Harris, Toretta, MacPherson elected to Hall of Fame

April, 30, 2009
4/30/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Two players and a coach with Big East ties have been elected to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.

West Virginia quarterback Major Harris (1987-89), Miami quarterback Gino Torretta (1989-92) and Syrause coach Dick MacPherson (1981-90) were among the 18 inductees announced this afternoon.

A three-year starter at quarterback, Harris became the first player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 yards and pass for more than 5,000 yards in a career. As a sophomore, he led West Virginia to an undefeated season and a match-up versus Notre Dame for the national championship in the 1988 Fiesta Bowl while finishing fifth in Heisman Trophy voting. 

Torretta won the Heisman in 1992 was the Big East player of the year in 1991 and 1992. He currently holds the conference record for lowest career percentage of interceptions (1.94), passing yards in a single-game (485) and longest passing play (99) yards, also an NCAA record. Miami was 26-2 with him as a starter.

MacPherson was the national coach of the year in 1987, guiding the Orange to an 11-0-1 record and a No. 4 national ranking. He ranks third all-time at Syracuse for wins (66) and most seasons coached (10).  During his tenure as head coach, the Orange went to five bowl games, and he coached two collegiate Hall of Fame players (Tim Greene and Don McPherson) and eight All-Americans.

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