Snyder, three Heisman winners headline College Football HOF ballot
Bill Snyder's impact on Kansas State has been undeniable and it has him on the cusp of joining college football legends.
The Wildcats coach, along with Heisman Trophy winners Ricky Williams, Rashaan Salaam and Eric Crouch made the College Football Hall of Fame ballot, which the National Football Foundation's ballot released Wednesday.
The Heisman winners were among the notable holdovers among the 75-players on ballot, along with Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth, Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch, Notre Dame wide receiver/kick returner Raghib Ismail, Miami linebacker Ray Lewis and defensive tackle Warren Sapp.
Snyder, whose took over in Manhattan, Kan., in 1989 and went 1-10, has led Kansas State to 15 bowl berths and at least a share of five Big 12 championships, including three straight from 1989-2000.
Williams, who won the Heisman in 1998, finished his career as major college football's all-time leading rusher. Salaam won the award in 1994 and Crouch in 2001.
The announcement of the 2015 class will me made Friday, Jan. 9 in Arlington, Texas, the site of the national championship game. The players/coaches will be inducted on Dec. 8, 2015.
Listed below are each of the FBS candidates on the ballot.
Trev Alberts, Nebraska, Linebacker: Named unanimous First Team All-American and BIG-8 Defensive Player of the Year in 1993...Recipient of the 1993 Butkus Award and two-time First Team All-Conference pick...1993 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-American.
Eric Bieniemy, Colorado, Running Back: Played in two national championships, leading Buffs to 1990 national title...Unanimous First Team All-American and finished third in 1990 Heisman voting... Two-time All-Big Eight pick, still holding eight CU records.
Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma, Linebacker: Two-time consensus First Team All-America pick (1985-86)...Set school record for tackles in a game (22) and named Butkus Award winner in 1985 and '86...Led Sooners to three consecutive Orange Bowls and '85 national championship.
Bob Breunig, Arizona State, Linebacker: 1974 First Team All-American and Silver Anniversary Butkus Award winner... Two-time WAC Defensive Player of the Year who led ASU to consecutive WAC Championships and Fiesta Bowl wins... Finished career as school's all-time leader in both career and single-season tackles.
Jerome Brown, Miami (Fla.), Defensive Tackle: 1986 Unanimous First Team All-American and finalist for both the Outland and Lombardi trophies as senior...Helped Canes to four consecutive New Year's Day bowl games...Ranks 10th in school history with 21 career sacks.
Ruben Brown, Pittsburgh, Offensive Tackle: 1994 First Team All-American...Three-time All-Big East performer, earning unanimous first team honors in 1994...Named Washington D.C. Downtown Athletic Club's National Outstanding Lineman.
Steve Brown, Oregon State, Linebacker: 1972 First Team All-American who holds school record for career tackles (415)...Two-time First Team All-Pac-8 selection...Led conference in interceptions (7) in 1971 and set Pac-8 record with 186 tackles in 1972.
Brandon Burlsworth, Arkansas, Offensive Guard: 1998 First Team All-America and First Team All-SEC selection...Helped Arkansas to two postseason berths and to SEC Western Division titles in 1995 and '98...Former walk-on who later started 34 consecutive games.
Larry Burton, Purdue, Split End: First Team All-American and Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1974 and a First Team All-Big Ten selection...Led the team in receiving in both 1973 and 1974...Named team captain and team MVP in 1974.
Keith Byars, Ohio State, Running Back: Unanimous First Team All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up who led nation in rushing (1,764), all-purpose yards (2,441) and scoring (144) in 1984...1984 Big Ten MVP and two-time All-Big Ten selection...Ranks fifth all-time at OSU with 4,369 career all-purpose yards and 3,200 career rushing yards.
Freddie Carr, Texas-El Paso, Linebacker: 1967 First Team All-American who helped UTEP to two Sun Bowl victories...Named 1967 Sun Bowl MVP...Ranks in the top ten in numerous school records, including career tackles (410) and single-season tackles (148).
Mark Carrier, Southern California, Safety: Two-time First Team All-American (1988-89) â unanimous in 1989... 1989 Jim Thorpe Award winner... Two-time First Team All-Conference selection... Led the Pac-10 in interceptions in 1989 with seven.
