NCF Nation: Charles Alexander
On Tuesday, Alexander, who played at LSU from 1975-78, was honored for his grueling play by being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
During his famed LSU career, the bruising Alexander was selected as a two-time, first-team All-American (1977 and 1978) and finished his LSU career with nine SEC records, tied for another and held 27 school records. He still owns the LSU records for most rushes in a game (43), most yards in a season (1,686) and yards per game in a single season (153.3).
Even after a rough debut with the Tigers as a freshman in 1975, Alexander went on to total 1,177 rushing yards as a backup during his first two years, including 876 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore.
The next two years were stellar for Alexander, as he rushed for 2,858 yards on 592 carries. He averaged 28.3 and 25.5 carries per game, respectively, during those two years -- ˙˙˙the top two marks in LSU’s record books.
He ranks third all time in school history in career rushing yards (4,035) and rushing touchdowns (40).
Alexander’s record-breaking year in 1977, in which he ran away with LSU’s single-season rushing record, was highlighted by four big individual performances in which he ran for 237 yards against Oregon, 231 against Wyoming, 199 against Tulane and 183 against Vanderbilt -- all LSU wins.
Alexander was later a first-round NFL draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 and played seven seasons in the league, starting Super Bowl XVI in 1982.
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
The 2009 College Football Hall of Fame ballot has been released, and 13 of the players are from SEC schools.
There are no SEC coaches on the ballot this year.
The FBS Hall of Fame class will be announced live on ESPNEWS at a noon press conference in New York City on April 30 and inducted at The National Football Foundation's annual awards dinner on Dec. 8, 2009, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
The players from SEC schools on the ballot include Ole Miss fullback Billy Ray Adams (1959-61), LSU running back Charles Alexander (1975-78), Arkansas center Ronnie Caveness (1962-64), Auburn fullback Ed Dyas (1958-60), Tennessee receiver Willie Gault (1979-82), Alabama running back Bobby Humphrey (1985-88), Alabama linebacker Woodrow Lowe (1972-75), Tennessee defensive back Bobby Majors (1969-71), Auburn defensive tackle Ken Rice (1958-60), Georgia defensive back Jake Scott (1967-68), Tennessee receiver Larry Seivers (1974-76), South Carolina receiver Sterling Sharpe (1984-87) and Ole Miss offensive/defensive guard Marvin Terrell (1957-59).
Alexander, Humphrey and Rice are on the ballot for the first time.
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