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Thursday, March 09, 2006

2006 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot Announced

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame NEWS RELEASE

77 Players and 7 Coaches Vie for College Football’s Ultimate Honor

MORRISTOWN, N.J., March 9, 2006 – The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today the names of 77 players and 7 coaches who comprise the 2006 Division I-A Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Names appearing on the ballot for the first time include Randall Cunningham (UNLV), Chad Hennings (Air Force), Ahmad Rashad (Oregon), Bruce Smith (Virginia Tech), and Emmitt Smith (Florida).

“Selecting the greatest players and coaches in the history of the game for induction into the Hall of Fame is an awesome responsibility,” said NFF President Steven J. Hatchell. “It’s our honor to preserve their legacies as an inspiration for future generations of players and fans.”

Of the 4.4 million individuals who have played college football, only 796 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. From the coaching ranks, 170 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction.

The ballot mailed this week to the more than 12,000 NFF members 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 11-member NFF Honors Court includes an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletics directors, conference commissioners, Hall of Famers and members of the media. A complete list is available at http://www.collegefootball.org/famerhonors.php.

The Hall of Fame Class will be announced at a press conference in New York City at the Marriott Marquis on May 16 and inducted at The National Football Foundation’s 49th Awards Dinner on December 5, 2006 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be officially enshrined at the Hall in South Bend, Ind. in the summer of 2007.

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 be retired from 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. 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 geographic location, which conducts a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot and represent their respective districts. Each year, 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.

See below for a list of candidates followed by their capsule bios:

Division I-A Player Candidates

CANDIDATE; SCHOOL; POSITION(S); YEARS PLAYED

1. Billy Ray Adams; Mississippi; Fullback; 1959-61
2. Troy Aikman; Oklahoma / UCLA; Quarterback; 1984-85, 1987-88
3. Trev Alberts; Nebraska; Linebacker; 1990-93
4. Bobby C. Anderson; Colorado; Running Back; 1967-69
5. Otis Armstrong; Purdue; Running Back; 1970-72
6. Steve Bartkowski; California; Quarterback; 1972-74
7. Bob Berry; Oregon; Quarterback; 1962-64
8. Benny Blades Miami (Fla.); Defensive Back; 1985-87
9. Tom Brahaney; Oklahoma; Center; 1970-72
10. Dave Brown; Michigan; Defensive Back; 1972-74 11. Ronnie Caveness; Arkansas; Center; 1962-64 12. Jim Crawford; Wyoming; Running Back; 1954-56 13. Randall Cunningham; UNLV; Punter / Quarterback; 1982-84 14. Jeff Davis; Clemson; Linebacker; 1978-81 15. Rich Diana; Yale; Running Back; 1979-81 16. Eric Dickerson; Southern Methodist; Running Back; 1979-82 17. Don Dufek; Michigan; Defensive Back; 1973-75 18. Ed Dyas; Auburn; Fullback; 1958-60 19. Carl Eller; Minnesota; Tackle; 1961-63 20. Steve Emtman; Washington; Defensive Lineman; 1989-91 21. Bill Enyart; Oregon State; Fullback; 1966-68 22. Thomas Everett; Baylor; Free Safety; 1983-86 23. Dave Gallagher; Michigan; Defensive Tackle; 1970-73 24. Kirk Gibson; Michigan State; Wide Receiver; 1975-78 25. Charley Gogolak; Princeton; Place Kicker; 1963-65 26. Bob Golic; Notre Dame; Linebacker; 1976-78 27. Terrence Hanratty; Notre Dame; Quarterback; 1966-68 28. Al Harris; Arizona State; Defensive End; 1975-78 29. Major Harris; West Virginia; Quarterback; 1987-89 30. Chad Hennings; Air Force; Defensive Tackle; 1984-87 31. Mark Herrmann; Purdue; Quarterback; 1977-80 32. Dick Jauron; Yale; Running Back; 1970-72 33. Johnnie Johnson; Texas; Safety; 1976-79 34. Chip Kell; Tennessee; Offensive Guard; 1968-70 35. Rex Kern; Ohio State; Quarterback; 1968-70 36. Jess Lewis; Oregon State; Defensive Tackle; 1966-67, 1969 37. Robert Lytle; Michigan; Running Back; 1974-76 38. Rueben Mayes; Washington State; Running Back; 1982-85 39. Pat McInally; Harvard; Tight End; 1972-74 40. Marlin McKeever; Southern California; End; 1958-60 41. Art Monk; Syracuse; Wide Receiver; 1976-79 42. Paul Naumoff; Tennessee; Linebacker; 1964-66 43. Bob Novogratz; Army; Guard; 1957-58 44. Tom Nowatzke; Indiana; Fullback; 1961-64 45. Phillip Olsen; Utah State; Defensive End; 1967-69 46. Jim Otis; Ohio State; Fullback; 1967-69 47. Dave Parks; Texas Tech; End; 1961-63 48. Mike Phipps; Purdue; Quarterback; 1967-69 49. Ahmad Rashad (Bobby Moore); Oregon; Running Back; 1969-71 50. Ron Rivera; California; Linebacker; 1980-83 51. Mike Rozier; Nebraska; Running Back; 1981-83 52. Lucius Sanford; Georgia Tech; Linebacker; 1974-77 53. Jim Seymour; Notre Dame; End; 1966-68 54. Sterling Sharpe; South Carolina; Wide Receiver; 1984-87 55. Jeff Siemon; Stanford; Linebacker; 1968-71 56. Ron Simmons; Florida State; Noseguard; 1977-80 57. Bruce Smith; Virginia Tech; Defensive Tackle; 1981-84 58. Emmitt Smith; Florida; Running Back; 1987-89 59. Chris Spielman; Ohio State; Linebacker; 1984-87 60. Larry Station; Iowa; Linebacker; 1982-85 61. Don Stephenson; Georgia Tech; Center; 1955-57 62. Pat Swilling; Georgia Tech; Defensive End; 1982-85 63. Darryl Talley; West Virginia; Linebacker; 1979-82 64. Jim Taylor; Louisiana State; Fullback; 1956-57 65. Lawrence Taylor; North Carolina; Linebacker; 1977-80 66. Clendon Thomas; Oklahoma; Running Back; 1955-57 67. Thurman Thomas; Oklahoma State; Running Back; 1984-87 68. Anthony Thompson; Indiana; Running Back; 1986-89
69. Gino Torretta Miami (Fla.); Quarterback; 1989-92
70. Don Trull; Baylor; Quarterback; 1961-63 71. Charlie Ward; Florida State; Quarterback; 1989, 1991-93 72. Wilson Whitley; Houston; Defensive Tackle; 1973-76 73. Clarence Williams; Washington State; Running Back; 1972-74 74. Reggie Williams; Dartmouth; Linebacker; 1973-75 75. Scott Woerner; Georgia; Defensive Back; 1977-80 76. Richard Wood; Southern California; Linebacker; 1972-74 77. Chris Zorich; Notre Dame; Defensive Tackle; 1987-90

Division I-A Coach Candidates

CANDIDATE: RECORD (PERCENTAGE)
SCHOOLS (YEARS COACHED)

1. John Cooper: 193-83-6 (.695)
Tulsa (1977-84)
Arizona State (1985-87)
Ohio State (1988-2000)

2. Herb Deromedi: 110-55-10 (.657)
Central Michigan (1978-93)

3. William Dietz: 96-62-7 (.603)
Washington State (1915-17)
Purdue (1921)
Louisiana Tech (1922-23)
Wyoming (1924-26)
Haskell Indian Institute (1929-32)
Albright (1937-42)

