Evans, Courcol To Be Inducted Into MSU Sports Hall Of Fame
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Two former Mississippi State athletes will be inducted into the MSU Sports Hall of Fame during pregame festivities when Bulldog football hosts Troy on September 21, the athletic department announced Wednesday. Football's Charles "Dinkey" Evans and men's tennis standout Daniel Courcol will represent the 2013 class of the MSU Sports Hall of Fame.
Evans was a two-year letterman (1953-54) for the gridiron Bulldogs. A fullback by trade, Evans earned the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best blocker in the Southeastern Conference in 1954. He was believed by many to be the best blocker in the entire country that season, when he played for first-year MSU coach Darrell Royal. The Perkinston, Miss., native, opened holes for notable MSU greats such as Jackie Parker, Art Davis and Bobby Collins.
But Evans' abilities did not stop with blocking. He led Mississippi State in rushing during his junior season of 1953, amassing 549 yards on 109 carries (a 5.0 yards-per-carry average) and scored two touchdowns. That season, he led State in rushing in three contests, including Kentucky, LSU and a team-best, 129-yard output against Tulane. He also led State on the ground against rival Ole Miss a year later.
Evans was named honorable mention All-SEC both of his seasons as a Bulldog and was chosen to participate in the Senior Bowl in 1954. Over his two-year career, his efforts blocking and running guided MSU to two winning seasons, including victories over Tennessee, Alabama and LSU (twice).
A native of Paris, France, Courcol was a three-year letterwinner (1991-93) for the Bulldog tennis squad. He earned all-America honors four times during his career - twice in singles (1992-93) and twice in doubles (1991, '93) - and also received all-Southeastern Conference laurels multiple times.
Courcol was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in Athens, Ga., in 2010. A member of three State teams that reached the NCAA round of 16, Courcol helped lead the Bulldogs to the SEC title in 1993 while manning the #1 position on the squad in both singles and doubles. In addition to his all-American laurels, Courcol was also named the 1993 ITA National Senior Player of the Year.
On the individual level, Courcol was simply outstanding. The only player in Mississippi State history to hold the nation's #1 ranking in both singles and doubles, he is also the only player in college tennis history to win four Collegiate Grand Slam titles in one season. In 1992-93, Courcol claimed the singles crown of both the ITA National Clay Court and All-American Hardcourt Championships. He also teamed with fellow all-American Laurent Miquelard to claim the All-American Championships' doubles title and the ITA National Indoor doubles crown the same season. He ended the 1992 season ranked ninth nationally in singles. In 1993, he finished fifth in the country in singles and fourth in doubles.
Courcol amassed career records of 86-28 in singles and 47-30 in doubles, and remains in the top 10 of almost every MSU men's tennis statistical category. Following his collegiate career, Courcol played professionally on the ATP Tour. He reached the top 170 in the world in singles in 1996.