Aug 5, 2014 6:41 PM by McNeese Sports Information
LAKE CHARLES - A national high jump champion, a player who set a NCAA rushing record in his very first football game, all-Americans, league players of the year and university athletes of the year as well as a coach who brought the Cowboys back to the forefront in tennis are among those selected for induction into the McNeese State Hall of Fame for 2014.
Mike Roberson captured a NCAA high jump title during his McNeese career while tailback Tony Citizen set a NCAA freshman rushing record in the very first game of his career and went on to become the winner of the school's Desmond Jones Athlete of the Year award.
Kavika Pittman earned all-America honors as a defensive end and was named the Southland Conference defensive player of the year while quarterback Derrick Fourroux led McNeese to three SLC football titles and was named the league player of the year as a senior.
And, in the 1970s defensive back Charles Jefferson was twice a first team all-conference pick and concluded his career with 19 pass interceptions (still No. 2 on the all-time McNeese list, fourth on the SLC ranking and ninth on the Louisiana collegiate mark) while Lee Holland brought the McNeese men's tennis program back to national prominence in the 1980s, his teams winning two league titles and being nationally ranked.
These six inductees will be honored Sept. 13 during McNeese's season opening football game with Prairie View. A reception for the honorees, family, friends and fans will be held in the Cowboy Room (sponsored by the Cowboy Club) beginning at 5 p.m. and then the official induction will be held at halftime of the football game at midfield.
The addition of these six will bring to 141 the number of members of the McNeese Hall of Fame which is located in the Jack Doland athletic field house.
Roberson, a native of Lake Charles, became McNeese's first national track and field champion when he won the NCAA's indoor high jump title in 1996. He was a two year standout for the Cowboys and continues to hold the school record in the event, 7-5 ¼ indoors and 7-5 ¾ outdoors.
Named the McNeese MVP in both 1996 and 1997, he won three SLC titles, the indoor crown in 1996 and 1997 and the outdoor in 1997, also being named the conference's field event athlete of the year.
A highlight of his career was being invited to and participating in the Olympic trials in 1996. He later enlisted in the Marine Corps, spending three and a half years in service.
Citizen made national news in his very first game for the Cowboys. The Church Point native ran for 306 yards in the 1986 season opener with Prairie View, setting what was then a NCAA freshman record plus Southland, McNeese and Louisiana single game records.
He was a starter at tailback all four of his seasons with the Cowboys and total 3,284 career rushing yards which currently ranks third on the university's all-time chart.
A first team all-Southland and all-Louisiana pick, Citizen was named his team's MVP in 1989 and the school's athlete of the year for the 1989-90 season and was named a member of the SLC's 1970s all-decade team. He played two seasons of professional football, one year with Tampa Bay and one with Miami.
Pittman, who was a standout defensive end for the Cowboys, earned all-America honors from four different organizations including the Associated Press in 1995. He was a defensive leader on two McNeese conference championship teams.
He had been a three sport standout at Leesville High (football, track, basketball) and went on to all-Southland and all-Louisiana football honors at McNeese, also being named the conference and the state defensive player of the year in 1995.
Pittman, who played in the 1995 Senior Bowl, continues to rank No. 2 in career sacks at McNeese with 22.5 and last year was named to the all-time Southland Conference football team as well as to the team of the 1990s.
He went on to be drafted in the second round (No. 37 overall) by the Dallas Cowboys and had a nine year professional career with Dallas, Denver and Carolina.
Fourroux led McNeese to three conference titles and to three post season NCAA playoffs in the four years he led the Cowboys from the quarterback position, setting numerous school records along the way.
The Erath native continues to hold the school career records for total offense (10,236 yards), passing yards (8,226), passes completed (618 of 1034) and rushing yards by a quarterback (2,010). Nine times he passed for over 200 yards in a game and twice he rushed for more than 100 yards.
He was named the McNeese athlete of the year for the 2009-10 season, the team football team MVP for 2009, the Southland Conference and the Louisiana player of the year in 2009 and to the first team all-SLC and all-Louisiana squads. Last year he was named to the SLC's all-decade team for the 2000s.
Jefferson, a native of Baton Rouge, helped lead the Cowboys to the school's very first Southland Conference title in 1976 and to victory in the very first Independence Bowl game. That year he had been the conference leader in pass interceptions with seven, the number also ranking seventh nationally.
Three straight years he led his team in pass interceptions and he would go on to intercept a total of 19 passes in his career, that mark ranking No. 2 on the current school chart and in the top 10 for Louisiana players.
Twice he earned first team all-conference honors and in a poll conducted by the Southland Conference last year he was named to the all-decade team for the 1970s.
Jefferson was taken in the fourth round of the 1979 NFL draft by Denver (105th player taken) and also played with the Houston Oilers during his professional career.
Holland brought the Cowboy tennis team back to prominence during the 1980s, producing the only Southland Conference titles in school history, 1983 and 1987.
His teams also claimed runnerup honors in 1984, 1985 and 1988 and during his coaching career he earned three SLC Coach of the Year honors. His 1983 team finished fourth in the NIT tournament and his 1988 squad was ranked 18th in the nation.
Holland, who coached the Cowboys until the sport was dropped in 1988, compiled a 178-56 career record and his teams ranked among the conference leaders academically every year. He had also served as coach of the Cowgirl tennis team from 1979 to 1980.
For the past 20 years he has coached high school tennis, the last 19 years at Vidor (TX) High.
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