No Husker players hear the Hall call

2014-05-22T15:15:00Z 2014-05-22T21:23:24Z No Husker players hear the Hall callBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Patience does it.

Trev Alberts and Eric Crouch were on the ballot, but didn't hear their names called Thursday at this year's College Football Hall of Fame announcement ceremony.

Former Husker assistant Jerry Moore, on staff in Lincoln from 1973-78, was the one Nebraska connection to this year's class, which featured 14 players and two coaches.

Moore is best-known for his 24 seasons of work as the head coach at Appalachian State, where he won three national championships and conducted a memorable win over Michigan in the Big House. Former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti was the other coach to make the Hall of Fame list.

The late Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas, announced a day earlier as a class member, seems to be the headliner for a College Football Hall of Fame that will be setting up shop in Atlanta beginning in August.

Thomas is joined by TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson, Penn State linebacker Shane Conlan, South Carolina wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, North Carolina cornerback Dre' Bly, USC offensive lineman Tony Boselli, Purdue defensive tackle Dave Butz, Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton, Stanford running back Darrin Nelson, Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Willie Roaf, UCLA quarterback John Sciarra, Mississippi tight end Wesley Walls, McNeese State cornerback Leonard Smith and Maine linebacker John Huard.

Of those 14 players, eight were also first-round picks in the NFL (Thomas, Sharpe, Roaf, Boselli, Conlan, Nelson, Tomlinson and Butz).

Crouch, the 2001 Heisman winner for Nebraska, and Alberts, the 1993 Butkus winner for the Huskers, both could be strong candidates when it comes to next year's class.

It's perhaps not a great surprise a Husker didn't hear the call this year since the College Football Hall of Fame has, in the past, been reluctant to induct players from the same school in consecutive years. A year ago, former NU quarterback Tommie Frazier got in after some outcry around these parts that he had already waited too long.

As it stands, here is the full list of Nebraska representatives in the College Football Hall of Fame:

Players

* Ed Weir, tackle (1923-25). Inducted in 1951.

* George Sauer, fullback (1931-33). Inducted in 1954.

* Guy Chamberlin, end (1913-15). Inducted in 1962.

* Clarence Swanson, end (1918-21). Inducted in 1973.

* Sam Francis, fullback (1934-36). Inducted in 1977.

* Bobby Reynolds, halfback (1950-52). Inducted in 1984.

* Forrest Behm, tackle (1938-40). Inducted in 1988.

* Wayne Meylan, middle guard (1965-67). Inducted in 1991.

* Bob Brown, guard (1962-63). Inducted in 1993.

* Rich Glover, middle guard (1970-72). Inducted in 1995.

* Dave Rimington, center (1979-82). Inducted in 1997.

* Johnny Rodgers, wingback (1970-72). Inducted in 2000.

* Mike Rozier, I-back (1981-83). Inducted in 2006.

* Grant Wistrom, rush end (1994-97). Inducted in 2009.

* Will Shields, guard (1989-92). Inducted in 2011.

* Tommie Frazier, quarterback (1992-95). Inducted in 2013.

Coaches

* Fielding Yost (1898). Inducted in 1951.

* Dana X. Bible (1929-36). Inducted in 1951.

* Lawrence McCeney "Biff" Jones (1937-41). Inducted in 1954.

* Edward N. "Robbie" Robinson (1896-97). Inducted in 1955.

* Bob Devaney (1962-72). Inducted in 1981.

* Tom Osborne (1973-97). Inducted in 1999.

​Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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