The National Football Foundation concludes voting today for the 2019 College Football Hall Of Fame ballot.
"It's an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 5.26 million people have played college football and only 997 players have been inducted," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "The Hall's requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of about 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. Being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to have ever played the game, and those actually elected to the Class will be part of a momentous year as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of college football in 2019."
The ballot was emailed June 4th 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 Courts, which will deliberate and select the class. The FBS Honors Court, chaired by NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin from Ohio State, and the Divisional Honors Court, chaired by former Marshall head coach, longtime athletics director and NFF Board Member Jack Lengyel, include an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletic administrators, Hall of Famers and members of the media.
he announcement of the 2019 Class will be made Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. The city is serving as the host for the CFP National Championship, which will be played later that day at Levi’s Stadium. Some of the electees will be on site during the announcement to represent the class and share their thoughts on being elected. The Jan. 7 announcement will be televised live, and specific viewing information will be available as the date draws near. Several of the electees will also participate in the pregame festivities and the coin toss before the championship game.
CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove has been a member of the National Football Foundation and College Hall Of Fame since 2012. Last year, his selections of Temple RB Paul Palmer, Miami DB Ed Reed, and Michigan's Charles Woodson (DB/WR) were all enshrined. Woodson, incidentally, is the only primarily defensive player to win the Heisman after topping Peyton Manning for the honor in 1997. Congrove's two head coach selections of Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and Texas' Mack Brown also entered the hall.
Congrove's 2019 selections are as follows:
Larry Blakeney - Troy (1991-2014) All-time winningest coach in Sun Belt Conference history. Four-time conference Coach of the Year who led the Trojans to eight conference titles (5 Sun Belt, 3 Southland) and seven FCS playoff appearances in eight seasons. Led Troy to four bowl games, including wins at the 2006 and 2010 New Orleans Bowl.
Darryl Rogers - Cal State East Bay [formerly 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. Named 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.
Terrell Buckley, Defensive Back, Florida State (1989-1991) - Seminoles' all-time leader in career interceptions (21) who returned four interceptions and three punts for touchdowns in career. Was also nominated by Congrove last year.
Keith Byars, Running Back, Ohio State (1992-1995) - Led nation in rushing (1,764), all-purpose yards (2,441) and scoring (144) in 1984. Nominated by Congrove multiple times, including last year.
Marco Coleman, Linebacker, Georgia Tech (1989-1991) - Helped lead Jackets to the national championship and an 11-0-1 record in 1990. 28 career sacks. Was also nominated by Congrove last year.
Eric Crouch, Quarterback, Nebraska (1997-2001) - 2001 Heisman, Walter Camp and Davey O’Brien Award winner who led Huskers to 2001 national title game at the Rose Bowl. Finished career as NCAA record holder for career rushing TD's by a quarterback (59). Led team to 42-9 record and four bowl berths. Nominated by Congrove multiple times.
Eric Dickerson, Running Back, SMU (1979-1982) - Finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1982. Twice named SWC Player of the Year. Holds 14 school records including 4,450 career rushing yards. Nominated by Congrove multiple times, including last year.
Dan Hampton, Defensive Tackle, Arkansas (1975-1978) - First Team All-American and two-time All-SWC selection. Named 1978 Houston Post Outstanding Player of the Year in the SWC, recording 18 TFL during his senior campaign. Helped Hogs beat No. 19 Georgia in 1976 Cotton Bowl and No. 2 Oklahoma in 1978 Orange Bowl.
Marvin Harrison, Wide Receiver, Syracuse (1992-1995) - 1995 First Team All-American as a kick returner and 1995 Big East Special Teams Player of the Year. Three-time All-Big East selection who set a conference record with a 94-yard punt return for a TD in 1995. Left Syracuse as the school’s all-time receiving leader with 2,718 yards.
Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame (1988-1990) - Two-time First Team All-American. Walter Camp Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1990. Helped lead ND to national championship 1988. Had 6,767 all-purpose yards, including over 1,000 yards in 3 categories (rushing, receiving and kick returns). Had 6 total return TD's. Nominated by Congrove multiple times, including last year.
Corey Moore, Defensive Lineman, Virginia Tech (1996-1999) - Two-time First Team All-American (1999-unanimous) and winner of the 1999 Lombardi and Nagurski awards. Two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year led Hokies to 2000 National Championship Game. Leader of Hokies famed “Lunch Pail Defense” that led the nation in rushing defense (85.0 ypg).
Carson Palmer, Quarterback, Southern California (1998-2002) - 2002 consensus First Team All-American and Heisman Trophy recipient. 2002 Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year who set conference/school career records for total offense (11,621 yds) and passing yards (11,818). Led USC to a share of the 2002 Pac-10 title and first 11-win season since 1979.
Lorenzo White, Running Back, Michigan State (1984-1987) - Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous (’85) and consensus (’87) honors. Led Spartans to 1987 Big Ten title and Rose Bowl win. Led nation in rushing (1985) and was the first MSU player to lead his team in rushing four-straight seasons. Nominated by Congrove previously.
Vince Young, Quarterback, Texas (2003-2005) - 2005 consensus First Team All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up. 2005 Maxwell and Davey O’Brien award winner who led Longhorns to the 2005 national title in one of the most memorable championship games in football history at any level. 2005 unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year when he became the first player in FBS history with 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.
John Luckhardt, Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) (1982-98), California (Pa.) (2002-11) - Led teams to 14 conference titles and 16 NCAA playoff appearances. Led W&J to Stagg Bowl in 1992 and ’94 and named national runner-up both seasons. 1992 AFCA DIII Coach of the Year and all-time winningest coach at W&J and California, Pa. Nominated by Congrove previously.
Andy Talley - St. Lawrence (N.Y.) (1979-83), Villanova (1985-2016) - Led Villanova to 2009 FCS National Championship and 12 playoff appearances. All-time winningest coach in Colonial Athletic Association and Villanova history. Twice earned AFCA National Coach of the Year honors. Was also nominated by Congrove last year.
Don Greco, Offensive Guard, Western Illinois (1977-1980) - Named First Team All-American in 1980. Two-time First Team All-Conference selection. Conference's Lineman of the Year in 1980. Nominated by Congrove multiple times, including last year.
Steve McAdoo, Offensive Lineman, MTSU (1989-1992) - Two-time first team All-American. Helped lead the Blue Raiders to 3 Ohio Valley Conference Championships. Named to Ohio Valley Conference Half Century team. Was also nominated by Congrove last year.
Steve McNair, Quarterback, Alcorn State (1991-1994) - 1994 First Team All-American and the all-time passing leader (14,496) in the FCS. Finished third in 1994 Heisman Trophy voting and the only four-time SWAC Offensive Player of the Year in league history. 1994 Walter Payton Award winner who led Braves to two SWAC titles and two NCAA playoff appearances. After 13 seasons in the NFL (1995-2007), he was tragically the victim of a murder-suicide on July 4, 2009.
Joe Skladany, Linebacker, Lafayette (1978-1981) - Four-year starter who never missed a game. Holds school records for career tackles (532) and blocked kicks in a season (3). Helped lead nation's second-ranked defense in 1981. Was also nominated by Congrove last year.