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Awards / Honors

CSU Sports Hall of Fame inductee Kevin McDougal

October 25, 2012
by Lindsey Bradbury

The CSU Sports Hall of Fame honors former Ram and Aggie athletes, coaches and administrators for their achievements and contributions to the University. The banquet to commemorate these outstanding athletes will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

Thirteen years after his outstanding senior season, Kevin McDougal’s name will be added to the CSU Sports Hall of Fame. McDougal was a starting safety for several games during his freshman season before being moved to running back, where he became a star.

Family legacy

For McDougal, playing college football anywhere but CSU was not an option. His father, Mike McDougal, played football for the Rams in the late 1960s, and his brother, Matt, was a kicker for coach Sonny Lubick from 1994-96. “Once I had the opportunity to play under Sonny, I could not give that up,” McDougal said.

Setting records and the big year

McDougal, who played from 1996-99, finished fourth on CSU's all-time rushing list with 3,067 yards. He still holds the school record for yards-per-attempt at 5.97.

The 1999 season was truly a breakout year for McDougal. He was named the Mountain West Conference offensive player of the year and scholar-athlete of the year by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. He also played in the Hula Bowl all-star game and became MVP of the 1999 Liberty Bowl after leading the Rams to a conference title.

Life changing moments

For McDougal, the most memorable moment playing CSU football was not the accolades and awards he received, but the 41-14 victory over Colorado in the 1999 Rocky Mountain Showdown. It was a huge win for the Rams and McDougal, who ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns ih the rout. “It was the first time we had beaten them in years and it really reignited the rivalry between the schools,” McDougal said.

Off the field, McDougal majored in sociology and planned to go into law enforcement. However, his career plans changed when he was drafted as a running back for the Indianapolis Colts. McDougal played for the Colts for two years.

Life after football

The 2012 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held in the newly renovated Lory Student Center Theatre.

Fort Collins continues to be a big part of McDougal’s life. It’s the city where he and his wife met and still live today. They both stay active in the CSU community; he is a Ram Club member who continues to attend the football games and support the Rams. “I could not have picked a better school,” McDougal said. “I loved my team, and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to play for CSU.”

Along with football, McDougal enjoys playing golf, fly fishing and snowboarding. McDougal is most passionate about snowboarding and frequents his favorite resort, Copper Mountain.

“Being inducted into the CSU Sports Hall of Fame was an exclamation point to my career at CSU. It shows I was a part of something great,” McDougal said.

The Ram Alumni Athletes Association and the Department of Athletics are proud to welcome McDougal into the CSU Sports Hall of Fame.

Location of banquet

The banquet will be held in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom, Friday, October 26, from 5-8 p.m.

Contact: Ryan Moulden
Phone: (970) 491-4601