Utah State was founded in 1888 in Logan and known as the Agricultural College of Utah. From that beginning, the school has received national and world recognition for its academic work. The name was soon changed to Utah State Agricultural College and then Utah State University of Agriculture and Applied Science in 1957.
Logan ranks #1 as the safest U.S. metropolitan area, #3 in "Best Cities to Find a Job" and #10 in "Best Small Places for Business and Careers", according to U.S. News and World Report. Logan Canyon has a popular system of trails and parks along the river. Camping and hiking are popular and additional recreational opportunities consist of Beaver Mountain Ski Resort and Bear Lake. Aggie Ice Cream, on the east side of the campus, is a local hotspot dating back to the school's founding 1888. The Logan icon produces world-famous ice cream and cheese, sandwiches and soups.
The original goal for Utah State was to fuse a school with the highest scientific and academic research along with an agriculture focus. Vendia Bernston (14 years old) was enrolled as the first student. Two attempts to consolidate the school's operations with the University of Utah failed. When the Logan school began to branch out beyond its agricultural beginning, fans of the University of Utah feared that such expansion would detract from their school and pushed consolidation. A compromise was struck in 1907 to limit the curricula of the Agricultural College to agriculture, domestic science and mechanical arts. A highly-accomplished music department in Logan was thus closed. Even though courses in law and medicine that were in the original charter were given up in this deal and still remain the sole property of Utah, most of the other restrictions were lifted in the next couple of decades. In 1915, UAC awarded its first master's degrees. The school doubled as a result of offering a training ground for the Student Army Training Corps, an effort during World War I. The growth continued when UAC was accepted by the Association of American Universities in 1926. Doctoral degrees were awarded in 1950. Under the direction of President George Emert, Utah State increased its endowment fund from $7 million to $80 million from 1992-2000. USU continues to grow in enrollment, endowment and research. The school recently embarked on an ambitious $400 million fundraising campaign.
Today USU has an enrollment of over 25,000 students. The campus of over 100 major buildings is located on 500 acres at the mouth of Logan Canyon. Utah State is accredited as a major research university by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. They offer 176 bachelor's degrees, 97 master's degrees and 38 doctoral degrees. There are eight colleges: Caine College of the Arts, the College of Agriculture, the College of Engineering, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Natural Resources, the College of Science, the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services and the Jon Huntsman School of Business.
Utah State's facilities include the Space Dynamics Laboratory to focus on military and science projects. Utah State has deep ties to both the Department of Defense and NASA (The Aggies conduct major aerospace research.) The SDL submits projects to NASA and the Department of Defense on a regular basis. Utah State has won numerous national aerospace engineering competitions, including two in 2008-09. USU ranks #1 among all U.S. universities for aerospace research and leads the nation in student experiments accepted for trial in space. The Utah Water Research Laboratory is the oldest and largest facility of its kind in the nation and Utah State is the world's #1 university for water-related engineering and scientific disciplines. The Water Laboratory enables Utah State to participate in several international projects, particularly in the arid Middle Eastern nations.
Utah State students graduating from the College of Science are accepted into medical and dental programs at a rate nearly 30 percent above the national average. The Physics Department has produced a Rhodes Scholar, a Marshall Scholar, a Fulbright Student Scholar, nine Goldwater Scholars and two Carnegie Professors of the Year. Utah State features the most Carnegie-recognized professors in Utah, and boasts 9 of the last 15 in the state. The Department of Mathematics & Statistics includes one of just three actuarial science programs in the West. In 2005, chemist Alexander Boldyrev and colleague Lai-Sheng Wang discovered inorganic aromaticity, a property in chemistry that was originally thought to occur only in organic material. Recently, Boldyrev and Wang also recently discovered antiaromaticity, which was featured in the April 24 issue of Science magazine.
In response to the recent massive oil spills, Utah State has created its own Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan with a detailed map of locations, oil types, quantities and containment specifications. The plan maps all possible spills from storage locations that could impact the waters of the United States. Research is underway to produce a cost-competitive bio-diesel fuel from algae. USU professors formed the Biofuels Program at Energy Dynamics Laboratory on campus to develop new technologies that will produce methane, biodiesel, hydrogen and alcohols from renewable, carbon-dioxide-neutral energy sources such as consumer and agricultural waste and sunlight.
