind them, the Bulldogs moved into the Division II championship game. Once again, Tech scored a shutout in downing Western Kentucky 34-0 to finish 12-1 and win their second championship.

Louisiana Tech also reached the Division I-AA semifinals in 1982 before a loss to Delaware and the championship game in 1984 before a 19-6 loss to Montana State.

Tech has bowl wins in the Independence Bowl (24-14 over Louisville in 1977 and a 17-10 win over Northern Illinois in 2008) and appeared in the Independence Bowl in 1978 (loss to East Carolina) and 1990 (tie with Maryland) and the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl (loss to Clemson). Notable alumni, including Charles Wyly, Willie Roaf, Karl Malone and Terry Bradshaw, have made generous donations to enhance Tech's athletic facilities.

Sonny Dykes (former Arizona offensive coordinator) is the Bulldogs' head football coach. Louisiana Tech plays their home games at Joe Aillet Stadium, nicknamed The Joe. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw and the Bulldogs christened the stadium in 1968 with a 35-7 win over East Carolina. In 1972, the stadium was given its current name in honor of Hall of Fame coach Joe Aillet. Aillet coached the Bulldogs from 1940-1966, amassing a record of 151-86-8 and nine conference titles.

In 1879, the famous Fire Bell was cast in St. Louis. Founded in 1897, the Ruston Fire Department would rush to fires upon hearing the Fire Bell that was in a wooden tower behind Perkins Drug Store. The Bell was used for many years to alert Ruston of burning fires. After Louisiana Tech's stadium was built in 1968, the old Fire Bell was moved atop the hill in the south end zone. The bell is rung before every home football game to commemorate the bravery of the bulldog that perished saving the lives of two Tech students in the burning house in 1900. It serves as a call to battle for the Bulldogs before each home game.

Notable Louisiana Tech Players in the Pros: Louisiana Tech has had 57 players drafted into the NFL since 1936 and by my count, a total of 92 NFL players. Four Bulldogs have been chosen in the first round: Terry Bradshaw, Roger Carr, Willie Roaf and Troy Edwards.

A salute to former Bulldogs in the NFL must begin with quarterback Terry Bradshaw. He not only is in both the College Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl championships (Super Bowl IX, X, XIII and XIV) and was recently named as one of the top 50 players in NFL history by the NFL Network. Bradshaw is one of 14 former Louisiana Tech players that has won at least one Super Bowl ring.

Bradshaw accounted for 6,664 yards of total offense which still ranks #6 in the school record books. In his career, Bradshaw hit 424-807 passes for 6,589 yards and 39 touchdowns.

Bradshaw was the #1 player of the 1970 NFL Draft and boy did he prove that selection worthy. He started slowly, hitting just 83-of-218 passes (38.1%) for 1,410 yards and 6 TD's in his rookie season. But over his 14-year NFL career (all with Pittsburgh), he hit 2025-3901 passes (51.9%) for 27,989 yards and 212 touchdowns in leading the Steelers to their four Super Bowl victories.

Along the way, Bradshaw won numerous awards. In 1978, he was All-Pro and the NFL's Most Valuable Player and was the MVP of both Super Bowl XI and XII. Bradshaw played in three Pro Bowls (1975, 1978 and 1979). He ranked fourth in the NFL with 203 completions in 1971, ninth with 259 in 1979, and 10th in both 1977 and 1978. He ranked third in the NFL with 3,724 passing yards in 1979, fifth in 1977 with 2,523 and in the top 10 three other times. He led the NFL with 28 TD passes in 1978 and with 17 in 1982 and was in the top 10 six other years. Bradshaw's passing rating was ranked in the top 10 in six seasons. He ranks 22nd in NFL history with 19 playoff starts. And much more.

In his career, Bradshaw hit 2,025 (#53 all-time) for 3,901 passes for 27,989 yards (44th in history) and 212 touchdowns (#24 all-time).

Tight end Mike Barber played with Denver, the Los Angeles Rams and the Houston Oilers from 1976-1985. Barber had 222 career receptions for 2,788 yards and 17 touchdowns. He enjoyed two outstanding seasons—he produced a 57-reception season for 712 yards and five touchdowns in 1980 and caught 55 passes for 657 yards and three scores in 1983.

