Several former Bengals, UK star, Ohio St. products on College Football Hall of Fame ballot
NEW YORK (AP/WKRC) - 2002 Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer heads a list of several former Bengals on this year's College Football Hall of Fame ballot, which also includes a former University of Kentucky star quarterback, two Ohio State product and two former area high school standouts.
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.
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.
Palmer won the Heisman for Southern California in 2002 and went on to a long NFL career that began when the Bengals selected him first overall in the 2002 NFL Draft.
Other former Bengals on the ballot are: Rickey Dixon (Oklahoma, defensive back); David Fulcher, Arizona State, defensive back); Kevin Hardy (Illinois, linebacker); David Pollack (Georgia, defensive lineman/linebacker) and Ashley Ambrose (Mississippi Valley State, defensive back).
Also on the ballot is former UK quarterback Tim Couch, three Ohio State products - running backs Keith Byars and Jim Otis and offensive lineman Chris Ward - and two former area high school players: running back Larry Schreiber (Tennessee Tech), who graduated from Dixie Heights High School in 1965, and running back Markus Thomas (Eastern Kentucky University), who graduated from Princeton High School in 1988.
Among the other players making their first appearance in the FBS hall ballot are Texas quarterback Vince Young, 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.
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.