The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services ranks in the nation's top 2% of prestigious graduate schools in the last decade (U.S. News and World Report). Utah State features one of the nation's few combined programs in graduate psychology training, which integrates doctoral-level training across clinical, counseling and school psychology.
Spurred by a $26 million donation by philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman in 2007, the Huntsman College of Business has ambitious goals for the future. The substantial donation has enabled USU to begin the Huntsman Scholar Program and to hire high-profile faculty such as Stephen Covey, management scholar and author of the best-seller The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The renowned School of Accountancy ranks in the Top 5 nationally in CPA exam scores by its graduates and the Institute of Management Accountants has been awarded the Gold Level Award of Excellence in each of the last 14 years, essentially making it the top such institution in the nation.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest in Logan. Utah State is the host for scholarly journals such as Western American Literature and the Western Historical Quarterly, the official publications of the Western Literature Association and the Western History Association, respectively. University Special Collections and Archives, a collection of the Merrill-Cazier Library, has extensive holdings that document the state of Utah, the Intermountain West and works of western author Jack London.
USU's music program is led by Dean Craig Jessop, former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Other faculty include opera singer Michael Ballam and Julliard-trained pianist Gary Amano. Aggie students have made significant breakthroughs in plants and soil science, animal science, veterinary science and economics. Researchers collaborated with the University of Idaho to produce the first cloned equine and Utah State is also a leader in classifying and researching the sheep genome. The College of Natural Resources is a springboard for many Aggie graduates to assume high positions within the National Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service.
Regional campuses also exist in Brigham City, Tooele and Uintah Basin. Also, the Price and San Juan branches that formed the former College of Eastern Utah are now known as USU-College of Eastern Utah.
Old Main, the college's first building, still stands. The university completed the Merrill-Cazier Library in 2005, a facility that holds over 1.5 million volumes. The Manon Caine Russell-Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall is said to have some of the best acoustics in the Western United States.
In 2010, Forbes listed Utah State as the #1 public university in the nation within its category of most inexpensive places to go to college. It is also #1 in the West and top five nationally on Forbes list of "America's Best College Buys". The Princeton Review has ranked Utah State among the "Best Western" schools for several years. Popular Science named Utah State one of the "Top 10 Smartest Schools in the nation". The Carnegie Foundation classifies Utah State as a research university with "high research activity". USU received a record $187 million in research this past year.
Someone can become a True Aggie if they kiss another True Aggie on top of the Block "A". USU held the Guinness Book of World Record for the most couples kissing at the same place at the same time. The lighted "A" atop the Old Main tower shines blue when an athletic team has picked up a victory or some other special event has occurred on campus.
USU has more than 110,000 alumni throughout the United States and in more than 100 other nations. Notable Utah State alumni include:
Lionel Aldridge, former
NFL defensive end, New York Giants
Kent Baer, standout
linebacker who set record for single season tackles (116) that stood for 10
years; assistant coach at Utah State, Idaho, California, Notre Dame, Arizona
State, Stanford, Washington, and now defensive coordinator at San Jose State;
Broyles Award Finalist in 2002 for nation's top assistant collegiate coach
Rick Baird, U.S. Bobsled
Team (1998-2003), forerunner in 2002 Winter Olympics
inventor of headphones
Rick Bass, prize-winning
novelist; essayist; environmental activist
Jay Don Blake,
professional golfer and PGA Tour winner
Nolan Bushnell, founded
both Atari, Inc. and Chuck E. Cheese
Gregory C. Carr,
entrepreneur, founded the company that first developed voice mail; chaired
Prodigy, an early global ISP
Kathleen Clarke, former
Director of the Bureau of Land Management (2002-2007)
George Clyde, Governor
Chris Cooley, two-time
NFL Pro Bowl tight end, currently with the Washington Redskins
Reed Cowan, Emmy
Award-winning journalist; documentary filmmaker
Richard F. Daines,
Commissioner of Health for
professional poker player, World Series of Poker, over $6 million in live
President of Nike
award-winning watercolor and oil painter
All-Mountain States player in 1950; legendary College Football Hall of Fame
coach; head coach of 1984 National Champion BYU Cougars
Al Faccinto, Jr.,
Norah al-Faiz, Deputy
Minister for Women's Education in
Mary Lou Ramm Flippen,
inaugural National Softball Hall of Fame inductee; played for Team
John and Steven Ford,
sons of former U.S. President Gerald Ford
Gar Forman, General
Niranjan R. Gandhi, PhD,
world-renowned biotechnologist and food scientist; owner of Jeneil Biotech, Inc.