Placekicker Chris Boniol played in the NFL from 1994 to 1999 with Dallas, Philadelphia and Chicago. He was 22-29 in field goal attempts and hit all 48 extra point tries for 114 points in his rookie season. The following year, Chris hit an incredible 27-of-28 field goals (96.4%) and 46 of 48 PAT's for 127 points. Boniol booted two field goals to help the Cowboys beat Pittsburgh 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX. Boniol was 32-36 (88.9%) in 1996 and 24-25 PAT's for 120 points and tied the former NFL record for most field goals in a game with seven. He was traded to Philadelphia and connected on 22-of-31 field goals and all 33 extra point attempts for 99 points. In his six-year career, Boniol was 128-163 on field goal tries and 183-189 on PAT's for 567 points.

Cloyce Box was an end and halfback for the Detroit Lions from 1949-1954. Box hauled in 50 passes (third in the NFL) for 1,009 yards (second in the league) and 11 touchdowns (also second) in 1950 and caught 42 passes for 924 yards (fourth) and a league-leading 15 scores in 1951. Box had 129 receptions for 2,665 yards and 32 touchdowns in his NFL career. He played in the Pro Bowl in 1950 and 1952 and was named All-NFL in 1952 by the Associated Press. Box helped the Lions win NFL Championships in 1952 and 1953.

Wide receiver Eddie Brown was a JC transfer when he attended Louisiana Tech in 1992. In his first year, he ranked 17th in the country in punt returns with 11.81 yards-per-return. Brown had 76 receptions for 1,126 yards and nine touchdowns in two years for Tech. He also returned 25 kickoffs for a 20.2 average and one touchdown, 28 punt returns for 398 yards and a score and had six carries for 60 yards and another TD. Brown played in the Arena Football League with Albany from 1994 until 2001 and moved with the team to Indianapolis where he played for three more seasons.

Brown retired in 2003 as the league's top career receiver for TD's with 303. He once scored a record nine touchdowns in one game and had 949 career catches. In 2003, Brown was voted the best player in Arena League history as the AFL celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Wide receiver Roger Carr led Tech in receiving from 1971-1973. He had 29 receptions for 738 yards and 8 TD's his sophomore season, 40 catches for 1,018 yards (a 25.5 avg.) and 5 scores in 1972 and 30 receptions for 587 yards and 4 touchdowns as a senior.

Carr was chosen in the 1st round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts. He immediately made an impact his rookie season with 21 catches for 405 yards. He enjoyed an incredible 1976 Pro Bowl year when he led the NFL with 1,112 receiving yards and a 25.9 yards-per-catch average (on 43 receptions with 11 touchdowns (2nd in the league)). Carr had 61 receptions for 924 yards (15.1 avg.) and 5 TD's. Carr was traded to Seattle and then played briefly with San Diego before retiring in 1983. In his 10-year career, Carr had 271 catches for 5,071 yards (18.7 avg.) and 31 touchdowns. Carr's 18.7 yards/reception ranks 24th in NFL history.

Running back Jessie Clark was chosen in the 7th round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Clark had a good rookie season with 328 yards on 71 carries (4.5 average) and caught 18 passes for 279 yards (15.5 avg.) and a touchdown. Clark picked up 375 yards on 87 carries (4.3 avg.) for four TD's in 1984 and had 29 receptions for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Jessie enjoyed his best season in 1985 when he gained 633 yards on 147 carries (4.3 avg.) for five touchdowns including an NFL-high 80-yard score and also caught 24 passes for 252 yards and 2 TD's. After that, he played for Detroit, Phoenix and Minnesota but saw limited action. In his five-year NFL career, Clark carried 415 times for 1,736 yards and 9 TD's and caught 102 passes for 943 yards and six scores.

Fred Dean still ranks sixth all-time with 392 career tackles at Louisiana Tech.

Dean, like Bradshaw, was inducted into both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dean was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1975 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Fred returned both a fumble and an interception for a touchdown in 1977. He played with the Chargers until 1981, when he was traded early in the season to the San Francisco 49'ers. He helped San Francisco win Super Bowls XVI and IX.

