Athletics News
1999

DUANE ABBEY He helped North Texas capture Lone Star Conference track championships in 1935, 1936 and 1937. He won the mile event three consecutive years at the Border Olympics and Fort Worth Stock Show meet and was also a member of the relay teams that set meet records at the Texas Relays, Penn Relays and Drake Relays.

SCOTT DAVIS He’s the only player in North Texas history to lead the football team in total offense four straight years. As the Eagles’ quarterback, Davis led NT to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 1987 and 1988. He was the Southland Conference’s Freshman of the Year in 1987, was first-team All-Southland Conference twice and was selected the league’s Player of the Year in 1989. He also made the league’s academic all-conference squad three times.

JOHN GRANGER A four-time all-America pick in golf from 1971-74, Granger won medalist honors at the Missouri Valley Conference tournament in 1971 and lost in a playoff in 1972. In 1973 he led North Texas to a 13th place finish at the NCAA tournament by placing 39th individually. The next year, North Texas again placed 13th as Granger placed 30th individually.

OLVIS HICKS A four-year letterman in track from 1938-41, Hicks helped the Eagles to three Lone Star Conference team championships during his career. He anchored the 880-yard relay that set the United States record. He also was a running back on the North Texas football team.

ERRIC PEGRAM In 1989 he rushed for 513 yards to earn second-team all-Southland Conference honors, only to amass 1,594 all-purpose yards as a senior in 1990. He rushed for 957 yards and caught 44 passes that season, becoming only the second North Texas player to lead the team in rushing and pass receptions in the same season. He later played in six NFL seasons and was the starting running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX.

RICHARD MENCHACA A member of the track team from 1959-62, Menchaca set a school record in the 880 as a sophomore and led the distance medley relay team to a record-setting victory at the Kansas Relays. He was captain of the team as a senior, when he also won a Missouri Valley Conference championship in the mile event.

 

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