Cornell Green, 5-time
NFL Pro-Bowler with the Dallas Cowboys
Kenny Guinn, Governor of
Lars Peter Hansen,
Donnie Henderson, former
Defensive Coordinator, New York Jets and Detroit Lions
Eric Hipple, former
starting NFL quarterback, Detroit Lions
William Marion Jardine,
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1925-1929), U.S. Ambassador to
Sonia Johnson, feminist
Lee Jones, PhD,
President of Houghton Mifflin-Riverside Publishing
Rulon Jones, former NFL
defensive lineman, Denver Broncos;
Ardeshir Kahedi, former
Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to the
Greg Kragen, former NFL
Pro Bowl defensive tackle, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina
two-time All-Skyline Eight Conference player in 1953-54; voted as a member of
Utah State's All-Century Football Team at offensive tackle; Head coach at
Oregon State and Idaho State and longtime assistant at BYU; led Idaho State to
I-AA National Championship in 1981
Co-founder, President of Overstock.com
Russell Maughan, pilot
of first-ever dawn-to-dusk transcontinental flight across the
Evan Mecham, Governor of
Ward Parkinson, Founder
of Micron Technology
Norm Parrish, NJCAA
Division I men's basketball Coach of the Year, 2009; NJCAA National Champions,
(Ludwig van Ludvig), proposed Atom Totality Theory and Fusion Barrier Principle
and Superconductivity research
Don Quayle, first
President of National Public Radio
Bill Ransom, science
fiction writer; Stegner Fellow at Stanford
James H. Quigley, Global
Mathana Santiwat Maac,
Jay Silvester, four-time
Olympian discus thrower; silver medal (1972); broke world record four times,
first person to throw 60 meters
Mike Simpson, U.S.
Bart Stevens, Director,
Bureau of Indian Education
May Swenson, renowned
poet; Chancellor of Academy of American Poets
Jim Turner, placekicker
for 16 seasons with the New York Jets and
Annie-nominated voice actor and story artist, known as the voice of "Rhino"
in the movie "Bolt".
Kevin Wasden, science
fiction and fantasy artist and illustrator
Jean Westwood, first
female Chair of the Democratic National Committee (1972)
Shang Fa Yang, PhD,
research unlocked the key to prolonging freshness in fruits and flowers, won the
1991 Wolf Prize in Agriculture
The women's volleyball team won the national championship in 1978 and the softball team captured back-to-back national titles in 1980 and 1981. Utah State's men's basketball team has an amazing 157-12 home record under Coach Stew Morrill and has qualified for the NCAA Tournament six times in the last 10 years. USU is #4 in wins in that time, trailing only Duke, Kansas and Gonzaga.
Utah State plays their games in Romney Stadium. Head coach Gary Andersen has revitalized the team since being hired two years ago. Earlier this year, Utah State had the football in the final minutes and trailing Oklahoma in Norman 31-24. The Aggies pounded BYU 31-16 to earn the title as the second best team in Utah.
Famous Aggie football players:
Discussion about former Aggie greats must begin with College Football and National Football League Hall of Fame defensive lineman Merlin Olsen. Merlin was an All-American at tackle in 1960. In his senior season, Merlin was a Consensus All-American and the winner of the Outland Trophy, given annually to the nation's top collegiate lineman. No less than seven services placed Merlin on their All-America team that season. He was also an Academic All-American and given the NNF National Scholar Award. Merlin was All-Skyline Eight Conference in both 1960 and 1961. He played three college all-star games: the All-Star Professional Game, the East West Shrine and the Hula Bowl. Olsen was elected to the College Hall of Fame in 1980 and was a member of the first class inducted into the CoSIDA Academic Hall of Fame in 1988. In 2005, Merlin was voted to Utah State's All-Century Team.
