Courtesy of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame
DALLAS - The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today the names of 77 players and seven coaches who comprise the 2010 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
"Having a ballot and a voice in the selection of the inductees is one of the most cherished NFF member benefits," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee from Ole Miss. "There is no group more knowledgeable or passionate about college football than our membership, and the tradition of the ballot helps us engage them in the lofty responsibility of selecting those who have reached the pinnacle of achievement in our sport."
The ballot mailed this week to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF s Honors Court, which deliberates and selects the class. Chaired by Gene Corrigan, a former ACC Commissioner and NCAA president, the 13-member NFF Honors Court includes an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletics directors, conference commissioners, Hall of Famers and members of the media.
"It's an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 4.72 million people have played college football," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "The Hall s requirement of being a First Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,900 individuals who are even eligible to be on the ballot, so being in today s group of 77 names means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are proud to announce their names today.
The FBS Hall of Fame Class will be announced live May 27 from the NASDAQ Times Square site in New York City during a noon press conference and inducted at The National Football Foundation s Annual Awards Dinner on December 7, 2010 at the landmark Waldorf=Astoria Hotel also in New York City. The May 27 press conference has been carried live on ESPNEWS for the past three years, and the same coverage is anticipated again this year.
This year s ballot includes several notable first time candidates. Ohio State s Eddie George won the 1995 Heisman Trophy, and Boston College s Mike Ruth picked up the 1985 Outland Trophy. Matt Stinchcomb, a candidate from Georgia, claimed the 1998 William V. Campbell Trophy as the top member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class that year. Duncan McColl, a candidate from Stanford, was a member of the 1976 NFF National Scholar Class. If inducted he would join his father, Bill McColl, who was inducted in 1973 from Stanford, as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. The induction of Duncan would mark the first father-son combination in the history of the hall of fame. Wesley Walls, a candidate from Ole Miss, was a member of the 1988 NFF National Scholar-Athlete, and he was bestowed the honor of delivering the acceptance speech on behalf of his classmates.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-America by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least ten years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football. Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60% of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years. If a coach is retired and over the age of 70, there is no waiting period). If he is over the age of 75, he is eligible as an active coach. In both cases, the candidate s post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.
Once nominated for consideration, all player candidates are submitted to one of eight District Screening Committees, depending on their school s geographic location, which conducts a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot and represent their respective districts. Each year, approximately 15 candidates, who are not selected for the Hall of Fame, will be named automatic holdovers and will bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year. Additionally, the Veterans Committee (formerly known as the Honors Review Committee) may make recommendations to Honors Court for exceptions that allow for the induction of players who played more than 50 years ago and coaches who have not won at least 60 percent of their games.
Of the 4.72 million individuals who have played college football, only 866 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. From the coaching ranks, 186 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction.
A list of candidates and capsule bios is provided below.
Click here for an electronic version of the ballot issue in a pdf format that also contains the 96 players and 28 coaches for the divisional ranks who are up for Hall of Fame consideration this year.
The 2010 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class will be inducted and enshrined simultaneously July 16-17 in South Bend, Ind., joining the 2009 Football Bowl Subdivision Hall of Fame Class, which was inducted this past December, at their enshrinement.
If you would like to become a member and receive a voting sheet for this year s ballot, please contact NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush at email@example.com.
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First-time ballot members are indicated with an asterisk (*).
First-time ballot members include both first-year nominees and candidates who have been previously nominated but did not pass through the District Screening Committee process until this year.
FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION PLAYER CANDIDATES
Candidates are listed alphabetically with school, position and years played
First-time ballot members are indicated with an asterisk (*).
