Thursday, February 23, 2017

Farewell to 2016: Tennessee Volunteers

The SEC had a down year compared to other years, as Alabama was the lone team to win 10 games or more in 2016. That is an unusual turn of events for the self proclaimed best conference in college football. The East was still down, as Florida and Tennessee continued to struggle despite having high expectations. Georgia is still trying to find themselves under Kirby Smart. LSU made a mess of the Les Miles situation. Ole Miss was clouded over by off-field issues. Here is a look back at the 2016 SEC season, on a team by team basis.

Tennessee Volunteers
9-4 (4-4)

2016 Schedule
Beat Appalachian State 20-13
Beat Virginia Tech 45-24
Beat Ohio 28-19
Beat Florida 38-28
Beat Georgia 34-31
Lost to Texas A&M 45-38
Lost to Alabama 49-10
Lost to South Carolina 24-21
Beat Chattanooga 55-0
Beat Kentucky 49-36
Beat Missouri 63-37
Lost to Vanderbilt 45-34
Beat Nebraska 38-24 (Music City Bowl)

MVP Offense: QB Joshua Dobbs, WR Josh Malone
Dobbs was probably one of the most embattled QBs in Tennessee history. You went from loving him to hating him and back again, and he turned in a decent, if not always consistent, effort in 2016. Dobbs passed for 2946 yards with 27 scores and 12 picks. He managed to complete 63% of his passes, and tossed 4 scores in a win over Florida.
Malone was the key component in the passing game all season. He caught 50 passes, but those went for 972 yards and 11 scores on the season. He averaged 19.44 yards per reception, and he was good for 74.8 yards per game.
MVP Defense: DE Derek Barnett
Barnett was one of the best defenders nationally in 2016. He finished with 56 tackles on the season, and added 19 TFLs, 13 sacks, 5 PBUs, 16 QB hurries, and 2 forced fumbles. There were few players as dominant as Barnett anywhere.
Others of Note
Dobbs also led the Vols in rushing with 831 yards and 12 more scores.
Jalen Hurd played in just 7 games, and then announced he would transfer away from Tennessee.
Alvin Kamara rushed for 9 scores.
The top three tacklers (Todd Kelly, Jr., Micah Abernathy, Rashaan Gauldon) were all DBs.
Corey Vereen was often overlooked for Barnett on the D line, and used that to finish with 11.5 TFLs.
Trevor Daniel had a solid season at Punter, as he averaged 44.57 yards per punt.
Best Win: Beat Florida 38-28
The Vols had not beaten the Gators in forever, and this was the year to pull it off, and it may have saved the tail of coach Butch Jones. The Vols beat Georgia the following week, but then went on a three game skid. Dobbs played his best game of the year here.
Worst Loss: Lost to Vanderbilt 45-34
Losing to Vandy is always something that sits rancidly on the palates of Vol fans, and this win basically got the Commodores into a bowl game, making it sting just a bit more.
2017 Non Conference Schedule: 9/4 Georgia Tech, 9/9 Indiana State, 9/23 U Mass, 11/4 Southern Mississippi
This is a fairly weak non con schedule for Tennessee. Georgia Tech presents a challenge, but Indiana State and U Mass, both in September, is ludicrous scheduling. I am hoping nobody has to pay full price for those dates. Southern Miss was very much down in 2016, but the Vols should still be favored heavily here.

Farewell to 2016: Florida Gators

The SEC had a down year compared to other years, as Alabama was the lone team to win 10 games or more in 2016. That is an unusual turn of events for the self proclaimed best conference in college football. The East was still down, as Florida and Tennessee continued to struggle despite having high expectations. Georgia is still trying to find themselves under Kirby Smart. LSU made a mess of the Les Miles situation. Ole Miss was clouded over by off-field issues. Here is a look back at the 2016 SEC season, on a team by team basis.

Florida Gators
9-4 (6-2)

Schedule
Beat U Mass 24-7
Beat Kentucky 45-7
Beat North Texas 32-0
Lost to Tennessee 38-28
Beat Vanderbilt 13-6
Beat Missouri 40-14
Beat Georgia 24-10
Lost to Arkansas 31-10
Beat South Carolina 20-7
Beat LSU 16-10
Lost to Florida State 31-13
Lost to Alabama 54-16 (SEC Title Game)
Beat Iowa 30-3 (Outback Bowl)

MVP Offense: None
Despite winning the SEC East, the Gators were a train wreck on offense. I could not identify one area where things are headed in the right direction, including the QB position, where Luke Del Rio and Austin Appleby, both transfers, struggled.
Florida averaged 215 yards passing per game, but both QBs combined to toss 18 TDs and 15 INTs, hardly a ratio to write home about.
The Gators were also held to just 128 yards rushing per game.
MVP Defense: DL Jabari Zuniga
Despite only allowing 16.8 points per game, there were not a ton of stand out performances from individuals, as this was more of a team effort. Sophomore Jabari Zuniga did show some growth and promise, as he led the team with 5 sacks, and finished 8.5 TFLs. He also registered 11 QB hurries.
Others of Note
Luke Del Rio was the better of the two QBs who played last fall, but lasted just 6 games before he was injured. He averaged 226.3 yards per game, but otherwise was average or not so great across the board. This is still a position where the Gators are hurting.
Sophomore RB Jordan Scarlett is showing signs of growth, and rushed for 889 yards and 6 scores. He averaged just 13.77 carries per game, so it may be time to take the leash off.
Only four receivers caught 20 or more passes in 2016. Antonio Callaway was the leader with a line of 54-721-3
DB Marcell Harris led the Gators with 73 tackles. He also picked off a pair of passes.
DE Caleb Brantley led the team with 9.5 TFLs.
Sophomore Eddy Piniero had a strong effort at PK, as he hit 21/25 FG attempts.
Johnny Townsend had a cannon for a leg in 2016, as he averaged over 47 yards per punt.
Best Win: Beat Georgia 24-10, Beat Iowa 30-3
The Big Cocktail game was the final win in a three game winning streak for the Gators, and beating the Bulldogs is how you keep your job at Florida.
The Bowl win over Iowa was a combination of an offensive domination and a defensive stranglehold for the Gators, one of the few times that the Gators played a complete game on both sides of the football all season.
Worst Loss: Alabama 54-16
The loss to the Tide, by 38 points, just continues to show the desparity in the SEC between not only Alabama and the Gators, but between Alabama and everyone else in the SEC right now. If not for Alabama, this would have been a very average conference in 2016.
2017 Non Conference Schedule: 9/2 Michigan @ Arlington, TX, 11/18 UAB, 11/25 Florida State
Only three of four non conference games had been posted at publishing time, and two of these three games are brutal. The opener with Michigan in Texas will be a huge test for the Gators, while the Florida State finale could be coming up against a national semi finalist.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Farewell to 2016: Arizona Wildcats

It was a season of highs and lows in the PAC-12 in 2016. The Washington Huskies turned a major corner, making it to the national semifinal before getting smothered by Alabama. The Huskies were one of four teams that won 10 games or more. On the flip side, half of the teams in the conference finished under .500, including two major surprise teams in Oregon and UCLA. The conference's prize QB, Josh Rosen, was injured for most of the season, and under performed when he was available, and Jake Browning became the new star QB of the conference until being upstaged by Sam Darnold at USC. The biggest story was the emergence of the Colorado Buffaloes, who shocked everyone by winning the South. Here is our farewell to the 2016 season, team by team, in the PAC-12...

