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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Among the greatest players in college football history, or at the very least are special enough to be in the Hall of Fame without question. Only ten get to go on the ballot, but all these players have to be in.

And before you get grouchy at this in any way, remember, this isn’t about who the most talented players were as much as it is about the most accomplished ones. You get bumped up if you win a Heisman and score extra points for taking a team to a national title.

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

19. Michael Bishop, Kansas State, Quarterback

– 1998 consensus First Team All-American and winner of the Davey O’Brien Award
– 1998 Heisman Trophy runner-up who led the Cats to 1998 Big 12 North title and berth in conference championship
– Two-time all-Big 12 selection, setting 14 conference and 34 school records by career’s end.

18. Steve Hutchinson, Michigan, Offensive Lineman

– 2000 unanimous First Team All-American who led the Wolverines to four bowl wins, including the 1997 National Championship at the Rose Bowl
– One of only seven players in conference history to be named a four-time First Team All-Big Ten selection
– Three-time Big Ten champion.

17. Mark Carrier, USC, Safety

-Two-time First Team All-American (1988-89), earning unanimous honors in 1989
– 1989 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back
– Two-time First Team All-Conference selection
– Led the Pac-10 in interceptions in 1989 with seven.

16. Marvin Jones, Florida State, Linebacker

– Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1991 and unanimous honors in 1992
– Winner of the 1992 Butkus and Lombardi awards
– Helped Seminoles to three consecutive bowl wins and top five final rankings.

15. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, Quarterback

– 2001 First Team consensus All-American
– First player in FBS history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in career
– Rushed for more yards than any QB in FBS history upon conclusion of career.

14. Mike Doss, Ohio State, Defensive Back

– Three-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous honors as a senior
– 2002 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection
– Led Buckeyes to the 2003 BCS National Championship, earning Defensive MVP honors.

13. Andrew Luck, Stanford, Quarterback

-2011 First Team All-American, winning the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year honors
– Two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up and two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year
– Stanford’s all-time career leader in TD passes (82) and passing efficiency (162.8), owning two of the top four passing seasons in school history.

12. Peter Warrick, Florida State, Wide Receiver

-Two-time First Team All-American (consensus-1998, unanimous-1999) led FSU to a national championship at the 2000 Sugar Bowl, earning MVP honors
– Two-time First Team All-ACC receiver finished career as the league’s all-time leader in receiving (3,517)
– FSU’s career leader in receiving TDs (32).

11. Josh Heupel, Oklahoma, Quarterback

– 2000 consensus First Team All-American and Walter Camp Player of the Year
– 2000 Heisman Trophy runner-up who led the Sooners to a national title at the 2001 Orange Bowl
– 2000 Big 12 Player of the Year who left OU with virtually every school passing record despite only playing two seasons.

10. LaVar Arrington, Penn State, Linebacker

-Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous honors in 1999
– Winner of both the Butkus and Bednarik awards in 1999 and finished ninth in Heisman Trophy voting his final season
– First sophomore in history to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (1998).

9. Eric Berry, Tennessee, Defensive Back

-Two-time unanimous First Team All-American (2008-09) and winner of the 2009 Thorpe Award
– 2008 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-SEC selection
– SEC’s all-time leader in career INT return yards (494) and single-season INT return yards (265 in 2008).

8. Bryant McKinnie, Miami, Offensive Tackle

-Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous honors in 2001
– 2001 Outland Trophy winner led the Canes to the 2001 national title and two Big East crowns
– Two-time consensus First Team All-Big East performer did not allow a sack during entire college career.

7. Julius Peppers, North Carolina, Defensive End

– 2001 unanimous First Team All-American and winner of the 2001 Bednarik and Lombardi awards
– Two-time First Team All-ACC selection, leading the conference in TFL (24) and sacks (15) in 2000
– 2001 Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year who finished 10th in Heisman Trophy voting

6. Ken Dorsey, Miami, Quarterback

– 2002 First Team All-American who led the Canes to back-to-back BCS Championship games, winning the national title his junior season
– Two-time Big East Co-Offensive Player of the Year and 2001 Maxwell Player of the Year
– Left Miami as the school record holder in career total offense and passing yards

5. James Laurinaitis, Ohio State, Linebacker

– Three-time First Team All-American (consensus-2006, 2008; unanimous-2007)
– Two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year who led the Buckeyes to two national championship games and four consecutive conference titles
– 2007 Butkus and 2006 Nagurski recipient, leading OSU in tackles three-straight seasons.

4. Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech, Wide Receiver

-Two-time unanimous First Team All-American (2007-08) who was the first two-time winner of the Biletnikoff Award
– 2007 AT&T All-America Player of the Year and two-time First Team All-Big 12 performer holds six FBS receiving records
– Tech’s all-time career leader in receiving TDs (41) and 100-yard games (15).

3. Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, Running Back

– 1994 unanimous First Team All-American and Heisman Trophy winner
– 1994 Walter Camp Player of the Year and Doak Walker Award recipient
– 1994 Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year who led nation in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards.

2. Roy Williams, Oklahoma, Defensive Back

– 2001 unanimous First Team All-American. Nagurski and Thorpe winner
– 2001 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year
– Led Sooners to the first 13-win season in program history and a national championship (2000)

1. Reggie Bush, USC, Running Back

-Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 2004 and unanimous accolades in 2005
– Named the 2005 Walter Camp Player of the Year and won the 2005 Doak Walker Award
– Two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year who led the Trojans to back-to-back national championships.

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