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Former Michigan, Michigan State players on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 17:15:15-04

Former Michigan State and Michigan football players are on the ballot for the 2021 College football Hall of Fame.

The National Football Foundation on Tuesday announced the 78 players and seven coaches from major college football who are up for selection to the Atlanta-based Hall of Fame. There also are 99 players and 33 coaches from outside the highest level of college football eligible for induction.

MSU has the following players on the list: OT Flozell Adams, K Morten Andersen.

Former Michigan OL Steve Hutchinson and DT Mark Messner are on the ballot.

Former Lions DL Jared DeVries (Iowa), RB D.J. Dozier (Penn State), DE Dwight Freeney (Syracuse), RB Ken Simonton (Oregon State), DB Jerry Woods (Northern Michigan), and OG Don Greco (Western Illinois) are included.

Coaches Darryl Rogers (Michigan State, Lions), Roy Kramer (Central Michigan), Dick Lowry (Wayne State, Hillsdale), and Pete Schmidt (Albion) are on the list.

Brother Rice High School TE Pete Mitchell (Boston College, Lions) is also on the ballot.

The College Hall of Fame class of 2021 will be announced early next year.

Freeney holds the NCAA record for career sacks per game at 1.61 and was co-Big East defensive player of the year in 2001 for Syracuse.

Sproles finished fifth in Heisman voting in 2003 for the Wildcats.

Among the other notable players on the ballot for the first time are kickers Sebastian Janikowski of Florida State and Luis Zendejas of Arizona State and quarterback Ken Dorsey from Miami. Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is also up for induction for the first time.

Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer from Southern California and Rashaan Salaam from Colorado are among those returning to the ballot.

The ballot was sent to more than 12,000 National Football Foundation members. Votes will be tabulated and then the NFF honors court will select the class of 2021 from the top vote-getters.