Candidates for the Hall of the Very, Very Good
These players were fantastic talents for their respective schools, and some might consider them legends, but it’s pushing it to put them in the Hall of Fame category.
78. Al Harris, Arizona State, Defensive End
– Named unanimous First Team All-American and Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy finalist in 1978
– Three-time All-Conference selection, helping the Sun Devils to two league titles
– 1978 Team MVP who set the ASU career record in tackles for a loss (57).
77. Brad Culpepper, Florida, Defensive Tackle
– 1991 consensus First Team All-American and recipient of the NFF Campbell Trophy® as the nation’s top scholar-athlete
– Two-time All-SEC selection who led Gators to first-ever SEC title in 1991
– Ranks sixth all-time at Florida with 47.5 career TFL, a school record among defensive lineman.
76. Jeff Bregel, USC, Offensive Guard
-Two-time consensus First Team All-American and a 1986 NFF National Scholar-Athlete
– Two-time First Team All-Pac-10 selection, leading USC to the 1984 conference title and a Rose Bowl victory
– Earned the 1985 Morris Trophy as the league’s most outstanding offensive lineman.
75. Brandon Burlsworth, Arkansas, Offensive Guard
– 1998 First Team All-American and First Team All-SEC selection
– Helped Arkansas to two postseason berths and to SEC Western Division titles in 1995 and ’98
– Former walk-on who later started 34 consecutive games.
74. Nick Eyre, BYU, Offensive Tackle
-1980 consensus First Team All-American and finalist for the Outland Trophy
– Key cog to an offensive unit that twice led the nation in passing yards and total offense (1979, 1980)
– Two-time All-WAC performer who helped BYU to four conference titles.
73. Mark Bavaro, Notre Dame, Tight End
-1984 First Team All-American
– One of only five tight ends in Notre Dame annals to lead the team in both receptions (32) and receiving yards (395) in the same season (1984)
– Left school ranked fourth all-time in career receptions (55) and receiving yards (771) by a tight end.
72. Sylvester Croom, Alabama, Center
-1974 First Team All-American who helped the Tide to a UPI national title in 1973
– Helped Bama to three-consecutive SEC titles en route to earning the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 1974
– Played in the 1975 Senior Bowl and only lost one regular-season game during entire college career.
71. Jarett Dillard, Rice, Wide Receiver
-2008 First Team All-American and 2006 Second Team All-American who holds the NCAA record for career TD receptions (60)
– Three-time All-C-USA performer set the conference record for career receiving yards (4,138 )
– Holds virtually every career and single-season receiving and scoring stat in Rice history.
70. Marvin Harrison, Syracuse, Kick Returner/Wide Receiver
– 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 (2,718 yards).
69. Mike Hass, Oregon State, Wide Receiver
– 2005 First Team All-American and recipient of the 2005 Biletnikoff Award
– Two-time First Team All-Pac-10 selection and first receiver in league history with three 1,000-yard receiving seasons
– Led the nation with 139.9 receiving ypg (2005) and holds virtually every Oregon State receiving record.
68. Luis Zendejas, Arizona State, Placekicker
– 1983 consensus First Team All-American who finished his career as the NCAA’s all-time leader in scoring (380)
– Four-time All-Pac-10 selection, leading the league in scoring in 1983
– Boasts the highest PAT percentage (99.3%) in ASU annals and led the team in scoring his first three seasons.
67. Ron Rivera, California, Linebacker
– 1983 consensus First Team All-American
– Lombardi Award finalist in 1983 and named East-West Shrine Game Most Valuable Player
– Selected as Pac-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1983
– Led team in tackles from 1981-83.
66. Marshawn Lynch, California, Running Back
-2006 First Team All-American who led Cal to a share of the 2006 Pac-10 title
– 2006 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year led the league in rushing (1,356), all-purpose yards (1,785) and TDs (15) that season
– Two-time bowl game MVP (2005 Las Vegas, 2006 Holiday) and Cal’s all-time leader in 100-yard rushing games (17).
65. Errict Rhett, Florida, Running Back
-1993 First Team All-American and first player in FBS history to rush for more than 4,100 yards and catch more than 140 passes in a career
– Three-time All-SEC selection twice led the conference in rushing
– 1994 Sugar Bowl MVP is Florida’s all-time leader in rushing (4,163) and carries (873).
64. Ken Huff, North Carolina, Offensive Guard
-1974 consensus First Team All-American who captained the College All-Stars vs. Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers
– First Team All-Conference and recipient of the 1974 Jacob’s Blocking Trophy as the ACC’s best offensive lineman
– Third overall pick in the first round of the 1975 draft and named an ACC Football Legend.