Arizona Wildcats
3-9 (1-8)

2016 Schedule
Lost to BYU 18-16
Beat Grambling 31-21
Beat Hawaii 47-28
Lost to Washington 35-28
Lost to UCLA 45-24
Lost to Utah 36-23
Lost to USC 48-14
Lost to Stanford 34-10
Lost to Washington State 69-7
Lost to Colorado 49-24
Lost to Oregon State 42-17
Beat Arizona State 56-35

MVP Offense: QB Brandon Dawkins
Make no mistake, the Wildcats were entirely awful in 2016, and scored just 24.8 points per game. Dawkins was not nearly a perfect, nor even decent, QB in 2016, but he did things that nobody else was doing, and probably had too much on his shoulders. He passed for 1345 yards and 8 scores, while tossing 6 INTs in 10 games. Remember, he was not supposed to be the starter, but Anu Solomon never got it together between injuries and lack of overall focus, and so Dawkins had to step up. He is always better on his feet as a runner, and led the team with 944 yards rushing, and he ran for another 10 scores.  MVP Defense: None
Arizona allowed 38.3 points per game, and allowed 35 points or more 9 times. It was impossible to find a standout on this unit. Arizona allowed 275 yards passing per game, and 194 yards rushing per game, so defense was not exactly something that was taken all that seriously, which has always been a Rich Rodriguez problem dating back to his days at Michigan.  Others of Note
Solomon played in only 5 games at QB, and was held to an average of just 93 yards per game. He transferred out of the program after the season, landing at Baylor after drawing interest from UNLV. 
Arizona rushed for 235 yards per game, but the best actual RB was Samajie Grant, who ran for only 461 yards on the season. Arizona never developed a number one back. 
Nate Phillips was the only receiver that caught 30 or more passes (33).
LB Paul Magliore, Jr.. led the team with 81 tackles on the season. 
LB Micahel Barton recorded 8 TFLs, but Arizona only recorded 59 on the season, while the offense allowed 73.
Arizona allowed 28 sacks. 
Arizona had a deficiency of +10 on tackles this season, as they recorded 68 tackles per game, but forced just 58 on offense. 
Arizona was penalized 8.7 times per game in their 3 wins, and was penalized 7.1 times per game at home. The numbers were lower in losses and on the road. 
Best Win: Arizona State 56-35
The Wildcats were on an eight game losing streak in (all in conference play) before ending the season with their arch rival Sun Devils. Arizona State was also on a bad run, but it was Arizona who refused to quit in the 21 point win that was also their best, and most complete game of the season. Getting the win over the hated Devils was just a nice cherry on what had been a really terrible sunday.  Worst Loss: Washington State 69-7, Oregon State 42-17
THe Wildcats just never got off the bus against the Cougars, and found themselves buried before they got started. Washington State started punding on Arizona and just never let up.
The loss to Oregon State was an indicator as to how far Oregon state was coming along, and how far back Arizona was falling. These programs are now switching power position in the loaded conference.  2017 Non Conference Schedule: 9/2 Northern Arizona, 9/9 Houston, 9/16 at UTEP
This is an interesting non con schedule for the Wildcats, who very much need to get off to a very quick start to gain some footing heading into conference play. The game against NAU is a win, as will be the game at UTEP. The Houston game will be an enigma based on what Houston has coming to the plate after what will be a complete off season change over. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Farewell to 2016: UCLA Bruins

It was a season of highs and lows in the PAC-12 in 2016. The Washington Huskies turned a major corner, making it to the national semifinal before getting smothered by Alabama. The Huskies were one of four teams that won 10 games or more. On the flip side, half of the teams in the conference finished under .500, including two major surprise teams in Oregon and UCLA. The conference's prize QB, Josh Rosen, was injured for most of the season, and under performed when he was available, and Jake Browning became the new star QB of the conference until being upstaged by Sam Darnold at USC. The biggest story was the emergence of the Colorado Buffaloes, who shocked everyone by winning the South. Here is our farewell to the 2016 season, team by team, in the PAC-12...

UCLA Bruins 
4-8 (2-7)

2016 Schedule
Lost to Texas A&M 31-24
Beat UNLV 42-21
Beat BYU 17-14
Lost to Stanford 22-13
Beat Arizona 45-24
Lost to Arizona State 23-20
Lost to Washington State 27-21
Lost to Utah 52-45
Lost to Colorado 20-10
Beat Oregon State 38-24
Lost to USC 36-14
Lost to California 36-14

MVP Offense: None

UCLA was absolutely putrid on offense in 2016, and finished ahead of only Texas State nationally in rushing. Never in my life have I ever seen such a putrid effort out of this program across the board. Josh Rosen seemingly was regressing at a rapid rate, and was eventually injured because he was not smart enough to stay on the sidelines after already being hurt against Arizona State. The second injury in that game cost him the rest of what was already a very off balance seaon for him. As far as the Rosen hype machine is concerned, he has already been replaced as the QB darling in the PAC 12 by the kid across town, Sam Darnold at USC, and by Jake Browning at Washington. Anyone thinking that Rosen is better than either at this stage is simply being delusional.  MVP Defense: LB Jayon Brown, DE Takkarist McKinley
I really felt for the Bruin defense in 2016. The offense did them no favors whatsoever, and this was a very decent unit. They were just forced to get worm down too many times by an offense that just never got going on any level. 
Brown was a huge player at LB for the Bruins. He led the team with 120 tackles (a stellar 10 per game), and collected 7 TFLs, and was rock solid in pass coverage, as he broke up 6 passes, and picked off another 3.
McKinley became a consumate first round draft pick at DE in 2016, as he recorded 18 TFLs on the season. He added 10 sacks and 61 tackles, broke up 6 passes, and forced 3 fumbles. 
Others of Note
Rosen averaged 319 yards passing per game, but needed a ton of effort to get there, as he only completed 59% of his passes. His QBR of 138.91 was rather pedestrian, and his TD to INT ratio was a very basic 2:1. 
The Bruins finished averaging just 2.93 yards per carry as a team last season. Nobody ran for more than 4 scores all season. 
Darren Andrews (55-709-4) and Jordan Lasley (41-620-5) were the only UCLA receivers to catch more than 25 passes on the season. 
Kenny Young was an unsung hero on defense, as he finished with 90 tackles. 
UCLA was crushed in the tackle efficiency battle, as they only focred teams to make a shade over 58 tackles per game, while the Bruins were forced to make 73.5, a 15 tackle per game difference. That just shows how awful the offense truly was. 
Randall Goforth and Fabian Moreau were both solid in coverage as each collected 9 PBUs. Goforth finished with 4 INTs, which led the team. 
UCLA QBs had 65 passes broken up (Rosen and Fafaul).
UCLA is still losing the penalty battle, as they were penalized 7.5 times per game in road games. They were more penalized when they won (7 times per game) than when they lost (6.4 times per game).
Best Win: BYU 17-14
The Bruins barely survived a tough defensive effort brought forth by the Cougars, but this was a game that exposed many of the problems that the Bruins would have moving forward. Instead of looking at that film and finding a way forward, nothing was done to fix the problems, and the ceiling caved in from there, as the Bruins ost 5 of their next 6 games. 
Worst Loss: California 36-14
The Bruins did indeed have one of the tougher PAC-12 schedules of anyone in the conference. With their shortcomings looming, that was not helpful. With the Cal loss, the Bruins had absolutely already quit for the year, and there was no life or effort in this 22 point loss to a team with a losing record. This should have been loked at as a "bowl game" for the Bruins, but they treated it like the last day of school.  2017 Non Conference Schedule: 9/2 Texas A&M, 9/9 Hawaii, 9/16 at Memphis
The Bruins could have beaten Texas A&M in College Station, but they never put their pedal to the floor when they had the chance, and opportunities to win were squandered. This is a game that they could win in 2017 at home, but do they have the right mindset? Hawaii and Memphis, both games that the Bruins could have run away with years ago, now also look like challenges. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Farewell to 2016: Arizona State Sun Devils

It was a season of highs and lows in the PAC-12 in 2016. The Washington Huskies turned a major corner, making it to the national semifinal before getting smothered by Alabama. The Huskies were one of four teams that won 10 games or more. On the flip side, half of the teams in the conference finished under .500, including two major surprise teams in Oregon and UCLA. The conference's prize QB, Josh Rosen, was injured for most of the season, and under performed when he was available, and Jake Browning became the new star QB of the conference until being upstaged by Sam Darnold at USC. The biggest story was the emergence of the Colorado Buffaloes, who shocked everyone by winning the South. Here is our farewell to the 2016 season, team by team, in the PAC-12...