1. Charles Alexander, LSU, Running Back, 1975-78
2. Otis Armstrong, Purdue, Running Back, 1970-72
3. Steve Bartkowski, California, Quarterback, 1972-74
4. Bob Berry, Oregon, Quarterback, 1962-64
5. * Eric Bieniemy, Colorado, Running Back, 1987-90
6. Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma, Linebacker, 1984-86
7. Bob Breunig, Arizona State, Linebacker, 1972-74
8. * Tedy Bruschi, Arizona, Defensive End, 1992-95
9. Dave Butz, Purdue, Defensive Tackle, 1970-72
10. Dennis Byrd, North Carolina State, Defensive Tackle, 1964-67
11. Dave Casper, Notre Dame, Tight End, 1971-73
12. Ronnie Caveness, Arkansas, Center, 1962-64
13. Ray Childress, Texas A&M, Defensive Lineman, 1981-84
14. * Marv Cook, Iowa, Tight End, 1985-88
15. Bob Crable, Notre Dame, Linebacker, 1978-81
16. Randy Cross, UCLA, Offensive Guard, 1973-75
17. Randall Cunningham, Nevada- Las Vegas, Punter, 1982-84
18. Sam Cunningham, Southern California, Running Back, 1970-72
19. Eric Dickerson, Southern Methodist, Running Back, 1979-82
20. Bobby Douglass, Kansas, Quarterback, 1966-68
21. D.J. Dozier, Penn State, Running Back, 1983-86
22. * Jumbo Elliott, Michigan, Offensive Tackle, 1984-87
23. Luther Elliss, Utah, Defensive Lineman, 1991-94
24. * Doug English, Texas, Defensive Tackle, 1972-74
25. Bill Enyart, Oregon State, Fullback, 1966-68
26. Dave Foley, Ohio State, Offensive Tackle, 1966-68
27. Tony Franklin, Texas A&M, Placekicker, 1975-78
28. * Moe Gardner, Illinois, Defensive Tackle, 1987-90
29. Willie Gault, Tennessee, Wide Receiver, 1979-82
30. * Eddie George, Ohio State, Running Back, 1992-95
31. Kirk Gibson, Michigan State, Wide Receiver, 1975-78
32. Charlie Gogolak, Princeton, Placekicker, 1963-65
33. * Jerry Gray, Texas, Defensive Back, 1981-84
34. Mark Herrmann, Purdue, Quarterback, 1977-80
35. Clarkston Hines, Duke, Wide Receiver, 1986-89
36. Desmond Howard, Michigan, Wide Receiver, 1989-91
37. Bobby Humphrey, Alabama, Running Back, 1985-88
38. Dick Jauron, Yale, Running Back, 1970-72
39. Tommy Kramer, Rice, Quarterback, 1973-76
40. Jess Lewis, Oregon State, Defensive Tackle, 1966-67, 1969
41. Robert Lytle, Michigan, Running Back, 1974-76
42. Bobby Majors, Tennessee, Defensive Back, 1969-71
43. Paul Martha, Pittsburgh, Running Back, 1961-63
44. Russell Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Defensive Tackle, 1986-90
45. * Duncan McColl, Stanford, Defensive End, 1973-76
46. Pat McInally, Harvard, Tight End, 1972-74
47. Marlin McKeever, Southern California, Tight End, 1958-60
48. George Mira, Miami (Fla.), Quarterback, 1961-63
49. * Chet Moeller, Navy, Defensive Back, 1973-75
50. Art Monk, Syracuse, Wide Receiver, 1976-79
51. Paul Naumoff, Tennessee, Linebacker, 1964-66
52. Ken Norton, Jr., UCLA, Linebacker, 1984-87
53. Tom Nowatzke, Indiana, Fullback, 1961-64
54. Jonathan Ogden, UCLA, Offensive Tackle, 1992-95
55. Philip Olsen, Utah State, Defensive End, 1967-69
56. Jim Otis, Ohio State, Fullback, 1967-69
57. Ken Rice, Auburn, Defensive Tackle, 1958-60
58. Ron Rivera, California, Linebacker, 1980-83
59. * Mike Ruth, Boston College, Nose Guard, 1982-85
60. Deion Sanders, Florida State, Defensive Back, 1985-88
61. Jake Scott, Georgia, Defensive Back, 1967-68
62. Jim Seymour, Notre Dame, Wide Receiver, 1966-68
63. Sterling Sharpe, South Carolina, Wide Receiver, 1984-87
64. Will Shields, Nebraska, Offensive Guard, 1989-92
65. Rod Shoate, Oklahoma, Linebacker, 1972-74
66. Percy Snow, Michigan State, Linebacker, 1986-89
67. * Matt Stinchcomb, Georgia, Offensive Tackle, 1995-98
68. Jerry Stovall, LSU, Halfback, 1960-62
69. Darryl Talley, West Virginia, Linebacker, 1979-82
70. Lawrence Taylor, North Carolina, Linebacker, 1977-80
71. Pat Tillman, Arizona State, Linebacker, 1994-97
72. Don Trull, Baylor, Quarterback, 1961-63
73. * Wesley Walls, Mississippi, Tight End, 1985-88
74. Alfred Williams, Colorado, Linebacker, 1987-90
75. Clarence Williams, Washington State, Running Back, 1962-64
76. * Steve Wisniewski, Penn State, Offensive Guard, 1985-88
77. Scott Woerner, Georgia, Defensive Back, 1977-80
First-time ballot members are indicated with an asterisk (*).
FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION (formerly Div. I-A) COACH CANDIDATES
Candidates are listed alphabetically with schools, (years coached) and record with win percentage.
1. * Barry Alvarez: Wisconsin (1990-2005) and 118-73-4 with a .615 win percentage.
2. * Jim Carlen: West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74), South Carolina (1975-1981) and 107- 69-6 with a .604 win percentage.
3. William Lone Star Dietz: Washington State (1915-17), Purdue (1921), Louisiana Tech (1922-23), Wyoming (1924-26), Haskell Indian Inst., Kan (1929- 32), Albright, Pa. (1937-42) and 96-62-7 with a .603 win percentage.
4. Wayne Hardin: Navy (1959-64), Temple (1970-82) and 118-74-5 with a .612 win percentage.
5. * Bill McCartney: Colorado (1982-94) and 93- 55-5 with a .624 win percentage.
6. Billy Jack Murphy: Memphis (1958-71) and 91- 44-1 with a .673 win percentage
7. Darryl Rogers: Cal State-Hayward (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84) and 129-84-7 with a .602 win percentage.
First-time ballot members are indicated with an asterisk (*).
2010 PLAYER CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
Charles Alexander, LSU-Running Back-1977 and 78 consensus First Team All-America 1977 SEC MVP, leading Tigers to berths in the Sun Bowl and Liberty Bowl (1978) Led the SEC in rushing, total offense and scoring in 1977 and set 27 school records by career s end.
Otis Armstrong, Purdue-Running Back-Named consensus All-America in 1972 after accumulating 3,315 career rushing yards, a school and Big Ten record Named Big Ten MVP in 1972.
Steve Bartkowski, California-Quarterback- Named consensus First Team All-America in 1974 Led the nation in passing with 2,580 yards (1974) Ranks 10th in school history with 4,434 passing yards and 8th in single-season yardage.
Bob Berry, Oregon-Quarterback-Guided the Ducks to three consecutive winning seasons First Oregon quarterback to surpass 1,000 yards in two different seasons 16 TD passes in 1963 and 39 career touchdowns passes were school records for 20 years.
Eric Bieniemy, Colorado-Running Back- Played in two national championships, leading Buffs to 1990 national title Unanimous First Team All-America and finished third in 1990 Heisman voting and a two-time All- Big Eight pick Still holds eight CU records.
Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma-Linebacker-Two- time consensus First Team All-America pick (1985-86) Set school record for tackles in a game (22) and named Butkus Award winner in 1985 and 86 Led Sooners to three consecutive Orange Bowls and 85 national championship.
Bob Breunig, Arizona State-Linebacker-Named 1974 First Team All-America selection Led ASU to 1972 WAC title and to consecutive Fiesta Bowl wins in 1972 and 73 Three-time All-WAC pick who ranks third all-time in career solo tackles (206) and fifth in career tackles (353) at ASU.
Tedy Bruschi, Arizona-Defensive End-Two-time First Team All-America (consensus- 94, unanimous- 95) Tied the NCAA career record with 52 sacks 1995 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and three-time First Team All-Pac-10 selection Led Arizona to three bowls.
Dave Butz, Purdue-Defensive Tackle-1972 consensus First Team All-America Finalist for the Lombardi Award in 1972 and named First Team All- Conference Named Defensive MVP of the Senior Bowl.
Dennis Byrd, North Carolina State-Defensive Tackle-First Team All-America in 1966 and 67, garnering consensus honors in 1967 Three-time All- ACC selection, leading Wolfpack to 1967 Liberty Bowl win First player in NC State history to be named consensus All-American.
Dave Casper, Notre Dame-Tight End-Named 1973 consensus First Team All-America Played on 1973 National Championship Team 1973 ND Offensive MVP and recorded 21 receptions for 335 yards and four touchdowns in career .
Ronnie Caveness, Arkansas-Center-Named First Team All-America in 1964 Named Outstanding Lineman of the 1965 Cotton Bowl Member of the 1964 Arkansas National Championship team Holds the school record for most tackles in one game (29).
