2022 College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot: Ranking The Candidates

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2022 College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot: Ranking The Candidates

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2022 College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot: Ranking The Candidates

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2022 Hall of Fame Ballot Rankings
Hall of the Very GoodProbably Should Be In
No-Doubters | Coaches

A strong case could be made that any of these players belong in the Hall of Fame discussion.

All player bullet points written by the National Football Foundation at footballfoundation.org.

46. Dan Neil, Texas, Offensive Lineman

– Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors as a senior
– Helped Horns offense rank 11th nationally in total offense (451.8 ypg) and 12th in scoring offense (34.4 ppg) in 1996
– Two-time All-Conference selection who set the UT record for consecutive starts.

45. Warrick Dunn, Florida State, Running Back

-1996 First Team All-American and 1995 Third Team All-American who led the Noles to the 1993 national title
– Three-time First Team All-ACC performer led the league with 8.7 ppg in 1995
– Only FSU rusher in history to gain more than 1,000 yards in three-consecutive seasons.

44. Steve Wisniewski, Penn State, Offensive Guard

– 1988 First Team All-American
– Member of 1986 12-0 national championship team
– Helped Blair Thomas rush for 1,414 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1987 and D.J. Dozier attain First Team All-America honors in 1986.

43. Troy Vincent, Wisconsin, Defensive Back

– 1991 First Team All-American and runner-up for the 1991 Thorpe Award
– Two-time All-Big Ten selection and 1991 Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year
– Finished career as Wisconsin’s leader in punt return yards (773) and passes defended (31).

42. Craig Heyward, Pittsburgh, Running Back

– 1987 consensus First Team All-American who led the nation in rushing his final season and finished fifth in Heisman voting
– Left Pitt as the second-leading rusher in school history (behind only Tony Dorsett) with 3,086 career rushing yards
– Rushed for at least 100 yards in every game of 1987 season.

41. Kevin Faulk, LSU, Running Back

-1996 First Team All-American who finished career ranked fourth in NCAA history in all-purpose yards (6,833)
-Three-time First Team All-SEC selection and 1995 SEC Freshman of the Year
– Set 11 school records during career and became first LSU back to average 100 yards per game during entire career.

40. Pete Mitchell, Boston College, Tight End

– Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1994
– Two-time First Team All-Big East performer, leading the conference in catches his last two seasons
– Ranks second all-time at BC in career receptions (190) and third all-time in career receiving yards (2,388).

39. Joe Garten, Colorado, Offensive Guard

-Two-time First Team All-America, garnering consensus honors in ’89 and unanimous laurels in ’90
– Led Buffs to 1990 National Championship and three-straight bowl berths
– Member of two Big Eight championship teams.

38. Mark Messner, Michigan, Defensive Tackle

– 1988 unanimous First Team All-American who was a Lombardi Award finalist
– 1988 Big Ten Player of the Year and four-time First Team All-Big Ten selection
– Led Wolverines to four bowl berths and named MVP of 1985 Fiesta Bowl.

37. Herman Moore, Virginia, Wide Receiver

-1990 consensus First Team All-American who finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting
– Holds the NCAA record for highest average gain per reception (22.0) with a minimum of 105 catches
– 1990 First Team All-ACC performer finished career as UVA’s all-time leader in receiving yards (2,504) and TD catches (27).

36. Kevin Smith, Texas A&M, Cornerback

-1991 consensus First Team All-American and leader of Aggie unit that led the nation in total defense (222.4 ypg)
– Three-time First Team All-SWC performer helped Aggies to the 1991 conference title
– A&M’s all-time career leader in INTs (20), INT return yards (289) and INTs returned for a touchdown (3).

2022 Hall of Fame Ballot Rankings
Hall of the Very Good | Probably Should Be In
No-Doubters | Coaches

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