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Dorsey, Faulk Named to 2020 College Football HOF Ballot

Dorsey, Faulk Named to 2020 College Football HOF Ballot

BATON ROUGE – Two all-time LSU greats – Kevin Faulk and Glenn Dorsey – have been placed on the ballot for the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation announced on Monday.

Faulk is a carryover on this year’s ballot, while Dorsey is making his first appearance on the list. In all, there are 76 players on the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot. In order to be considered for the College Football Hall of Fame, players must have been recognized as a first team All-America.

Faulk, who earned first team All-America honors as an all-purpose back in 1996, remains the Southeastern Conference record holder for all-purpose yards (6,833) and he’s the LSU record holder career rushing yards (4,557) and rushing touchdowns (46).

Faulk, a 1999 graduate of LSU, is currently the Director of Player Development for his alma mater.

Dorsey is the most decorated defensive player in school history, winning four national awards in 2007. Dorsey captured the Outland, Lombardi, Nagurski, and Lott Awards as a senior as he helped guide the Tigers to the national championship that season. He was also named SEC Defensive Player of the Year for the Tigers in 2007.

“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot when you think that more than 5.33 million people have played college football and only 1,010 players have been inducted,” said National Football Foundation President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The Hall’s requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of about 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. Being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to have ever played the game, and we look forward to announcing the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class in January.”

The ballot was emailed today to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts, which will deliberate and select the class. The FBS Honors Court, chaired by NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin from Ohio State, and the Divisional Honors Court, chaired by former Marshall head coach, longtime athletics director and NFF Board Member Jack Lengyel, include an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletic administrators, Hall of Famers and members of the media.

“Having a ballot and a voice in the selection of the College Football Hall of Fame inductees is one of the most cherished NFF member benefits,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee from Ole Miss. “There is no group more knowledgeable or passionate about college football than our membership, and the tradition of the ballot helps us engage them in the lofty responsibility of selecting those who have reached the pinnacle of achievement in our sport.”

The announcement of the 2020 Class will be made in January 2020 prior to the College Football Playoff Championship Game in New Orleans.

The 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class will officially be inducted during the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8, 2020, at the New York Hilton Midtown. They will also be honored at their respective schools with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the 2020 season.

The criteria for Hall of Fame consideration include:

  • First and foremost, a player must have received First-Team All-America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise their consensus All-America teams.
  • A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation’s Honors Courts 10 full seasons after his final year of intercollegiate football played.
  • While each nominee’s football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post-football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community and his fellow man, with love of his country. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether the candidate earned a college degree.
  • Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years.* For example, to be eligible for the 2020 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1970 or thereafter. In addition, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire.
  • A coach becomes eligible three full seasons after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head football coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage.
  • Nominations may only be submitted by the athletics director of a potential candidate’s collegiate institution; by the head coach or sports information director (SID) representing a dues-paying college/university; or by a dues-paying chapter of the National Football Foundation.

LSU currently has 10 former players and five former coaches enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame with quarterback Bert Jones being the most recent addition in 2016. Other former Tigers in the College Football Hall of Fame include: Gaynell Tinsley (1956), Ken Kavanaugh Sr. (1963), Abe Mickal (1967), Doc Fenton (1971), Tommy Casanova (1995), Billy Cannon (2008), Jerry Stovall (2010), and Charles Alexander (2012).

Former Tigers coaches in the Hall of Fame include: Dana Bible (1951), Mike Donahue (1951), Biff Jones (1954), Bernie Moore (1954) and Charles McClendon (1986).