Ray Childress, Texas A&M-Defensive Lineman- 1984 First Team All-America and two-time All-Southwest Conference pick Holds the Texas A&M record for tackles by a defensive lineman (360) Upon leaving A&M, ranked second all-time in career sacks (25).
Marv Cook, Iowa-Tight End-1988 consensus First Team All-American Two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection and member of 1985 Big Ten Championship team Holds school record for most catches by a tight end (126) 1987 Academic All-Big 10 selection.
Bob Crable, Notre Dame-Linebacker-Two-time consensus First Team All-America in 1980 and 1981 Set ND records for most career tackles (521), most tackles in a season (187), most tackles in a game (26) Played in 1981 Hula Bowl.
Randy Cross, UCLA-Offensive Guard-Named First Team All-America in 1975 Helped lead UCLA to a victory over top-ranked Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl First Team All-Conference selection in 1975 Starter in 28 of 34 career games including his final 23.
Randall Cunningham, Nevada-Las Vegas- Punter-Named First Team All-America as a punter in 1983 and Second Team All-America as a punter and Honorable Mention as a quarterback in 1984 Led UNLV to their first-ever Bowl game Broke 18 UNLV records.
Sam Cunningham, Southern California- Running Back-Named First Team All-America in 1972 Rushed for 1,579 yards and 23 touchdowns during career Named 1973 Rose Bowl Player of the Game (four touchdowns) Member of the 1972 National Championship team.
Eric Dickerson, Southern Methodist-Running Back-Named unanimous First Team All-America and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1982 Twice named SWC Player of the Year, he holds 14 SMU records including career rushing yards (4,450).
Bobby Douglass, Kansas-Quarterback-1968 First Team All-America and finished seventh in the 1968 Heisman Trophy voting 1968 Big Eight Player of the Year Held nearly every KU offense/passing/rushing record by career s end.
D.J. Dozier, Penn State-Running Back- Named 1986 consensus First Team All-America and led PSU to perfect 12-0 season and national championship (1986) Finished eighth in 1986 Heisman voting First PSU back to lead the team in rushing for four consecutive seasons.
Jumbo Elliott, Michigan-Offensive Tackle- Two- time First Team All-American (consensus- 87) Two- time All-Big Ten First Team selection and member of 1986 Big Ten Co-Champions Paved the way for Jamie Morris, who had three-straight 1,000-yard seasons.
Luther Elliss, Utah-Defensive Lineman-1994 consensus First Team All-America Led Utes to 1992 Copper Bowl and two consecutive Freedom Bowls (1993, 94) 1994 WAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Doug English, Texas-Defensive Tackle-Member of three bowl teams, including 1973 Cotton Bowl championship team Two-time All-SWC selection; Member of two Southwest Conference championship teams (1972, 73) Averaged 10 tackles per game.
Bill Enyart, Oregon State-Fullback-Named First Team All-America in 1968 Set school record with 1,304 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in 1968 1968 Hula Bowl MVP and two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1967-68).
David Foley, Ohio State-Offensive Tackle- Named consensus First Team All-America in 1968 Led Buckeyes to the 1968 national championship and an undefeated season 1968 NFF National Scholar- Athlete.
Tony Franklin, Texas A&M-Plackekicker-Two- time First Team All-America (1976-consensus, 78) Led A&M to four bowl appearances Set seven NCAA records, including most 50 yards-plus field goals made (15) and most points scored by a kicker in a career (291).
Moe Gardner, Illinois-Defensive Tackle-Two- time First Team All America (unanimous- 89, consensus- 90) 1990 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and 1989 Big Ten Lineman of the Year Three- time First Team All-Conference pick and set school record for career TFL (57).
Willie Gault, Tennessee-Wide Receiver-1982 First Team All-America Led Vols to three bowl berths Set six conference and 12 school punt / kickoff return records Tied NCAA record for most touchdowns by kick return in a single season (3) in 1980.
Eddie George, Ohio State-Running Back-1995 Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp, Maxwell and Doak Walker award winner 1995 Big Ten Player of the Year Led OSU to four bowl games Set 10 conference and finished as OSU s leader in most 200-plus rushing games (5).
Kirk Gibson, Michigan State-Wide Receiver- Named First Team All-America, led Big Ten in receiving in league play and helped the Spartans to a Big Ten Co- Championship and a No.12 national ranking in 1978 Played MLB for 17 seasons.
