Three former Penn State football players have made the 2017 ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame. All of them played for undefeated teams while in Happy Valley.
Leading the way is record-setting quarterback Kerry Collins (shown above), who was a consensus first-team All-American in 1994 while leading the Nittany Lions to a perfect 12-0 record. Collins won the Maxwell Trophy and Davey O’Brien Awards that year after posting a PSU record efficiency rating of 172.9.
Also up for the Hall are two key players from State’s 1986 national championship team.
D.J. Dozier was a consensus first-team All-America running back on that squad while becoming the first player to lead the Lions in rushing for four straight seasons. He remains the only PSU player to accomplish that feat. Dozier ranks sixth in career rushing yards at Penn State with 3,227.
Also making the cut from the 1986 team is offensive lineman Steve Wisniewski, though he was only a sophomore that year. Wisniewski went on to win All-America honors in 1987 and 1988.
There are 18 former Nittany Lion players in the Hall of Fame, with Shane Conlan being the last to be inducted (2014). Five former PSU coaches are in the Hall, with Joe Paterno (2007) being the last to get the nod.
The 2017 Hall of Fame ballot includes 75 former FBS players. You can see the entire list at this link.