4. Wayne Hardin: 118-74-5 (.612)
Navy (1959-64)
Temple (1970-82)

5. Dick MacPherson: 111-73-5 (.601)
Massachusetts (1971-77)
Syracuse (1981-90)

6. Billy Jack Murphy: 91-44-1 (.673)
Memphis State (1958-71)

7. Darryl Rogers: 129-84-7 (.602)
Cal State-Hayward (1965)
Fresno State (1966-72)
San Jose State (1973-75)
Michigan State (1976-79)
Arizona State (1980-84)

2006 PLAYER CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS

Billy Ray Adams, Mississippi-Fullback: Named First Team All-America in 1961…Played in the Senior Bowl and the Coaches All-American Game in 1961…Led Ole Miss to a share of two National Championships (1959-60)…Led the SEC in touchdowns (10) in 1961.

Troy Aikman, Oklahoma / UCLA-Quarterback: Named consensus First Team All-America in 1988…Received the Davey O’Brien Award and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1988…Named PAC-10 Player of the Year in 1987 and led UCLA to two bowl game victories.

Trev Alberts, Nebraska-Linebacker: Named unanimous First Team All-America,
BIG-8 Defensive Player of the Year and Academic All-America in 1993…Recipient of the 1993 Butkus Award. Two-time First Team All-Conference selection…NFF National Scholar-Athlete in 1993.

Bobby C. Anderson, Colorado-Running Back: Named consensus First Team All-America in 1969…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection…Set 18 school records…Selected as the MVP of the 1967 Bluebonnet Bowl and the 1969 Liberty Bowl.

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, breaking numerous school and conference records.

Steve Bartkowski, California-Quarterback: Named consensus First Team All-America, All-Conference and led the nation in passing (2,580) in 1974…Named team MVP in 1974 and passed for over 4,000 yards in his career.

Bob Berry, Oregon-Quarterback: Named First Team All-America in 1964…Played in the East-West Shrine Game, Hula Bowl, and Coaches All-American Game…First Oregon quarterback to surpass 1,000 yards in two different seasons.

Benny Blades, Miami (Fla.)-Defensive Back: Two-time First Team All-America selection (1986-87) – consensus in 1986, unanimous in 1987…Received the Jim Thorpe Award while leading Miami to a 12-0 National Championship season in 1987.

Tom Brahaney, Oklahoma-Center: Two-time consensus First Team All-America selection (1971-72). Two-time All-BIG-8 pick (1971-72)…Lombardi Award finalist and team captain in 1972.

Dave Brown, Michigan-Defensive Back: Two-time First Team All-America selection (1973-74) – unanimous in 1974, consensus in 1973…A three-time First Team All-Conference pick (1972-74), he led Michigan to three BIG TEN Championships.

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).

Jim Crawford, Wyoming-Running Back: Named First Team All-America, Skyline Conference Back of the Year and led the nation in rushing in 1956…Ranks sixth all-time at Wyoming in single-season rushing yards (1,104 in 1956).

Randall Cunningham, UNLV-Punter/Quarterback: Named First Team All-America as a punter in 1983…Named 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.

Jeff Davis, Clemson-Linebacker: Named Consensus First Team All-America and ACC Player of the Year in 1981…Led team to a perfect National Championship season in 1981…A two-time First Team All-Conference selection, he ranks third in school history with 469 career tackles.

Rich Diana, Yale-Running Back: Named First Team All-America and finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1981…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection…Named First Team Academic All-America and NFF National Scholar-Athlete in 1981.

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).

Don Dufek, Michigan-Defensive Back: Named a First Team All-America in 1975…Finished in the top ten in career tackles (249) for the Wolverines…Played in the Hula Bowl and Japan Bowl in 1975.

Ed Dyas, Auburn-Fullback: Named First Team All-America and All-Conference in 1960 at Fullback…Set numerous NCAA records for his placekicking…Led Auburn in rushing and scoring in 1960. NFF National Scholar-Athlete in 1960…Three-time Academic All-Conference selection.

