Hanratty among Hall finalists

Terry Hanratty, Dave Casper and Jim Seymour appear on this year's ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The following is a release courtesy Notre Dame athletics:

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The names of three former Notre Dame football all-stars -- Dave Casper, Terry Hanratty and Jim Seymour – appear on the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly NCAA Division I-A) ballot. The ballot contains names of 79 players and nine coaches vying for induction in 2011.

The ballot hit the mail to the more than 12,000 members of the NFF and College Hall of Fame whose votes will be recorded and submitted to the Foundation's honors court, which deliberates and is responsible for selecting the class. The honors court, a 13-member panel chaired by Gene Corrigan, the former Notre Dame athletic director, Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner and NCAA past president.

The Hall of Fame class will be announced May 11 and then inducted at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 6 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been chosen first-team All-America by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for its consensus All-America teams, played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior, played within the last 50 years and be retired from playing professional football.

Coaches must be out of the college coaching profession for at least three years, coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach, not be coaching on the professional level and have won at least 60 percent of their games. In both cases, the candidate's post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.

Once nominated for consideration, all player candidates are submitted to one of eight district screening committees, depending on their geographic location, which conducts a vote to determine who appears on the ballot and represents their respective districts. Each year, 15 candidates not selected for the Hall of Fame are named automatic holdovers and bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year.

Here are details on the three former Irish players on the ballot:

Terry Hanratty – Quarterback

Consensus first-team All-American in 1966 . . . finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 1968,sixth in 1966 and ninth in 1967 . . . led Irish to 1966 national championship . . . set Notre Dame career marks for pass completions, passing yards and TD passes . . . career statistics include 304 pass completions on 550 attempts for 4,152 yards and 27 TDs . . . still holds Irish record for pass attempts in a game with 63 against Purdue in 1967 . . . three-year starter for Notre Dame at quarterback in 1966-68.

Dave Casper – Offensive Lineman/Tight End

1973 consensus first-team All-American . . . played in 1974 Hula Bowl and College All-Star Game . . .Notre Dame co-captain and offensive MVP in 1973 on national championship team . . . 1973 Academic All-America selection . . . received post-graduate scholarships from NCAA and National Football Foundation . . . received NCAA Silver Anniversary Award and is member of Academic All-America Hall of Fame.

Jim Seymour – End

Two-time first-team All-America selection in 1967-68 . . . led the team in receiving from 1966-68 . . . set Notre Dame career records for receptions (138) and receiving yards (2,113) and for pass receptions in a game (13 vs. Purdue in 1966) and still holds record for receiving yards in a game (276 in that same game).

With 121 chapters and more than 12,000 members nationwide, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, a non-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in America's young people. NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., Play It Smart, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, and annual scholarships of nearly $1 million for college and high school scholar-athletes.

Notre Dame has 43 former players and six former coaches already enshrined in the Hall of Fame, providing more inductees than any other institution. The most recent addition is former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown, who was inducted in 2009 and enshrined in July 2010 in South Bend.

