Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, Buckeyes players Tom Cousineau and Jim Otis and former Browns quarterback Tim Couch of Kentucky are among nearly 200 candidates on the 2014 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The National Football Foundation announced today that 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 87 players and 26 coaches from the divisional ranks are on the ballot.
Tressel, who coached Ohio State to a national championship in 2002, is listed on the ballot among the divisional coaches for his work as Youngstown State coach from 1986 to 2000, when he won four FCS championships.
Cousineau was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Big Ten linebacker for the Buckeyes. His 572 tackles rank second on OSU’s all-time list.
Otis was an All-American in 1969 and a member of Ohio State’s 1968 national championship team. He was an All-Big Ten selection in 1969 and led OSU in rushing three times.
The 2014 class will be announced in May and inducted on Dec. 9 in New York.
Heisman Trophy-winning running backs Rashaan Salaam of Colorado and Ricky Williams of Texas are among the stars making their first appearance on the ballot.
Some of the other notable first-timers on the ballot released Thursday are Iowa State running back Troy Davis, a two-time Heisman finalist, Miami linebacker Ray Lewis and Southern California receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas and Nebraska Heisman winner Eric Crouch are among the holdovers on the 75-player major college ballot.