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John Wall and Randall Cobb are headed to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame


If you’re listening to KSR, you just heard DeWayne Peevy announce some big news. John Wall and Randall Cobb headline the 2017 UK Athletics Hall of Fame class, which also includes Collin Cowgill (baseball), Ralph Hacker (broadcaster), Sherry Hoover Bordner (cross country/indoor track/outdoor track), and Sarah Rumely (volleyball). The group will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 22-23, in conjunction with the football home game vs. Florida.

Check out bios of each member below, courtesy of UK Athletics:

Sherry Hoover Bordner, Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track, 1986-89

A seven-time All-America honoree … Won SEC championships in the mile and on a pair of relay teams during her career … Set 10 school records during her career, including outdoor records in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs, 4×800 meter relay and the distance medley relay, and indoor records in the 1,500 meter run and 4×800 meter relay … Broke outdoor freshman record in the 800 meters and indoor freshman records in the 1000-yard run, 1,500-meter run and the mile … Member of the 1988 national champion cross country squad, which remains the only women’s national championship team at UK.

Randall Cobb, Football, 2008-10

Arguably the most versatile, dynamic playmaker in UK football history as a wide receiver, quarterback, punt returner and kickoff returner … First-team All-America as a junior … Two-year first-team All-SEC … Set SEC single-season record for all-purpose yardage (2,396 yards in 2010) … Set UK career record for touchdowns (37), although he played only three seasons … Clutch player who scored five game-winning fourth-quarter touchdowns in his career, vs. Arkansas, Louisville and South Carolina at home, also at Auburn and Georgia … Left UK after his junior season and was a second-round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers … Has been a star wide receiver during his six-year career with the Packers, making the 2011 NFL All-Rookie Team and being selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2014 season … Returned to UK and finished his degree. 

Collin Cowgill, Baseball, 2005-08

One of the top players in Kentucky baseball history, paced UK from a last-place finish in 2005 to its first-ever SEC Championship in 2006 … First-team All-America in 2008 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, leading UK to a then-record 44 wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament … Also first-team All-SEC by the league coaches … A two-time Academic All-America selection … Ranks among the UK career leaders in runs, homers, RBI, walks, on-base percentage, sac bunts, sac flies, hit by pitches and steals … Fifth-round pick by Arizona in the 2008 MLB Draft … Reached the majors in 2011 and has played for the Diamondbacks, the Oakland Athletics, the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians.

Ralph Hacker, Broadcaster, 1966-2000

Spent 34 years on the UK Radio Network … Served as the men’s basketball analyst for many years with legendary broadcaster Cawood Ledford … Following Ledford’s retirement, he took over play-by-play duties for eight years, including UK’s 1996 and 1998 national championship seasons … The play-by-play voice of the Wildcat football team for five seasons … Was president of HMH Broadcasting, building a prominent network that featured then-UK flagship station WVLK … Also hosted head coaches’ pregame and postgame shows, as well as the weekly “Big Blue Line” call-in shows … All totaled, he was on the radio call for three men’s basketball national championships, seven Final Fours and four football bowl games. 

Sarah Rumely, Volleyball, 2006-09

Only player in program history to be named SEC Freshman of the Year (2006) and SEC Player of the Year (2008) … Two-time AVCA All-American … Four-time All-SEC … Academic All-American third team … Led team to NCAA Tournament four times, including the Sweet 16 in 2009 … Finished career owning UK records in career assists (5,703) and aces (165) … 5,703 career assists also ranked fifth all-time in SEC history … Capped career ranking in the top 10 in sets played (3rd), block assists (9th), digs and attack percentage (10th) … Only player to record a triple-double in a match in program history (10 kills, 56 assists, 18 digs vs. Ole Miss) … Led team to No. 7 national ranking in ‘09 … Played professionally overseas … Currently an assistant coach at LSU.

John Wall, Men’s Basketball2010

First national player of the year in program history as winner of the Adolph Rupp Trophy … Named 2010 USBWA National Freshman of the Year … Consensus first-team All-American … 2010 SEC Player of the Year by Associated Press and SEC Coaches … SEC Freshman of the Year by the AP … First-team All-SEC … Named SEC Tournament MVP … Led UK to a No. 1 national ranking, SEC regular-season championship and the SEC Tournament championship … Set single-season assists record with 241 assists (broken 2016 by Tyler Ulis) … Averaged 16.6 points and 6.5 assists … First No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick in UK history … Four-time NBA All-Star through first seven seasons, averaging double-figure scoring every season … Tabbed third-team All-NBA in 2017 … Washington franchise career leader in assists and steals.

I think this calls for a little T-Rev, don’t you?

 

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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10 responses to “John Wall and Randall Cobb are headed to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame”

  1. DelrayCat

    Wow…going to need a new wing for the hall of fame….call it the “one and done” wing. SMH.
    I like John Wall. He’s been a good ambassador for UK. But come on…he spent like 7 months in Lexington and that was it.

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      But look at what a profound impact Wall has had. With a single, silly dance move, he made Kentucky cool again. I mean, the John Wall Dance has its own Wikipedia page!

    2. JusSayin

      You could make an argument John Wall is the single most important recruit in UK history.

    3. J-Dub421

      Wall’s numbers in one year are better than at least half the guys who have their jersey’s hanging in the rafters at Rupp.

    4. Eazy

      Would you say the same about AD. He won a national title, national player of the year, Olympian, #1 pick, etc. Most dominant player we have had and has all the hardware.

    5. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Delray, if they follow your logic, they won’t induct anyone in, because anyone who hangs around 4 years isn’t going to be good enough to be in. 2 years tops by your logic.

    6. Reuben Cuban

      Glad Randall Cobb graduated; I know it was important to him. Not sure if that’s one of John Wall’s goals; I can’t say I blame him. It’s just not likely a priority now or arguably in the future which is understandable when he’s making a mockery of the sheepskin’s designated purpose. But, as Delray Cat pointed out, it’s easy to envision the wing he predicts.

  2. Duff86

    John Wall’s recruitment was the single biggest get Kentucky has ever had. Not to mention, Wall kept his decision so close to his chest. I think a lot of people were surprised Kentucky got him out of North Carolina. He put Kentucky Basketball back on the map! He deserves to be in the HOF!

  3. Sentient Third Eye

    I loved the old days of Cawood and Ralph, but Ralph was hit-and-miss when he became the main guy. When the action got fast, sometimes Ralph got flustered. He once infamously said that a tailback was, “crossing 40…50…60….” But his strength was insightful commentary. As a kid listening on the radio, he and Cawood together had a knack for drawing the listener in. The generations who grew up with them formed the basis of BBN’s “crazed basketball fans” reputation long before the internet was even a gleam in Al Gore’s eye.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      ^^^Extra points for the creativity in the Gore joke. Well done sir!!!^^^