Special to the N.E.T. Sports Gazette
Capsules of the men being enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday: Hayden Fry ^Southern Methodist, 1962-72 ^North Texas State, 1973-78 ^Iowa, 1979-1998 A career record of 232-178-10, retiring 10th on the all-time list for wins. ... In 1966, he led the Mustangs to their first Southwest Conference title in 18 years. Was 143-89-6 in 20 seasons at Iowa, guiding the Hawkeyes to 14 bowl appearances, including three Rose Bowls.
^Ricky Bell ^Running back ^Southern California, 1973-76
Led USC to a 38-8-2
record, winning the national championship in the coaches
poll in 1974. ... Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1976, third
in 1975. ... Fourth on USC's career rushing list with
3,689 yards. ... Died in 1984 of heart disease.
^Murry Bowden ^Linebacker ^Dartmouth, 1968-70
Co-captain of 1970 team
that went 9-0, won the Ivy League and was ranked No. 14.
... Dartmouth allowed just 42 points, fewest in Division
I that season, registering six shutouts. ... Dartmouth
went 28-8 during his three seasons.
^Tom Brown ^Guard ^Minnesota, 1958-60
Finished second in Heisman
Trophy voting in 1960, highest finish for an interior
lineman. ... Helped Gophers go from last place in Big Ten
in 1959 to a league title and a national championship in
1960. ... In 1960 he won the Outland Trophy as the
outstanding collegiate interior lineman and was named Big
^Jimbo Covert ^Offensive tackle ^Pittsburgh, 1978-82
The Panthers went 31-5
during the three years he started, finishing No. 2 in
1980, No. 4 in 1981 and No. 10 in 1982. ... Allowed only
three sacks, none as a senior.
^Harold Davis ^Quarterback ^Westminster, 1953-56
The Titans went 28-1-1
during Davis' four years as quarterback, going undefeated
in 1953, 1955 and 1956. ... He was the first three-time
NAIA All-American in school history.
^Darrell Green ^Defensive back ^Texas A&I, 1978, 1980-82
A world-class sprinter at
Texas A&I, now known as Texas A&M-Kingsville. ...
He ran a 10.08 in the 100-meter dash for the Javelinas.
... He was named the Lone Star Conference most valuable
player in 1982.
^Garney Henley ^Halfback ^Huron, 1956-59
He set NAIA career records
with 394 points scored and more than 4,000 rushing yards
in leading Huron to a 27-5-2 record. ... Scored five
touchdowns in one game. ... Had never played or even seen
a football game before arriving at college.
^Jackie Hunt ^Halfback ^Marshall, 1938-41
Hunt scored 27 touchdowns
in 1940, setting an NCAA record he held for 31 years. ...
School-record 162 points in 1940 was broken by Randy Moss
(174) in 1996. ... He finished his career with 43
touchdowns, rushing for 1,956 yards. ... Died in 1991 at
the age of 71.
^Jerry LeVias ^Wide receiver ^Southern Methodist, 1966-68
First black player in the
Southwest Conference. ... In 1968, caught 80 passes for a
school record 1,131 yards. ... In 1966, helped SMU win
its first league championship in 18 years. Set school
records for catches in a game (15), in a season (80), in
a career (80) and yards in a season (1,131), career
(2,275) and career TD catches (22).
^Billy Neighbors ^Tackle ^Alabama, 1959-61
Two-way player who helped
lead Alabama to a 26-3-4 record over three years,
including three straight bowl appearances. ... Alabama
went 11-0 in 1961, with Neighbors leading a defense that
allowed just 25 points. ... The Crimson Tide won the
national championship in 1961 after winning the Sugar
Bowl. ... MVP of the Senior Bowl.
^Ron Pritchard ^Linebacker ^Arizona State, 1966-68
Arizona State's first
consensus All-America pick. ... A three-time All-Western
Athletic Conference selection. ... In 1968, he was
elected team captain and most valuable defensive player
by his teammates. ... Led the Sun Devils in tackles and
interceptions in 1968.
^John Rauch ^Quarterback ^Georgia, 1945-48
Started all 45 games of
his college career. ... In 1946 led Georgia to an 11-0
season, finishing No. 3 in the AP poll. ... Most Valuable
Player in the SEC as a senior in 1948. ... Was college
football's all-time passing leader when he graduated,
throwing for 4,044 yards.
^Dan Ross ^Tight end ^Northeastern, 1975-78
First Northeastern player
inducted into the Hall of Fame. ... Ross set school
records for single-season receptions (68), career
receptions (153), single-season receiving yards (988) and
career receiving yards (2,343).
^Barry Sanders ^Tailback ^Oklahoma State
Set 34 school records in
winning the Heisman Trophy in 1988, rushing for 2,628
yards and scoring 37 touchdowns. ... Played behind
Thurman Thomas for two years. ... In three years, Sanders
had 3,797 yards and 55 touchdowns.
^Bill Stromberg ^Wide receiver ^Johns Hopkins, 1978-81
First Johns Hopkins player
inducted into the Hall of Fame. ... Set school and NCAA
Division III career records for receptions (258),
receiving yards (3,776) and touchdowns (39). ... Twice
led the nation in receiving and twice was named Middle
Atlantic Conference MVP. ... Had 19 games where he had
more than 100 receiving yards.
^Joe Theismann ^Quarterback ^Notre Dame, 1968-70
Finished second to
Stanford's Jim Plunkett in Heisman Trophy balloting in
1970. ... Compiled a 20-3-2 record as a starter, throwing
for 4,411 yards and 31 touchdowns. ... Set school records
for passing yards in a game (526), season (2,429) and TD
passes in a season (16).
^Roger Wehrli ^Defensive back ^Missouri, 1966-68
A two-time All-Big Eight
player and defensive player of the year in 1968. ...
Wehrli still holds school records for punt returns (92),
and yards gained on punt returns in a game (156), season
(478) and career (1,062). ... Had seven interceptions in
^Coaches ^Tom Beck ^Illinois Benedictine, 1970-74 ^Elmhurst, 1976-83 ^Grand Valley State, 1985-90
Posted a 137-52-1 career
record. ... After Benedictine had 18 straight losing
seasons, he led the Eagles to a 37-21-1 record. ... After
Elmhurst had only two winning seasons in 23 years, he led
the Bluejays to a 50-22 record and two conference titles.
... Took over an 0-10 Grand Valley State team, led them
to a 50-18 record and two conference titles.
^Doug Dickey ^Tennessee, 1964-69 ^Florida, 1970-78
Career record of 104-58-6,
a .637 winning percentage. ... Tennessee was eight years
removed from its last eight-win season when Dickey
arrived. After a 4-5-1 start, he led the Vols to five
straight seasons of eight wins or more. Led the Vols to
two SEC championships. ... Posted a 58-43-2 record at
Florida, leading the Gators to four bowl appearances.
^Charlie Richard ^Baker, 1980-90, 1992-94
Coaching record of
123-28-1, an .813 winning percentage. ... In 14 seasons,
he guided the Wildcats to at least a share of 11
conference and 10 playoff appearances. ... Baker's teams
were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 poll for 128 consecutive
weeks at the end of the 1994 season. Died of a heart
attack in 1994.
^Dick Strahm ^Findlay, 1975-98
He had a record of 183-46-5 with 22 winning seasons at Findlay. ... Led Findlay to four NAIA national championships. ... He was a four-time NAIA coach of the year.
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