USU To Honor Four Alumni At Homecoming Including Three Former Aggie Football Players
Sept. 18, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Four Utah State University alumni were named as dignitaries for USU's Homecoming festivities Sept. 16-22. Brothers Sidney and MacArthur Lane, Corey Christiansen and Rolfe Kerr will be honored for accomplishments both at USU and during their lifetimes.
"Homecoming is a time to remember the rich history of Utah State, and it is individuals such as these who carry those great traditions of excellence into communities across the country, even across the world," said Wallace Odd, executive director of Alumni Relations. "The Alumni Association is pleased to honor such outstanding people."
Sidney and MacArthur Lane, brothers and former football players at USU, have been named the grand marshals for Homecoming. Recipients of the award are chosen to lead the annual USU homecoming parade down Logan's Main Street. The Lanes will be honored at the Homecoming dignitaries banquet and the Homecoming football game against San Jose State.
MacArthur Lane was a running back at USU from 1965-67 and on the men's track team from 1966-1968.
Nicknamed "The Truck" during his playing days at Utah State, MacArthur Lane was a versatile performer who started at linebacker during his sophomore season before moving to the offensive backfield as a junior. During his two years at halfback, Lane averaged 6.9 yards per carry, which still ranks second all-time in school history. In his first season running the ball, Lane rushed for 466 yards on just 46 carries, for an average of 10.2 yards per carry. During the season, he had two 100-yard games and three touchdown runs of 60 yards or longer, including an 84-yard burst against Hawai'i, which still stands as the seventh-longest touchdown run in school history. Lane continued to perform well during his senior season as he notched to more 100-yard games, including a career-high 207 yards on 20 carries in a 44-27 win at West Texas State.
Following his collegiate days, Lane was the 13th player selected in the 1968 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1971. In all, Lane played 11 seasons in the National Football League as he spent four years with the Cardinals (1968-71), three years with the Green Bay Packers (1972-74) and four years with the Kansas City Chiefs (1975-78).
Sidney Lane is a retired high school teacher, who also taught at the University of California. He played football for USU from 1965-1967. Following his playing career he was an assistant coach under Chuck Mills from 1968-1970 and was one of the first minority coaches in NCAA football. He and his brother established the Henry Lane Memorial Fund at USU in honor of their father, Henry Lane. This student loan fund is for African American football students attending USU.
While at Utah State, Sidney Lane was trained at two defensive positions, end and linebacker, as well as offensive center. He was dubbed the best lineman of the 1965 freshman team.
"Sid and Mac are indeed USU legends," Odd said. "They continue to share their resources and abilities in their communities and professions. They both are remarkable individuals who exhibit the meaning of `True Blue Aggies.'"
Kerr, LDS commissioner of education, will be awarded Alumnus of the Year. This award is presented to one individual alumnus of USU who has demonstrated outstanding traits of leadership and character in the past year.
Kerr was quarterback for USU in 1954-1955. After serving an LDS Church Mission in England, he returned to USU in the 1958 season. He was 7-of-13 for 63 yards passing and also scored one touchdown in helping Utah State to a 3-7 record.
Kerr currently directs operations of the church's higher education institutions, including BYU, BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii and the LDS Business College. He also has responsibility for seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Kerr has been a member of the Quorum of the Seventy since 1996. He was Utah's commissioner of higher education, president of Dixie College and served in a number of administrative positions at BYU, University of Utah, USU and Weber State University.
Christiansen will receive the Distinguished Young Alumnus award. Recipients of the award must have completed their undergraduate degree at USU in the last 15 years. Christiansen was selected for the accomplishments he has made through his career, service and volunteer efforts. He has built a national music following and has more than 40 publications with Mel Bay Publications. He has conducted countless guitar clinics and concerts across the country and beyond. A CD featuring his work topped the jazz charts across the country in January 2007.
Ashli Robison, USU Public Relations, contributed to this release.