Faulk Listed on 2021 College Football HOF Ballot

by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
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Faulk Listed on 2021 College Football HOF Ballot

BATON ROUGE – Kevin Faulk, the leading rusher in LSU history and the Southeastern Conference’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards, is one of 78 players and seven coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision included on the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday. ?
One of the all-time LSU greats and a member of the Louisiana Sports, LSU Athletic and New England Patriots Halls of Fame, Faulk helped lead the Tigers to three bowl appearances from 1995-97. He earned first team Associated Press All-America honors as an all-purpose back in 1996.
 
Faulk retired from the NFL in 2012 after 13 years with the New England Patriots where he helped the franchise to three Super Bowl titles. Faulk, a 1999 graduate of LSU, currently serves as LSU’s running backs coach.   
 
Faulk finished his LSU career with a school-records for rushing yards (4,557), rushing touchdowns (46) and he holds the SEC record for all-purpose yards (6,833). Overall, Faulk still holds 10 LSU records. 
 
Faulk is looking to join an elite list of LSU Tigers in the College Football Hall of Fame. Former Tigers in the College Football Hall of Fame include: Gus Tinsley, Ken Kavanaugh Sr., Abe Mickal, Doc Fenton, Tommy Casanova, Billy Cannon, Jerry Stovall, Charles Alexander, Bert Jones, and Glenn Dorsey.
 
Former LSU coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame are Dana Bible, Mike Donahue, Biff Jones, Bernie Moore and Charles McClendon.
 
“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot considering more than 5.4 million people have played college football and only 1,027 players have been inducted,” said NFF 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 2021 College Football Hall of Fame Class Presented by ETT early next year.”

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.
 
The announcement of the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame Class Presented by ETT will be made in early 2021, with specific details to be announced in the future.
The 2021 College Football Hall of Fame Class Presented by ETT will be officially inducted during the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 7, 2021, 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 2021 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 that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise its 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. 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 2021 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1971 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 current athletics director, head coach or sports information director (SID) of a potential candidate’s collegiate institution. Nominations may also be submitted by the president/executive director of a dues-paying chapter of the National Football Foundation.

2021 HALL OF FAME BALLOT

FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION PLAYER CANDIDATES (VOTE FOR 12)

Candidates are listed alphabetically. This ballot includes candidates who were selected by the Honors Court and District Screening Committees.

CANDIDATE SCHOOL POSITION(S) YEARS
1. Flozell Adams Michigan State Offensive Tackle 1994-97
2. Morten Andersen Michigan State Placekicker 1978-81
3. Champ Bailey Georgia Defensive Back 1996-98
4. Harris Barton North Carolina Offensive Tackle 1983-86
5. Aaron Beasley West Virginia Defensive Back 1992-95
6. Eric Bieniemy Colorado Running Back 1987-90
7. Michael Bishop Kansas State Quarterback 1997-98
8. Jeff Bregel USC Offensive Guard 1983-86
9. Brandon Burlsworth Arkansas Offensive Guard 1995-98
10. Larry Burton Purdue Split End 1973-74
11. Gregg Carr Auburn Linebacker 1981-84
12. Matt Cavanaugh Pittsburgh Quarterback 1975-77
13. Tim Couch Kentucky Quarterback 1996-98
14. Brad Culpepper Florida Defensive Tackle 1988-91
15. Jack Del Rio USC Linebacker 1981-84
16. Jared DeVries Iowa Defensive Lineman 1995-98
17. Ken Dorsey Miami (Fla.) Quarterback 1999-02
18. Mike Doss Ohio State Defensive Back 1999-02
19. D.J. Dozier Penn State Running Back 1983-86
20. Jason Elam Hawaii Placekicker 1988-89, 1991-92
21. Bobby Engram Penn State Wide Receiver 1991, 1993-95
22. Kevin Faulk LSU Running Back 1995-98
23. Tony Franklin Texas A&M Placekicker 1975-78
24. Dwight Freeney Syracuse Defensive End 1998-01
25. David Fulcher Arizona State Defensive Back 1983-85
26. Robert Gallery Iowa Offensive Tackle 2000-03
27. Moe Gardner Illinois Defensive Tackle 1987-90
28. Willie Gault Tennessee Wide Receiver/Kick Returner 1979-82
29. Bob Golic Notre Dame Linebacker 1976-78
30. Tony Gonzalez California Tight End 1994-96
31. Dan Hampton Arkansas Defensive Tackle 1975-78
32. Byron Hanspard Texas Tech Running Back 1994-96
33. Al Harris Arizona State Defensive End 1975-78
34. Marvin Harrison Syracuse Kick Returner/Wide Receiver 1992-95
35. Mike Hass Oregon State Wide Receiver 2002-05
36. Josh Heupel Oklahoma Quarterback 1999-00
37. Craig Heyward Pittsburgh Running Back 1984, 1986-87
38. Chris Hudson Colorado Defensive Back 1991-94
39. Steve Hutchinson Michigan Offensive Lineman 1997-00
40. Larry Jacobson Nebraska Defensive Tackle 1969-71
41. Sebastian Janikowski Florida State Placekicker 1997-99
42. Marvin Jones Florida State Linebacker 1990-92
43. Antonio Langham Alabama Defensive Back 1990-93
44. James Laurinaitis Ohio State Linebacker 2005-08
45. John Lee UCLA Placekicker 1982-85
46. Ray Lewis Miami (Fla.) Linebacker 1993-95
47. Bobby Majors Tennessee Defensive Back/Punter 1969-71
48. Ed McCaffrey Stanford Wide Receiver 1986-87, 1989-90
49. Mark Messner Michigan Defensive Tackle 1985-88
50. Pete Mitchell Boston College Tight End 1991-94
51. Corey Moore Virginia Tech Defensive Lineman 1997-99
52. Dan Morgan Miami (Fla.) Linebacker 1997-00
53. Dan Neil Texas Offensive Lineman 1993-96
54. Ken Norton Jr. UCLA Linebacker 1984-87
55. Carson Palmer USC Quarterback 1998-02
56. Julius Peppers North Carolina Defensive End 1999-01
57. Antwaan Randle El Indiana Quarterback 1998-01
58. Simeon Rice Illinois Linebacker 1992-95
59. Ron Rivera California Linebacker 1980-83
60. Rashaan Salaam Colorado Tailback 1992-94
61. Chris Samuels Alabama Offensive Tackle 1996-99
62. Lucius Sanford Georgia Tech Linebacker 1974-77
63. Ken Simonton Oregon State Running Back 1998-01
64. Kenneth Sims Texas Defensive Tackle 1978-81
65. Barry Smith Florida State Wide Receiver 1970-72
66. C.J. Spiller Clemson Running Back/Kick Returner 2006-09
67. Darren Sproles Kansas State Running Back/Kick Returner 2001-04
68. Taylor Stubblefield Purdue Wide Receiver 2001-04
69. Aaron Taylor Notre Dame Offensive Tackle 1990-93
70. Andre Tippett Iowa Defensive End 1979-81
71. Troy Vincent Wisconsin Defensive Back 1988-91
72. Chris Ward Ohio State Offensive Tackle 1974-77
73. Zach Wiegert Nebraska Offensive Tackle 1991-94
74. Roy Williams Oklahoma Defensive Back 1999-01
75. Al Wilson Tennessee Linebacker 1995-98
76. Steve Wisniewski Penn State Offensive Guard 1985-88
77. Donnell Woolford Clemson Defensive Back 1985-88
78. Luis Zendejas Arizona State Placekicker 1981-84