Arizona State Sun Devils
5-7 (3-6)

2016 Schedule
Beat Northern Arizona 44-13
Beat Texas Tech 68-55
Beat UTSA 32-28
Beat California 51-41
Lost to USC 41-20
Beat UCLA 23-20
Lost to Colorado 40-16
Lost to Washington State 37-32
Lost to Oregon 54-35
Lost to Utah 49-26
Lost to Washington 44-18
Lost to Arizona 56-35

MVP Offense: RB Kalen Ballage
Considering the fact that ASU averaged 33.3 points per game in 2016, it was very difficult to find any one player that stood out on offense. Ballage ended up as my pick for the simple fact that he managed to rush for 14 TDs on just 10.5 carries per game. Otherwise, Ballage only ran for 536 yards, and averaged 4.25 yards per carry. He did manage to catch 44 passes for 469 yards and one more score to his totals on offense. He scored 7 rushing TDs in the win over Texas Tech where the Sun Devils scored 68 points. 
MVP Defense: LB DJ Calhoun
The Sun Devil defense was nothing short of a train wreck, as they allowed 39.8 points per game. Calhoun was the lone major standout on defense. He led the team with 77 tackles, 11.5 TFLs, and had 4.5 sacks. He was nothing special at all in pass coverage, but then again, nobody else was either.  Others of Note
Manny Wilkins was not special as a sophomore at QB, and missed 2 full game and a part of another. He only managed to pass for 12 scores, but threw 9 INTs. He did manage to pass for 2329 yards and completed 63.3% of his passes, but was largely uneven in 2016.
Demario Richard was the narrow leader in rushing with just 593 yards and a 3.83 yards per carry average. ASU averaged just 131.5 yards rushing per game, placing too much pressure on their passing game. 
Tim White posted a receiving line of 56-713-2, while N'Keal Harry posted 58-659-5.
The Sun Devils ended the season with just 16 team passing TDs. They allowed 33.
The Sun devils did win the battle of efficiency in tackles, as they averaged 59.25 per game, but forced the opposition into making 68.67 per contest.
The Sun Devils lost every other battle on defense, as they allowed 163.08 yards rushing per game, and got torched for 357.4 yards passing per game. 
Jo Jo Wicker recorded 11 TFLs, while Koron Crump added 10.5, giving ASU three players in double figures in this category. 
The ASU line allowed 90 total TFLs on the season, and gave up 41 sacks. 
The Sun Devils fumbled just 5 times all season.  Best Win: UTSA 32-28
This was the best win on the resume simply for the fact that UTSA was the only team that ASU beat that went to a bowl game, and only just barely. As far as quality of wins goes, this is not very high, but it was the best shot they had, and they barely got by it.  Worst Loss: Arizona 56-35
Losing to Arizona was bad enough, but at this point, the Sun Devils had lost 6 straight, and it became fairly obvious that the team just simply had quit. It is a bad sign of things to come in 2017, because the roster is not much better. 2017 Non Conference Schedule: 8/31 New Mexico State, 9/9 San Diego State, 9/16 at Texas Tech
The Sun Devils should be able to get by New Mexico State easily enough, but I would project them as losers to what should be a very strong San Diego State program in 2017. The Texas Tech game will be a no defense effort on either side, but the roles could flip with Arizona State going to Lubbock. If ASU starts 1-2, calls will be made for Todd Graham's job. 

Farwell to 2016: Utah Utes

It was a season of highs and lows in the PAC-12 in 2016. The Washington Huskies turned a major corner, making it to the national semifinal before getting smothered by Alabama. The Huskies were one of four teams that won 10 games or more. On the flip side, half of the teams in the conference finished under .500, including two major surprise teams in Oregon and UCLA. The conference's prize QB, Josh Rosen, was injured for most of the season, and under performed when he was available, and Jake Browning became the new star QB of the conference until being upstaged by Sam Darnold at USC. The biggest story was the emergence of the Colorado Buffaloes, who shocked everyone by winning the South. Here is our farewell to the 2016 season, team by team, in the PAC-12...

Utah Utes
9-4 (5-4)

2016 Schedule
Beat Southern Utah 24-0
Beat BYU 20-19
Beat San Jose State 34-17
Beat USC 21-17
Lost to California 28-23
Beat Arizona 36-23
Beat Oregon State 19-14
Beat UCLA 52-45
Lost to Washington 31-24
Beat Arizona State 49-26
Lost to Oregon 30-28
Lost to Colorado 27-22
Beat Indiana 26-24 (Foster Farms Bowl)

MVP Offense: RB Joe Williams
Williams was essentially called off of his couch and out of retirement to helpo a depleted unit at Utah, and he exploded onto the scene with a fury. Williams exploded for 1407 yards rushing in just 9 games, and scored 10 times. He averaged 156.33 yards rushing per game, and averaged 6.7 yards per carry on 23.33 carries per game. Williams absolutely crushed UCLA in a 52-45 win, as he rushed for 332 yards and 4 scores against the reeling Bruins, and ran for 150 yards or more 5 times on the year.  MVP Defense: DB Chase Hanson, DE Hunter Dimick
DB Hanson led the team with 90 tackles on the year, and picked off 3 passes. He finished with 7.5 TFLs and forced 3 fumbles, while breaking up 9 passes and causing 2 QB hurries. His best game came against Colorado, as he finished with 13 tackles in the narrow loss. 
Dimick was a force up front with 21 TFLs, and recorded 14.5 sacks. He finished with 54 tackles on the season, and batted down 7 passes as well. Dimick finished with 9 tackles against Arizona State, and finished with 6.5 TFLs in that same game.  Others of Note
Troy Williams was eratic at times for the Utes at QB, and never seemed to have it all fully together from week to week. He completed only 53% of his passes, and finished with 2757 yards with just 15 TDs to 8 INTs. 
Tim Patrick was the lone Ute receiver to finish with over 27 passes. He put together a line of 45-711-5, and averaged 15.8 yards per reception. Raelon Singleton led the team with a 17.19 yards per reception average.
Cody Barton, Marcus Williams, and Sunia Tauteoli all missed 2 games on defense. Injuries became a real issue at points on both sides of the football. 
Pita Taumoepenu joined Dimick as the only other Ute defender to finish in double figures in TFLs with 12. He fell short of double figures in sacks with 9.
Utah QBs had 63 passes broken up on them in 2016.
The Utes fumbled 21 times in 13 games. 
Marcus Williams led the Utes in INTs with 5. Utah picked off 18 passes as a team. 
Utah averaged 60.54 tacckles per game, while opponents made 74 per game, as Utah won the defensive efficiency battle. They allowed just 23.9 points per game. 
Best Win: USC 21-17
The Utes got the Trojans early, and when they were down. Utah struggled offensivly in the win, as injuries had started to mount, but the Utes got away with what turned out to be a very high quality win early in the seaosn, their second in the first 4 games of the year (BYU being the other). Worst Loss: Oregon, California
These losses kept Utah from winning the PAC-12 South in 2016, hich were joined by the loss to Colorado that eliminated the Utes from the race. If you are getting eliminated, losing two games to teams that combined for just 8 wins on the year is a bad way to go. Not only did Utah not get close to winning the division for the first time, they have these losses to look back on in shame.  2017 Non Conference Schedule: 8/31 North Dakota, 9/9 at BYU, 9/16 San Jose State
THe trend of cupcake non conference scheduling in the PAC-12 continues with this easy slate. The Utes will win games against North Dakota and San Jose State outright, but will have their hands full against what should be a very good BYU club on the road. Going 2-1 or 3-0 is the highest probability.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bilo/Conlon Family College Football Hall of Legends: Quarterbacks

Welcome to the Bilo College Football Report Hall of Legends. I, Scott Bilo, the creator, lead writer, and lead editor of the Bilo College Report, have been around college football for a majority of my life, as a fan, as a broadcaster, and as a writer. Since 1980, I have ranked teams on an annual basis, have created All-American teams, and have covered the sport at large for decades.
I am a current member of the National Football Foundation, the organization that votes for College Football Hall of Fame inductees. While I love the College Football Hall of Fame, and I fully support the existence of this shrine, I do believe that the voting procedures can be arcane, and it often takes college players an abnormally long time to enter the hall based on their accomplishments.
With that in mind, I have created this space, known as the Bilo Family College Football Hall of Legends. I have named this place after my combined family, to honor them, and tho show my family's long relationship with college football. The purpose of this space is to facilitate a process that will more quickly induct deserving members for their accomplishments in the game of college football, rather than in some cases having to wait until the inductee, sometimes, is deceased before entering. From this point forward, an inductee is eligible upon the completion of his college career to enter that very year. For coaches, they are eligible upon retirement from the sport, or if they have a reached a win total that places them in the top 50 all-time winningest coaches.
With all of that in mind, please enjoy our Hall of Legends, and congratulations to all of our inductees from the past, and from the future as well. Entries on this page include name, school or schools played for, and last year played.