Charlie Gogolak, Princeton-Placekicker-1965 First Team All-American Set seven NCAA records and led Princeton to an 8-1 season (1965) Two-time First Team All-Ivy Holds four school records Revolutionized the kicking game utilizing the soccer-style technique.
Jerry Gray, Texas-Defensive Back- Two-time First Team All-American (consensus- 83, unanimous- 84) Two-time SWC Player of the Year Member of 1983 SWC championship team and four bowl teams 297 career tackles, 16 career interceptions, 20 pass breakups.
Mark Herrmann, Purdue-Quarterback-Named unanimous First Team All-America, Big Ten MVP and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1980 A First Team All-Conference selection, he broke NCAA career records for passing yards (9,188) and completions (707).
Clarkston Hines, Duke-Wide Receiver-First Team All-America in 1988 and 89 (consensus), leading Devils to ACC title and All-American Bowl berth in 1989 Finished career as NCAA record-holder for career touchdown receptions (38) and posted three 1,000-yard receiving seasons.
Desmond Howard, Michigan-Wide Receiver- 1991 consensus First Team All-America and Heisman Trophy winner Led Wolverines to three Big Ten titles and two Rose Bowls Led the nation in scoring (11.5 points per game) and kickoff returns (27.5 avg.) in 1991.
Bobby Humphrey, Alabama-Running Back- Named First Team All-America in 1987 Led Tide to victories in Aloha Bowl and two Sun Bowls Named UPI Offensive Player of the Year in 1987 Ended career with 4,958 all-purpose yards and 40 TDs.
Dick Jauron, Yale-Running Back-Named First Team All-America in 1972 A three-time First Team All- Conference selection, he received the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League s Player of the Year Graduated as Yale s career rushing leader with 2,947 yards.
Tommy Kramer, Rice-Quarterback-Named 1976 Consensus First Team All-America and finished fifth in 1976 Heisman voting Southwest Conference Most Valuable Player in 1976 Rice s all-time leader in single-season passing yards (3,272) and career passing yards (6,197).
Jess Lewis, Oregon State-Defensive Tackle- Named First Team All-America in 1967 Played in the College All-Star Game, East-West Shrine Game and Coaches All-America Bowl in 1970 Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1967, 1969).
Robert Lytle, Michigan-Running Back-Named consensus All-America in 1976 Finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting Named Big Ten MVP in 1976 and led UM to two conference championships.
Bobby Majors, Tennessee-Defensive Back- 1971 unanimous First Team All-America Led Vols to wins in 1971 Sugar Bowl and 1972 Liberty Bowl Holds school records for punt returns in a career (117 for 1163 yards, 4 TDs) and season (42 for 457 yards, 2 TDs).
Paul Martha, Pittsburgh-Running Back-1963 consensus First Team All-America Member of the 1963 team that went 9-1 By career s end, ranked 10th all-time at Pitt in career scoring with 104 total points and recorded 17 career touchdowns.
Russell Maryland, Miami (Fla.)-Defensive Tackle-1990 unanimous First Team All-America selection and Outland Trophy winner Led Miami to four consecutive bowl berths and national championships in 1987 and 1989 Registered 45-3-0 record during career.
Duncan McColl, Stanford-Defensive End-1976 First Team All-America Two-time First Team All-Pac- 8 Holds Stanford records for most QB sacks in season (17) and most TFL in season (26) 1976 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
Pat McInally, Harvard-Tight End-Named First Team All-America in 1974 Finished second in the nation in pass receptions in 1973 Two-time First Team All-Ivy League pick (1973-74) Received 1974 New England Player of the Year and First Team All-East honors.
Marlin McKeever, Southern California-Tight End- Named First Team All-America in 1959 A three-time All- Conference selection (1958-60) and MVP of the USC/UCLA game in 1960 Two-time AP and Sports Illustrated Lineman of the Week.
George Mira, Miami (Fla.)-Quarterback-Named First Team All-America in 1962 and finished fifth in Heisman voting that year Broke nearly every Miami passing record and currently ranks eighth in Miami history in pass completions (368), passing yardage (4,633) total offense (5,135).
Chet Moeller, Navy-Defensive Back-1975 unanimous First Team All-America ECAC Player of the Year (1975) and two-time ECAC All-Conference pick Navy Academy Athletic Association Sword recipient and Second Team Academic All-American.