Carl Eller, Minnesota-Tackle: Named consensus All-America, All-Conference and team Most Valuable Player in 1963…Played in the Hula Bowl and the College All-Star Game in 1964…Member of the Minnesota Sports hall of Fame.

Steve Emtman, Washington-Defensive Lineman: Named unanimous First Team All-America and placed fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1991…Recipient of the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy in 1991…Two-time PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year (1990-91).

Bill Enyart, Oregon State-Fullback: Named First Team All-America in 1968…Played in the College All-Star Game, All-American Game, Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Game and was named Hula Bowl MVP in 1968…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1967-68).

Thomas Everett, Baylor-Free Safety: Two-time First Team All-America selection (1985-86) – unanimous in 1986…A two-time SWC MVP, he won the Jim Thorpe Award and was named SWC Athlete of the Year in 1986.

Dave Gallagher, Michigan-Defensive Tackle: Named consensus All-America in 1973…Named the team co-captain in 1973 and played in the East-West Shrine Game…He was a leader of a Michigan team that won a share of three BIG TEN championships.

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 #12 national ranking in 1978…Played MLB for 17 seasons.

Charley Gogolak, Princeton-Place Kicker: Named First Team All-America in 1965…Set seven NCAA records and led Princeton to an 8-1 season in 1965…Revolutionized the kicking game using the soccer-style technique…Scored 170 career points on 27 field goals and 89 PATs.

Bob Golic, Notre Dame-Linebacker: Named unanimous First Team All-America and was a finalist for the Lombardi Award in 1978…Co-holder of UND’s single-game record for tackles with 26 vs. Michigan in 1978…Ranks second in school history with 479 career tackles.

Terrence Hanratty, Notre Dame-Quarterback: Named consensus First Team All-America in 1968…Finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1968, sixth in 1966 and ninth in 1967…Led Notre Dame to a National Championship in 1966.

Al Harris, Arizona State-Defensive End: Named unanimous First Team All-America and Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy finalist in 1978…Named First Team All-Conference, he set an ASU record with 19 sacks in 1978.

Major Harris, West Virginia-Quarterback: Named First Team All-America in 1989…Finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1989 and fifth in 1988…Became the first player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 career yards and pass for more than 5,000.

Chad Hennings, Air Force-Defensive Tackle: Named unanimous First Team All-America and received the Outland Trophy in 1987…Named Lineman of the Year and led the nation in sacks (24) in 1987…Two-time Academic First Team All-America selection (1986-87).

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).

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…Holds Yale’s career rushing record with 2,947 yards.

Johnnie Johnson, Texas-Safety: Two-time consensus First Team All-America selection (1978-79)…Earned honors as top defensive back in the nation as a junior in 1978…A three-time First Team All-Conference pick, he was named to the conference’s All-Decade Team of the 1970’s.

Chip Kell, Tennessee-Offensive Guard: Two-time First Team All-America selection (1969-70) – unanimous in 1970, consensus in 1969…A three-time First Team All-SEC selection, he was named Tennessee’s Outstanding Lineman in 1970.

Rex Kern, Ohio State-Quarterback: Named First Team All-America and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1969…Named 1969 Rose Bowl MVP, he led Ohio State to the 1968 National Championship…Team captain in 1970.

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 and played in the Hula and Japan Bowls in 1976…Named BIG TEN MVP in 1976 and led UM to two conference championships.

Rueben Mayes, Washington State-Running Back: Named consensus First Team All-America in 1984…Two-time All-PAC-10 selection (1984-85)…Leads WSU in single-season (1,632) and career rushing yards (3,519)…Set NCAA single-game rushing mark with 357 yards vs. Oregon.

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-End: Named First Team All-America in 1959…A three-time All-Conference selection (1958-60), he won the UCLA Game Award, awarded to the MVP of the USC/UCLA game in 1960…Two-time AP and Sports Illustrated Lineman of the Week.

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.