Quarterbacks (212)
Harry Agganis, Boston University 1952
Troy Aikman, Oklahoma, UCLA 1988
Frankie Albert, Stanford 1941
Damon Allen, Cal State Fullerton 1984
Bobby Anderson, Colorado 1969
Ken Anderson, Augustana 1970
Everett Bacon, Wesleyan 1912
Hobey Baker, Princeton 1913
Terry Baker, Oregon State 1962
Jim Ballard, Wilmington, Mount Union 1993
Matt Barkley, USC 2012
Charlie Barrett, Cornell 1915
Steve Bartkowski, California 1974
Sammy Baugh, TCU 1936
Kirk Baumgartner, Wisconsin-Stevens Point 1989
Gary Beban, UCLA 1967
Jeff Bentrim, North Dakota State 1986
Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame 1943
Drew Bledsoe, Washington State 1992
George Bork, Northern Illinois 1963
Robbie Bosco, BYU 1985
Benny Lee Boynton, Williams 1920
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma 2009
Terry Bradshaw, Louisiana Tech 1969
Drew Brees, Purdue 2000
Marlin Briscoe, Nebraska-Omaha 1967
John Brodie, Stanford 1956
Mark Brunell, Washington 1992
John Cain, Alabama 1932
Brad Calip, East Central 1984
Frank Carideo, Notre Dame 1930
David Carr, Fresno State 2001
Derek Carr, Fresno State 2013
Rakeem Cato, Marshall 2014
Chris Chandler, Washington 1987
Timmie Chang, Hawaii 2004
Dutch Clark, Colorado College 1929
Eric Crouch, Nebraska 2001
Randall Cunningham, UNLV 1984
Andy Dalton, TCU 2010
Charley Daly, Harvard, Army 1902
Chase Daniel, Missouri 2008
Brandon Daughty, Western Kentucky 2015
Harold Davis, Westminister (PA) 1956
Ty Detmer, BYU 1991
Aubrey Devine, Iowa 1921
Bobby Dodd, Tennessee 1930
Ken Dorsey, Miami 2002
Dee Dowis, Air Force 1989
Paddy Driscoll, Northwestern 1918
Morley Drury, USC 1927
Randy Duncan, Iowa 1958
Zach Dysert, Miami (Ohio) 2012
Walter Eckersall, Chicago 1906
Pete Elliott, Michigan 1948
John Elway, Stanford 1982
Boomer Esiason, Maryland 1983
Jim Everett, Purdue 1985
Nello Falaschi, Santa Clara 1936
Brett Favre, Southern Mississippi 1990
Doc Fenton, Mansfield, LSU 1909
Doug Flutie, Boston College 1984
Dan Fouts, Oregon 1972
Tommie Frazier, Nebraska 1995
Benny Friedman, Michigan 1926
John Friesz, Idaho 1989
Blaine Gabbert, Missouri 2010
Roman Gabriel, North Carolina State 1961
Arnold Galiffa, Army 1949
Rich Gannon, Delaware 1986
Jeff Garcia, San Jose State 1993
Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois 2013
Jeff George, Illinois, Purdue, Miami 1989
Jake Gibbs, Mississippi 1960
Jared Goff, California 2015
Tony Graziani, Oregon 1996
Charlie Green Wittenberg 1964
Bob Griese, Purdue 1966
Robert Griffin III, Baylor 2011
Ralph Gugliemi, Notre Dame 1954
Merle Gulick, Toledo, Hobart 1929
Pat Haden, USC 1974
John Hadl, Kansas 1961
Edwin Hale, Mississippi College 1921
Tracy Ham, Georgia Southern 1986
Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech 1999
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan 1986
Mark Harmon, UCLA 1973
Graham Harrell, Texas Tech 2008
Howard Harpster, Carnegie-Mellon 1928
Major Harris, West Virginia 1989
Don Heinrich, Washington 1952
Mark Herrman, Purdue 1980
Don Holleder, Army 1955
Jamelle Holloway, Oklahoma1988
Paul Hornung, Notre Dame 1956
Les Horvath, Ohio State 1944
Jeff Hostetler, West Virginia 1983
Art Howe, Yale 1911
John Huarte, Notre Dame 1964
Joel Hunt, Texas AM 1927
Ellery Huntington, Colgate 1913
Jimmy Johnson, Carlisle, Northwestern 1905
Bert Jones, LSU 1972
Landry Jones, Oklahoma 2012
Andrew Luck, Stanford 2011
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada 2010
Case Keenum, Houston 2011
Jim Kelly, Miami 1982
Phillip King, Princeton 1893
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech 2002
David Klingler, Houston 1991
Kevin Kolb, Houston 2006
Bernie Kosar, Miami 1984
Dave Krieg, Milton 1979
Lester Lautenschaeger, Tulane 1925
Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan 2009
Matt Leinert, USC 2005
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois 2013
Ryan Lindley, San Diego State 2013
Neil Lomax, Portland State 1980
Chuck Long, Iowa 1985
Richie Lucas, Penn State 1959
Johnny Lujack, Notre Dame 1947
Dan Majkowski, Virginia 1986
Archie Manning, Mississippi 1970
Eli Manning, Mississippi 2003
Peyton Manning, Tennessee 1997
Sean Mannion, Oregon State, 2014
Marcus Mariota, Oregon 2014
AJ McCarran, Alabama 2013
Luke McCown, Louisiana Tech 2003
Colt McCoy, Texas 2009
John McGovern, Minnesota 1910
Dan McGwire, San Diego State 1990
Jim McMahon, BYU 1981
Donovan McNabb, Syracuse 1998
Steve McNair, Alcorn State 1994
Cade McNown, UCLA 1998
Don McPherson, Syracuse 1987
Don Meredith, SMU 1959
Joe Micchia, Westminister (PA) 1989
Shorty Miller, Penn State 1913
Joe Montana, Notre Dame 1978
Warren Moon, Washington 1977
Kellen Moore, Boise State 2011
Aaron Murray, Georgia 2013
Joe Namath, Alabama 1964
Harry Newman, Michigan 1932
Cam Newton, Auburn 2012
Davey O'Brien, TCU 1938
Ken O'Brien, UC Davis 1982
Carson Palmer, USC 2002
Dan Pastorini, Santa Clara 1970
Michael Payton, Marshall 1992
Rodney Peete, USC 1988
Mike Phipps, Purdue 1969
Jim Plunkett, Stanford, 1970
Brady Quinn, Notre Dame 2006
Tom Ramsey, UCLA 1982
Antwan Randle-El, Indiana
Tim Rattay, Louisiana Tech 1999
John Rauch, Georgia 1948
Bill Redell, Occidental 1963
Chris Redman, Louisville 1999
Keenan Reynolds, Navy 2015
Jerry Rhome, SMU, Tulsa 1964
Tony Rice, Notre Dame 1989
Richard Ritchie, Texas A and M Kingsville 1976
Phillip Rivers, North Carolina State 2003
Corey Robinson, Troy 2013
Denard Robinson, Michigan 2012
Ben Roethlisberger, Miami (Ohio) 2003
Tony Romo, Eastern Illinois 2002
Cooper Rush, Central Michigan 2016
Mark Rypien, Washington State 1985
Jack Scarbath, Maryland 1952
Bob Schloredt, Washington 1960
John Sciarra, UCLA 1975
Heath Shuler, Tennessee 1993
Phil Sims, Morehead State 1978
Akili Smith, Oregon 1998
Brad Smith, Missouri 2005
Riley Smith, Alabama 1935
Troy Smith, Ohio State 2006
Steve Spurrier, Duke 1966
Ken Stabler, Alabama 1967
Roger Staubach, Navy 1964
Steve Stenstrom, Stanford 1994
Sandy Stephens, Minnesota 1961
Kordell Stewart, Colorado 1994
Kelly Stouffer, Colorado State 1986
Don Strock, Virginia Tech 1972
Harry Stuhldreher, Notre Dame 1924
Kevin Sweeney, Fresno State 1986
Tim Tebow, Florida 2009
Zach Terrell, Western Michigan 2016
Vinnie Tesateverde, Miami 1986
Joe Theismann, Notre Dame 1970
Gino Torretta, Miami 1992
Marques Tuaiasosopo, Washington 1996
Norm Van Brocklin, Oregon 1948
Jeff Van Rapphorst, Arizona State 1986
Harry Van Surdham, Wesleyan 1905
Trevor Vittatoe, Texas-El Paso 2010
Steve Walsh, Miami 1988
Charlie Ward, Florida State 1993
Andre Ware, Houston 1989
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State 2011
Gus Welch, Carlisle 1914
Danny White, Arizona State 1973
Jason White, Oklahoma 2004
Pat White, West Virginia 2008
Doug Williams, Grambling 1977
Mark Wilson, BYU 1979
Russell Wilson, North Carolina State, Wisconsin 2011
Danny Wuerffel, Florida 1996
Steve Young, BYU 1984
Vince Young, Texas 2005
Eric Zeier, Georgia 1994
Jim Zorn, Cal Poly Pomona 1974









