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Candidates for College Hall to include Matt Leinart, Brian Urlacher

Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart of USC and former New Mexico star Brian Urlacher are among the players making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

The National Football Foundation released the list of players and coaches being considered for selection to the Hall of Fame this year. The new Hall of Fame class will be announced Jan. 8, 2016, in Glendale, Arizona, where the College Football Playoff championship game will be held.

Leinart won the Heisman and led the Trojans to the national championship in 2004. Heisman winners Eric Crouch (2001) and Rashaan Salaam (1994) are also among the 76 players in the FBS up for election.

Urlacher was the Mountain West player of the year in 1999 before having a standout career with the Chicago Bears.