Bob Novogratz, Army-Guard: Named First Team All-America and Lineman of the Year by the Los Angeles Times in 1958…Played in the East-West Shrine Game in 1958…Blocked for three Hall of Famers, running backs Bob Anderson and Pete Dawkins and receiver Bill Carpenter.

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.

Phillip Olsen, Utah State-Defensive End: Named consensus First Team All-America in 1969…Named Utah State’s Athlete of the Year and played in the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl in 1969…Named Utah State Athlete of the Year in 1969.

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.

Dave Parks, Texas Tech-End: Named First Team All-America and played in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl in 1963…Two-time First Team All-Southwest Conference selection…Established numerous Texas Tech records and was team tri-captain in 1963.

Mike Phipps, Purdue-Quarterback: Named unanimous First Team All-America in
1969 and placed second in the Heisman Trophy voting…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection including BIG TEN Player of the Year honors in 1969.

Ahmad Rashad (Bobby Moore), Oregon-Running Back: Named First Team All-America in 1971…Three-time First Team All-Conference (1969-71)…Became the first player to lead the PAC-10 in scoring in consecutive years at two different positions…Two-time team MVP…Broke 14 school records.

Ron Rivera, California-Linebacker: Named First Team All-America in 1983 and was a Lombardi Award Finalist…Named All-Conference and was selected as Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1983…Led team in tackles from 1981-83.

Mike Rozier, Nebraska-Running Back: Two-time First Team All-America selection – unanimous in 1983, consensus in 1982…Recipient of the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year honors in 1983…Two-time BIG-8 Offensive Player of the Year.

Lucius Sanford, Georgia Tech-Linebacker: Named First Team All-America in 1977…A three-time First Team All-Conference selection, he led Georgia Tech in tackles in 1975 (121) and 1976 (117)…Named to the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame and their All-Time Team in 1991.

Jim Seymour, Notre Dame-End: 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: Named First Team All-America and played in the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl in 1987…Two-time First Team All-Conference pick (1986-87)…Currently holds virtually all of the school’s receiving records.

Jeff Siemon, Stanford-Linebacker: Named consensus First Team All-America and received the Butkus Award in 1971…A two-time First Team All-Conference pick, he helped Stanford to two Rose Bowl victories and was named Most Outstanding Senior in 1971.

Ron Simmons, Florida State-Noseguard: Two-time consensus First Team All-America selection (1979-80)…Three-time All-South pick (1978-80)…Set school records for quarterback sacks in a career (25) and season (12) in 1979…Ranks second on FSU all-time tackles list (483).

Bruce Smith, Virginia Tech-Defensive Tackle: Two-time First Team All-America selection (1983-84) – consensus in 1984…The recipient of the Outland Trophy, he was named Lineman of the Year by the Washington Touchdown Club in 1984…VT’s all-time sacks leader.

Emmitt Smith, Florida-Running Back: Named unanimous First Team All-America and SEC Player of the Year in 1989…Placed seventh in the 1989 Heisman Trophy voting and ninth in 1987…Three-time First Team All-Conference selection (1987-89). Broke 58 school records.

Chris Spielman, Ohio State-Linebacker: Two-time First Team All-America selection (1986-87) – unanimous in 1987, consensus in 1986…The recipient of the 1987 Lombardi Award, he is a three-time First Team All-Conference selection and a member of two BIG TEN title teams.

Larry Station, Iowa-Linebacker: Two-time First Team All-America selection
(1984-85) – unanimous in 1985, consensus in 1984…A three-time First Team All-Conference selection, he was named team captain and MVP in 1985…Iowa’s all-time leader in tackles with 492.

Don Stephenson, Georgia Tech-Center: Two-time First Team All-America selection (1956-57). Two-time First Team All-Conference pick…Led the team in tackles for two years…Member of the Georgia Tech Football Hall of Fame…Played in the Hula Bowl.

