From Arkansas State University
The Arkansas State Lettermen's Club inducted three new members into the ASU Hall of Honor at its annual Lettermen's Banquet held Friday night at the Cooper Alumni Center on the campus of Arkansas State University.
All three inductees were members of the ASU football program, including offensive tackle Garry Johnson, defensive end Marvin Neloms and linebacker Joe Turner.
The Lettermen's Club also honored 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 Writer's Poll, the United Press Coaches Poll and the Washington Touchdown Club.
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 tackle prior 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 watch list and Outland Trophy watch list. Johnson was also named first team all-conference three times 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 Cincinnati Bengals following his final season at Arkansas State.
Playing for ASU from 1983-86, Neloms was a first team all-conference selection and named honorable mention All-America each of his last three seasons.
With 28 sacks to his credit, Neloms remains the Red Wolves' career sacks 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 sacks record after tacking down UT Chatanooga's quarterback four times 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 both unassisted 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.
Master of Ceremonies for the event was Keith Merritt, and ASU Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee and Jim Wager, President of the Lettermen's Club, also addressed those in attendance.