SALT LAKE CITY — Alex Smith and Andrew Bogut, who were the No. 1 overall picks in the 2005 NFL and NBA drafts, respectively, are among the newest inductees to the University of Utah Athletics Hall of Fame.

Smith and Bogut headline a strong class that includes Lori Baird (volleyball), Anthony Brown (football), Casey Child (baseball), Eddie Johnson (football), Amy Timmel Hogue (softball) and Leilani Mitchell (women’s basketball).

Mark Harlan, Utah’s director of athletics, calls it a great class in both quantity and quality.

“Their accomplishments as University of Utah student-athletes are well-documented and just phenomenal, but they are also such good people who went on to do great things after they left our campus and brought great distinction to Utah athletics,” he said. “I appreciate the great work of our selection committee to stay focused on this important priority to bring forward a terrific class so we can celebrate these outstanding individuals as we do annually.”

The eight former Utah student-athletes will be honored on Friday, Sept. 11, at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The Utes have a home football game with Montana slated for that weekend.

Utah Utes quarterback Alex Smith runs through the Pitt Panthers defense during the 2005 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. on Jan. 1, 2005. Utah crushed Pitt 35-7 to finish its season unbeaten at 12-0. | Tom Smart, Deseret News

— Baird, a third-team AVCA All-American and the 2008 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, led the Utes to a league title and the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. She averaged 3.05 kills per set and 1.39 blocks per set that season.

 — Bogut was the consensus 2004-05 National Player of the Year. While netting a national-best 26 double-doubles that season, he averaged 20.4 points, 12.2 rebounds and shot 62% from the field. Bogut was drafted No. 1 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks after leading the Utes to a 29-6 record and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tourney.

 — Brown anchored an offensive line that helped the Utes average 36.4 points per game in 1994. He received third-team All-America recognition from The Associated Press and first-team All-WAC honors. The Utes went 10-2 that season and finished in the top 10 for the first time.

 — Child set school records with an .890 slugging percentage, 227 total bases, 104 hits, 97 RBI and 31 homers in 1997. The Utes went 22-8 and claimed the WAC North Division crown. Child, an outfielder and designated hitter, received All-America accolades from the ABCA (first team), The Sporting News (second team), Collegiate Baseball (second team) and Baseball America (third team).

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— Hogue, a second-team All-America honoree, was the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1994 on a Utah squad that won a school-record 51 games. The second baseman batted .455 and scored 55 runs as the Utes reached the College World Series. Hogue, a three-time All-WAC selection, has been Utah’s head coach for the past 13 seasons.

 — Johnson was a prolific running back for the Utes, holding the program’s career rushing record (3,219 yards) and touchdown mark (35) for 31 years. He was overtaken by Zack Moss last season. Johnson rushed for 1,000 yards twice in his career (1984, 1986) — earning first-team All-WAC recognition both years.

— Mitchell made a big impact in her only season at Utah. In 2007-08, she was a third-team Associated Press All-American and the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. Mitchell, who averaged 16.8 points, 7.5 assists and had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.22, was a finalist for the Lieberman Award as the nation’s premier point guard.

— Smith quarterbacked college football’s original BCS busters to a 12-0 record, capped by a win over Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl. The Heisman Trophy finalist received first-team All-America status in 2004 from the Football Writers Association of America and Sports Illustrated. The No. 1 draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers was 21-1 as Utah’s starter.

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