The ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was announced Monday morning by the National Football Foundation. A total of 76 players and six coaches from FBS programs and an additional 100 players and 32 coaches from lower divisions have been included on this year’s ballot, with some new faces and some names that have appeared on previous ballots just waiting to get the call to the hall.
Some notable names on this year’s ballot include former Syracuse wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Vince Young of Texas, Heisman Trophy winners Eric Crouch of Nebraska and Rashaan Salaam of Colorado, USC’s Carson Palmer and Troy Polamalu, Ray Lewis of Miami, Penn State wide receiver Bobby Engram, Wisconsin offensive lineman Joe Thomas, LSU running back Kevin Faulk, and Alcorn State legend Steve McNair (on the lower-division list).
The next class of hall of fame inductees will be announced on Monday, January 7, 2019 prior to the College Football Playoff national championship game in Santa Clara, California. The class will then be honored and inducted in December 2019.
Class of 2019 Nominees – FBS Players
- Flozell Adams, Michigan State OT
- Bernard Berrian, Fresno State WR
- Michael Bishop, Kansas State QB
- Lomas Brown, Florida OT
- Terrell Buckley, Florida State DB
- Brandon Burlsworth, Arkansas OG
- Larry Burton, Purdue SE
- Keith Byars, Ohio State RB
- Matt Cavanaugh, Pittsburgh QB
- Dallas Clark, Iowa TE
- Marco Coleman, Georgia Tech LB
- Tim Couch, Kentucky QB
- Eric Crouch, Nebraska QB
- Eric Dickerson, SMU RB
- Rickey Dixon, Oklahoma DB
- Vaughn Dunbar, Indiana RB
- Jumbo Elliott, Michigan OT
- Bobby Engram, Penn State WR
- Kevin Faulk, LSU RB
- David Fulcher, Arizona State DB
- Robert Gallery, Iowa OT
- Moe Gardner, Illinois DT
- Tony Gonzalez, California TE
- Jacob Green, Texas A&M DL
- Dan Hampton, Arkansas DT
- Jason Hanson, Washington State K
- Byron Hanspared, Texas Tech RB
- Kevin Hardy, Illinois LB
- Marcus Harris, Wyoming WR
- Marvin Harrison, Syracuse WR
- Jeff Hartings, Penn State OL
- E.J. Henderson, Maryland LB
- Craig Heyward, Pittsburgh RB
- Torry Holt, NC State WR
- Ken Huff, North Carolina OG
- Steve Hutchinson, Michigan OL
- Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame WR
- Larry Jacobson, Nebraska DT
- E.J. Junior, Alabama DE
- Jess Lewis, Oregon State DB
- Ray Lewis, Miami LB
- Bobby Majors, Tennessee DB
- Tony Mandarich, Michigan State OT
- Ed McCaffrey, Stanford WR
- Darren McFadden, Arkansas RB
- Cade McNown, UCLA QB
- Corey Moore, Virginia Tech DL
- Dan Morgan, Miami LB
- Ken Norton Jr., UCLA LB
- Phil Olsen, Utah State DE
- Leslie O’Neal, Oklahoma State DT
- Jim Otis, Ohio State FB
- Carson Palmer, USC QB
- Jake Plummer, Arizona State QB
- Troy Polamalu, USC DB
- David Pollack, Georgia DL
- Antwaan Randle El, Indiana QB
- Simeon Rice, Illinois LB
- Ron Rivera, California LB
- Rashaan Salaam, Colorado RB
- Lucius Sanford, Georgia Tech LB
- Larry Seivers, Tennessee WR
- Kenneth Sims, Texas DT
- Aaron Taylor, Notre Dame OT
- Joe Thomas, Wisconsin OL
- Dennis Thurman, USC DB
- Troy Vincent, Wisconsin DB
- Chris Ward, Ohio State OT
- Michael Westbrook, Colorado WR
- Lorenzo White, Michigan State RB
- Zach Wiegert, Nebraska OT
- Patrick Willis, Mississippi LB
- Al Wilson, Tennessee LB
- Steve Wisniewski, Penn State OG
- Elmo Wright, Houston WR
- Vince Young, Texas QB
Class of 2019 Nominees – Coaches
- Larry Blakeney (Troy)
- Jim Carlen (West Virginia, Texas Tech, South Carolina)
- Pete Cawthon Sr. (Austin College, Texas Tech)
- Dennis Erickson (Idaho, Wyoming, Washington State, Miami, Oregon State, Arizona State)
- Billy Jack Murphy (Memphis)
- Daryll Rogers (Cal State East Bay, Fresno State, San Jose State, Michigan State, Arizona State)
You can see the full ballot to see the lower division nominees HERE.
The first early National Signing Day has come and gone, but there are still some high-level recruits left on the board. And many of them went off the board during today’s U.S. Army All-American Game.
Below are all the hat ceremonies that went down today in San Antonio.
Moultrie, Ga., 4-star outside linebacker J.J. Peterson chooses Tennessee:
Santa Ana, Calif., 4-star offensive guard Chris Murray picks UCLA:
Baton Rouge, La., 4-star safety Kelvin Joseph selects LSU:
Louisville, Ky., 4-star wide receiver Rondale Moore picks Purdue:
Bradenton, Fla., 5-star cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles chooses Oklahoma:
Anaheim, Calif., 5-star wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (and brother of former Notre Dame wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown) commits to USC:
And for those interested, here are highlights of the West’s 17-16 win over the East.
