JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) — The Arkansas State Letterman's Club will induct three new members into the ASU Hall of Honor when the club holds its annual Letterman's Banquet Sept. 9 at the Cooper Alumni Center on the ASU campus.
Offensive tackle Garry Johnson, defensive end Marvin Neloms and linebacker Billy Joe Turner have been selected as the 2011 inductees. There will also be a special recognition of ASU's undefeated 1970 football team that finished 11-0, defeated Central Missouri in the Pecan Bowl and was named the college division National Champion by the Associated Press Writers' Poll, the United Press Coaches' Poll and The Washington Touchdown Club.
"We are very excited to introduce this year's inductees," said Dr. Jim Wagner, President of the ASU Letterman's Club. "These three men all played key roles in the history of the ASU football program, and they are all certainly very deserving. This year's banquet promises to be exciting and entertaining and we encourage all Red Wolves fans to attend and help support our letterman's program."
Johnson started every game at offensive tackle during his four years at Arkansas State, a string of 46consecutive contests. Playing from 1999-2002, he began his career at right tackle before moving to left tackleprior to his junior season, and did not allow a sack after his freshman year. He was the first ASU player ever to be on the Lombardi Award list and Outland Trophy list, and was a three-time first-team all-conference selection and second-team all-conference as a freshman.
Johnson helped pave the way for record-breaking running back Danny Smith's 1,390-yard season in 2002 while anchoring a line that allowed a league-low seven sacks. He signed as a free agent with the Cincinatti Bengals following his final season at Arkasnas State.
Playing for ASU from 1983-86, Neloms was a first-team All-Conference and an honorable mention All-American each of his last three seasons.
With 28 sacks to his credit Neloms remains the Red Wolves' career sack leader. He is still ranked second at A-State for sacks in a season after registering 11 during the 1985 campaign, a mark that ranked at the top of the charts at the time. He also is tied for the single-game sack record after tacking down UT-Chatanooga's quarterback four times in one game during the 1984 season.
Following a career that spanned the 1960-62 seasons, Turner was regarded by coaches, teammates and opponents as the best and toughest linebacker to ever play at Arkansas State. He started his final two seasons at linebacker and during his senior season anchored the offensive line as well, drawing the start at center. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns during his career and led the team in bothunassisted and assisted tackles during his senior season.
Turner signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns following his career at ASU and also spent time with the Ottawa Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.
The Letterman's Club would also like to encourage all former hall of honor inductees to attend. The banquet will be open to the public, and tickets can be purchased by contacting the Red Wolf Club at 870-972-2401. The event is set to get underway at 6:30 p.m.