Former Football Stars IU Dunbar and Randle El on College Hall of Fame Ballot – The Daily Hoosier


The National Football Foundation (NFF) and the College Hall of Fame announced the names for the 2023 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday.

The roster includes a pair of Indiana All-Americans, running back Vaughn Dunbar (1990-91) and quarterback Antwaan Randle El (1998-01).

Dunbar and Randle El are among 80 players and nine coaches from the Football Bowl subdivision and 96 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks to vote.

“It’s a huge honor to be on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot given that more than 5.54 million people have played college football and only 1,056 players have been inducted,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell said in a statement.

Dunbar was a unanimous first-team All-American in 1991 when he led the nation in rushing (1,805) and finished sixth in Heisman voting. The running back was a first-team All-Big Ten selection that season when he led the conference with 150.4 yards per game. He posted consecutive 1,000 yard seasons and finished his career No. 3 on the career rushing charts at IU with 3,029 yards, a total that currently ranks No. 7 all-time in league history. program.

Dunbar led the Hoosiers to a pair of bowl appearances and rushed for a total of 197 yards in the 1990 Peach Bowl and 1991 Copper Bowl. In a 24-0 victory over the Baylor Copper Bowl, Dunbar rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown to earn MVP honors at Arizona Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

One of the most dynamic offensive artists in college football history, Randle El was the first quarterback to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year honors in a career, winning the award of the Top Rookie in 1998 and Player of the Year honors in 2001. A 2001 First Team All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of American, he finished 6th in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 2001, after finishing 13th in 2000.

Randle El was the first player in NCAA history to score 40 touchdowns (45) and throw for 40 touchdowns (42) in a career, the first to record more than 2,500 total rushing yards in four seasons, the first to pass for over 6,000 yards and rush for over 3,000 yards in a career. He remains the leader in IU career total offense (11,364), more than 3,000 yards clear of second place, and continues to rank No. 2 in career assists (7,469), number of rushing runs (3,895) and touchdowns (45).

The Thompson-Randle El Award, given to the top freshman football student-athlete in the Big Ten, is named in his honor. A terrific all-around athlete, while at Indiana, Randle El also played on the men’s basketball and baseball teams. He played in the NFL for 10 years with Pittsburgh and Washington and was a member of the Super Bowl winning team in Pittsburgh in 2005.

Indiana already has six members of the program enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, with Anthony Thompson the most recent selection in 2007. Alvin “Bo” McMillin (elected 1951), Pete Philos (1966), Zora Clevenger (1968) , George Taliaferro (1981) and John Tavener (1990) are also among the less than two hundredths of a percent (0.02%) of those who have played the game in the past 152 years to earn the accolade.

The announcement of the Class of 2023 College Football Hall of Fame will be made in early 2023, with specific details to be announced later.

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