Harris, Talley On Hall Ballot

Two Mountaineer stars from the 1980s are on the 2009 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Major Harris and Darryl Talley, stalwarts of Don Nehlen's teams in the decade, are among the 76 players on the ballot.

Harris, quarterback, was named First Team All-America in 1989. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1989 and fifth in 1988. He became the first player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 career yards and pass for more than 5,000.

Talley, a linebacker, was named unanimous First Team All-America in 1982. He is second all-time in career tackles at WVU with 484, and is a member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame.

Just making it this far is an accomplishment, as the initial pool of 1,900 first team All-America selections are culled to the final number.

"It's an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 4.6 million people have played college football," said National Football Foundation President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "The Hall's requirement of being a First Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of individuals who are even eligible to be on the ballot, so being in today's group of 76 names means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game."

To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-America by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least ten years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football.

To date, only 846 players have earned enshrinement in the Hall. This year's FBS Hall of Fame Class will be announced live on ESPNEWS at a noon press conference in New York City on April 30 and inducted at The National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner on December 8, 2009 at the landmark Waldorf-Astoria Hotel also in New York City. They will be officially enshrined at the Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. in the summer of 2010.


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