Byars, Otis and Ward on Hall of Fame Ballot
June 1, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Three legendary Ohio State Buckeyes are among the 75 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision who have been named to the official ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the ballot for the 2018 class.

Only three nominees per school can advance past the district screening committee to the national ballot. Ohio State's three players for consideration include:

  • RB Keith Byars -- Ranks seventh at Ohio State in career rushing yards with 3,200, sixth with 4,369 all-purpose yards and second with 50 touchdowns scored ... he was a unanimous All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1984 when he led the nation in rushing with a then-school record 1,764 yards, in all-purpose yards (a still-standing school record of 2,441 yards) and in scoring (144 points).
  • RB Jim Otis -- A member of the 1968 national championship team and a consensus All-American in 1968 ... he is one of only four Buckeyes to lead the team in rushing for three seasons ... ranks 15th at Ohio State in rushing with 2,542 career yards.
  • OT Chris Ward -- Helped Ohio State win four consecutive Big Ten Conference championships ... a two-time All-American, including consensus honors in 1976 and unanimous honors in 1977 ... named first-team all-Big Ten Conference three times ... helped pave the way for Archie Griffin's second Heisman Trophy season.

Criteria for Hall of Fame consideration includes, first and foremost, first-team All-America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise its consensus All-America teams (Associated Press, Walter Camp, AFCA, FWAA and The Sporting News). While football achievements in college are of prime consideration, posts-football record as a citizen is also weighed.

The announcement of the 2018 Class will be made Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta.


 

 

Ohio State Buckeyes in the College Football Hall of Fame

Player Position At OSU.. Inducted
Chic Harley Halfback 1916-17, 19.. 1951
G. Stinchcomb Halfback 1917-20........ 1973
Wes Fesler End 1928-30........ 1954
Gomer Jones Center 1934-35........ 1978
Gust Zarnas Guard 1935-37........ 1975
Bill Willis Tackle 1942-44........ 1971
Les Horvath Quarterback 1940-42, 44.. 1969
Warren Amling Guard/Tackle 1944-46........ 1984
Jim Daniel Tackle 1939-41........ 1977
Vic Janowicz Halfback 1949-51........ 1976
H. Cassady Halfback 1952-55........ 1979
Jim Parker Guard 1954-56........ 1974
A. Thomas Guard 1955-57........ 1989
Archie Griffin Tailback 1972-75........ 1986
Jim Stillwagon Middle Guard 1968-70........ 1991
Bob Ferguson Fullback 1959-61........ 1996
Randy Gradishar Linebacker 1971-73...........1998
John Hicks Tackle 1970, '72-73. 2001
Jack Tatum Def. Back 1968-70........ 2004
Jim Houston End 1957-58........ 2005
Rex Kern Quarterback 1968-70........ 2007
Chris Spielman Linebacker 1984-87........ 2009
Eddie George Running Back 1992-95........ 2012
Orlando Pace Left Tackle 1994-96........ 2014
Tom Cousineau Linebacker 1975-78........ 2016