Wes Chandler, Florida, Split End: 1977 First Team All American, finishing 10th in Heisman Trophy balloting...Two-time First Team All-SEC performer...1977 team captain who led Gators in receiving three consecutive seasons.
Tim Couch, Kentucky, Quarterback: 1998 consensus First Team All-American who finished fourth in Heisman voting in 1998 and ninth in 1997...1998 SEC Player of the Year who led Cats to first win over Alabama in 75 years...Set seven NCAA, 14 SEC, and 26 school records.
Tom Cousineau, Ohio State, Linebacker: Two-time consensus First Team All-American and three-time All-Big Ten performer... Recorded 572 career tackles, ranking second all-time in OSU history... Held nine school records at career's end, still holding six.
Bob Crable, Notre Dame, Linebacker: Two-time consensus First Team All-American in 1980 and 1981... Set ND records for most career tackles (521), most tackles in a season (187), most tackles in a game (26)... Played in 1981 Hula Bowl.
Paul Crane, Alabama, Center/Linebacker: Two-way starter at center/linebacker, earning consensus First Team All-America honors...Member of back-to-back national championship teams...1965 SEC Lineman of the Year, helping 'Bama to consecutive SEC championships.
Eric Crouch, Nebraska, Quarterback: 2001 Heisman, Walter Camp, and Davey O'Brien Award winner who led Huskers to 2001 national title game...Holds NCAA record for career rushing TDs by a quarterback (59)...Led team to 42-9 record and four bowl berths.
Randall Cunningham, Nevada-Las Vegas, Punter: Named First Team All-American as a punter in 1983 and Second Team All-America as a punter and Honorable Mention as a quarterback in 1984...Led UNLV to their first-ever Bowl game...Broke 18 UNLV records.
Troy Davis, Iowa State, Tailback: Two-time consensus First Team All-American and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist...First player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in two seasons...1996 Big 12 Player of the Year who holds nearly every rushing record at Iowa State.
Eric Dickerson, Southern Methodist, Running Back: Named unanimous First Team All-American and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1982...Twice named SWC Player of the Year, he holds 14 SMU records including career rushing yards (4,450).
John Didion, Oregon State, Center: Two-time All-American, earning unanimous First Team honors in 1968... Member of Oregon State team known as the "Giant Killers"... 1968 First Team All-Pac-8 selection who helped team finish in the AP Top 20 all three years of career.
Mike Dirks, Wyoming, Defensive Tackle: 1967 First Team All-American who led Pokes to two bowl berths...Two-time First Team All-WAC selection and member of back-to-back WAC championship teams...Three-year starter who finished career with 210 tackles and 59 tackles for loss.
D.J. Dozier, Penn State, Running Back: Named 1986 consensus First Team All-American and led PSU to perfect 12-0 season and national championship (1986)... Finished eighth in 1986 Heisman voting... First PSU back to lead the team in rushing for four consecutive seasons.
Tim Dwight, Iowa, Kick Returner/Wide Receiver: Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1997... First Team All-Big Ten who placed seventh in 1997 Heisman Trophy voting...Finished career as Big Ten's leader in punt return yardage (1,102).
Jumbo Elliott, Michigan, Offensive Tackle: Two-time First Team All-American (consensus-'87)... Two-time All-Big Ten First Team selection and member of 1986 Big Ten Co-Champions...Paved the way for Jamie Morris, who had three-straight 1,000-yard seasons.
Tony Franklin, Texas A&M, Plackekicker: Two-time First Team All-America (1976-consensus, '78)...Led A&M to four bowl appearances...Set seven NCAA records, including most 50 yards-plus field goals made (15) and most points scored by a kicker in a career (291).
William Fuller, North Carolina, Defensive Tackle: Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1983... Holds school record with 57 career TFL and broke Lawrence Taylor's season record with 22 TFL in 1981...Three-time First Team All-ACC pick.
Moe Gardner, Illinois, Defensive Tackle: Two-time First Team All-America (unanimous-'89, consensus-'90)...1990 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and 1989 Big Ten Lineman of the Year...Three-time First Team All-Conference pick and set school record for career TFL (57).