Although sacks were not kept as a statistic until the late 70's, Dean was one of the best in that department. He ranked second in the NFL with 17.5 in 1983 (including a then-NFL record 6 in one game) and had 15.5 in 1978 in helping to lead the Chargers to the American Football Conference division title. San Diego allowed the fewest points in the league (246) and Dean was an All-AFC selection. Dean is regarded as the difference-maker for San Francisco in 1981 when they won the Lombardi Trophy and Dean was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year while playing only 11 games for the 49'ers.

Dean's career sack total, with his unofficial numbers included, is 93. Dean was an All-Pro in 1980 and 1981 and appeared in four Pro Bowls (1979, 1980, 1981 and 1983).

Matt Dunigan ranks #4 on the all-time list for career total offense at Louisiana Tech with 7,135 yards.

Dunigan played with Edmonton, British Columbia, Toronto, Winnipeg, Birmingham and Hamilton in the CFL. Dunigan helped his team win the Grey Cup twice and was honored with the Tom Pate Memorial Award and the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy. Dunigan holds the pro football record for most passing yards in one game (713). He was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 2006 and was recently voted as one of the top 50 CFL players of all-time.

Wide receiver Troy Edwards had a fabulous career. He caught 102 passes for 1,707 yards and 13 TD's in 1997. But he was just getting warmed up. Edwards was the 1998 recipient of the Fred Bilitnikoff Trophy recognizing him as the top receiver in major college football. Edwards hauled in an astounding school 140 catches for 1,998 yards and 27 touchdowns, all easily school records, that season. Edwards holds the all-time school mark with five 200-yard receiving performances. He finished his great Tech career with 280 receptions for 4,352 yards and 50 touchdowns. Troy holds the school record with 57 career touchdowns scored and also set records with 2,784 all-purpose yards in 1998 and 6,048 for his career. He also holds individual marks for 21 receptions for 405 yards against Nebraska in 1998 and is the co-record holder with 5 touchdown receptions against Boise State in 1998. Troy was a Consensus All-American as well.

Edwards was drafted in the 1st Round (13th overall pick) of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He enjoyed a stellar rookie season with 61 catches for 714 yards and 5 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he could not duplicate that season with Pittsburgh and was traded in 2002 to St. Louis and then in 2003 to Jacksonville.

Edwards had two good seasons with the Jags (35 catches for 487 yards and 3 scores in 2003 and 50 receptions for 533 yards and a TD in 2004) but was traded to Detroit in 2005 and retired later that year. He had the second-longest reception in the NFL in 2003 (84 yards) and returned a 38-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in 2001. In his seven-year career, Edwards had 203 receptions for 2,404 yards and 11 touchdowns, had 74 kickoff returns for a career 21.1 average and 38 punt returns for an average of 9.0.

Doug Evans was one of the most durable former Bulldogs, playing in the NFL for 11 seasons from 1993-2003 with Green Bay, Carolina, Seattle and Detroit. Evans had 74 tackles in 1995, 62 in 1996 and 66 in 1997 for Green Bay and helped the Packers win Super Bowl XXXI.

He was named 2nd-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 1997. Doug enjoyed his best season without question in 2001 with Carolina, when he had 60 tackles, 8 interceptions (fifth in the NFL) that he returned for 126 yards and a TD, 11 pass deflections and 2 forced fumbles. In 2000, Evans recovered five fumbles, second in the NFL that season. All told, Evans collected 522 tackles, 28 interceptions for two touchdowns, 6 sacks and 11 forced fumbles in his career.

Guard Tom Hinton was an all-conference player his last three years at Louisiana Tech and helped the Bulldogs win the Gulf State Championship as a senior. He played for the British Columbia Lions of the CFL from 1958-1966 and finished his career as the best offensive lineman in team history. Hinton made the Western all-star team as a rookie and was chosen as both the Outstanding Lineman and Outstanding Player of the Year in 1963, helping his team win the Grey Cup. Hinton was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 1991.