Olsen was drafted in the 1st Round of the 1962 AFL Draft by the Denver Broncos as the second player overall and in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams as the #3 overall pick. He chose the Rams and became one of the all-time greats. Merlin began terrorizing opposing backs from the get-go, starting in all 12 games his rookie season. He was credited with an interception for a touchdown and two fumble recoveries. Statistics were not kept for tackles and sacks at that time.
In his career, Olsen started 138 games, had 2 forced fumbles, 9 recoveries and an interception. He was selected to 14 consecutive Pro Bowls—every year from 1962-1975 and was an All-Pro from 1963-1973.
Punter Louie Aguiar is third all-time with a career 42.6 average at Utah State. Aguiar played in the NFL from 1991-2000 with the New York Jets, Kansas City, Green Bay and Chicago. Aguiar sported an average near or better than 42 yards per kick every year from 1994-1997. In 1995, Aguiar had a 43.8 average, fourth in the league and was named Second Team All-Pro. In 1994, he punted 85 times (5th in the NFL), and he was third in the league with 91 punts in 1995 and 88 in 1996.
In his career, Louie averaged 41.2 yards per punt. His 758 punts rank 41st all-time.
Defensive end Lionel Aldridge was Honorable Mention All-American in 1962. He played in the All-American Bowl, the East West Shrine Game and The Hula Bowl following his senior season in Logan. In 2005, Lionel was voted to the Utah State All-Century Team.
Aldridge (#82 in photo) was drafted in the 6th Round of the 1963 AFL Draft by the Houston Oilers and the 4th Round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Aldridge signed with the Packers and played there until a two-year stint with San Diego in 1972 and 1973. Aldridge had 19 fumble recoveries in his career.
Defensive back Patrick Allen led USU with five interceptions in 1982. He earned All-Pacific Coast League honors in 1983 and played in the Blue-Gray college all-star game. In 2005, Allen was named to the Utah State All-Century Team in a vote by fans. Allen was chosen in the 4th Round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. Allen played with Houston through the 1990 season. He had seven career interceptions and 5 fumble recoveries. He also had 11 kickoff returns for a 19.1 average, all in 1994.
Wide receiver Ken Burrow was selected in the 2nd Round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He had 33 receptions for 741 yards (22.5 avg., third in the league) and 6 TD's (9th in the NFL) in his rookie season. He performed at that level through his career, with a high of 34 catches for 545 yards and a touchdown in 1974. In his career, Burrows had 152 catches for 2,668 yards and 21 touchdowns. Ken's career average of 17.6 yards per catch ranks 55th all-time.
Tight end Chris Cooley led Utah State with 62 receptions for 732 yards in 2003. He was All-Sun Belt in 2003 and played in the 2004 Senior Bowl. Cooley was chosen in the 3rd Round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Chris has started 80 games for the Redskins. In his rookie season, he had 37 catches for 314 yards and 6TD's, but exploded for a spectacular 2005 season, catching 71 passes for 774 yards and 7 touchdowns. In 2006, Cooley had 57 grabs for 734 yards and 6 more scores. He continued with 66 receptions for 786 yards and 8 TD's in 2007, and snared 83 for 849 yards and a touchdown in 2008.
In his career thus far, Cooley has 397 catches for 4,392 yards and 32 touchdowns. He was selected to the All-Pro Team in 2005 and played in the 2007 and 2008 Pro Bowls.
Wide receiver Kevin Curtis had 100 catches for 1,531 yards and 10 touchdowns (#6) in 2001, both school records. He had 74 catches (#5) for 1,258 yards (#4 all-time) and 9 scores (#9 all-time) in 1972. In his Utah State career, Curtis had 174 catches for 2,789 yards, both 2nd all-time. Kevin had 19 TD receptions to rank 5th in school history. Ken finished his career with 7.9 receptions per game, which is 8th in NCAA history. He was All-Independent in 2001 and 2002.
