College Football Hall of Famers Jeff Davis of Clemson, Charlie Ward of Florida State and Chris Zorich of Notre Dame will all be joining the Orange Bowl Committee as they are recognized during the AvMed Coaches Luncheon on January 4, 2010 at Jungle Island in Miami.
The trio will then be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the 2010 FedEx Orange
Bowl on January 5, 2010 at Land Shark Stadium which features ACC Coach of the Year
Paul Johnson and his Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets against Big Ten Coach of the Year
Kirk Ferentz and his Iowa Hawkeyes.
Known as "The Judge," Jeff Davis was the leader of the Clemson Tigers defense that
began the 1981 season as an unranked afterthought but finished the year as a squad
that became national champions and is regarded one of the more surprising stories in
college football history.
Davis played linebacker in 40 games for the Tigers,
starting in 35, and had 30 games where he had double-digit tackles, including 22 of
his final 23 games. As a senior, he was named the ACC's Most Valuable Player,
consensus All-American and concluded his career with a 24-tackle performance against
Nebraska in the Orange Bowl for the national championship, where he was named the
game's MVP. His 175 tackles was an all-time single-season school record. Davis
entered College Football's Hall of Fame in 2007.
After two years as a punter and back-up, Charlie Ward finally received an
opportunity at quarterback in 1992 leading the 'Noles to an ACC title as conference
Player of the Year, and FedEx Orange Bowl victory where he was named MVP. His senior
year saw Ward lead FSU to a FedEx Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska, and the
school's first national championship, when he was again named the game's MVP.
During that season, Ward threw 27 scoring passes with only four being intercepted as
he captured the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell, Camp and O'Brien awards. At the
time, his victory margin in the Heisman vote was the largest ever. Ward entered the
College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Chris Zorich began his collegiate career at Notre Dame as a linebacker, but was
moved to nose tackle early in his freshman year. Zorich became a first-team
All-America as a sophomore, despite having played sparingly as a freshman. In his
first game he had one and a half sacks and ten tackles against Michigan. He finished
the year third on the team in tackles as Notre Dame went undefeated and won the
national championship. Chris became a consensus All-American in 1989 as a junior. As
a senior, Zorich won the Lombardi Award and was recognized as a unanimous
All-America. In the final game of his collegiate career he was the Defensive Most
Valuable Player of the FedEx Orange Bowl. Zorich was enshrined in the College
Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
Davis going into Orange Bowl Hall
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