Art Monk, Syracuse-Wide Receiver-Named First Team All-America in 1979 Holds the Syracuse record with 14 receptions in a game Fourth on school s all- time all-purpose yards list with 3,899 (1,150 rushing and 1,644 receiving).
Paul Naumoff, Tennessee-Linebacker-Named First Team All-America and All-Conference in 1966 Named team MVP in 1966 Played in the College All- Star Game and Senior Bowl in 1967.
Ken Norton, Jr. , UCLA-Linebacker-1987 First Team All-America, leading Bruins to four consecutive bowl wins Member of the 1985 conference championship team Led team in tackles in 1986 (106) and in 1987 (125) and ranks sixth in school history with 339 career tackles.
Tom Nowatzke, Indiana-Fullback-Named First Team All-America in 1964 A two-time All-Conference selection (1963-64), he led the Big Ten in rushing in 1963 Played in the East/West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and Coaches All-American Game.
Jonathan Ogden, UCLA-Offensive Tackle- Named unanimous First Team All-America and Outland Trophy winner in 1995 Led team to 1993 Pac-10 title Won 1995 Morris Trophy as conference s best offensive lineman, allowing only one quarterback sack that season.
Philip Olsen, Utah State-Defensive End-1969 consensus First Team All-America 1969 team captain and Utah State Athlete of the Year Selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl Brother of College Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen.
Jim Otis, Ohio State-Fullback-Named consensus First Team All-America in 1969 Member of the 1968 National Championship team Named First Team All-Big Ten conference in 1969 and led the Buckeyes to two conference titles Led the team in rushing three times.
Ken Rice, Auburn-Defensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-America (1959, 60), garnering consensus honors in 1960 Two-time First Team All- Conference selection and named SEC s best defensive lineman in 1960 Led Auburn to a 24-5-1 record during career.
Ron Rivera, California-Linebacker-1983 consensus First Team All-America Lombardi Award finalist in 1983 and named East-West Shrine Game Most Valuable Player Selected as Pac-10 Co- Defensive Player of the Year in 1983 Led team in tackles from 1981-83.
Mike Ruth, Boston College-Nose Guard-1985 consensus First Team All-America and Outland Trophy winner Three-time All-East and All-ECAC selection Member of three bowl teams and recorded 344 career tackles, including 29 sacks.
Deion Sanders, Florida State-Defensive Back- Two-time unanimous First Team All-America in 1987 and 1988 1988 Jim Thorpe Award winner Returned four interceptions for touchdowns in career Holds school records for most punt return yards in a season and in a career.
Jake Scott, Georgia-Defensive Back-Named consensus First Team All-America in 1968 1968 SEC Most Valuable Player Twice led the SEC in interceptions and still holds the SEC record with two interceptions returned for a touchdown in a single game.
Jim Seymour, Notre Dame-Wide Receiver-Two- time First Team All-America selection (1967-68) Led the team in receiving from 1966-68 Holds Notre Dame s receiving record for pass receptions in a game (13) and receiving yards in a game (276).
Sterling Sharpe, South Carolina-Wide Receiver- 1987 First Team All-America Two-time First Team All- Conference Set nearly every school receiving record by career s end, including career receptions (169), single- season receiving yards (1,106) and career receiving yards (2,497).
Will Shields, Nebraska-Offensive Guard-1992 unanimous First Team All-America and 1992 Outland Trophy winner Key to three Huskers NCAA rushing titles (1989, 91, 92) Led team to four bowl berths and back-to-back Big Eight titles in 1991 and 1992.
Rod Shoate, Oklahoma-Linebacker-1973 consensus and 1974 unanimous First Team All- America Finished seventh in the 1974 Heisman Trophy voting and twice named Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year Ranks third in school history with 420 career tackles.
Percy Snow, Michigan State-Linebacker-1989 unanimous First Team All-America and 1989 Butkus Award winner Led MSU to 1987 Big Ten title and Rose Bowl win Ranks second all-time in career tackles (473).
Matt Stinchcomb, Georgia-Offensive Tackle- Two-time First Team All-America selection (consensus- 98) Two-time First Team All-SEC and 1998 recipient of Jacobs Blocking Trophy 1998 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy recipient and NFF National Scholar- Athlete.
Jerry Stovall, LSU-Halfback-1962 unanimous First Team All-America and 1962 Walter Camp Player of the Year Finished second in 1962 Heisman Trophy voting Led Tigers to consecutive postseason wins in the Orange Bowl (1961) and Cotton Bowl (1962).