Thom Gatewood, Notre Dame, Split End: 1970 consensus First Team All-American who finished in the top 12 of Heisman voting...First African-American captain in ND history and led team in receiving for three years and set numerous school records...1971 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
Willie Gault, Tennessee, Wide Receiver: 1982 First Team All-American...Led Vols to three bowl berths...Set six conference and 12 school punt / kickoff return records...Tied NCAA record for most touchdowns by kick return in a single season (3) in 1980.
Kirk Gibson, Michigan State, Wide Receiver: Named First Team All-American, led Big Ten in receiving in league play and helped the Spartans to a Big Ten Co-Championship and a No.12 national ranking in 1978...Played MLB for 17 seasons.
Charlie Gogolak, Princeton, Placekicker: 1965 First Team All-American...Set seven NCAA records and led Princeton to an 8-1 season (1965)... Two-time First Team All-Ivy...Holds four school records...Helped popularize the soccer-style technique in the kicking game.
Jacob Green, Texas A&M, Defensive Lineman: 1979 First Team All-American and two-time All-SWC selection...Set A&M records for career sacks (37) and single-season sacks (20 in 1979)...Led Aggies to berths in the 1977 Bluebonnet and 1978 Hall of Fame bowls.
Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech, Running Back: 1996 unanimous First Team All-American and recipient of the Doak Walker Award...Tech's all-time leader in rushing (4,219) who tied NCAA record by reaching 1,000-yard mark by fifth game of 1996 season...Three-time All-Big 12 selection, helping Red Raiders to first Cotton Bowl since 1938.
Al Harris, Arizona State, Defensive End: Named unanimous First Team All-American and Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy finalist in 1978...Named First Team All-Conference, he set an ASU record with 19 sacks in 1978.
Dana Howard, Illinois, Linebacker: Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous honors as a senior...1994 Butkus Award winner and two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year...School's all-time leading tackler (595) who led team in tackles each year of career.
Randy Hughes, Oklahoma, Defensive Back: 1974 First Team All-American and member of 1974 national championship team and three Big Eight championship teams...Finished fourth on OU's career interceptions list (14)...1974 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
Bobby Humphrey, Alabama, Running Back: Named First Team All-American in 1987...Led Tide to victories in Aloha Bowl and two Sun Bowls...Named UPI Offensive Player of the Year in 1987...Ended career with 4,958 all-purpose yards and 40 TDs.
Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame, Wide Receiver: Two-time First Team All-American earning consensus honors in 1989 and unanimous laurels in 1990...Walter Camp Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1990...Led ND to national championship at the Fiesta Bowl and two Orange Bowls.
Dick Jauron, Yale,Running Back: Named First Team All-America in 1972...A three-time First Team All-Conference selection, he received the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League's Player of the Year...Graduated as Yale's career rushing leader with 2,947 yards.
Ernie Jennings, Air Force, Wide Receiver: 1970 consensus First Team All-American, finishing eighth in 1970 Heisman Trophy voting...Led Air Force to 1971 Sugar Bowl berth... Holds every single-season and career receiving record at Air Force.
Keyshawn Johnson, Southern California, Wide Receiver: 1995 unanimous First Team All-American who ranked seventh in Heisman voting...1995 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year...Earned MVP honors in 1995 Cotton Bowl and 1996 Rose Bowl wins.
Clinton Jones, Michigan State, Halfback: Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1966...Led Spartans to consecutive national championships...Two-time All-Big Ten performer who finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1966.
Lincoln Kennedy, Washington, Offensive Tackle: 1992 unanimous First Team All-American who led Washington to 1991 national title...Led Huskies to three consecutive Pac-10 titles and three Rose Bowl berths...Twice won Morris Trophy as conference's best offensive lineman.
Tim Krumrie, Wisconsin, Defensive Tackle: Named a consensus First Team All-American in 1981... Led Badgers to 1981 Garden State Bowl and earned Defensive MVP honors in 1982 Independence Bowl...Three-time First Team All-Conference selection, recording 444 career tackles.
Greg Lewis, Washington, Running Back: 1990 First Team All-American and Doak Walker award winner... Named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 1990, leading Huskies to 1990 conference title... Finished seventh in 1990 Heisman voting and recorded 15, 100-yard games.
