Harris, Talley On College Hall of Fame List

West Virginia University football stars Major Harris and Darryl Talley are on the just released list of nominees for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Talley and Harris are two of the 83 players and coaches who have passed through district screening committees to be considered for 2003 College Football Hall of Fame induction. The pair of West Virginia University standouts will appear on a ballot which is sent to more than 11,000 members of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

The votes of those members will then be submitted to the Foundation's Honors Court, which deliberates and is responsible for selecting the class.

The Hall of Fame Class will be announced in late March and inducted at The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's 46th Awards Dinner December 9, 2003, 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 by the NCAA, played their last year of intercollegiate football at least ten years prior to the date of their nomination, 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% of their games. In both cases, the candidate's post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.

Nomination sketches on the two Mountaineers on the list are as follows.

Major Harris-West Virginia-Quarterback: Named first team All-America in 1989. Finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1989 and fifth in 1988. Became the first player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 career yards and pass for more than 5,000. Held 23 WVU passing/total offense records.

Darryl Talley-West Virginia-Linebacker:: Named unanimous All-America in 1982. Holds the school's record for career tackles (484) and ranks second in career unassisted tackles (282). Member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame.

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