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Furman To Induct Four Into Athletics Hall Of Fame

2017 Furman Athletics Hall Of Fame Inductees
2017 Furman Athletics Hall Of Fame Inductees

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Former football, men's basketball, women's tennis, and men's golf greats comprise the four-member 2017 Furman University Athletics Hall of Fame class, which was announced today by the Paladin Club.

All-America football cornerback William Middleton '08, basketball forward Chuck Vincent '98, tennis performer Monica Arguello '11, and men's golfer Ken Ezell '77 will be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13, at Studio 220 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Greenville.  A 6:00 p.m. cocktail reception is planned, followed by a seated dinner and ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Reservations, which include reception, dinner, and parking, are $35 per person and can be made here.

The four inductees will also be recognized the next day at Furman's 1:00 p.m. football game versus VMI at Paladin Stadium.

Middleton fashioned a solid football career, starting for three seasons and capturing All-Southern Conference and AFCA and STATS Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America honors in 2008, his senior year, when he was also named Furman Male Athlete of the Year.  A member of two FCS playoff teams during his Paladin tenure, he totaled 194 tackles, seven interceptions, and four fumble recoveries, and was also a return specialist, recording a 100-yard kickoff return in a 35-21 win over Wofford in 2006.  Selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Atlanta, Ga., native played four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, seeing action in 49 games and totaling 125 tackles.

Vincent, a three-time All-Southern Conference selection, was named SoCon Player of the Year in 1998 to cap a stellar Paladin career.  First recognized as the league's freshman of the year in 1995, he was a four-year starter who paced Furman in scoring over three seasons and was the Paladins' top rebounder in each of his four seasons of play — one of only four players in program history to accomplish the feat.  He ranks 10th on Furman's all-time scoring chart (1,677 points) and is fourth in rebounding (947).  The Durham, North Carolina, native topped the Paladins in field goal percentage three times and stands sixth on the career ledger (54.0 percent).

Arguello is one of the most decorated players in Furman women's tennis history.  Honored as Furman Female Athlete of the Year, Southern Conference Player of the Year, and SoCon Female Athlete of the Year in 2011, she posted a 19-5 record at No. 1 singles her senior year and competed in the NCAA Tournament.  A four-time all-conference performer in both singles and doubles, she was named SoCon Freshman of the Year in 2008 and helped lead the Paladins to a pair of league regular season championships and 2008 NCAA Tournament berth.  Her 126 combined singles and doubles victories and .747 career singles winning percentage rank among the all-time Paladin greats.  The Lakeland, Fla., native garnered Capital One Academic All-District honors was an ITA All-Academic Team selection as a senior.

The only three-time Southern Conference medalist in Furman men's golf history, Ezell used his strong play to lead the Paladins to SoCon team championships in 1975, '76, and '77 and earn the program its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1977 on the way to an 18th place finish.  A current resident of Apopka, Fla., he qualified for the 1976 United States Open as an amateur and remains tied for second place for most tournament victories (four) by a Paladin, including the 1976 South Carolina Collegiate.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information