The initial list of 75 former college football stars to be nominated for the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class is out and three former Buckeyes are on the list.
Two former stars in the Ohio State backfield headline the Buckeye nominees as both Keith Byars and Jim Otis both made the cut. Byars ranks seventh in program history in career rushing yards with 3,200, sixth with 4,369 all-purpose yards and second with 50 touchdowns scored. He was named a unanimous All-American in 1984 while also finishing runner-up in the Heisman voting to Doug Flutie after rushing for a then-school record 1,764 yards.
Otis ranks 15th in program history with 2,542 career rushing yards and was a consensus All-American on Ohio State's 1968 national title team. He also ranks third in program history in rushing yards per game over a career, as he averaged 94.1 yards per contest. He is also one of four Buckeyes to lead the team in rushing for three seasons (1967-69).
The third Buckeye on the list is former offensive lineman Chris Ward, who played in the trenches for Ohio State from 1974-77. Ward was twice named a first team All-American in 1976-77 and a first team All-Big Ten selection three times. During his time as a Buckeye, OSU won four straight Big Ten titles and Archie Griffin won two Heisman trophies.
The announcement of the 2018 class is set to be announced Jan. 8, 2018 in Atlanta, the site of the 2018 College Football Playoff national title game.