Curtis was chosen in the 3rd Round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He had 32 catches for 421 yards and two TD's in 2004 then became a starter in 2005, when he had 60 catches for 801 yards and 6 scores. Kevin had another great year in 2007 when he was on the receiving end of 77 passes for 1,110 yards and 6 TD's. In his career, Curtis had 252 receptions for 3,291 yards and 20 TD's.
Running back Louie Giammona was sensational in his career in Logan. Giammona had 21 kickoff returns for a 25.8 average as a sophomore in 1973. He picked up 1,534 yards in 1974 (2nd all-time) on 329 carries and had a 20.9 kickoff return average. Louie gained 1454 yards (4th) on 303 attempts (#2) on the ground and had a 21.7 kickoff return average in 1975.
Giammona gained 3,499 yards in three years, good for #4 all-time. His 756 carries are also 4th and he is 6th with 21 rushing touchdowns. He also ranks 7th with a career 22.8 kickoff return average. Louie's biggest game was a 247-yard effort against Idaho in 1974.
Giammona continues to hold record for carries in a game (45 vs. Kent State in 1974), carries in a season (329 in 1974), rushing yards per game in a season (153.4 in 1974), career yards per game (116.6 from 1973-1975), 100-yard rushing games in a season (8 in both 1974 and 1975), consecutive 100-yard rushing games in a season (7 in 1974), consecutive 100-yard games in a career (10 from 1974-75), 200-yard rushing games in a season (3 in 1974) and 200-yard games in a career (4). Louie is 12th in NCAA history with 173.4 career yards per game of all-purpose yards. In 2005, he was named to Utah State's All-Century Team.
Giammona was selected by the New York Jets in the 8th Round of the 1976 NFL Draft. He had 39 carries for 150 yards (3.8 avg.) and a touchdown and 15 receptions for 145 yards his rookie season. Louie enjoyed another good year in 1980 after being traded to Philadelphia. That season, he carried 97 times for 361 yards (3.7 avg.) and 4 TD's and caught 17 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. In his five-year NFL career, Giammona had 201 carries for 682 yards (3.4 avg.) and 7 TD's and 46 catches for 444 yards and two scores.
Defensive back Cornell Green caught on with the Dallas Cowboys in 1962. In his second season with the team, he had 7 interceptions (6th in the NFL) that he returned for 211 yards and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown. In 1965, Green had 3 interceptions and another fumble return for a touchdown. He had 7 interceptions (6th in the league) for 52 yards in 1967, another great season.
In his career, he had 34 interceptions with two returned for touchdowns and 7 fumble recoveries with two returned for scores. Green was an All-Pro from 1965-1968 and again in 1971. He played in five Pro Bowls (1965, 1966, 1967, 1971 and 1972).
Quarterback Eric Hipple was 91-173 for 1,301 yards and 10 TD passes as a sophomore, and then completed 150-of-287 for 2,088 yards and 9 touchdowns in 1978. He closed out his great USU career with 144-239 for 1,924 yards and 13 TD's as a senior. Hipple ranks 4th in school history with 6,073 passing yards. He is 3rd with 459 completions and 4th with 850 career attempts. Hipple threw for 34 touchdowns to rank 5th. Hipple earned All-Pacific Coast honors in 1979 and played in the Blue-Gray Game after his senior year. Eric was honored as a member of the USU All-Century Team in 2005.
Hipple was chosen by the Detroit Lions in the 4th Round of the 1980 NFL Draft. He began starting for the Lions in 1981, completing 140-279 for 2,358 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had 41 rushes for 168 yards and 7 more touchdowns. In 1983, Hipple was 204-387 for 2,577 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 1985, Eric hit 223-of-406 passes for 2,952 yards and 17 scores and enjoyed his best season the following year when he was 192-305 (63%) for 1,919 yards and 9 TD's.
In his career, Hipple was 830-1,546 (53.7%) and 10,711 yards and 55 touchdowns. He also had 145 rushes for 550 yards and 13 TD's.
Offensive lineman Jim Hough went to the Minnesota Vikings in the 4th Round of the 1978 NFL Draft. Hough started 75 games in his NFL career with Minnesota.