Bilo/Conlon Family College Football Hall of Legends: Running Backs

Welcome to the Running Back Wing of the Bilo/Conlon Family College Football Hall of Legends. The Hall was created to honor all running backs in the game of college football from all levels, from NAIA to FBS who not only exhibited special traits on the field, but also lived well off of the field, and lived by a code of conduct that should be expected of legends. There are some players on this list who are already in the College Football Hall of Fame, and we honor those players along with players who we feel should be enshrined and inducted into the Hall at some point in time, but have not been for whatever reason. Players are eligible for induction upon exhausting their eligibility, as there is no waiting period. Players are listed in alphabetical order, with schools they played for, and the final season they took the field. Congratulations to our honorees.

Running Back

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska 2014
Walter Abercrombie, Baylor, 1980
Curtis Adams, Central Michigan 1984
Tarrion Adams, Tulsa 2008
Jay Ajayi, Boise State 2014
Shaun Alexander, Alabama 1999
Floyd Allen, VMI 1981
Greg Allen, Florida State 1984
Marcus Allen, USC 1981
Mike Alstott, Purdue 1995
Damian Anderson, Northwestern 20014
Earnest Anderson, Oklahoma State 1983
Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky 2013
Reggie Arnold, Arkansas State 2009
Darnell Autry, Northwestern 1996
Johnny Bailey, Texas A and M Kingsville, 1989
Montee Ball, Wisconsin 2012
Kenjon Barner, Oregon 2012
Steve Bartalo, Colorado State 1986
Ricky Bell, USC 1976
Cedric Benson, Texas 2004
Yvenson Bernard, Oregon State 2007
LaDell Betts, Iowa 2001
Eric Bienemy, Colorado 1990
Matt Breida, Georgia Southern 2016
James Brooks, Auburn 1980
Demario Brown, Utah State 1998
Donald Brown, Connecticut 2008
Jim Brown, Syracuse 1956
Ted Brown, North Carolina State 1977
Earnest Byner, East Carolina 1983
Trung Canidate, Arizona 1999
Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona 2013
Asher Clark, Air Force 2011
Mike Cloud, Boston College 1998
Trevor Cobb, Rice 1992
Patrick Cobbs, North Texas 2005
Avon Cobourne, West Virginia 2002
Alex Collins, Arkansas 2015
Sonny Collins, Kentucky 1975
James Conner, Pittsburgh 2016
Dalvin Cook, Florida State 2016
Tim Cornette, UNLV 2014
Ben Cowins, Arkansas 1978
Marcus Cox, Appalachian State 2016
Roger Craig, Nebraska 1982
Joshua Cribbs, Kent State 2004
Anthony Davis, Wisconsin 2004
Anthony Davis, USC 1974
James Davis, Clemson 2008
Darren Davis,Iowa State 1999
Troy Davis, Iowa State 1996
Ron Dayne, Wisconsin 1999
Autry Denson, Notre Dame 1998
Noel Devine, West Virginia 2011
Eric Dickerson, SMU 1982
Curtis Dickey, Texas A&M 1979
Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State 2009
Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech 2015
Tico Duckett, Michigan State 1992
Lance Dunbar, North Texas 2011
Warrick Dunn, Florida State 1996
Reggie Dupard, SMU 1985
Gwain Durden, Chattanooga 1980
Jahwan Edwards, Ball State 2014
Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State 2015
Blake Ezor, Michigan State 1989
Kevin Faulk, LSU 1998
Marshall Faulk, San Diego State 1993
Tyrell Fenroy, Louisiana-Lafayette 2008
Rodney Ferguson, New Mexico 2008
Damian Fletcher, Southern Mississippi 2009
Matt Forte, Tulane 2007
Brock Forsey, Boise State 2002
Leonard Fournette, LSU 2016
Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan 2016
Jonathon Franklin, UCLA 2012
Kenny Gamble, Colgate 1987
Walt Garrison, Oklahoma State 1965
Ben Garry, Southern Mississippi 1977
Eddie George, Ohio State 1995
Toby Gerhart, Stanford 2009
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin 2014
James Gray, Texas Tech 1989
Ahman Green, Nebraska 1997
Dexter Green, Iowa State 1978
Gaston Green, UCLA 1987
Woody Green, Arizona State 1973
Travis Greene, Bowling Green 2015
BenJarvis Green-Ellis, Ole Miss 2007
Quentin Griffin, Oklahoma 2002
Michael Gunter, Tulsa 1983
Thomas Hamner, Minnesota 1999
Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech 1996
Montel Harris, Temple 2012
Mike Hart, Michigan 2007
John Harvey, UTEP 1988
June Henley, Kansas 1996
Derrick Henry, Alabama 2015
Dwone Hicks, Middle Tennessee 2002
Brian Hill, Wyoming 2016
PJ Hill, Wisconsin 2008
Dalton Hilliard, LSU 1985
Robert Holcombe, Illinois 1997
Steve Hoofkin, Ohio 1998
Jordan Howard, Indiana 2015
Kareem Hunt, Toledo 2016
Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State 2010
Steven Jackson, Oregon State 2003
Craig James, SMU 1982
LaMichael James, Oregon 2011
Eugene Jarvis, Kent State 2010
Dick Jauron, Yale 1972
Tony Jeffery, TCU 1987
Duke Johnson, Miami 2014
Leon Johnson, North Carolina 1996
Aaron Jones, UTEP 2016
Carlton Jones, Army 2005
Thomas Jones, Virgnia 1999
Lamont Jordan, Maryland 2000
Napoleon Kaufman, Washington 1994
Derrick Knight, Boston College 2003
Chance Kretschmer, Nevada 2004
Robert LaVette, Georgia Tech 1984
Amos Lawrence, North Carolina 1980
Cyrus Lawrence, Virginia Tech 1982
Roosevelt Leaks, Texas 1974
Chris Lemon, Nevada 1999
Darren Lewis, Texas A&M 1990
Miquale Lewis, Ball State 2010
Shock Linwood, Baylor 2016
Rob Lytle, Michigan 1976
Marlon Mack, South Florida 2016
Denvis Manns, New Mexico State 1998
Billy Mareck, Wisconsin 1975
Lawrence Maroney, Minnesota 2005
Jerry Mays, Georgia Tech 1989
Reuben Mayes, Washington State 1985
Mike Mayweather, Army 1990
Napoleon McCallum, Navy 1985
Don McCauley, North Carolina 1970
James McDougald, Wake Forest 1979
Darren McFadden, Arkansas 2007
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford 2016
Demarco McCleskey, Cincinnati 2002
Elijah McGuire, Louisiana-Lafayette 2016
Joe McIntosh, North Carolina State 1984
Deland McCullough, Miami (Ohio) 1995
Kalvin McRae, Ohio 2007
Terry Miller, Oklahoma State 1977
Lydell Mitchell, Penn State 1971
Stump Mitchell, The Citadel 1980
Dontrell Moore, New Mexico 2005
Mewelde Moore, Tulane 2003
Alfred Morris, Florida Atlantic 2011
Jamie Morris, Michigan 1987
Joe Morris, Syracuse 1981
Mercury Morris, West Texas A&M 1968
DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma 2010
Larry Ned, San Diego State 2001
Derrick Nix. Southern Mississippi 2002
Brandon Oliver, Buffalo 2013
Paul Palmer, Temple 1986
Rick Parros, Utah State 1979
Samaje Perine, Oklahoma 2016
Chris Perry, Michigan 2003
Adrian Peterson, Georgia Southern 2001
Bernard Pierce, Temple 2011
Allen Pinckett, Notre Dame 1985
Chris Polk, Washington 2011
Travis Prentice, Miami (Ohio) 1999
Raymond Priester, Clemson 1997
Brian Pruitt, Central Michigan 1994
Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State 2016
Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky 2011
Ahmad Rashad, Oregon 1971
Scott Repert, Lawrence 1982
Errict Rhett, Florida 1993
Javon Ringer, Michigan State 2008
Bo Robinson, West Texas A&M 1978
Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State 2010
Larry Rose III, New Mexico State 2016
Robby Rouse, Fresno State 2012
Evan Royster, Penn State 2010
Mike Rozier, Nebraska 1983
Tony Sands, Kansas 1991
Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State 1988
Ketric Sanford, Houston 1999
Sedrick Shaw, Iowa 1996
James Sims, Kansas 2013
Steve Slaton, West Virginia 2007
Emmitt Smith, Florida 1989
Junior Smith, East Carolina 1994
Kevin Smith, Central Florida 2007
Tim Spencer, Ohio State 1982
CJ Spiller, Clemson 2009
Tremaine Stephens, North Carolina State 1982
Rodney Stewart, Colorado 2011
Troy Stradford, Boston College 1986
Tyrell Sutton, Northwestern 2008
George Swarn, Miami (Ohio) 1986
Wasean Tate, Toledo 1998
Chester Taylor, Toledo 2011
Reggie Taylor, Cincinnati 1976
Stepfan Taylor, Stanford 2012
Vai Taua, Nevada 2010
Jim Taylor, LSU 1957
Anthony Thomas, Michigan 2000
Duane Thomas, West Texas State 1969
Thurman Thomas, Oklahoma State 1987
Anthony Thompson, Indiana 1989
David Thompson, Oklahoma State 1996
Darrell Thompson, Minnesota 1989
LaDanian Tomlinson, TCU 2000
Michael Turner, Northern Illinois 2003
Mike Voight, North Carolina 1976
Hershel Walker, Georgia 1982
Curt Warner, Penn State 1982
Joe Washington, Oklahoma 1975
Astron Whatley, Kent State 1997
Tyrone Wheatley, Michigan 1994
Lorenzo White, Michigan State 1987
Eric Wilkerson, Kent State 1988
Andre Williams, Boston College 2014
Carnell Williams, Auburn 2007
DeAngelo Williams, Memphis 2005
Jamaal Williams, BYU 2016
Mike Williams, New Mexico 1978
Ricky Williams, Texas 1998
Ricky Williams, Texas Tech 2001
Abu Wilson, Utah State 1996
Kareem Wilson, Ohio 1998
Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois 2006
Butch Woolfolk, Michigan 1981
Amos Zereoue, West Virginia 1998