63. Flozell Adams, Michigan State, Offensive Tackle
-1997 First Team All-American and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year
– Three-time All-Big Ten performer who helped Spartans to three consecutive bowl appearances
– Helped running backs rush for more than 100 yards in 21 games throughout career and allowed only two QB sacks in 1997 season.
62. Tony Gonzalez, California, Tight End
– 1996 consensus First Team All-American and First Team All-Pac-10 selection
– Holds Cal record for receptions in a bowl game (9 in 1996 Aloha Bowl)
– Posted 89 receptions for 1,302 yards and eight touchdowns during career.
61. Morten Andersen, Michigan State, Placekicker
– 1981 First Team All-American who left MSU as the Big Ten’s all-time leader in field goals (45)
– Set still-standing conference record with 63-yard field goal in 1981 and was a three-time All-Big Ten performer
– Led the Spartans in scoring for three seasons.
60. Aaron Beasley, West Virginia, Defensive Back
– 1995 consensus First Team All-American led the nation in INTs (10) in 1994
– Two-time First Team All-Big East selection who led WVU to an undefeated regular season and a 1993 Big East title
– 19 career INTs and holds two of the top five single-season PBU performances in Mountaineer history.
59. Larry Seivers, Tennessee, Wide Receiver
-Two-time consensus First Team All-American in 1975 and 1976
– Two-time First Team All-SEC selection
– Currently ranks sixth in Tennessee history in career reception yardage (1,924) and seventh in career receptions (117).
58. Ken Norton Jr., UCLA, Linebacker
– 1987 First Team All-American, leading Bruins to four consecutive bowl wins
– Member of the 1985 conference championship team
– Led team in tackles in 1986 (106) and in 1987 (125) and ranks sixth in school history with 339 career tackles.
57. Jeremy Maclin, Missouri, Wide Receiver/Returner
-Two-time First Team All-American (all-purpose), earning consensus honors in 2007
– Two-time First Team All-Big 12 performer set conference records for all-purpose yards his first two seasons
– Led the FBS with 202.4 ypg in 2008 and broke Mizzou’s record for career all-purpose yards (5,609) in just two seasons.
56. Dan Hampton, Arkansas, Defensive Tackle
– 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.
55. Larry Burton, Purdue, Split End
– First Team All-American and Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1974 and a First Team All-Big Ten selection
– Led the team in receiving in both 1973 and 1974
– Named team captain and team MVP in 1974.
54. Willie Gault, Tennessee, Wide Receiver
– 1982 First Team All-American…Led Vols to three bowl berths
– Set six conference and 12 school punt / kickoff return records
– Tied NCAA record for most touchdowns by kick return in a single season (3) in 1980.
53. Matt Cavanaugh, Pittsburgh, Quarterback
– 1977 First Team All-American who led the Panthers to a 1976 national title
– Led Pitt to three consecutive bowl wins, earning MVP honors in the 1977 Sugar and 1977 Gator bowls
– Finished Pitt career ranked second all-time (behind only Tony Dorsett) with 3,916 career yards of total offense.
52. Levon Kirkland, Clemson, Linebacker
-1991 consensus First Team All-American and 1990 Second Team All-American
– Finalist for the 1990 Butkus Award and leader of Clemson unit that led the nation in total defense
– Three-time First Team All-ACC performer and 1989 Gator Bowl MVP helped the Tigers to two conference titles.
51. Dallas Clark, Iowa, Tight End
-2002 unanimous First Team All-American and winner of the Mackey Award as the nation’s best tight end
– Two-time All-Big Ten selection who helped Iowa to a share of the 2002 Big Ten title and its first-ever 11-win season (2002)
– Holds record for longest pass reception in school history (95 yards).
50. Kevin Hardy, Illinois, Linebacker
-1995 consensus First Team All-American and Butkus Award winner
– Two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection who helped Illini to two bowl berths
– Team captain started 45 games (second all-time among Illini LBs) and ranks fourth all-time at Illinois in sacks (18) and TFL (38).
49. Bradie James, LSU, Linebacker
-2002 First Team All-American and NFF National Scholar-Athlete
– Three-time All-SEC performer (First Team honors in 2001 and 2002) helped the Tigers to a 2001 conference title
– 2000 Peach Bowl Defensive MVP ranks second all-time in LSU history with 418 career tackles.
48. Toby Gerhart, Stanford, Running Back
-Unanimous First Team All-American, winner of the Doak Walker award and Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2009
– Led the nation in points (178), TDs (29) and rushing yards (1,871) during prolific season campaign
– 2009 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year who is Stanford’s all-time leader in career rushing TDs (44).
47. Robert Gallery, Iowa, Offensive Tackle
– 2003 consensus First Team All-American and recipient of the 2003 Outland Trophy
– Two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior
– Led Hawkeyes to a Big Ten title, Orange Bowl appearance and a No. 8 final ranking in 2002.