The 2010 College Football Hall of Fame induction is just around the corner, and 77 players and seven coaches comprise the list of possible inductees.
To be eligible for consideration, a former player must have been named to a First Team All-American list by an accepted major/national selector, played their last year of collegiate football at least ten years ago, played college ball within the past 50 years, and cannot be currently active in the NFL.
Out of the 77 players, let's take a look at which ones are clearly deserving of this honor.
Eric Dickerson finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1982, and was voted unanimous First Team All-American that same year.
He was twice named Southwestern Conference (SWC) Player of the Year, and finished with a career 4,450 rushing yards; one of 14 records at Southern Methodist University.
Eddie George was a monster in the Big Ten during his time at Ohio State. He was the 1995 Heisman, Walter Camp, Maxwell, and Doak Walker award winner. He was also the 1995 Big Ten Player of the Year.
He led Ohio State to four bowl games. He also set ten Big Ten conference records and finished as the Buckeyes' leader in most 200 plus yard rushing games - five.
He could pose, and he could definitely play. Desmond Howard, the winner of the 1991 Heisman Trophy and consensus First Team All-American, led the Wolverines to three Big Ten titles and two Rose Bowls during his illustrious career at Michigan.
He also led the nation in scoring (11.5 points/game) and kickoff returns (27.5 yard average) in 1991.
So many players, so few ballots, but Russell Maryland is definitely deserving of nomination into the College Football Hall of Fame.
A 1990 unanimous First Team All-American and Outland Trophy winner, Maryland led Miami to four consecutive bowl berths and two national championships in 1987 and 1989.
While at the "U", the Canes had a 45-3-0 record.
Arguably one of the best linebackers in the history of the NFL, LT also spent some time at the University of North Carolina.
In 1980, he was named First Team All-American and ACC Player of the Year. He also recorded 16 sacks that same year.
In 1979, he totaled 95 tackles that caused seven fumbles.