Eight new members will be inducted into USC’s Athletics Hall of Fame
BY: TYRIA GOINES
COLUMBIA S.C. — Eight new members will be inducted into the 2017 USC Athletics Hall of Fame Class. The induction will take place Thursday, September 21 at 5 p.m in The Zone, South Endzone of Williams-Brice Stadium. Media will have 30 minutes to interview the Hall of Fame class before the doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Association of Lettermen, this year’s class includes:
Bill Currier played defensive back for the Gamecocks from 1974-76. He was named the defensive captain and recieved Steve Wadiak MVP honors in 1976. He earned All-South Independent honors, and represented Carolina in the 1976 Blue-Gray post-season All-Star Game He was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1977 and spent nine seasons in the NFL with the Oilers, Patriots, and New York Giants He was the Giants’ defensive captain for the final five years of his NFL career. He has been inducted into the state of South Carolina Hall of Fame and the state of Maryland Hall of Fame.
Jamar Nesbit played offensive tackle for the Gamecocks from 1995-98. He was a three-time All-SEC performer, earning recognition in 1996, 97 and ’98 after being named to the SEC All-Freshman squad in 1995. He was recognized by the SEC for his community service work and was named to the 11-member Chick-fil-A “Good Works Team” in 1996. He spent 11 years in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.
Eric Norwood played football for the Gamecocks in 2006-09. He was mamed first-team All-America in 2009 by both the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Foundation as an outside linebacker He was a three-time All-SEC first-team selection by the coaches, twice by the Associated Press, and named a Freshman All American by the Sporting News in 2006. He served as a team captain in both 2008 and 2009 and is the school record holder in tackles for loss in a career with 54.5, and for sacks in a career with 29.0. He earned numerous national and conference Defensive Player-of-the-Week awards, as well as tying a national record by returning two fumbles for touchdowns against Kentucky in 2007 and further played in the NFL.
Larry Davis played basketball from 1996-97. He was named first-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and the coaches in 1997 for Eddie Fogler’s SEC championship squad. He was also named third-team All-America by Basketball Weekly, second-team All-SEC by the coaches and third-team by the AP in 1996. His two-year scoring mark of 1,068 points is the second-most points ever scored by a two-year player.
Randy Martz played baseball in 1977. He helped lead June Raines’ Gamecocks to the championship game of the 1977 College World Series. He posted a 14-0 record, earning first team All-America honors and was awarded the Lefty Gomez Plate as the most outstanding player in college baseball for the 1977 season. Among his more impressive wins was a 2-1 victory over previously undefeated (26-0) and top-ranked Clemson at Tiger Field.
Tricia Popowski played Gamecock softball from 1988-91. She received NSCA All-America recognition in each of her final three seasons, including first-team honors in both 1989 and 1991 as an outfielder. She logged 279 base hits during her illustrious career, including an NCAA record 51 triples. She led the team in on-base percentage, triples, walks, and slugging percentage in each of her four seasons and was the second-hardest Carolina player to strike out in school history with just one strikeout every 23.7 at-bats.
Jennifer (Van Assen) Brunelli joined Gamecock athletics in swimming & diving from 2001-04. She achieved All-America status seven times during her Gamecock career, including a school-record five recognitions in 2004, earning certificates in the 100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 200 Free relay, 400 Free relay, and 800 Free relay. She was named first-team All-SEC in 2004 and holds Gamecock records in the 200 Freestyle, 200 Free relay, and 400 Free relay.
Chuck Allen played football for the Gamecocks from 1977-80. He was an outstanding defensive tackle for the Gamecocks who helped lead Carolina to the 1979 Hall of Fame Bowl and the 1980 Gator Bowl. He served as team captain in 1980 and has been a tireless supporter of Gamecock Athletics. He is currently a member of the USC Board of Trustees.
The induction will take place Thursday, September 21 at 5 p.m in The Zone, South Endzone of Williams-Brice Stadium. Media will have 30 minutes to interview the Hall of Fame class before the doors open at 5:30 p.m.