Halfback
Paul Bunker, Army 1902
Ron Burton, Northwestern 1959
George Cafego, Tennessee 1939
Chris Cagle, Louisiana-Lafayette, Army 1929
Earl Campbell, Texas 1977
Billy Cannon, LSU 1959
John Cappelletti, Penn State 1973
JC Caroline, Illinois 1954
Hunter Carpenter, Virginia Tech, North Carolina 1905
Chuck Carroll, Washington 1928
Eddie Casey, Harvard 1919
Howard Cassady, Ohio State 1955
Guy Chamberlin, Nebraska Wesleyan, Nebraska 1915
Sam Chapman, California 1937
Bob Chappius, Michigan 1947
Paul Christman, Missouri 1940
Zora Clevenger, Indiana 1903
Charlie Conerly, Mississippi 1947
John David Crow, Texas A and M 1957
Jim Crowley, Notre Dame 1924
John Dalton, Navy 1911
Tom Davies, Pittsburgh 1921
Ernie Davis, Syracuse 1961
Glenn Davis, Army 1946
Pete Dawkins, Army 1958
Joe Delaney, Northwestern State 1980
Glenn Dobbs, Tulsa 1942
Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh 1976
Paddy Driscoll, Northwestern 1916
Joe Dudek, Plymouth State 1985
Bill Dudley, Virginia 1941
Bump Elliott, Purdue, Michigan 1947
Ray Evans, Kansas 1947
Beattie Feathers, Tennessee 1933
Bob Fenimore, Oklahoma State 1946
Buck Flowers, Davidson, Georgia Tech 1920
George Franck, Minnesota 1940
Clint Frank, Yale 1937
Tucker Frederickson, Auburn 1964
Willie Galimore, Florida A and M 1956
Hugh Gallarneau, Stanford, 1940
Mike Garrett, USC, 1965
Paul Giel, Minnesota, 1953
Frank Gifford, USC, 1951
Chris Gilbert, Texas 1968
Harry Gilmer, Alabama 1947
George Gipp, Notre Dame 1920
Marshall Goldberg, Pittsburgh 1938
Paul Governali, Columbia 1942
Otto Graham, Northwestern 1943
Red Grange, Illinois 1925
Archie Griffin, Ohio State 1975
Joe Guyon, Carlisle, Georgia Tech 1918
Parker Hall, Mississippi 1938
Bob Hamilton, Stanford 1935
Tom Hamilton, Navy 1926
Huntington Hardwick, Harvard 1914
Chic Harley, Ohio State 1919
Tom Harmon, Michigan 1940
Frank Hawkins, Nevada 1980
Garney Henley, Huron 1959
Willie Heston, San Jose State, Michigan 1904
Clarke Hinkle, Bucknell 1931
Elroy Hirsch, Wisconsin, Michigan 1943
Jimmy Hitchcock, Auburn 1932
Jim Holder, Oklahoma Panhandle State 1963
Bill Hollenback, Pennsylvania 1908
Millard Howell, Alabama 1934
Jack Hubbard, Amherst 1906
Jackie Hunt, Marshall 1941
Cecil Isbell, Purdue 1937
Bo Jackson, Auburn 1985
Vic Janowicz, Ohio State 1951
Billie Johnson, Widener 1973
Ian Johnson, Boise State 2008
John Henry Johnson, Arizona State, St. Mary's 1952
Ron Johnson, Michigan 1968
Clinton Jones, Michigan State 1966
Charlie Justice, North Carolina 1949
Mort Kaer, USC, 1926
Eddie Kaw, Cornell 1922
Dick Kazmaier, Princeton 1951
Joe Kendall, Kentucky State 1936
Leroy Keyes, Purdue 1968
Billy Kilmer, UCLA 1960
Nile Kinnick, Iowa 1939
Harry Kipke, Michigan 1923
Johnny Kitzmiller, Oregon 1930
Mickey Kobrosky, Trinity (CT) 1936
Walter Koppisch, Columbia 1924
Steve Lach, Duke 1941
Myles Lane, Dartmouth 1927
Johnny Lattner, Notre Dame 1953
Hank Lauricella, Tennessee 1951
Jimmy Leetch, VMI 1920
Leo Lewis, Lincoln (MO) 1954
Zach Line, SMU 2012
Floyd Little, Syracuse 1966
Gordie Lockbaum, Holy Cross 1987
Sid Luckman, Columbia 1938
Pug Lund Minnesota 1934
Bob MacLeod, Dartmouth 1938
Bart Macomber, Illinois 1916
Dick Maegle, Rice 1954
Johnny Majors, Tennessee 1956
Ed Marinaro, Cornell 1971
Pate Mauth, Penn State 1912
George McAfee, Duke 1939
Lee McClung, Yale 1891
Tommy McDonald, Oklahoma 1956
Jack McDowall, North Carolina State 1927
Hugh McElhenny, Washington 1951
Gene McEver, Tennessee 1931
Banks McFadden, Clemson 1939
Bob McWorther, Georgia 1913
Abe Mickal, LSU 1935
Creighton Miller, Notre Dame 1943
Don Miller, Notre Dame 1924
Skip Minisi, Pennsylvania, Navy 1947
Alex Moffat, Princeton 1883
Wilbert Montgomery, Abilene Christian 1976
Bill Morley, Michigan, Columbia 1901
Johnny Musso, Alabama 1971
Darrin Nelson, Stanford 1981
Charlie O'Rourke, Boston College 1940
Andy Oberlander, Dartmouth 1925
Bob Odell, Pennsylvania 1943
Elmer Oliphant, Purdue, Army 1917
Win Osgood, Cornell, Pennsylvania 1894
John Outland, Kansas, Pennsylvania 1899
George Owen, Harvard 1922
Steve Owens, Oklahoma 1969
Ace Parker, Duke 1936
Walter Payton, Jackson State 1974
Jerome Persell, Western Michigan 1978
Erny Pinckert, USC 1931
John Pingel, Michigan State 1938
Fritz Pollard, Brown 1916
Greg Pruitt, Oklahoma 1972
Mel Renfro, Oregon 1963
Ernie Rentner, Northwestern 1932
Bobby Reynolds, Nebraska 1952
Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska 1972
George Rogers, South Carolina 1980
Johnny Roland, Missouri 1965
Kyle Rote, SMU 1950
Brad Rowland, McMurry 1950
James Saxton, Jr., Texas 1961
Gale Sayers, Kansas 1964
Marchy Schwartz, Notre Dame 1931
Clyde Scott, Navy, Arkansas 1948
Henry Seibels, Sewanee 1900
William Shakespear, Notre Dame 1935
Monk Simons, Tulane 1934
Billy Sims, Oklahoma 1979
Frank Sinkwich, Georgia 1942
Red Sitko, Notre Dame 1949
Bruce Smith, Minnesota 1941
Harrison Stafford, Texas 1932
Bob Steuber, Missouri, DePauw 1943
Mal Stevens, Washburn, Yale 1923
Ben Stevenson, Tuskegee 1930
Gaylord Stichcomb, Ohio State 1920
Jerry Stovall, LSU 1962
Everett Strupper, Georgia Tech 1917
Jim Swink, TCU 1956
Eddie Talboom, Wyoming 1950
George Taliaferro, Indiana 1948
Clendon Thomas, Oklahoma 1957
Joe Thompson, Geneva, Pittsburgh
Sam Thorne, Yale 1895
Jim Thorpe, Carlisle 1912
John Tigert, Vanderbilt 1903
Eric Tipton, Duke 1938
Charlie Trippi, Georgia 1946
Ed Tryon, Colgate 1925
Joe Utay, Texas A and M 1907
Billy Vessels, Oklahoma 1952
Hube Wagner, Pittsburgh 1913
Doak Walker, SMU 1949
Bill Wallace, 1935
Kenny Washington, UCLA 1939
Alex Webster, North Carolina State 1952
Herman Wedemeyer, St. Mary's 1947
Harold Weekes, Columbia 1902
Percy Wendell, Harvard 1912
Brandon West, Western Michigan 2009
Byron White, Colorado 1937
Charles White, USC 1979
Bobby Wilson, SMU 1935
George Wilson, Lafayette 1928
George Wilson, Washington 1925
Harry Wilson, Penn State, Army 1927
Buddy Young, Illinois 1946
Harry Young, Marshall, Washington and Lee 1916

