NMSU's Atkins To Be Inducted into College Hall of Fame This Weekend

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Friday, July 16, 2010 - 1:46pm

Former New Mexico State running back and 1960 Associated Press All-American Pervis Atkins will take his rightful place in the College Football Hall of Fame Saturday, July 17 in South Bend, Ind. Fans have an opportunity to watch the induction ceremony on Friday via the internet.

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced this week that XOS Digital, Inc., the leading provider of digital technologies for sports teams nationwide, will stream live to the web the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Show on July 17 from 8:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT. The event will be available at www.footballfoundation.org or www.xosdigital.com or collegefootball.org.

Atkins played for the Aggies from 1958-60. Atkins let his 100-yard dash lead the way to his success at New Mexico State. He was named an Associated Press first team All-American in 1960. Atkins led the collegiate ranks in 1959 in rushing (7.5 yards per carry), as well as scoring (107 points) and punt returns (17.7 yards). His 8.1 yards per carry for a career is still a school record, as well as his career punt return average and single-season punt return average (21.8 in 1960). He was a member of the Aggies' last two bowl teams in 1959 and 1960 and was a vital part in the 1960 undefeated season that ended with a Sun Bowl win over Utah State, 20-13. Atkins went on to play four years in professional football, as the Oakland Raiders drafted him in 1960.

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