It was a rematch 57 years in the making and both sides wanted to soak up every extra moment. New Mexico State ended the NCAA’s longest bowl drought in dramatic fashion to beat Utah State 26-20 in overtime on Friday night in an Arizona Bowl full of the highs and lows of college football.
In front of what seemed like half of Las Cruces at the home stadium of the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson, the Aggies put behind several quarters of offensive malaise by marching 69 yards midway through the fourth quarter to tie the game on an incredible Jaleel Scott catch in the end zone. The NMSU defense came up with a stop in the extra period not long after and a missed field goal by USU was just the opening the team needed before running back Larry Rose III burst up the middle for a 21 yard touchdown that set off pandemonium in the stands.
The victory not only gave the Aggies of New Mexico State their first win in the postseason since 1960 — which happened to be a 20-13 defeat of Utah State in the Sun Bowl — but capped off a pretty incredible story for one of the smallest programs in all of FBS. Rose finished the game with 142 yards on the ground and was the team’s leading receiver in the game as well. His running made up for a rather lackluster offensive day for quarterback Tyler Rogers (191 yards, one TD, two INTs) and company as the group had eight 3-and-outs against one of the better secondaries at the Group of Five level.
While those long stretches without points or any kind of offensive production made things hard to watch at times in this one, there was at least plenty of excitement early in the first quarter when Utah State’s Savon Scarver (96 yards) and NMSU’s Jason Huntley ran back-to-back kickoffs for touchdowns not five minutes in.
The loss caps off another tough season for Matt Wells’ Aggies after they led in just about every statistical category but saw kicker Dominik Eberle make only two of his six field goal attempts to let a win slip through their fingers. QB Jordan Love (254 yards passing) and RB LaJuan Hunt (133 yards rushing, 1 TD) both had decent outings but it wasn’t enough as points came at a premium for both sides.
The game also marks the end of an era for New Mexico State as it was their final contest as a member of a conference — in this case the Sun Belt. The program will operate as a football independent in 2018 and, funny enough, will play Utah State again next September up in Logan. Something says both sets of Aggies will have plenty to play for when that one rolls around in what should be a fun footnote to a long, long drought being emphatically ended on Friday.
New Mexico State waited 57 years to return to the postseason and it’s pretty clear the team were fired up to play in the Arizona Bowl as they took a 13-all tie into halftime with their fellow Aggies of Utah State on Friday evening in Tucson.
It didn’t take long at all for NMSU to get on the board, as they marched right down the field for 91 yards on their first drive in the postseason over five decades before eventually settling for a short field goal.
Utah State responded however, needing just 14 seconds to take the lead back after Savon Scarver returned the kickoff 96 yards to the house. Not to be outdone, the other Aggies decided to play a little ‘Anything you can do, I can do better’ apparently. That’s because Jason Huntley followed the play up with a full 100 yd kickoff return touchdown to make it back-to-back and put his team back in the lead.
Things settled down in the game after that brief bit of excitement as both sides exchanged field goals down the stretch and both defenses appears to find their legs.
USU signal-caller Jordan Love found some success through the air with 136 yards on 24 attempts through two quarters but it was mostly the result of the Aggies ground game unable to find much after five different players recorded a carry but could only muster 45 yards.
New Mexico State was much better in that department as tailback Larry Rose III averaged just over eight yards a carry and had 66 total yards going into the break. He formed a nice balanced attack with quarterback Tyler Rogers, who had 82 yards in the air but did toss an interception.
Given some of the skill position players involved in this game you probably could have expected a few more points in the first half but there’s still plenty of time left in one of the few remaining non-New Year’s bowls left on the docket between a pair of Aggies hoping to grab one more win in 2017.
On paper, the Dollar General Bowl between MAC champion Toledo and perennial Sun Belt power Appalachian State shaped up to be one of the best matchups of the postseason. Games are not played on paper and that certainly played out down in Mobile, Ala. as the Mountaineers routed the Rockets 34-0 on Saturday night to cap off another season with at least nine wins for head coach Scott Satterfield.
It was quickly apparent that this wasn’t Toledo’s night early — and often. Despite entering the week with an offense that was in the top in the country in terms of scoring, the team couldn’t do much of anything on that side of the ball and recorded four three-and-outs. Record-setting quarterback Logan Woodside never could find much down the field and was pressure on nearly every drop back, throwing for only 124 yards while also tossing three interceptions. Running back Terry Swanson managed 44 hard-fought yards on the ground but didn’t see many carries down the stretch as the team fell further and further behind.
While not much was working for the visitors from the North, few things could go wrong for AppState. Taking advantage of several short fields, the run game didn’t need much to get going and tailbacks Jalin Moore (125 yards, three TDs) and Daetrich Harrington (72 yards) both made quick work of the MAC title holders. Quarterback Taylor Lamb closed out his career with the Mountaineers with a performance that may not have been statically stellar — eight completions, 131 yards, no touchdowns — but was nevertheless plenty in a game the team controlled from pretty much the opening kickoff.
While all those points were nice to have, they didn’t really need all of them given how well the Sun Belt’s top defense looked to stymie their opponents. Linebacker Anthony Flory was all over the place, hauling in a pick and recording eight tackles on the night as they held the most dangerous #MACtion offense to under 200 yards.
That gave the team yet another finishing kick as they won their fourth in a row to close out 2017 and enter with plenty of momentum heading to next season. The same could not be said for the Rockets, which still captured an elusive conference title this year but simply didn’t show up in the Dollar General Bowl and looked out of sorts from start.