Running back Roland Harper (shown in photo with fellow rookie Walter Payton) was not chosen until the 17th round of the 1975 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears but proved to be a diamond in the rough. Harper gained 453 yards on 100 carries (4.5 avg. which was 7th in the NFL) with a TD his rookie season and also proved he could be a valuable receiver out of the backfield (27 catches for 191 yards). Harper gained 625 yards on 147 carries with two trips to the end zone in 1976 and caught 29 passes for 291 yards and another score. Harper reached his peak in 1978 when he exploded for 992 yards on 240 carries (4.1 avg.) with 6 touchdowns on the ground and had 43 receptions for 340 yards and 2 TD's.

In his career from 1975-1982, Harper had 757 carries for 3,044 yards and 15 touchdowns and 128 receptions for 1,013 yards and 3TD's.

Tight end Trey Junkin was a journeyman for 20 years in the NFL with seven different teams. He was a good blocker with a good presence near the goal line as he finished with just 17 catches for 144 career yards but 7 touchdowns. Although he only made four NFL career starts, Junkin played in 281 games, 14th-most in NFL history.

Punter David Lee played his entire career with the legendary Baltimore Colts from 1966-1978, helping them win Super Bowl V. Lee averaged 45.6 yards a boot in his rookie season to lead the league, 45.3 in 1969 (again tops in the NFL) and 44.7 in 1970. Over his career, Lee punted 838 times for 34,019 yards (40.6 average). He ranks 32nd all-time in career punts and 35th in career punting yards. Lee was a First Team All-Pro in 1969. His 1971 punt of 76 yards led the NFL and he had four others over 60 yards in his pro career.

Wide receiver Chad Mackey led Louisiana Tech in receiving in both 1995 and 1996. He had 90 receptions for 1,253 yards and 10 scores in 1995 and then followed that up with 85 catches for 1,466 and 10 more TD's. Mackey is #2 all-time to Troy Edwards with 262 catches for 3,763 yards.

Quarterback Luke McCown enjoyed a great four-year career at Louisiana Tech. He hit 244-of-369 passes (66.1%) for 2,544 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2000. In 2001, he was 277-470 for 3,337 yards and 28 scores. McCown hit 296-of-505 passes in his junior season for 3,539 yards and 19 TD's and then came back to hit 246-432 for 3,246 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2003. Luke finished his La Tech career 1063-1775 (both school records) for 12,666 yards and 87 touchdowns. He also holds the school career total offense record of 12,731, barely beating out Rattay's 12,643.

McCown was chosen in the 4th round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Has played mostly as a backup with Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville, his current team. In his career, McCown is 94-140 (67.1%) for 1,009 yards and five touchdowns and has rushed 22 times for 161 yards.

Running back Ryan Moats had limited carries in 2002 (12 for 38 yards) but burst onto the college scene in 2003 with 1999 carries for 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns. Moats enjoyed an incredible 2004 campaign when he bulled forward for 1,774 yards (sixth-highest in the NCAA) on a school record 288 carries (6.2 average) and a school record 18 TD's. In his college career, Moats finished with 499 carries for 3,112 yards and 28 touchdowns and had 48 catches for 441 yards and two more scores. He had a record seven 200-yard games and 12 100-yard games.

Moats was selected in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He saw limited duty with both Philadelphia and the Houston Texans until he carried 101 times for390 yards (3.9 avg.) and four touchdowns in 2009. To date, Moats has 204 carries for 831 yards and 8 TD's, has caught 20 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown and has 13 kickoff returns for a 21.6 average.

Quarterback Tim Rattay broke school records as a senior with 4,943 passing yards for 46 TD's and finished second in NCAA history in yardage. Tim was in the top 10 in Heisman balloting in 1998. Rattay continues to hold several NCAA records, including the I-A record for average passing yards per game with 386.2. Rattay is in second place in NCAA history (to Hawai'i's Colt Brennan with 12,643 yards of total offense. Rattay ranks in the top 5 of every collegiate passing and total offense category. He holds school records for passing attempts in a season (559 in 1998), career yardage (12,746), career TD passes (115), total offense in a season (4,865), TD's responsible for in a season (46) and total offense in a game (568 vs. Nebraska in 1998).

