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'12 College Football Hall of Fame ballot released

Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:11 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The National Football Foundation has released the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, the pool of 76 former players and eight coaches that will make up the 2012 Hall of Fame class. And not surprisingly, there's several names on the ballot that even a cursory glance would force a That guy isn't in yet? double-take. 

Here's eight of them from our perspective, acknowledging that the Eye on CFB team are too young to have gotten a first-hand look at greats like Notre Dame tight end Dave Casper or Michigan State wide receiver-turned-baseball legend Kirk Gibson. With that disclaimer out of the way, the first eight names we'd tick off on our ballot, in alphabetical order:

Trev Alberts, LB, NebraskaA pulverizing force off the edge for the Huskers in the early '90s, Alberts won the 1993 Butkus and Big 8 Defensive Player of the Year Honors. 

Tommy Frazier, QB, NebraskaJust the best option quarterback we've ever seen who just so happened to lead the Huskers to back-to-back national championships. We wouldn't bother to rank all 76 players 1-76, but if we did, we feel comfortable saying we'd put Frazier at No. 1.

Raghib Ismail, WR/KR, Notre DameOne of the game's true superstars in the late '80s and 1990, "The Rocket"'s highlight-reel returns helped the Irish to the 1990 national title and earned him two-time All-American honors, the Walter Camp Award, and a runner-up finish in the '90 Heisman balloting.

Jimmy Johnson, head coach, Miami, Oklahoma State: Howard Schnellenberger put the Hurricanes on the map, but it was Johnson who made Miami Miami--arguably the most influential college football program in Division I from Johnson's hire in 1984 through their 2001 upset loss to Ohio State in the BCA championship.

Jonathan Ogden, OT, UCLAWon the 1995 Outland, but awards and numbers don't illustrate how Ogden became -- along with the next entry on this list -- the sport's prototype offensive tackle.

Orlando Pace, OT, Ohio StateIt actually makes sense that Pace hasn't been elected yet -- this is his first year on the ballot -- but that really shouldn't remain the case long for the game's only two-time Lombardi Trophy winner.

Vinny Testaverde, QB, MiamiYes, he was an NFL bust, and yes, he flopped in the de facto 1987 national title game vs. Penn State. But that shouldn't overshadow an explosive, thrilling career for the 'Canes that saw him throw for 6,058 yards and win the 1987 Heisman. 

Derrick Thomas, LB, AlabamaHow the FBS's all-time record-holder for sacks in a season -- Thomas had a mind-blowing 27 in 1988, the year he won the Butkus Award -- still isn't in the Hall is a mystery worthy of that Sherlock Holmes guy.

Who else should get a nod? Let us know in the comments or our Facebook page. For a look at the 2011 class -- which, remember, did not include Frazier, Alberts, Thomas, Ismail, or Ogden -- click here.

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Comments

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:06 pm
 

'12 College Football Hall of Fame ballot released

What does Greg Lewis's NFL stats have to do with him being in the COLLEGE footbal hall of fame? Tommy Frazier didnt do squat in the NFL and neither did Trev Alberts or to a point Raghib Ismail. This isn't about what they did in the pros. Its about their college game and if you look Greg Lewis up (which im sure you havent looked his college stats up) you will see that he had a very, very good collegiate career. You really hate the Pac 12 dont you dksomethingbeso?



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:02 am
 

'12 College Football Hall of Fame ballot released

It wasn't just Mildren's own speed that was at work, but his ability to play the defensive line, by holding on to the ball until the absolute last moment before the pitchout that was the key.

First off, as a Husker fan I am quite familiar Jack Mildren and the Sooner wishbone attack.  There is no doubt that he was a pioneer in terms of option quarterbacks.  But your statement above is essentially a requirement to play the position, isn't it?  Any real option quarterback better be able to hold onto the ball until the very last possible second, or the option is simply innefective.  To say that he was the best ever because of this ability is simply not enough.  I am of course biased toward Frazier, but there are a number of candidates for "greatest option quarterback".   Frazier, Jamel Holloway, Eric Crouch and Darien Hagen all come to mind just from the Big 8/Big 12 Conference alone!



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:58 am
 

'12 College Football Hall of Fame ballot released

You are definitely way too young ton know what you all are talking about.  The best option quarterback of all tike was the late Jack Mildren, who ran Oklahoma's wishbone attack back in 1971.  It wasn't just Mildren's own speed that was at work, but his ability to play the defensive line, by holding on to the ball until the absolute last moment before the pitchout that was the key.  Mildren would disappear under the defensive players while the ball was on its way to the trailing back.  That style of play set the standard for option quarterbacks and neither Tommy Frazier nor any other quarterback ever lived up to it. 



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:05 pm
 

'12 College Football Hall of Fame ballot released

Hey Huskyfever1! You are one funny dude my man! Greg Lewis in the HOF? You're just messing with us bro, I hope. Nothing against Mr. Lewis, but a 5th round pick with a grand total of 2 meaningless seasons in Denver just doesn't evoke memories of Leroy Kelly, Jim Taylor, or Paul Horning no matter what he did in Seattle. Son, go back to your provincial views of life in the Northwest and leave the real discussion to us folks that have a clue.



Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 6:25 pm
 

'12 College Football Hall of Fame ballot released

Tommie Frazier was one of the best players on one the best teams of all time! I think he's in. Derrick Thomas was an absolute freak and deserves to be in.



Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:12 pm
 

'12 College Football Hall of Fame ballot released

Oops sorry meant to say 1990 Rose Bowl Chamnps



Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:09 pm
 

'12 College Football Hall of Fame ballot released

Former UW running back Greg Lewis should be in the HOF. He won the first Doak Walker award and was an all american as well as a key component on UW's National Champion team. Show the man some love fellow DAWGS!



Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:01 pm
 

'12 College Football Hall of Fame ballot released

Was reading Rocket's highlights. CBS smoking something big time? Since when did Notre Dame win a National Title in 1990? Did I miss something?



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:23 pm
 

'12 College Football Hall of Fame ballot released

I watched him in college and the pros and Vinnie was good, really good at times, but never what I would call a 'great' quarterback. Explosive at times, yes. Able to make some great throws, yes. Clutch, no. A team leader and motivator, no. Especially in the NFL. His one memorable highlight was sneaking the ball across the goal line after the play was called dead. Good yes, but if he's great, Marino and Montana are gods. Cool



Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:32 am
 

'12 College Football Hall of Fame ballot released

Don't know if he's already been included or not, but if not, how about Barry Sanders, tailback from Oklahoma State? Broke all kinds of records and went pro after his junior year.
 


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