Defensive end Rulon Jones led the Aggies with 104 tackles in 1978 and was named an All-American in 1979. Rulon was an All-Conference player in 1978 and 1979 and was Pacific Coast Defensive Player of the Year in 1979. Jones played in the 1980 East West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. Rulon recently was voted to the Utah State All-Century team.
Jones was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He became a star and fan favorite in Denver. He was a part-time starter in his rookie season, and proceeded to start 99 games in his 9-year NFL career. He had 11 sacks in 1984, 10 in 1985, 13.5 in 1986 (8th in the NFL) and 7 in 1987. Rulon was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1986. In his NFL career, Jones had 52.5 sacks, 10 fumble recoveries and 3 safeties. He was an All-Pro in 1985 and 1986.
Defensive tackle Greg Kragen earned All-Pacific Coast League honors in 1983 and was voted as a member of Utah State's All-Century Football Team in 2005. Kragen was signed by Denver in 1985 and played with the Broncos until 1993 when he was traded to Kansas City. He finished up his NFL career with Carolina in 1997. Greg became a starter with Denver in his second season, when he had 3 fumble recoveries and 60 tackles. Kragen had 78 tackles, a fumble recovery and 2 sacks in 1987 and a career high 140 stops, a fumble recovery and 2.5 sacks in 1988. The dependable defensive lineman had 72 tackles, 4 fumble recoveries and 2 sacks in a Pro Bowl 1989 season and 81 tackles, 2 recoveries (1 for a TD) and 2 sacks in 1990.
Kragen was credited with 92 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 1991 and 107 stops, 2 forced fumbles and a career high 5.5 sacks the following season. In his career, Greg had 841 tackles, 16 fumble recoveries with two returned for touchdowns, 10 forced fumbles, an interception and 28.5 sacks.
Linebacker Travis LaBoy was chosen in the 2nd Round (42nd player overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. LaBoy started 32 games with Tennessee and Arizona through 2008 before landing with his current team (San Francisco) prior to this season. Travis had highs of 6.5 sacks in 2005 and 6 in 2007. In his career to date, LaBoy has 107 tackles, 6 forced fumbles, 4 recoveries, and interception and 26.5 sacks.
Running back MacArthur Lane played in the 1968 All-Star Professional game following his senior year at Utah State. Lane was drafted in the 1st Round and the 13th overall selection of the 1968 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Lane played with St. Louis through1971, then was off to Green Bay from 1972-1974 and finished his career with Kansas City from 1975-1978. MacArthur enjoyed his best season in 1970 when he gained 977 yards (3rd in the league) on 206 carries (7th in the NFL), sported a 4.7 avg. and ran for 11 touchdowns and caught 32 passes for 365 yards and 2 scores. Lane was selected to play in the Pro Bowl and led the NFL with his 13 touchdowns. The following season, he gained 591 yards on 150 carries (3.9 avg.) and 3 runs to the end zone and also caught 29 passes for 298 yards. Lane carried 177 times for 821 yards (4.6 avg.) and 3 TD's in 1972 and had 26 receptions for 285 yards.
Lane could always catch from his running back spot but surprised people with 66 receptions for 686 yards and a touchdown in 1976 and also gained 542 yards rushing. In his 11-year career, Lane carried 1,206 times for 4,656 yards (#129 in NFL history) and 30 touchdowns and hauled in 287 passes for 2,786 yards and 7 TD's. He also had 22 kickoff returns for a 25.2-yard average.
Defensive back Earsell Mackbee played five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (1965-1969). In 1967, Earsell had 5 interceptions which he returned for 98 yards (10th in the NFL) with one a pick six and 2 fumble recoveries, one returned for a touchdown. In 1969, Mackbee had 6 picks (4th in the league). He started 56 games in his NFL career and logged 15 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries.
Defensive lineman Shawn Miller played with the Los Angeles Rams from 1984-1989. He had 5, 5 and 6 sacks, respectively from 1985-1987. Shawn started 52 games in his NFL career and had 2 fumble recoveries, an interception and 21 sacks.
End Carl Mulleneaux was chosen to the All-Rocky Mountain Conference team in 1936 and played in the East West Shrine Game of 1937. He went on to a successful NFL career; he played with Green Bay from 1938-1946. Mulleneaux had 4 catches for 97 yards and 2 TD's (8th in the NFL) in his rookie season. In 1940, he had 16 grabs for 288 yards and 6 scores (#2 in the league). Carl had 44 receptions for 850 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career and played in both the 1939 and 1940 Pro Bowls.