Rattay was chosen in the 7th round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49'ers. He saw mostly reserve duty, but did complete 198-of-325 passes (60.9%) for 2,169 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2004. In that season, Rattay broke Joe Montana's 49'er record of 37 when he completed 38 passes against Arizona. Rattay completed the second-longest pass in the 2005 NFL season for 89 yards. Rattay was traded to Tampa Bay and later played for Arizona before going to the United Football League. In his NFL career, Rattay was 432-714 (60.5%) for 4,853 yards and 31 touchdowns.

Tackle Willie Roaf was a Consensus All-American in 1992. Roaf was selected in the 1st round (8th overall pick) of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He played for New Orleans through 2001 and then an additional four seasons with Kansas City. Roaf was one of the most decorated lineman of his time, being selected to the Pro Bowl in 11 of 13 seasons and named to All-Pro in 1994, 1995 and 2004. He played 189 career games, which is 89th in NFL history.

Defensive tackle Johnny Robinson was selected in the fourth round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He helped the Raiders win Super Bowl XVIII.

Leo Sanford was chosen in the eighth round of the 1951 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals. Sanford played for the Cardinals from 1951-1957 and helped them win the 1958 NFL Championship before closing out his pro career with the Baltimore Colts in 1958. Sanford had 17 career interceptions that he returned for two touchdowns.

Placekicker Josh Scobee hit 10-17 field goals for Louisiana Tech in 2000 and 18-22 in 2001, accounting for 69 and 98 points, respectively. He holds the single-season and career scoring records with the 98 points in 2001 and 339 in his career.

Scobee was drafted in the 5th round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and is still with them. He hit 24-of-31 field goal tries (77.4%) and all 21 extra points for 93 points in his rookie season. Scobee hit 26-of-32 field goal tries (81.3%) and all 41 extra points in 2006 for 119 points (6th in the NFL). In 2007, Josh hit 12-of-13 field goals for a league-leading 92.308% and 26-27 PAT's and has been good on all 11 field goal attempts and 11 extra points so far this season. In week four against Indianapolis, Scobee hit a career-high and franchise record 59-yard field goal as time expired as Jacksonville beat the Colts 31-28. In his seven-year career to date, Scobee has connected on 133-of-170 field goal tries and 200-of-203 PAT's for 599 points.

Defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith intercepted a deflected pass in his Louisiana Tech debut in 2006 against Nebraska as a true freshman. He started eight games and finished with 38 tackles. In 2007, Smith finished with 42 tackles and three sacks. D'Anthony paced the team with 65 tackles and five sacks JLJOJO and was honored as an All-WAC performer in 2008. Smith was drafted in the 3rd round of last year's NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Wide receiver Tommy Spinks led his team in receptions all four seasons. He had 20 catches for 272 yards in 1966, 62 grabs for 811 yards and 2 TD's in 1967, with 54 catches for 885 yards and 7 TD's in 1968 and had 46 receptions for 995 yards and 6 scores in 1969. Spinks set two records in the 1968 Grantland Rice Bowl, when he caught 12 passes for 167 yards. He finished in Ruston with 182 receptions for 2,963 yards and 15 TD receptions. After his Tech career, Spinks was selected in the 1970 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

Placekicker Matt Stover hit 21-of-25 field goal tries in 1986, 13-20 in 1987 and 15-23 in 1988. During his college career, Stover successfully converted on 64 of 88 field goal attempts. As a sophomore, Stover booted a school record 57-yard field goal against Texas A & M. He also punted as a senior, punting 36 times for 1,277 yards (34.1 yards per punt avg). He left Louisiana Tech with 262 career total points and seven field goals of 50 yards or more. While at La Tech, Stover would usually kick the ball through the goal posts on the first kick-off of the game.

Stover was a 19-year veteran in the NFL and currently is a free agent. He was selected in the 12th round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the New York Giants but was traded to Cleveland. In his rookie season with Cleveland, Matt was 16-22 in field goal tries with a long of 55 and 33-34 in extra points for 81 points. He enjoyed one of many outstanding seasons for Cleveland in 1994 when he connected on 26-of-28 field goal attempts for a league-leading 92.9% and all 32 PAT's for 110 points (8th in the NFL). Stover followed that up with a 29-33 record on field goals (87.9%) and all 26 extra point tries in 1995 for 113 points.

