Ok, if you saw Saturday's post about final nominations then just go ahead and disregard that. I had some issues cleared up about the nomination process, and bottom line is every college blog across the entire SB Nation network, including MinerRush will have up to 5 nominees.
From there, only 20 total players will be inducted into this year's SB Nation College Football Hall of Fame. Every year 20 more people will be inducted, but in this the first year, the goal is to get the best of the best into the hall. I realize that this will mean that a ton of deserving players will not be able to get in now, but hopefully their time will come.
So, here's how things will work: I think that there are a couple of players from Conference USA schools that are head and shoulders above everyone else when it comes to their college accomplishments, and I think they should automatically get nominations. Those guys are Andre Ware and Eric Dickerson.
That will mean that no other quarterbacks or running backs can be nominated by us for this first class as only one player can be nominated per position. But, this is where you come in. I'm going to set up a poll with a handful of names, and the nominees will be determined by vote count. Since there are so few spots available, you will be asked to give your top choice for nomination. Remember, there are only 20 total player inducted this year, so we want to nominate players who we truly think have a chance to get in. Here are the players to vote on.
Chuck Hughes- UTEP - WR - 1963-1966
Hughes was a beast of a player for the Miners as a WR in the 1960s. He holds various UTEP (Texas Western) records including most all purpose yards in a game (401, also is 2nd on list with 360 in another game same year), most yards per reception with an amazing 34.9 ypc average in 1965, most receptions in a single game with 17, first in all purpose yards per game with 204 pg in 65', and also hold the record for most receiving yards in a season with 1,519 (65'). Hughes was drafted by the Eagles in 1967, but never lived up to his numbers in college. In 1971, while playing for the Detroit Lions, Hughes suffered a fatal heart attack, and died on the field. He remains the only player in NFL history, to die on the field during a game.
Barron Wortham - UTEP - LB - 1990-1993
Wortham enjoyed an amazing career for the Miners, racking up 566 total tackles, and 43 tackles for loss. The 566 tackles rank him 12th in NCAA football history(records kept since 1975), and 1st all time in UTEP history. As a freshman he was named the WAC Freshman of the Year, and as a sophomore, junior, and senior he was named to the All-WAC team. Also as a senior, Wortham was named the WAC defensive player of the year. He got drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1994 and spent seven seasons in the NFL with Houston and Dallas.
Wilson Whitley - Houston - DL - 1972-1976
Whitley was a consensus All American defensive tackle at Houston, and was also the winner of the Lombardi award in 1976, an award given to the nation's top defensive lineman. He was also named to the Southwest Conference's All-Decade team for the 1970's. Whitley played 6 season with the Cincinatti Bengals, but tragically passed at the age of 37, due to a heart condition. He was inducted into the College Football HOF in 2007.
Troy Brown - Marshall - WR - 1989-1992
Brown was an amazing receiver, and a dangerous kick/punt returner. He was part of a Marshall team that made back to back national title appearances at the D-1AA level, winning it all in 1992. He totaled 139 receptions for 2,746 yards and 24 TDs, and also racked up 1,825 return yards while at Marshall. He also went on to a 15 year NFL career. In 2010, he was inducted into the college football hall of fame.He
Mike Barber - Marshall - WR- 1985-1988
Barber was a two time first team All-America selection, and was also named the college football player of the year in 1988 by the American Football Coaches Association. In 1987, he led the nation in receiving with 106 receptions for 1,757 yards. He was drafted by the San Fransisco 49ers, and enjoyed a five year NFL career. In 2005, he was inducted into the college football hall of fame.
Ray Guy - Southern Miss - ST - 1969-1972
Guy was an exceptional placekicker and punter throughout his college and professional career, but also played defensive back and quarterback. At Southern Miss he once kicked a 61 yard FG, a record at the time, in a snow storm, and intercepted 8 passes his senior year as an All-American defensive back. He played 14 years in the NFL, and was inducted into the college football hall of fame in 2004. Also, in 2000 the Ray Guy award was made, and is given every year to the nation's best punter.
Roddy White - UAB - WR - 2001-2004
White was a standout receiver while at UAB, compiling 3,112 receiving yards and 26 TDs, on 164 receptions. His senior year he had 1,452 yards receiving, which fell 5 yards short of the single season mark at UAB. He also helped UAB reach their only bowl game in 2004. Roddy White was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2005, and is still a member of that team.