Quarterback Bill Munson hit 120-201 passes for 1,699 yards and 12 TD's in 1963. Munson holds the school record for highest pass efficiency rating in a season (147.4 in 1963). Bill played in the 1964 East West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.
Munson was selected in the 1st Round of the 1964 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He was the seventh player chosen overall. He was 108-223 for 1,533 yards and 9 TD's and rushed 19 times for 150 yards his rookie season, but improved to 144-267 for 1,701 yards and 10 touchdowns passing and 157 yards and a touchdown on the ground in 1965. He was 9th in the NFL with 144 completions. In 1968, Munson was traded to Detroit and completed 181 passes (5th in the league) in 329 attempts for 2,311 yards (7th) and 15 scores. He enjoyed another good season in 1974 when he hit 166-of-292 passes (56.8%) for 1,874 yards (10th in the NFL) and 8 TD's. Bill later went to Seattle, San Diego and Buffalo.
In his 16-year career, Munson completed 1,070-of-1,982 passes (54%) for 12,896 yards (#137 all-time) and 84 touchdowns. He also picked up 548 yards rushing on 130 carries (4.2 avg.) and 3 TD's.
Running back Rick Parros ran 261 times (6th all-time) in 1977 for 1,135 yards. In 1978, he led USU again with 221 carries for 966 yards and 7 scores. In 1979, he toted the ball 259 times (#7) for 1,236 yards (9th in USU history) and 15 TD's (#2 all-time). Parros has 3,537 yards in his career, 3rd all-time. He also ranks third with 782 career carries and 5th in rushing touchdowns with 26. Rick is 10th in career scoring with 170 points and 75th with 27 touchdowns. His best game was against Fresno State in 1978, when he gained 252 yards. Parros was All-Pacific Coast Conference in both 1978 and 1979 and played in the 1980 Senior Bowl.
Parros was chosen in the 4th Round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He gained 749 yards on 176 carries his rookie season with 2 touchdowns and caught 25 passes for 216 yards and another score. Injuries affected his play and he was traded to Seattle in 1985. He concluded his career with Seattle in 1987. In six seasons, Rick had 1,381 yards on 350 carries (3.9 avg.) for 7 touchdowns and caught 82 passes for 660 yards and 5 scores.
Tackle Donald Penn has caught on with Tampa Bay and has started 44 games since 2007.
Tackle Len Rohde was a two-time Skyline Eight Conference player, making the list in 1958 and 1959. He was chosen as a member of the Utah State All-Century Football Team in 2005. Rohde was chosen in the 4th Round of the 1960 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49'ers. He played his entire career with San Fran through the 1974 season and made 159 starts. Len was honored with being selected to the 1970 Pro Bowl.
Running back Roy Shivers led the Aggies with 189 carries for 1,138 yards and 14 TD's in 1965. He also paced the team with 96 points, averaged 20 yards on kickoff returns and averaged 19.9 yards per punt return that season. Shivers played in the 1966 All-Star Professional Game.
Shivers was selected in the 19th Round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Although he didn't start, he made a significant contribution. He rushed for 680 yards on 176 carries (3.9 avg.) and 10 touchdowns in his seven-year NFL career. Roy also had 38 receptions for 400 yards and 4 scores, 51 kickoff returns for a 24.0 average and 34 punt returns.
Offensive lineman Barry Sims was not drafted, but was signed by the Oakland Raiders in 1999. He started 133 games with Oakland and San Francisco through 2009.
Linebacker Al Smith led Utah State with 138 tackles in 1985 and 166 as a senior in 1986. He was selected Big West Defensive Player of the Year in 1986.