The Browns became the Baltimore Ravens in 1996, and Stover hit 26-34 field goal tries and all 32 PAT's for 110 points. In 1999, Stover booted 28 field goals in 33 tries (84.8%) and all 32 extra points for 116 points (6th in the league). In 2000, he led the NFL with 35 field goals in 39 attempts (89.7%) on field goals and hit all 30 extra points for 135 points. Stover helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XXXV 35-7 over the New York Giants with a 34-yard field goal and four extra points. In 2003, Stover hit 33 field goals (2nd in the league) in 38 tries (86.8%) and hit all 35 extra points for 134 points (4th in the NFL).

Matt enjoyed another banner year in 2004 when he was an incredible 29-of-32 on field goals and hit all 30 extra points for 117 points. In fact, Stover hit field goals at an 84% clip or better from 1999-2007. On November 16, 2008 Stover set an NFL record, kicking his 372nd consecutive point after touchdown. The kick broke the record Stover shared with Jason Elam (1993–2002) and Jeff Wilkins (1999–2007). In 2009, Matt was traded to the Indianapolis Colts where he was 9-11 (81.8%) and hit all 33 extra points.

No player ever scored more points for a single franchise (1,971) than Stover did for the Browns/Ravens. In his 20-year career, Stover hit an astonishing 471-of-563 field goals for 83.7% and missed just 3 extra points (591-594) in those 20 years. Matt was good on 126-of-179 career field goals from 40-49 yards and hit 13 field goals of 50 or more yards in his career. He scored 2,004 points in his incredible career—4th in NFL history. Given those mind-blowing numbers, it is perhaps more than a little strange that he only was invited to one Pro Bowl (2000).

He is in the NFL record book for nearly every kicking statistic listed. Besides the statistics above, Stover ranks fourth all-time with 471 career field goals, fifth with 563 career field goal attempts, seventh all-time with a career field goal percentage of 83.659%, seventh with 297 career NFL games, eighth with 591 career extra points, ninth in career PAT tries (594), seventh for career extra point percentage (99.495%),

Stover holds NFL records for:

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Most consecutive PAT's- 469

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Most consecutive games with a field goal- 38

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Oldest player to participate in a Super Bowl- 42 years, 11 days old

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Oldest player to score in a Super Bowl- 42 years, 11 days old

 

Wide receiver Pat Tilley is another former Tech great.  Tilley was drafted in the 4th round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and he played with one team until 1986.  He had 26 catches for 407 yards (15.7 avg.) and a TD his rookie season.  From 1978-1985, there weren't too many receivers more consistent than Tilley.  He had a breakout season in 1978 when he caught 62 balls (5th in the NFL) for 900 yards (5th) and 3 touchdowns.  In 1979, Tilley had 57 catches for 938 yards (1.65 avg.) and 6 scores.  In 1980, Pat had a career-high 68 grabs (8th in the league) for 966 yards and 6 touchdowns.  The following season, he hauled in 66 for 1,040 yards (15.8 avg.) and 3 TD's. 

In Tilley's 11-year NFL career, he had 468 receptions (#133 all-time) for 7,005 yards (#111 all-time) (15.0 avg.) and 37 touchdowns.  He made the Pro Bowl in 1980. 

Defensive back Tramon Williams has enjoyed a four-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, including 20 starts.  Williams has 12 interceptions to date, including 5 (6th in the NFL) that he returned for 78 yards in 2008 and 4 that he brought back for 94 yards in 2009.  Williams has 2 interceptions this season for 64 yards.  He also returned 30 kickoffs in his rookie 2007 season for a 22.8 average and has returned 33 career punts for an 11.8 average, including an NFL-high 94-yard gem in 2007.  So far this year, Williams has 14 punt returns for a 9.6 average.  His 52-yard return this season is 8th-best in the league and his 64-yard interception return is the 4th-longest this year.

Louisiana Tech, you have so much to be proud of. Boise State salutes you!


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