14 players, two coaches elected to College Football Hall of Fame

By The Sports Xchange  |  Jan. 9, 2016 at 1:37 AM
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Fourteen former players and two coaches make up the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame class that was announced Friday by the National Football Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Included in the group that will be inducted in December were Florida State's Derrick Brooks, UNLV's Randall Cunningham, Ohio State's Tom Cousineau, Purdue's Rod Woodson and Washington State's Mike Utley.

Also on the list were LSU's Bert Jones, Iowa State's Troy Davis, North Carolina's William Fuller, Wisconsin's Tim Krumrie, Harvard's Pat McInally, Colorado's Herb Orvis, Georgia's Scott Woerner, Ashland's Bill Royce and Nebraska Omaha's Marlin Briscoe.

The two coaches were Bill Bowes of New Hampshire and Frank Girardi of Division III Lycoming (Pa.).

Utley, an offensive lineman, was paralyzed with a spinal cord injury suffered during an NFL game while he was playing for the Detroit Lions. He was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and a 1988 All-American for the Cougars before he broike three vertebrae during a Lions game against the Los Angeles Rams in 1991.

"This is very overwhelming," Utley said in a statement. "Washington State University and head coach Jim Walden gave me an opportunity and I told him I would give 100 percent of myself. Playing for the Cougars was a wonderful experience and hopefully I've been able to pay it forward."

Brooks was a two-time All-American linebacker who was on Florida State's first national championship team in 1993. Cousineau, also a linebacker, is the 25th Ohio State player named to the Hall of Fame.

Cunningham left UNLV in 1984 as the school's career passing and punting leader. Davis rushed for more than 2,000 yards in 1995 and 1996, the only FBS player to top 2,000 in a season twice during his career.

Royce, one of the top defensive players in Division II history, set a school record in 1993 with 20 1/2 sacks. Woodson was a three-time All-Big Ten selection from 1984 to 1986 and started all 45 games of his career.

Bowes has the most coaching wins in the Yankee Conference/Atlantic 10 with a 175-106-5 record from 1972 to 1998. Girardi's 257 wins in 36 years from 1972 to 2007 at Lycoming are the 16th-highest total in NCAA history in all divisions.

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