College Football Hall Ballot Includes Indiana Connections
Eight players from Indiana colleges are on the ballot for the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame. A total of 110 players and coaches in multiple levels of the game are represented. Winners will be announced during a ceremony January 8 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Players from the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Indiana University, the University of Indianapolis, Valparaiso University and Ball State University are on this year's ballot.
The process involves votes from more than 12,000 members of the National Football Foundation and current Hall of Famers that are submitted to the foundation's "Honors Courts," who decide on the 2018 class. The courts are comprised of "an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletic administrators, Hall of Famers and members of the media."
FBS player candidates that played at schools in Indiana include:
- Mark Bavaro, Notre Dame Tight End - First Team All-American by the AP in 1984
- Larry Burton, Purdue Split End - First Team All-American and Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1974
- Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame Wide Receiver - Two-time First Team All-American in 1989 and 1990
- Antwaan Randle El, Indiana Quarterback - 2001 First Team All-American
- Aaron Taylor, Notre Dame Offensive Tackle - First Team All-American in 1992 and 1993
Divisional player candidates that played at schools in Indiana include:
- Tom Collins, UIndy Defensive Back - First Team All-American in 1985
- Gary Puetz, Valparaiso Offensive Tackle - Two-time First Team All-America selection in 1971 and 1972
- Terry Schmidt, Ball State Defensive Back - First Team All-American in 1973
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