Darryl Talley, West Virginia-Linebacker-Named unanimous First Team All-America in 1982 Considered the most prolific tackler in school history holding the school s record for career tackles (484) Member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame.
Lawrence Taylor, North Carolina-Linebacker- Named unanimous First Team All-America and ACC Player of the Year in 1980 Recorded 16 sacks his senior year Totaled 95 tackles and caused seven fumbles in 1979.
Pat Tillman, Arizona State-Linebacker-1997 First Team All-America... Led Sun Devils to two consecutive bowl berths First-ever ASU player named Defensive Player of the Year (1997) and led team to 1996 Pac-10 title Two-time First Team Academic All- Pac-10.
Don Trull, Baylor-Quarterback-Named consensus First Team All-America and led the nation with 22 touchdowns in 1963 Named First Team All- Conference, he set a school record with 174 completions in 1963 Twice named First Team Academic All-America.
Wesley Walls, Mississippi-Tight End-1988 First Team All-America and First Team All-SEC selection Played as a two-way player his senior season (DE-TE) Tallied 36 receptions for 426 yards and three touchdowns in one season at tight end 1988 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
Alfred Williams, Colorado-Linebacker-Led Buffs to 1990 National Championship and three consecutive bowl berths 1990 Butkus Award winner, two-time Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year and CU s all-time leader in QB sacks (35) Led CU to two Big Eight Championships.
Clarence Williams, Washington State-Running Back-Named First Team All-America and All-Conference in 1964 Twice led the Cougars in rushing, scoring and kickoff returns Played in the Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine and All-West Coast All-Star Games in 1964.
Steve Wisniewski, Penn State-Offensive Guard- 1988 First Team All-America Member of 1986 12-0 national championship team Helped Blair Thomas rush for 1,414 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1987 and D.J. Dozier attain First Team All-America honors in 1986.
Scott Woerner, Georgia-Defensive Back-Named First Team All-America, All-Conference and team Most Valuable Back in 1980 Twice named Georgia s Outstanding Special Teams Player of the Year (1977, 1980) Led team to the 1980 National Championship.
* Consensus All-America: Player made more All- America Teams at his position than any other player
** Unanimous All-America: Player made every major All- America Team for that season.
2010 COACH CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
Barry Alvarez -Wisconsin (1990-2005)-Led Badgers to three Big Ten championships and three Rose Bowl victories Bowl game win percentage (.727) is highest all-time among coaches with at least 11 bowl appearances Only coach in Big Ten history to win back- to-back Rose Bowls Two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, coaching 20 First Team All-America players.
Jim Carlen -West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74), South Carolina (1975-1981)-Led teams to eight bowl games and 13 winning seasons in 16 years as head coach 1973 National Coach of the Year Three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year Coached Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers at South Carolina.
William Lone Star Dietz -Washington State (1915-17), Purdue (1921), Louisiana Tech (1922-23), Wyoming (1924-26), Haskell Indian Institute (Kan.) (1929-32), Albright (Pa.) (1937-42)-Coached 19 seasons as a head coach in addition to a highly successful assistant coaching career with Pop Warner among others Guided Washington State to a Rose Bowl victory in 1915 Member of the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.
Wayne Hardin -Navy (1959-64), Temple (1970- 82)-Led Navy to a No. 2 ranking in 1963 and Temple to a No. 17 ranking in 1979 Ranks third in wins (38) all- time at Navy and beat Army in five of six seasons Temple s all-time leader in wins (80), he led them to their only 10-win season and the Garden State Bowl in 1979.
Bill McCartney -Colorado (1982-94)-Led Buffs to 1990 National Championship and three Big Eight Conference titles Three-time Big Eight Coach of the Year and 1989 National Coach of the Year Helped CU to nine bowl games in 13 seasons Coached 18 First Team All-America players, including Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam.
Billy Jack Murphy -Memphis (1958-71)-All-time winningest coach in Memphis history Had 11 winning seasons and retired as the 15th winningest coach in the nation Member of the Memphis Hall of Fame and Mississippi State Hall of Fame.
Darryl Rogers -Cal State-Hayward (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84)-Took Fresno State to two bowl games. Achieved an unprecedented national ranking at San Jose State Was Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1977 and National Coach of the Year by Sporting News in 1978 Won the Big Ten title in 1978.