Enyart inducted in College Hall of Fame

AS THE SAYING goes, better late than never. It was an honor long overdue but BeavGreat Bill Enyart has been inducted into the National Football Foundation 2011 College Football Hall of Fame.

Named First Team All-America in 1968, Enyart was a two-time First Team All-Pac-8 selection at Oregon State. He becomes the second OSU player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame joining Terry Baker, as well as former OSU coach Tommy Prothro.

An essential component to the 1967 "Giant Killers" team, Enyart helped the Beavers topple No. 2 Purdue, No. 1 USC and tie No. 2 UCLA as a junior. He boasted a 135-yard performance on 24 carries in the upset of the top-ranked Trojans.

His 1968 campaign was unmatched at OSU for more than two decades with school single-season records of 293 carries for 1,304 yards and 17 touchdowns. OSU played 10 games that season.

Each record stood until 1999, and still ranks in OSU's top ten. Enyart set school single-game records against Utah on Sept. 28, 1968 with 50 carries for 299 yards, and he still holds a share of the school record with four touchdowns at Kentucky later that season. The fullback also places in the top ten in Beavers' history with 492 career rushes for 2,155 yards and 25 scores en route to helping Oregon State to top 15 finishes as a junior and senior.

A two-time Academic All-American, Enyart earned a bachelor's degree in economics with honors from Oregon State in 1969. He was chosen with the first pick in the second round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He played three seasons for the Bills and Oakland Raiders, amassing 387 rushing yards and one touchdown on 105 carries. He also caught 54 passes for 421 yards and three additional scores.

Enyart currently works as a case worker for a Medicaid agency and resides in Bend, Ore. He is a member of the Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame and the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

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