Fullbacks
Alan Ameche, Wisconsin 1954
Knowlton Ames, Princeton 1889
Doc Blanchard, Army 1946
Don Bosseler, Miami 1956
Charley Brewer, Harvard 1895
George Brooke, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 1895
Eddie Cameron, Washington & Lee 1924
Rick Casares, Florida 1953
Jack Cloud, William & Mary 1949
Bill Cooper, Muskingum 1960
Ted Coy, Yale 1909
Larry Csonka, Syracuse 1967
Sam Cunningham, USC 1972
Ed Dyas, Auburn 1960
Ray Eichenlaub, Notre Dame 1914
Bill Enyart, Oregon State 1968
Rob Ferguson, Ohio State 1961
Jim Finn, Pennsylvania 1998
Charlie Flowers, Mississippi 1959
William Floyd, Florida State 1993
Sam Francis, Nebraska 1936
Forest Geyer, Oklahoma 1915
Marshall Goldberg, Pittsburgh 1938
Jim Grabowski, Illinois 1965
Bobby Grayson, Stanford 1935
Howard Griffith, Illinois 1990
Pat Harder, Wisconsin 1942
Bill Hartman, Georgia, 1937
Homer Hazel, Rutgers 1924
William Henderson, North Carolina 1994
Clarence Herschberger, Chicago 1898
Jacob Hester, LSU 2007
Mike Holovak, Boston College 1942
Pooley Hubert, Alabama 1925
Cosmo Iacavazzi, Princeton 1964
Jonas Ingram, Navy 1906
Jackie Jensen, California 1948
Herb Joesting, Minnesota 1927
Darryl Johnston, Syracuse 1988
Greg Jones, Florida State 2003
John Kimbrough, Texas A&M 1940
John Kuhn, Shippensburg 2004
Elmer Layden, Notre Dame 1924
Vonta Leach, East Carolina 2003
Gordon Locke, Iowa 1922
Eddie Mahan, Harvard 1915
Bill Mallory, Yale 1923
Ollie Matson, San Francisco 1951
Johnny Maulbetsch, Adrian, Michigan 1916
Jim McCormick, Princeton 1907
George McLaren, Pittsburgh 1918
Le'Ron McClain, Alabama 2006
Leroy Mercer, Pennsylvania 1912
John Minds, Pennsylvania 1897
Marion Motley, Nevada 1943
Bronco Nagurski, Minnesota 1929
Lorenzo Neal, Fresno State 1992
Ernie Nevers, Stanford, 1925
Pat O'Dea, Wisconsin 1899
Bill Osmanski, Holy Cross 1938
Jack Pardee, Texas A&M 1956
Joe Perry, Compton Community College 1944
Pete Pihos, Indiana 1946
Eddie Price, Tulane 1949
Tom Rathman, Nebraska 1985
Claude Reeds, Oklahoma 1913
Bill Reid, Harvard 1899
John Riggins, Kansas 1970
Ira Rodgers, West Virginia 1919
Louis Salmon, Notre Dame 1903
George Sauer, Nebraska 1933
Red Sitko, Notre Dame 1949
Owen Schmitt, West Virginia 2007
Jason Snelling, Virginia 2006
Neil Snow, Michigan 1901
Ken Strong, New York University 1928
Matt Suhey, Penn State 1979
Mike Tolbert, Coastal Carolina 2007
Bob Westfall, Michigan 1941
Jeff Wittman, Ithaca 1992
Tank Younger, Grambling State 1948



Farewell to 2016: USC Trojans

It was a season of highs and lows in the PAC-12 in 2016. The Washington Huskies turned a major corner, making it to the national semifinal before getting smothered by Alabama. The Huskies were one of four teams that won 10 games or more. On the flip side, half of the teams in the conference finished under .500, including two major surprise teams in Oregon and UCLA. The conference's prize QB, Josh Rosen, was injured for most of the season, and under performed when he was available, and Jake Browning became the new star QB of the conference until being upstaged by Sam Darnold at USC. The biggest story was the emergence of the Colorado Buffaloes, who shocked everyone by winning the South. Here is our farewell to the 2016 season, team by team, in the PAC-12...