Football Bowl Subdivision Player Candidates

  1. *Carlos Alvarez, Florida, Wide Receiver, 1969-71
  2. Otis Armstrong, Purdue, Running Back, 1970-72
  3. Steve Bartkowski, California, Quarterback, 1972-74
  4. Hal Bedsole, Southern California, Split End, 1961-63
  5. Bob Berry, Oregon, Quarterback, 1962-64
  6. Eric Bieniemy, Colorado, Running Back, 1987-90
  7. Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma, Linebacker, 1984-86
  8. *Ted Brown, North Carolina State, Tailback, 1975-78
  9. Bob Breunig, Arizona State, Linebacker, 1972-74
  10. Tedy Bruschi, Arizona, Defensive End, 1992-95
  11. *Brandon Burlsworth, Arkansas, Offensive Guard, 1995-98
  12. Dave Butz, Purdue, Defensive Tackle, 1970-72
  13. Mark Carrier, Southern California, Defensive Back, 1987-89
  14. Dave Casper, Notre Dame, Tight End, 1971-73
  15. Gary Collins, Maryland, Wide Receiver, 1958-61
  16. Marv Cook, Iowa, Tight End, 1985-88
  17. Randall Cunningham, Nevada-Las Vegas, Punter, 1982-84
  18. Eric Dickerson, Southern Methodist, Running Back, 1979-82
  19. Bobby Douglass, Kansas, Quarterback, 1966-68
  20. D.J. Dozier, Penn State, Running Back, 1983-86
  21. Don Dufek, Michigan, Defensive Back, 1973-75
  22. Doug English, Texas, Defensive Tackle, 1972-74
  23. Bill Enyart, Oregon State, Fullback, 1966-68
  24. Dave Foley, Ohio State, Offensive Tackle, 1966-68
  25. Tony Franklin, Texas A&M, Placekicker, 1975-78
  26. *Tommie Frazier, Nebraska, Quarterback, 1992-95
  27. Moe Gardner, Illinois, Defensive Tackle, 1987-90
  28. *Joe Garten, Colorado, Offensive Guard, 1987-90
  29. Willie Gault, Tennessee, Wide Receiver, 1979-82
  30. Eddie George, Ohio State, Running Back, 1992-95
  31. Kirk Gibson, Michigan State, Wide Receiver, 1975-78
  32. Charlie Gogolak, Princeton, Placekicker, 1963-65
  33. Jerry Gray, Texas, Defensive Back, 1981-84
  34. Curtis Greer, Michigan, Defensive Tackle, 1976-79
  35. *Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech, Quarterback, 1996-99
  36. Terry Hanratty, Notre Dame, Quarterback, 1966-68
  37. Al Harris, Arizona State, Defensive End, 1975-78
  38. *Leotis Harris, Arkansas, Offensive Guard, 1974-77
  39. Bobby Humphrey, Alabama, Running Back, 1985-88
  40. Dick Jauron, Yale, Running Back, 1970-72
  41. Tommy Kramer, Rice, Quarterback, 1973-76
  42. Tim Krumrie, Wisconsin, Defensive Lineman, 1979-83
  43. *Greg Lewis, Washington, Running Back, 1987-90
  44. Jess Lewis, Oregon State, Defensive Tackle, 1966-67, 1969
  45. *Marty Lyons, Alabama, Defensive Tackle, 1975-78
  46. Robert Lytle, Michigan, Running Back, 1974-76
  47. Bobby Majors, Tennessee, Defensive Back, 1969-71
  48. Paul Martha, Pittsburgh, Running Back, 1961-63
  49. Russell Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Defensive Tackle, 1986-90
  50. Duncan McColl, Stanford, Defensive End, 1973-76
  51. Art Monk, Syracuse, Wide Receiver, 1976-79
  52. Paul Naumoff, Tennessee, Linebacker, 1964-66
  53. Tom Nowatzke, Indiana, Fullback, 1961-64
  54. Jonathan Ogden, UCLA, Offensive Tackle, 1992-95
  55. Philip Olsen, Utah State, Defensive End, 1967-69
  56. Jim Otis, Ohio State, Fullback, 1967-69
  57. *Anthony Poindexter, Virginia, Defensive Back, 1995-98
  58. Ron Rivera, California, Linebacker, 1980-83
  59. *Willie Roaf, Louisiana Tech, Offensive Lineman, 1990-92
  60. Mike Ruth, Boston College, Nose Guard, 1982-85
  61. Deion Sanders, Florida State, Defensive Back, 1985-88
  62. Jake Scott, Georgia, Defensive Back, 1967-68
  63. Jim Seymour, Notre Dame, Wide Receiver, 1966-68
  64. Sterling Sharpe, South Carolina, Wide Receiver, 1984-87
  65. Will Shields, Nebraska, Offensive Guard, 1989-92
  66. Rod Shoate, Oklahoma, Linebacker, 1972-74
  67. *Sandy Stephens, Minnesota, Quarterback, 1959-61
  68. Matt Stinchcomb, Georgia, Offensive Tackle, 1995-98
  69. Darryl Talley, West Virginia, Linebacker, 1979-82
  70. *Derrick Thomas, Alabama, Linebacker, 1985-88
  71. *Scott Thomas, Air Force, Safety, 1982-85
  72. Don Trull, Baylor, Quarterback, 1961-63
  73. *Rob Waldrop, Arizona, Defensive Lineman, 1990-93
  74. Wesley Walls, Mississippi, Tight End, 1985-88
  75. *Gene Washington, Michigan State, Wide Receiver, 1964-66
  76. *Lorenzo White, Michigan State, Running Back, 1984-87
  77. Clarence Williams, Washington State, Running Back, 1962-64
  78. Steve Wisniewski, Penn State, Offensive Guard, 1985-88
  79. Scott Woerner, Georgia, Defensive Back, 1977-80

Football Bowl Subdivision Coach Candidates

  1. Jim Carlen - West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74), South Carolina (1975-1981); with a 107-69-6 record (.604)
  2. *Lloyd Carr - Michigan (1995-2007); with a 122-40-0 record (.753)
  3. *Fisher DeBerry - Air Force (1984-2006); with a 169-109-1 record (.608)
  4. Wayne Hardin - Navy (1959-64), Temple (1970-82); with a 118-74-5 record (.612)
  5. *Jimmy Johnson - Oklahoma State ( 1979-83), Miami, Fla. (1984-88); with a 81-34-3 record (.700)
  6. Bill McCartney - Colorado (1982-94); with a 93-55-5 record (.624)
  7. Billy Jack Murphy - Memphis (1958-71); with a 91-44-1 record (.673)
  8. Darryl Rogers - Cal State-Hayward (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84); with a 129-84-7 record (.602)
  9. *R.C. Slocum - Texas A&M (1989-2002); with a 123-47-2 record (.721)

First-time ballot members are indicated with an asterisk (*).


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