Pat Swilling, Georgia Tech-Defensive End: Named First Team All-America, All-Conference and set an NCAA single-game record with seven sacks vs. N.C.
State in 1985…Broke four GT records and led the school to their first bowl victory in 13 years.

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.

Jim Taylor, Louisiana State-Fullback: Named First Team All-America in 1957…Named First Team All-Southeastern Conference in 1957…Named MVP of the
1958 Senior Bowl…Member of the LSU Athletic 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.

Clendon Thomas, Oklahoma-Running Back: Named consensus First Team All-America, he led the nation in scoring (108 points) in 1957…A two-time First Team All-Conference selection, he helped lead Oklahoma to two National Championships (1955-56).

Thurman Thomas, Oklahoma State-Running Back: Two-time First Team All-America selection (1985, 1987) - consensus in 1985…Twice named BIG-8 Offensive Player of the Year and finished seventh in the 1987 Heisman Trophy voting.

Anthony Thompson, Indiana-Running Back: Two-time First Team All-America – consensus in 1988, unanimous in 1989, he placed eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1988 and second in 1989…A two-time BIG TEN MVP, he was named Walter Camp Player of the Year in 1989.

Gino Torretta, Miami (Fla.)-Quarterback: In 1992, he earned unanimous First Team All-America honors, won the Heisman Trophy, Davey O’Brien Award, Maxwell Award and was named Walter Camp Player of the Year…Led Miami to a the 1991 National Championship.

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.

Charlie Ward, Florida State-Quarterback: In 1993, he was earned unanimous First Team All-America honors, won the Heisman Trophy, Davey O’Brien Award, Maxwell Award, and was named Walter Camp Player of the Year…Led FSU to the
1993 National Championship.

Wilson Whitley, Houston-Defensive Tackle: Named consensus First Team All-America and received the Lombardi Award in 1976…Named the SWC Defensive Player of the Decade for the 1970s…Sparked Houston to a share of the SWC title and a Cotton Bowl title.

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.

Reggie Williams, Dartmouth-Linebacker: Named First Team All-America and played in the Japan All-Star game as well as Senior and Hula Bowls in 1975…Three-time First Team All-Conference performer (1973-75)…Named Dartmouth’s Most Outstanding Player in 1975.

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.

Richard Wood, Southern California-Linebacker: USC’s only three-time First Team All-America selection (1972-74), two of which were consensus picks…Three-time First Team All-Conference pick (1972-74).

Chris Zorich, Notre Dame-Defensive Tackle: Two-time First Team All-America selection (1989-90) – consensus in 1989, unanimous in 1990…Received Lombardi Award in 1990 and was an Outland Trophy finalist…Member of the 1988 undefeated National Championship team.

** 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

COACH CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS

John Cooper-Tulsa (1977-84), Arizona State (1985-87), Ohio State
(1988-2000): Led his teams to at least a share of nine conference championships and 14 bowl game appearances, including two Rose Bowls.
Coached Ohio State to a Top 25 finish in 12 of 13 seasons…Coached 21 First Team All-Americas.

Herb Deromedi-Central Michigan (1978-93): Twice named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, he ranked 15th among all active NCAA Division I coaches upon retirement…Led CMU to three MAC championships and the California Raisin Bowl in 1990…All-time winningest coach in team and conference history.

William “Lone Star” Dietz-Washington State (1915-17), Purdue (1921), Louisiana Tech (1922-23), Wyoming (1924-26), Haskell Indian Institute (1929-32), Albright (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.

Wayne Hardin-Navy (1959-64), Temple (1970-82): Led Navy to a #2 ranking in
1963 and Temple to a #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.

Dick MacPherson-Massachusetts (1971-77), Syracuse (1981-90): Named National Coach of the Year in 1987 while leading the Orangemen to an undefeated season…Led Massachusetts to four conference titles in seven years…Ranks third all-time at Syracuse in most wins (66) and seasons coached (10)…Made six bowl game appearances in his career – won four and tied one.

Billy Jack Murphy-Memphis State (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.

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