College Football HOF: Notable members of newest class
Michigan Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr
CAPTION: Jan. 1, 2008; Orlando, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr during the Wolverines 41-35 win over the Florida Gators in the Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Scott A. Miller-US PRESSWIRE
Deion Sanders, Florida State, DB/PR/KR, 1985-88
A two-time unanimous All-American, Sanders won the Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back and finished eighth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1988 and also led the nation in punt returns that season. He's tied for third in school history with 14 career interceptions and shares the school mark with four interception returns for a touchdown. Sanders helped the Seminoles to four bowl wins and led Florida State to the first two of 14 consecutive AP top five finishes. He's the fifth Seminole to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
Eddie George, Ohio State, RB, 1992-95
Winner of the 1995 Heisman Trophy, George enjoyed many successes under College Football Hall of Fame coach John Cooper at Ohio State. George, the 20th Ohio State player in the Hall, helped the Buckeyes to an 38-9-2 overall record, and a 24-6-2 mark in Big Ten play during his tenure. He ranks among the top three in school history in rushing yards (3,768), rushing touchdowns (44) and 100-yard games (20), and holds school records with five 200-yard outings and 12 consecutive 100-yard games. As a senior, George set a single-season school record with 1,927 rushing yards en route to winning the Heisman, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Doak Walker Award and Jim Brown Award.
Carlos Alvarez, Florida, WR, 1969-71
A first-ballot College Football Hall of Famer, Alvarez remains one of the most prolific players in Florida history and becomes the sixth Gator to enter the Hall. Alvarez made his mark early in Gainesville, setting single-season records for receptions (88), yards (1,329) and touchdown catches (12) en route to becoming the youngest player to ever make the AFCA All-America team. He also made more All-America teams as a sophomore than any player since Doak Walker in 1947. The two-time All-SEC pick ranks second in school history with 172 career grabs, holds Florida's all-time mark with 2,563 receiving yards and places among the school's top 10 with 19 touchdown catches.
Russell Maryland, Miami (Fla.), DT, 1986-90
A highly decorated player from Miami's national championship teams in 1987 and 1989, Maryland is the fifth Hurricane to enter the College Football Hall of Fame. A unanimous All-American as a senior in 1990, Maryland took home the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman. He completed his Hurricanes career with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. Maryland helped the Hurricanes to two national titles, four bowl wins, a perfect home record and a 44-4 overall record in his four seasons in Coral Gables.
Fisher DeBerry, coach, Air Force, 1984-2006
The winningest head coach in the history of the service academies (169-109-1), DeBerry defined Air Force football for more than two decades. DeBerry earned 17 winning marks in his 23 seasons at Air Force, directing his teams to 12 bowl games. He claimed three Western Athletic Conference championships and led the 1998 squad to a 12-1 finish and a No. 10 ranking, capping the only back-to-back 10-win seasons in school history. DeBerry's teams captured the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy 14 times and claimed a 35-11 record versus Army and Navy. DeBerry coached two First Team All-Americans, 59 first-team all-conference performers, 13 First Team Academic All-Americans and guided College Football Hall of Famer Chad Hennings to the Outland Trophy in 1987.
Will Shields, Nebraska, OG, 1989-92
Shields, Nebraska's 15th member of the College Football Hall of Fame, was a unanimous All-American in 1992 and won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman. A three-time First Team All-Big Eight selection, he was also a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award. Shields led Nebraska to back-to-back Big Eight crowns as a junior and a senior and appeared in four bowl games as the Cornhuskers amassed an impressive 37-10-1 record in his four years in Lincoln.
Rob Waldrop, Arizona, DL, 1990-93
Waldrop dominated the awards circuit his final year in Tucson, claiming the Bednarik, Nagurski and Outland trophies. He becomes the third Wildcat player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Waldrop garnered consensus All-America honors as a junior in 1992 and claimed unanimous All-America accolades as a senior. A two-time First Team All-Pac-10 selection, Waldrop was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 1993. Waldrop and the "Desert Swarm" defense set a Pac-10 record by limiting opposing offenses to 30.1 rushing yards per game. With 171 career tackles, 22.5 sacks and 45 tackles for loss, Waldrop aided Arizona to three bowl games, capping his career with a 29-0 blanking of No. 10 Miami in the Fiesta Bowl.
Lloyd Carr, Michigan, coach, 1995-2007
The coach of Michigan's first national championship team in nearly half a century, Carr posted a .753 winning percentage (122-40) and captured five Big Ten championships during his 13-year tenure in Ann Arbor. Carr guided the Wolverines to the 1997 national championship and helped Charles Woodson win the Heisman Trophy that season. Posting an 81-23 mark in Big Ten games, Carr originally arrived at Michigan in 1980 as an assistant under College Football Hall of Fame coach Bo Schembechler, helping the Wolverines win 13 Big Ten championships in all. A unanimous national Coach of the Year in 1997, Carr saw his players win 14 national awards. In addition, 23 of his players earned First Team All-America honors. At least one Wolverine earned First Team All-America accolades in 12 of his 13 seasons on campus.