Smith was picked up by the Houston Oilers in the 6th Round of the 1987 NFL Draft. He was tabbed as a starter his first season and made 100 tackles. Smith had 98 stops, a forced fumble and the recovery in 1988. In 1989, he had 76 tackles with 2 forced fumbles and a recovery. Al went back over 100 tackles with 104 in 1990, and added 3 forced fumbles and a recovery. He had a career-high 146 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, one of them recovered for a 70-yard touchdown, an interception and a sack in 1991. Smith was in on 122 tackles with a fumble recovery, an interception and a sack in 1992. He had 95 tackles in 1993 and 88 with 2.5 sacks and a recovery in 1994.
In his career, Al had 833 tackles, 8 forced fumbles, 5 of them recovered, 5.5 sacks and 2 interceptions. He played in the 1991 and 1992 Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro in '92.
Running back Altie Taylor led USU with a 24.9 kickoff return average and had a 10.3 punt return average as a sophomore in 1966. Taylor averaged an incredible 31.9 yards on kickoff returns in 1967. He had 159 carries for 717 yards and 3 TD's in 1967 and 203 carries for 929 yards (4.6 avg.) and 8 TD's in 1968. Taylor also had 20 punt returns for a 14.8 average and averaged 31.3 yards on kickoff returns with a touchdown his senior year. Taylor gained 1,959 career yards for Utah State, 8th all-time. He is 7th in school history with 415 career carries and 10th with 13 rushing touchdowns. Taylor ranks 6th in NCAA history with a career 29.3 kickoff return average. He played in the 1969 All-Star Professional Game and the North-South Game following his senior year.
Taylor was chosen by the Detroit Lions in the 2nd Round of the 1969 NFL Draft. Taylor had 348 yards rushing his rookie season, and then improved to 666 on 198 carries and 2 TD's rushing with 27 catches for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns in 1970. He became a force in 1971 with 736 yards on 174 carries (4.2 avg.) and 4 TD's and 26 catches for 270 yards and another score. In 1972, Altie had 154 carries for 658 yards (4.3 avg.) and 4 scores and also hauled in 29 passes for 250 yards and 2 scores. In 1973, Taylor had a career high 719 yards on 176 carries (4.1 avg.) and 5 TD's and caught 27 balls for 252 yards. He also returned 12 kicks for a 24.6 average. The following season, Taylor had 532 yards rushing and 5 TD's and 30 catches for 293 yards and a trip to the end zone. In 1975, Altie had 638 yards rushing and 21 receptions for 111 yards. He finished up his career in Houston in 1976.
In eight seasons, Taylor rushed 1,170 times for 4,308 yards (3.7 avg.) and 24 touchdowns. He also took in 175 catches for 1,538 yards and 6 TD's. He brought back 27 kickoffs for a 22.1 average.
Placekicker Jim Turner had six touchdowns, 25 PAT's and 3 field goals to lead the team in scoring his senior year (70 points). He also led the team as a senior in passing with 30 completions in 56 attempts for 414 yards and 2 TD's. Turner is 9th all-time at Utah State with 55 career extra points.
Turner was the 19th Round selection of the Washington Redskins in the 1964 NFL Draft but hooked up with the New York Jets. Turner score 72 points in 1964 (6th in the AFL). He was 20-34 on field goal tries and was 31-31 in extra point attempts. Jim was 4th in the AFL with 91 points in 1965, 4th with 88 points in 1966 and 5th with 87 points in 1967. In 1968, Turner hit 34-46 (73.9%) of his field goals and all 43 PAT's for a league-leading 145 points. In 1969, Turner and the Jets were magical. He was 32-47 (68.1%) on three-point tries and hit all 33 extra points, once again leading the league with 129 points. Jim was traded to Denver in 1971 but had another good year when he hit 20-29 field goals and all 37 extra points in 1972. By this time, the two leagues had merged and Turner was 9th in the NFL in points with 93. In 1973, Turner was 22-33 in field goals and 40-40 on PAT tries for 106 points (5th in the NFL). He hit 21-28 field goals in 1975 (75%) and 15-21 (71.4%) in 1976.
Turner hit 304-521 field goal tries in his 16-year career. Jim played in 228 games, 79th all-time. His 304 career field goals ranks 19th in NFL history. He made the Pro Bowl in 1968 and 1969. His 1,439 career points still ranks 19th all-time and his 543 extra points is 18th.
Guard Rich Tylski played nine seasons with Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Carolina in the NFL. He had 63 career starts.