Tom Koutsos
    Tom Koutsos

    Sport/Years/Inducted:
    Football/1999-03/2010


    Running back Tom Koutsos (1999-2003) broke school and conference records and helped usher in a new era of Saluki football. He recorded three 1,000-yard seasons -- the most by any back in school history -- and finished as SIU's career rushing leader with 4,715 yards. That mark still ranks second all-time in conference history. Koutsos was a First-Team All-MVFC selection in 2000 and 2001 and an honorable mention All-American in 2000. He is Southern's career leader in rushing touchdowns (52), 100-yard rushing games (22) and rushing attempts (988). He piled up more than 5,000 career all-purpose yards. Perhaps his most important contribution came during his senior year, as he helped lead the program to a 10-2 record and its first playoff appearance in 20 years. That started a string of what is now seven-straight playoff berths. Koutsos resides in Oswego, Ill, and is a sports performance coach.

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