Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of 10 stories looking at the SIU All-Century Football Team ballot.
Fans will look over 99 years in order to pick the seven offensive linemen that will make up the SIU All-Century Football Team beginning later this month.
One nominee, guard/center Russ Smith, played in SIU’s second football season in 1914 and played four years in the NFL. Two other candidates, former center Bryan Boemer and former tackle David Pickard, just graduated three years ago.
Saluki football fans are being asked to select an all-century team to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sport. Online voting will begin July 22 and continue through Aug. 11.
About 50 players will be selected for the team. The selection committee has identified certain players that will be on the team even if they are not selected through the online voting in order to guarantee the integrity of it. They will be simply added on if they’re not selected, which might make the list more than 50 players.
One man likely to make the list is former two-way player Jim Lovin, a Benton native who played from 1946-49. Lovin is one of three players with their jerseys retired, along with former wide receiver Harry Bobbit (1961-63) and former wide receiver Mark Hemphill (1979).
Lovin was the first player to start every game for four years and be selected a first-team all-conference pick each year. The tackle was SIU’s most valuable player in 1948 and 1949.
Three offensive lineman nominees are in the SIU Hall of Fame — Tom Baugh, Harry Canada and Lovin.
The nominees are:
Tom Baugh: A member of the 1983 national championship team, Baugh was an honorable mention All-American in 1985 and played four years in the NFL. One of three SIU Hall of Famers in the offensive lineman group, Baugh started 16 of 45 games with the Kansas City Chiefs (186-88) and Cleveland Browns (1989).
Bryan Boemer: SIU’s only Rimington Award winner, which goes to the nation’s best center, Boemer started his last 35 games. He was a first-team All-American pick by the American Football Coaches Association. Boemer was a second-team All-American by two other organizations in 2011, The Associated Press and The Sports Network.
Harry Canada: Canada competed for SIU in 1929-31 and was part of the Salukis’ only undefeated football team in 1930. That squad, coached by William McAndrew, outscored opponents, 224-24, to go 9-0. With Canada, SIU went 21-4-1, tying Murray State 0-0 in the 1928 opener.
Darrin Davis: Another center, Davis was first-team all-conference in 1980 and 1981. The Salukis had three winning seasons with Davis in 1978-81, going 8-3 in 1979 under Rey Dempsey.
Bryon Honore: Honore was named first-team all-conference twice in 1976-79. He was a part of history when running back Andre Herrera rushed for 319 yards against Northern Illinois in 1976, setting a single-game school record that still stands.
Will Justice: Justice competed in 2003-06 and was a second-team All-American by The Sports Network in 2006. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound center was one of seven first-team all-conference picks for the Salukis in 2005, when the team tied for the league championship with Northern Iowa and Youngstown State.
Aaron Lockwood: One of SIU’s most colorful interviews, Lockwood played in 2005-08 and helped the Salukis tie for two conference championships. The guard was a first-team All-American his senior year and a three-time all-conference pick.
Chris Lockwood: A two-time first-team all-conference pick, Chris Lockwood played for SIU in 1978-81. The Salukis averaged more than 200 yards rushing per game in 1979 and 1980.
Jim Lovin: One of three SIU Hall of Famers in this group, Lovin played every down for the Salukis in 1946-49. Lovin was a four-time first-team all-conference selection in the IIAC.
Darren Marquez: An athletic tackle, Marquez was a two-time all-conference pick and honorable mention All-American during his three years at SIU in 2005-07. The 2007 squad still has school records for the most points (530), touchdowns (70), passing yards (3,293) and wins (14) for a single season.
Marquez had stints with the Indianapolis Colts and B.C. Lions of the CFL before competing in indoor leagues. He helped the Wichita Wild win the first Champions Professional Indoor Football League championship in June.
Elmer McDaniel: McDaniel, a center who transferred from Northeast Oklahoma A&M in 2003, was a unanimous All-American his senior year in 2004. McDaniel was first-team all-conference in both seasons with the Salukis. SIU went 20-4, 13-1 in the Gateway Conference during his tenure.
David Pickard: Pickard, an All-American tackle, started for three years in 2008-10. He graduated magna cum laude in 2010 with a degree in political science and a minor in criminal justice. Pickard also gained notoriety when he and tight end C.J. Robertson broke up a robbery on a train in Chicago.
Tom Roth: Roth was a 12th round pick by the Los Angeles Raiders, but never played in an NFL game. The offensive guard played four years for the Salukis (1988-91). He was a second-team all-conference pick in 1991.
Dave Smith: Smith played four years for the Salukis (1984-87) and was a two-time all-conference selection. He was an honorable mention All-American in 1987 and played one year with the Cincinnati Bengals, reaching the Super Bowl, where the Bengals lost to San Francisco, 20-16.
Russ Smith: A guard, Smith won a national championship with the Chicago Staleys in 1921 and two others as a pro. A Carbondale native, Smith played for the Salukis in 1914-15, and also played at Illinois and Navy. He is the only nominee in the group that played before 1929.
Bill Story: Story competed three years with the Salukis in the 1970s (1970-72) and one year in the NFL with Kansas City. The offensive tackle was with the Chiefs in 1975, but never played a game. He was drafted in the ninth round of the 1973 draft.
Ralph Van Dyke: Van Dyke played in 1983-86 at SIU and was an honorable mention All-American in 1986. The tackle was selected by Atlanta in the fourth round of the 1987 draft. Eventually, he ended up in Cleveland as a replacement player during the NFL players’ strike, playing in two games.
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