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Roundtable: Which B1G player should be in the College Hall of Fame?

The 2016 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame was released Tuesday so, naturally, three of us at the Big Ten blog decided to take a closer look at the most deserving players on the 81-person list.

There were 24 Big Ten players -- and one coach -- to choose from, and each of us was able to pick only one. The question: Which Big Ten player is most deserving of induction into the Hall of Fame?

Dan Murphy: Nebraska QB Eric Crouch

There's no reason any Heisman Trophy winner should have to wait for a seat in the Hall of Fame. Crouch, who won the sport's highest honor in 2001, set career records for touchdown (88) and total offensive yards (7,915) at a school where football records don't fall easily. For four years, he was a major part of the Cornhuskers' triple option attack at a time when that offense was near the peak of its influence on the college game. Fellow Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier got his overdue invitation to the Hall a few years ago. This time around it should be Crouch's turn.

Brian Bennett: Illinois LB Simeon Rice

What more could you ask for from a defensive player? Rice was a two-time All-American who still holds the Big Ten record for career sacks with 44.5. He had 16 during his junior season of 1994 and 12.5 as a senior before going on to a standout career as a defensive end in the NFL. He was one of the best pass rushers in his generation and deserves a spot in the Hall. As a bonus, Rice is a filmmaker now, so perhaps he could shoot a documentary about his enshrinement.

Josh Moyer: Illinois LB Dana Howard

I waffled between Howard and Rice -- who played together -- but, in the end, I felt Howard's production trumped Rice's talent. After all, it's difficult to find a more consistent player. Howard was a four-time All-Big Ten selection who earned first-team honors three times. He also recorded at least 100 tackles every season, twice earned first-team All-America honors and became the first Illinois player to win the Butkus and Lambert awards. Oh, and he was a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year who, on one All-Time Illini team, received a single first-place vote over Dick Butkus. (Now, I'm certainly not saying Howard is better than Butkus -- but the fact one expert did should speak volumes.) There are obviously a lot of talented players on the ballot this season, but if you compare Howard's accolades and numbers to linebackers already in the Hall of Fame, it sure becomes a head-scratcher as to why he's not in already.