Jess Lewis, Oregon State, Defensive Tackle: Named First Team All-American in 1967...Played in the College All-Star Game, East-West Shrine Game and Coaches All-America Bowl in 1970...Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1967, 1969).
Ray Lewis, Miami (Fla.), Linebacker: 1995 First Team All-American and Butkus Award runner-up...Led Canes to Fiesta and Orange bowl appearances and ranks sixth all-time at Miami with 388 career tackles...Two-time First Team All-Big East performer who twice led the league in tackles.
Robert Lytle, Michigan, Running Back: Named consensus All-American in 1976...Finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting... Named Big Ten MVP in 1976 and led UM to two conference championships.
Buddy McClinton, Auburn, Defensive Back: Three-time All-American who earned consensus First Team honors in 1969... Auburn's all-time leader in interceptions (18) and holds record for interceptions in a season (9 in 1969)... Set SEC career interception record (18).
Duncan McColl, Stanford, Defensive End: 1976 First Team All-America...Two-time First Team All-Pac-8...Holds Stanford records for most QB sacks in season (17) and most TFL in season (26)...1976 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
Bob McKay, Texas, Offensive Tackle: 1969 consensus First Team All-American who helped Longhorns to national championship and unbeaten season at Cotton Bowl in senior season...Member of two SWC championship teams and 1969 all-conference selection.
Cade McNown, UCLA, Quarterback: 1998 Consensus First Team All-American and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award recipient...1998 Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year who led UCLA to consecutive Pac-10 titles in 1997 (shared) and 1998...Holds numerous school records.
Mark Messner, Michigan, Defensive Tackle: 1988 unanimous First Team All-American who was a Lombardi Award finalist...1988 Big Ten Player of the Year and four-time First Team All-Big Ten selection...Led Wolverines to four bowl berths and named MVP of 1985 Fiesta Bowl.
Ken Norton, Jr., UCLA, Linebacker: 1987 First Team All-American, leading Bruins to four consecutive bowl wins... Member of the 1985 conference championship team... Led team in tackles in 1986 (106) and in 1987 (125) and ranks sixth in school history with 339 career tackles.
Herb Orvis, Colorado, Defensive End: 1971 First Team All-American and two-time First Team All-Big Eight performer...Named National Player of the Week after helping Buffs beat Penn State to end the Nittany Lions' 34-game unbeaten streak in 1970...Finished career with 189 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, and 20 sacks.
Jim Otis, Ohio State, Fullback: Named consensus First Team All-American in 1969...Member of the 1968 National Championship team...Named First Team All-Big Ten conference in 1969 and led the Buckeyes to two conference titles...Led the team in rushing three times.
Paul Palmer, Temple, Running Back: 1986 unanimous First Team All-American...Led the nation in rushing yards (1,866), rushing yards per game (169.6) and all-purpose yards (2,633) in 1986... Set 23 school records and was named ECAC Player of the Year in 1986.
Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, Quarterback: 2001 First Team consensus All-American...First player in FBS history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in career...Rushed for more yards than any QB in FBS history upon conclusion of career.
Simeon Rice, Illinois, Linebacker: Two-time First Team All-American and three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection...Holds conference and school record for career sacks (44.5) and Illini record for career tackles for loss (69)...Set school record for single-season sacks (16).
Ron Rivera, California, Linebacker: 1983 consensus First Team All-American...Lombardi Award finalist in 1983 and named East-West Shrine Game Most Valuable Player...Selected as Pac-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1983...Led team in tackles from 1981-83.
Mike Ruth, Boston College, Nose Guard: 1985 consensus First Team All-American and Outland Trophy winner...Three-time All-East and All-ECAC selection...Member of three bowl teams and recorded 344 career tackles, including 29 sacks.
Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, Tailback: 1994 unanimous First Team All-American and Heisman Trophy winner...1994 Walter Camp Player of the Year and Doak Walker Award recipient... 1994 Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year who led nation in rushing, scoring, and all-purpose yards.
Warren Sapp, Miami (Fla.), Defensive Tackle: 1994 unanimous First Team All-American who finished sixth in Heisman voting... Recipient of the 1994 Lombardi and Nagurski awards and named Big East Defensive Player of the Year...Led Canes to national title game appearance in 1995.
