How many tackles can one man break?

Tommie Frazier's iconic 75-yard touchdown run in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl clinched Nebraska's second straight national title. Frazier broke as many as seven tackles on the play, the culmination of a 62-24 win.

There was a great outcry not only around here, but by national pundits, when Tommie Frazier was not announced into the College Football Hall of Fame a year ago.

A different result is expected this year.

The Sporting News reports a source saying the former Husker quarterback will be one of the inductees in this year's class.

The official announcement of the class will be made at 10:30 on Tuesday morning. On the ballot are 77 players, including former Nebraska stars Eric Crouch and Trev Alberts, and five coaches.

The National Football Foundation (NFF) has already issued a press release that says 12 players and two coaches will get in. The NFF did make one of the inducted names official Monday, announcing former Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde is part of the class.

While there was a fair amount of disgust from many that Frazier did not receive the nod last year, it's possible he didn't have a chance due to an unwritten rule.

A person with ties to the NFF told the Journal Star last year that the Honors Court panel that has the final say on the selections “rarely takes players from the same school in back-to-back years.”

That has not always been the case. USC had a player inducted into the Hall of Fame for six straight years from 2000-05. But the person said it's been a rule the panel held to in recent years.

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And since former Husker offensive lineman Will Shields was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2011, Frazier perhaps had no shot at getting in last year due to that stance.

It's not uncommon for a top-tier player to have to wait longer than Frazier has to be inducted, though last year's class included two players (UCLA's Jonathan Ogden and Colorado State's Greg Myers) who competed in the same years as him, and another (Kansas State linebacker Mark Simoneau) who did not finish his college career until 1999. 

And a loud choir of supporters have felt Frazier belonged at the front of the line given his 33-3 record as a starter and the fact he shined brightly on the biggest stages. He was three times named the MVP of a national championship game in his career.

But perhaps the biggest reason Husker fans have has such consternation over Frazier's wait? Ohio State running back Eddie George, the man who edged out Frazier for the Heisman in 1995, received his Hall of Fame call two years ago.

For his part, the two-time national championship quarterback has stayed patient with the process.

“I can control what I can control. It's just one of those deals where it didn't happen this year,” Frazier said on announcement day last year. “And it might not happen next year. I'm not gAs foing to stop living life because I didn't get into the Hall of Fame. It’s never about me or individual honors.”

As for when Frazier began the leap into Husker fans' hearts, here's a reminder.


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