Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
The National Football Foundation announced Tuesday the 76 players and six coaches who comprise the 2009 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, and the list includes 14 former Pac-10 players and three former coaches.
The Hall of Fame class will be announced live on ESPNEWS at a noon (EST) news conference on April 30. They will be inducted at The National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner on December 8, 2009 at the landmark Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-America by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football.
Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60 percent of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years; be retired from coaching and over the age of 70 (no waiting period); or over the age of 75 (active coaches eligible).
In both cases, the candidate's post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.
Of the 4.6 million individuals who have played college football, only 846 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. From the coaching ranks, 182 have been elected.
For all 76 names, see this link.
The Pac-10 candidates are:
Steve Bartkowski, California, quarterback (1972-74)
Bob Berry, Oregon, quarterback (1962-64)
Bob Breunig*, Arizona State, linebacker (1972-74)
Chuck Cecil, Arizona, defensive back (1984-87)
Randy Cross, UCLA, offensive guard (1973-75)
Sam Cunningham, Southern California, running back (1970-72)
Bill Enyart, Oregon State, fullback (1966-68)
Ken Margerum*, Stanford, wide receiver (1977-80)
Marlin McKeever, Southern California, tight end (1958-60)
Ken Norton, Jr., UCLA, linebacker (1984-87)
Jonathan Ogden*, UCLA, offensive tackle (1992-95)
Ron Rivera, California, linebacker (1980-83)
Pat Tillman, Arizona State, linebacker (1994-97)
Clarence Williams, Washington State, running back (1962-64)
First-time ballot members are indicated with an asterisk.
William "Lone Star" Dietz, Washington State (1915-17)
John Robinson, Southern California (1976-82, 1993-97)
Darryl Rogers, Arizona State (1980-84)
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Few linebackers entered the 2008 season more hyped than USC's Rey Maualuga. His blow-up hits were YouTube sensations and his amazing physical skills had him high on most NFL draft boards.
Yet Maualuga only had seven tackles in the first two games. He was battling through a variety of injuries, but he also wasn't playing terribly well. He had 12 tackles against Oregon State, but it wasn't a performance that made him -- or any Trojan, for that matter -- proud.
The diagnosis was fairly simple: He was trying to do too much.
"Coming into the season, I felt like I had to play up to everyone's expectations and be this ideal player that everyone had me as -- I had to do this, I had to do that. 'Rey has to have three sacks a game!'" he said. "Basically, I was being a person I wasn't. I was trying to be what people wanted me to be.
He talked to his coaches, particularly linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr.
"I realized that every play doesn't have to be a special play or a remarkable hit -- make the plays you can make," he said.
After sitting out the Oregon game with a knee injury, Maualuga has 28 tackles in the last four games -- three shutouts and a 17-10 victory over Arizona -- and now again leads the Trojans with 47.
By playing within the system, he's not overrunning plays. And by focusing only on his responsibilities, he's playing faster while being more under control
"When you know what's going on it allows you to play fast," he said.
Whether Maualuga fills his closet with a bunch of awards after the season ends or not, he's already received an honor that he clearly values.
"Coach Carroll said I've been playing the best since I've been here," he said.