Larry Seivers, Tennessee, Wide Receiver: Two-time consensus First Team All-American in 1975 and 1976...Two-time First Team All-SEC selection...Currently ranks sixth in Tennessee history in career reception yardage (1,924) and seventh in career receptions (117).
Art Still, Kentucky, Defensive End: 1977 unanimous First Team All-American... Two-time First Team All-SEC performer who led Cats to 1976 SEC Championship...1977 SEC Defensive Player of the Year who set school record for 22 TFL in 1977 (still standing).
Zach Thomas, Texas Tech, Linebacker: Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous honors in 1995...Two-time Consensus SWC Defensive Player of the Year (1993, 94) who led Red Raiders to 1994 SWC title...Ranks fifth all-time at Tech with 390 career tackles.
Dennis Thurman, Southern California, Defensive Back: Two-time First Team All-American who led Trojans to four consecutive postseason wins, including the 1974 National Championship at the Rose Bowl...Two-time all-conference selection who helped USC to two Pac-10 titles.
Andre Tippett, Iowa, Defensive End: 1981 Consensus First Team All-American who led Hawkeyes to 1982 Rose Bowl berth...Two-time First Team All-Big Ten performer, leading Iowa to 1981 Big Ten championship...Holds Iowa record for TFL yardage (153 yards/20 TFL).
Jackie Walker, Tennessee, Linebacker: 1970 and '71 First Team All-American...Set NCAA record for career interceptions returned for TD by a linebacker (5)... Two-time First Team All-SEC selection who helped Vols to 1969 SEC Championship.
Lorenzo White, Michigan State, Running Back: Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous ('85) and consensus ('87) honors...Led State to 1987 Big Ten title and Rose Bowl win...Led nation in rushing (1985), first MSU player to lead team in rushing four-straight seasons.
Ricky Williams, Texas, Running Back: Two-time unanimous First Team All-American and 1998 Heisman Trophy winner...Finished career as NCAA's all-time leading rusher and won back-to-back NCAA rushing titles...1998 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year who left Texas with 46 school records.
Steve Wisniewski, Penn State, Offensive Guard: 1988 First Team All-American...Member of 1986 12-0 national championship team...Helped Blair Thomas rush for 1,414 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1987 and D.J. Dozier attain First Team All-America honors in 1986.
Scott Woerner, Georgia, Defensive Back: Named First Team All-America, All-Conference and team Most Valuable Back in 1980...Twice named Georgia's Outstanding Special Teams Player of the Year (1977, 1980)...Led team to the 1980 National Championship.
Jim Carlen, West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74), South Carolina (1975-1981): Led teams to eight bowl games and 13 winning seasons in 16 years as head coach...1973 National Coach of the Year...Three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year... Coached Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers at South Carolina.
Pete Cawthon Sr., Austin College (Texas) (1923-27), Texas Tech (1930-40): Led Tech to four Border Conference titles in 11 seasons at the helm...Led 1938 team to 10-0 regular season and the school's first-ever Cotton Bowl appearance...Boasts highest win percentage (69.3) among Tech coaches with terms of three years or more.
Danny Ford, Clemson (1978-1989), Arkansas (1993-97): Led Tigers to perfect 12-0 season and national title in 1981...Won five ACC championships and twice named conference coach of the year...Boasts four of the top five winningest seasons in school history and set Clemson record with 41 consecutive weeks in AP Top 20...Led Arkansas to first SEC West title in 1995.
Billy Jack Murphy, Memphis (1958-71): All-time winningest coach in Memphis history...Had 11 winning seasons and retired as the 15th winningest coach in the nation...Member of the Memphis Hall of Fame and Mississippi State Hall of Fame.
Darryl Rogers, Cal State-Hayward (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84): Took Fresno State to two bowl games...Achieved an unprecedented national ranking at San Jose State...Was Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1977 and National Coach of the Year by Sporting News in 1978...Won the Big Ten title in 1978.
Bill Snyder, Kansas State (1985-05, 2009-present): Winningest coach in K-State history, leading program to 15 of its 17 bowl appearances all-time...14th-fastest coach in college football history to win 100 games and ranks third nationally in wins among active FBS coaches...Led Wildcats to two Big 12 Championships, four Big 12 North Division titles, 12 top 20 finishes, and two No.1 BCS rankings in regular season.