PHOTO GALLERY: Newly Inducted UK Athletics Hall of Fame Members To Be Recognized at Football Game Sa
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The six members of University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted Friday night, Sept. 22 along with their emotional Hall of Fame speeches. They also will be recognized during Saturday night’s UK-Florida football game at Kroger Field.
Randall Cobb (football), Collin Cowgill (baseball), Ralph Hacker (broadcaster), Sherry Hoover Bordner (cross country/indoor track/outdoor track), Sarah Rumely (volleyball) and John Wall (men’s basketball) officially joined the ranks of Wildcat greats in the Hall of Fame with a private induction ceremony Friday evening.
More information about each member of the 2017 Class of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame can be found below.
Sherry Hoover Bordner, Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track, 1986-89
A seven-time All-America honoree, she won SEC (Southeastern Conference) championships in the mile and on a pair of relay teams during her career. Hoover Bordner set 10 school records during her career, including outdoor records in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs, 4x800 meter relay and the distance medley relay, and indoor records in the 1,500 meter run and 4x800 meter relay. She broke the outdoor freshman record in the 800 meters and indoor freshman records in the 1000-yard run, 1,500-meter run and the mile. Hoover Bordner was a ember 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, Cobb was named First-team All-America as a junior. He also was two-year first-team All-SEC. Cobb set the SEC single-season record for all-purpose yardage (2,396 yards in 2010) and the UK career record for touchdowns (37), although he played only three seasons. A clutch player, he scored five game-winning fourth-quarter touchdowns in his career, vs. University of Arkansas, University of Louisville and University of South Carolina at home, also at Auburn University and University of Georgia. Cobb left UK after his junior season and was a second-round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers. He 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. Cobb 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. Cowgill was named 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. He was also selected first-team All-SEC by the league coaches. A two-time Academic All-America selection, Cowgill ranks among the UK career leaders in runs, homers, RBI, walks, on-base percentage, sac bunts, sac flies, hit by pitches and steals. He was a fifth-round pick by Arizona in the 2008 MLB Draft. Cowgill 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