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Palmer, Young 1st-timers on College Football HOF ballot

  • FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2005, file photo, Texas's quarterback Vince Young (10) runs against Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer and Vince Young will make their first appearances on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. The National Football Foundation released Monday, June 4, 2018, the names of 76 players and six coaches from major college football who will be considered for the Hall of Fame this year. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File) JAY LAPRETE

  • FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2002, file photo, USC quarterback Carson Palmer poses with the Heisman Trophy after winning the award at The Yale Club in New York. Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer and Vince Young will make their first appearances on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. The National Football Foundation released Monday, June 4, 2018, the names of 76 players and six coaches from major college football who will be considered for the Hall of Fame this year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) MARK LENNIHAN

  • FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2006, file photo, Texas quarterback Vince Young celebrates with the championship trophy after Texas beat Southern California 41-38 in the Rose Bowl national championship college football game, in Pasadena, Calif. Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer and Vince Young will make their first appearances on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. The National Football Foundation released Monday, June 4, 2018, the names of 76 players and six coaches from major college football who will be considered for the Hall of Fame this year. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) MARK J. TERRILL

  • FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2002, file photo, University of Southern California quarterback Carson Palmer looks to pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, in Los Angeles. Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer and Vince Young will make their first appearances on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. The National Football Foundation released Monday, June 4, 2018, the names of 76 players and six coaches from major college football who will be considered for the Hall of Fame this year.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) MARK J. TERRILL



Associated Press
Monday, June 04, 2018

NEW YORK – Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer and Vince Young will make their first appearances on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

The National Football Foundation released Monday the names of 76 players and six coaches from major college football who will be considered for the Hall of Fame this year. The latest class of about 15 player and coaches will be announced Jan. 7, the day of the College Football Playoff national championship.

Palmer won the Heisman for Southern California in 2002 and went on to a long NFL career. Young finished second in the Heisman voting in 2005 for Texas, but put on one of the great performances in college football history, leading the Longhorns past USC in the BCS title Rose Bowl game.

Among the other players making their first appearance in the FBS hall ballot are Syracuse wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, a two-time Heisman finalist.

The late Rashaan Salaam, who won the Heisman in 1994 for Colorado, and 2001 Heisman winner Eric Crouch on Nebraska are back on the Hall of Fame ballot, along with SMU running back Eric Dickerson, Miami linebacker Ray Lewis and Notre Dame receiver Raghib Ismail.

The six FBS coaches up for election this year are Larry Blakeney from Troy, Jim Carlen, who coached West Virginia, Texas Tech and South Carolina; Dennis Erickson, who won two national titles at Miami during a career that included stints at six schools; former Memphis coach Billy Jack Murphy; and Pete Cawthon Sr., who coached Texas and Texas Tech in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Another 100 players and 32 coaches who competed outside the highest level of college football, now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision, will be considered for induction this year, most notably the late Steve McNair, who played quarterback for Alcorn State.

After more than 12,000 National Football Foundation members and current Hall of Famers vote, the results are submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts, which select the class.