Heisman Trophy winning running backs Rashaan Salaam of Colorado and Ricky Williams of Texas are among the stars making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year. Some of the other notable first-timers are Iowa State running back Troy Davis, a two-time Heisman finalist, Miami linebacker Ray Lewis, Southern California receiver Keyshawn Johnson and Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch. Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas and Nebraska Heisman winner Eric Crouch are among the holdovers on the 75-player major college ballot.
There are also six coaches up for selection, including Mike Bellotti of Oregon. More than 12,000 National Football Foundation members receive ballots.
Their votes are tabulated and then given to the NFF's 17-member honors court, which selects a class of about 14 players and two coaches.