Football stars Derrick Dockery, Michael Griffin and Justin Blalock and suffocating closer J. Brent Cox are among the 15 former Texas athletes that will be inducted into the UT Hall of Honor.
The T-Association, the organization for former letter winners, announced the entire class of 2018 on Wednesday. The induction banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Sept. 7 at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center on campus.
A versatile offensive lineman, Dockery was a first-team All-American in 2002 and helped the Longhorns compile a 40-12 record during his career from 1999-2002. Safety Michael Griffin and offensive lineman Justin Blalock both helped Texas win the 2005 national title.
Cox helped the Longhorns make three College World Series appearances and the team won it all in 2005. He had 19 saves that season to become one of the most dominant relievers in UT history.
Other athletes on the list may not be quite as well known by fans, but their contributions were gigantic:
- Bill Hamilton, who came to Texas as a quarterback under coach Darrell Royal, became one of the most successful linebackers in school history from 1973-76.
- Dan Krueger helped the men’s basketball team win the 1974 Southwest Conference title. He was also the first freshman to play on the varsity when the NCAA declared freshmen eligible for the 1972-73 season.
- Vicki Hall was a member of the Southwest Conference All-Decade team for the 1990s. She led the team in rebounding in three of her four seasons.
- Jodi Reeves Boatright was one of the foundational players that helped start the UT softball program. The shortstop finished her career in the top five in 20 different statistical categories.
- Kim Rhodenbaugh Lewallen was a three-time NCAA champion and 10-time All-American in women’s swimming and a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team.
- Troy Dumais swam for Texas from 1999-2002 and won multiple three-meter springboard titles. He is the only four-time Olympian in Texas diving history.
- Leo Manzano was a five-time NCAA champion distance runner while Telisa Young was one of the top triple-jumpers in the nation.
- Gary Plock, one of the best tennis players from the state of Kentucky, was a two-time All-American at Texas and helped win a pair of SWC doubles titles.
- Ruth Stiver Rew was the first All-American in UT rowing history. She helped the Longhorns’ first varsity eight boat reach two NCAA championships (2003-04).
- Chip Robertson came to Texas in 1993 after working as the equipment manager at SMU for 11 years. Those who know anything about athletes know the importance of have a good person in the equipment room. It’s part psychologist, friend, counselor, mentor and everything in between.
Robertson has been the program’s equipment manager for 20 bowl games and saw the program though its glory days under coach Mack Brown.
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