Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Poll: B1G's biggest Hall of Fame snub
By Adam Rittenberg
Tommie Frazier's unnecessarily long wait to enter the College Football Hall of Fame finally ended Tuesday when the Nebraska quarterback joined 11 other players and two coaches in the class of 2013.
Frazier, perhaps more than any other eligible player, was deemed deserving of a Hall of Fame spot but had been snubbed year after year. He no longer carries that label. So who does?
Today's poll asks which former player from the Big Ten, Nebraska or Penn State (before Penn State joined the Big Ten) most deserves to be in the College Football Hall of Fame. To be eligible for a Hall pass, a player must be:
- A first-team All-American
- Between 10-50 years removed from his final college season
- Finished with his professional playing career
- A good citizen off of the field following his college career
Let's look at five eligible candidates for Hall of Fame selection with some bio tidbits for each ...
Trev Alberts, LB, Nebraska, 1990-93: Named unanimous first-team All-America, Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year and Academic All-America in 1993, when he led the Huskers with 96 tackles, including 47 solo stops, and tied a school record with 15 sacks for 88 yards. He won the 1993 Butkus Award (still only Nebraska player to do so) and twice earned first-team all-conference honors. Alberts earned second-team All-America honors in 1992, when he had 73 tackles, including 11 for loss. He also was Big Eight Defensive Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 1990 and had his number retired in 1994.
Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska, 1997-2001: Crouch won the 2001 Heisman Trophy as well as the Walter Camp and Davey O'Brien awards. He was a first-team All-America selection and won Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors after recording 1,115 rush yards and 18 touchdowns to go along with 1,510 pass yards and seven scores. He also earned All-Big 12 honors in 1999 and 2000. Crouch set the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (59) as well as 32 Nebraska marks, including longest run (95 yards) and rushing yards by a quarterback (191 at Missouri). Crouch won Fiesta Bowl MVP honors after leading Nebraska past Tennessee in the 2000 game.
John "Jumbo" Elliott, OT, Michigan, 1984-87: Elliott earned first-team All-America honors in each of his final two seasons for the Wolverines, including a consensus selection as a senior in 1987. A two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Elliott helped Michigan share the 1986 Big Ten title and cleared a path for standout running back Jamie Morris. He started four seasons for the Wolverines, finished his career as one of the biggest players in team history and was selected by the New York Giants in the second round of the 1988 NFL draft.
Antwaan Randle El, QB, Indiana, 1998-2001: A transformative figure in Big Ten quarterback play, Randle El was Big Ten MVP, a first-team All-American and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2001. He earned All-Big Ten honors from 1999-2001. He was the first player in NCAA history to score 40 touchdowns (45) and throw for 40 TDs (42), the first to record over 2,500 total yards in four seasons, and the first to both pass for over 6,000 yards and rush for over 3,000 yards. Randle El also won Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 1998.
Lorenzo White, RB, Michigan State, 1984-87: White earned first-team All-America honors in both 1985 (unanimous) and 1987 (consensus), finishing fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in both seasons. He led the nation in rushing as a sophomore in 1985 with 2,066 yards, which marked a Big Ten record at the time and remains the third-highest single-season total in team history. He was the first Spartan to lead the team in rushing in four consecutive seasons and helped Michigan State to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl championship as a senior in 1987. White also started the bell-cow running back tradition in East Lansing, racking up 419 carries in 1985, which remains a league record.