USC Trojans
10-3 (7-2)

2016 Schedule
Lost to Alabama 52-6
Beat Utah State 45-7
lost to Stanford 27-10
Lost to Utah 31-27
Beat Arizona State 41-20
Beat Colorado 21-17
Beat Arizona 48-14
Beat California 45-24
Beat Oregon 45-20
Beat Washington 26-13
Beat UCLA 36-14
Beat Notre Dame 45-27
Beat Penn State 52-49 (Rose Bowl)

MVP Offense: QB Sam Darnold
All was lost for the Trojans after a 1-3 start under QB Max Browne, and coach Clay Helton was looking like toast in just his first full season as head coach. A change was made over to Darnold, and USC went on a 9-0 run. He changed the entire way the team worked on offense, and gave the offense dimensions that Browne could not. Darnold passed for 3086 yards and 31 TDs to just 9 INTs. He completed 67.2% of his passes. He averaged 237.4 yards passing per game, and attempted 28.2 passes per game. Darnold added another 250 yards rushing, and added 2 more scores on the ground, and used his feet to extend plays and make things happen. His head is way ahead of the curve for his age, and in my eyes, he has surpassed the more hyped prospect from across town, Josh Rosen. Darnold, at this point, is the real deal.
MVP Defense: LB Porter Gustin, DB A'Doree Jackson
From a national standpoint, Gustin, a sophomore LB, was completely overlooked. He finished with 68 tackles, a team leading 13 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, and broke up 4 passes in coverage. Gustin may have been one of the quietest, yet most important players on this football team.
Jackson received far more hype, but was worth it in many cases for the Trojans. Jackson broke up 11 passes on the season, and led the team with 5 INTs. He finished with 55 tackles, with 46 of them coming on solos. Jackson also added 767 yards on kick returns, with 2 TDs, and added another 315 yards and 2 scores on punt returns.
Others of Note
Ronald Jones gave the Trojans some balance on offense at RB, as he rushed for 1082 yards and 12 TDs on the season. He averaged 6.11 yards per carry, but only averaged 12.83 carries per game. Justin Davis added another 607 yards on the season, as the Trojans rushed for 200.69 yards per game.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was a star, as was to be expected, as he posted a line of 70-914-10. He averaged 13.06 yards per grab on the season.
Darreus Rogers and Deontay Burnett both caught 56 passes, with Rogers going for 696 yards, and Burnett finishing with 622 yards. It was Burnett, however, that won the scoring battle, as he converted 7 scores to 4 for Rogers.
LB Cameron Smith should be a leader on defense next season. He led the team with 83 tackles, and he added 7 TFLs. He added 4 PBUs in coverage as well.
USC recorded 63.46 tackles per game, and forced teams to record 71.31 against.
Best Win: Washington 26-13, Penn State 52-49
The win over Washington did not end the UW ride to the national semifinal, but it did send a statement that USC was back on the horse, and was ready to make life miserable for the rest of the conference again, and they made Washington look bad all night long in Seattle.
The Rose Bowl win over Penn State was a massive challenge that was only won when Penn State displayed highly questionable play calling in the final minute and a half of the game. The Trojans were ahead big, then behind big, and then rallied for a crazy win that defied logic with a 17 point 4th quarter. The win capped that 9 game winning streak, that is likely to continue well into 2017.
Worst Loss: Alabama 52-6
The Trojans were completely lifeless against Alabama in Arlington, Texas, and it seemed like this would be a long, horrible season when all was said and done. Nobody thought USC was on par with Alabama, but that was a horrible look for the Trojans, and it started a process that almost had undone the Clay Helton era before it began.
2017 Non Conference Schedule: 9/2 Western Michigan, 9/16 Texas, 10/21 at Notre Dame
Western Michigan will not go 13-0 heading into a bowl in 2017, and should likely start out the Tim Lester era by going 0-1. The Trojans should roll past Texas, who is not ready for what the Trojans will bring, and Notre Dame is a mess. USC should go 3-0 here.

Farewell to 2016: Colorado Buffaloes

It was a season of highs and lows in the PAC-12 in 2016. The Washington Huskies turned a major corner, making it to the national semifinal before getting smothered by Alabama. The Huskies were one of four teams that won 10 games or more. On the flip side, half of the teams in the conference finished under .500, including two major surprise teams in Oregon and UCLA. The conference's prize QB, Josh Rosen, was injured for most of the season, and under performed when he was available, and Jake Browning became the new star QB of the conference until being upstaged by Sam Darnold at USC. The biggest story was the emergence of the Colorado Buffaloes, who shocked everyone by winning the South. Here is our farewell to the 2016 season, team by team, in the PAC-12...

Colorado Buffaloes
10-4 (8-1)

2016 Schedule
Beat Colorado State 44-7
Beat Idaho State 56-7
Lost to Michigan 45-28
Beat Oregon 41-38
Beat Oregon State 47-6
Lost to USC 21-17
Beat Arizona State 40-16
Beat Stanford 10-5
Beat UCLA 20-10
Beat Arizona 49-24
Beat Washington State 38-24
Beat Utah 27-22
Lost to Washington 41-10 (PAC-12 Title game)
Lost to Oklahoma State 38-8 (Alamo Bowl)

MVP Offense: RB Phillip Lindsay
The run game was one of the two major strengths for the Buffs in 2016, and that was led by the play of Lindsay, a junior. Lindsay rushed for 1252 yards on the season, averaging 5.13 yards per carry off of an average of 17.43 carries per game. Even more impressive were the 16 rushing TDs that Lindsay scored on the season. He rushed for 219 yards in a win over Arizona State, and scored 3 TDs in two games (ASU, Arizona). He did slow significantly at the end of the season, with his high yards total in the final 3 games reaching just 63 yards in the bowl loss to Oklahoma State. 
MVP Defense: LB Kenneth Olugbode, LB Jimmie Gilbert, DB Chidobe Awuzie
Senior LB Olugbode was the tea leader in tackles, where he racked up 115 (8.21 per game) on the season. He finished with 6 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, 2 PBUs, and 4 QB hurries. 
LB Gilbert was the heart and soul of the unit. He finished with 62 tackles, but was a force in the backfield, as he led the team with 14 TFLs. Gilbert also reached 10 sacks on the year, forced 6 fumbles, created 7 QB hurries, and collected 3 PBUs. 
Awuzie was the leader in the secondary, as he broke up 14 passes on the season. He finished with 65 tackles, 6 TFLs, 4 sacks, 3 QB hurries, and forced 2 fumbles.  Others of Note 
Colorado averaged 31.1 points per game and claimed their first ever PAC-12 South title. They allowed just 21.7 points per game, good for 20th nationally. 
Sefu Liufau had a strong campaign, but missed the Oregon and Oregon State wins with injury, and missed most of the USC loss as well. He passed for 2366 yards, but managed only 11 TD passes to 6 INTs. He chipped in 494 yards rushing and another 8 scores. 
Shay Fields was the most efficient receiver for the Buffaloes, as he posted a line of 56-883-9. He averaged 15.77 yards per reception. Devin Ross led the team with 69 receptions for 11.41 yards per catch and 5 scores. 
Colorado needed just 64.93 tackles per game, while forcing opponents to collect 77.71 per game, a difference of 12 plays per game that the defense did not have to make. 
Colorado offense allowed 80 TFLs on the season, or 5.71 per game. Not a great number at all. 
Buffs defense collected 2.57 sacks per game, while the offense allowed 2.21.
Tedric Thompson was terrific in the secondary, as he collected 7 INTs on the year. 
Colorado QBs were hurried 43 times in 2016.
The Colorado defense forced 19 fumbles, while they had 13 forced against them. 
Best Win: Stanford 10-5, Washington State 38-24
After previously falling to USC, the Buffs needed to beat Stanford to show that they were not going to shrink into the sunset against upper level PAC-12 opponents. While the offense struggled against a very strong Stanford defense, the Colorado defense led the day and stifled the Cardinal, and rode that wave on to a South title. The Buffs also showed that their defense could stand up to a strong, unrelenting offense in Washington State by holding the Cougars to just 24 points in a win against the North runner up. A win against Utah a week later wrapped up the division.  Worst Loss: Washington 41-10, Oklahoma State 38-8
The loss in the PAC-12 title game to Washington showed that the Buffs were not yet the cream of the crop in the conference. The Buffs got nothing from their offense, and the defense had no answers. 
The loss in the bowl to Oklahoma State was in part disappointment from the Washington loss, part the loss of Jim Leavitt as DC, and part disappointment from getting bounced from the Rose Bowl, despite finishing ahead of USC in the conference race.  2017 Non Conference Schedule: 9/1 Colorado State @ Denver, 9/9 Texas State, 9/16 Northern Colorado
The Buffaloes have enough pieces returning to be able to handle Colorado State once again in the opener. The Buffs should then roll in games against Texas State and Northern Colorado.