College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot Includes Ohio State Players Byars, Otis, and Ward

College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot Includes Ohio State Players Byars, Otis, and Ward

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College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot Includes Ohio State Players Byars, Otis, and Ward


Keith Byars, Jim Otis, and Chris Ward all made it through the district screening committee for inclusion on the official College Football Hall of Fame ballot.


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College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot Includes Ohio State Players Byars, Otis, and Ward

Per a release from Ohio State, three Buckeye greats have made it onto the official ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame class of 2019.

In order to appear on the official ballot, players had to make it past a district screening committee first, and only three from a single program can advance. For a program like Ohio State, it can be tough to pair down the list but we now know that Keith Byars, Jim Otis, and Chris Ward will appear among the 76 total players from the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Here is the complete release from the folks at Ohio State along with some stats and notes:

Hall of Fame Ballot Includes Byars, Otis and Ward

Each advanced past district screening to appear on the Hall of Fame national ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Ohio State Buckeye greats – RB Keith Byars, FB Jim Otis and OT Chris Ward – have advanced past the district screening committee and are among the 76 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision named to the official ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced the ballot for the 2019 class today.

Only three nominees per school can advance past the district screening committee to the national ballot. The Buckeyes on the ballot, briefly:

  • RB #41 Keith Byars (hometown: Dayton, Ohio) – Ranks eighth at Ohio State in career rushing yards with 3,200, sixth with 4,369 all-purpose yards and second with 50 touchdowns scored … he was a unanimous All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1984 when he led the nation in rushing with a then-school record 1,764 yards, in all-purpose yards (a still-standing school record of 2,441 yards) and in scoring (144 points).
  • FB #35 Jim Otis (Celina, Ohio) – A member of the 1968 national championship team and a consensus All-American in 1968 … he is one of only four Buckeyes to lead the team in rushing for three seasons … ranks 16th at Ohio State in rushing with 2,542 career yards.
  • OT #79 Chris Ward (Dayton, Ohio) – Helped Ohio State win four consecutive Big Ten Conference championships … a two-time All-American, including consensus honors in 1976 and unanimous honors in 1977 … named first-team all-Big Ten Conference three times … helped pave the way for Archie Griffin’s second Heisman Trophy season.

Criteria for Hall of Fame consideration includes, first and foremost, first-team All-America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise its consensus All-America teams (Associated Press, Walter Camp, AFCA, FWAA and The Sporting News). While football achievements in college are of prime consideration, posts-football record as a citizen is also weighed.

The ballot was emailed today to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts, which will deliberate and select the class. The FBS Honors Court, chaired by NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin from Ohio State, and the Divisional Honors Court, chaired by former Marshall head coach, longtime athletics director and NFF Board Member Jack Lengyel, include an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletic administrators, Hall of Famers and members of the media.

The announcement of the 2019 Class will be made Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Ohio State Buckeyes (25) in the College Football Hall of Fame 

Player               Position          At OSU.. Inducted

Chic Harley       Halfback        1916-17, 19.. 1951

G. Stinchcomb   Halfback        1917-20…….. 1973

Wes Fesler         End                1928-30…….. 1954

Gomer Jones     Center            1934-35…….. 1978

Gust Zarnas       Guard             1935-37…….. 1975

Bill Willis          Tackle            1942-44…….. 1971

Les Horvath       Quarterback   1940-42, 44.. 1969

Warren Amling  Guard/Tackle 1944-46…….. 1984

Jim Daniel         Tackle            1939-41…….. 1977

Vic Janowicz     Halfback        1949-51…….. 1976

H. Cassady        Halfback        1952-55…….. 1979

Jim Parker         Guard             1954-56…….. 1974

A. Thomas         Guard             1955-57…….. 1989

Archie Griffin   Tailback         1972-75…….. 1986

Jim Stillwagon   Middle Guard 1968-70…….. 1991

Bob Ferguson    Fullback         1959-61…….. 1996

Randy Gradishar  Linebacker 1971-73……… 1998

John Hicks        Tackle            1970, ’72-73… 2001

Jack Tatum        Def. Back       1968-70…….. 2004

Jim Houston      End                1957-58…….. 2005

Rex Kern           Quarterback   1968-70…….. 2007

Chris Spielman  Linebacker     1984-87…….. 2009

Eddie George     Running Back 1992-95…….. 2012

Orlando Pace     Left Tackle     1994-96…….. 2014

Tom Cousineau Linebacker     1975-78…….. 2016

Most Players in the College Football Hall of Fame

FBS Schools

46 – Notre Dame

31 – USC

30 – Michigan

25 – Ohio State

22 – Army

21 – Oklahoma

19 – Pittsburgh

18 – Minnesota

18 – Navy

18 – Alabama

Most Inductees This Century – 2000-18

11 – USC

  9 – Notre Dame

  9 – Texas

  8 – Ohio State

  8 – Oklahoma

  8 – Michigan

  6 – Nebraska

  6 – Alabama

  5 – Pittsburgh

  5 – Penn State

  5 – Florida

  5 – Georgia

 

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