Hauled In?

There are 23 Ohio State football players* in the College Football Hall of Fame. That list includes Chic Harley, Wes Fesler, Vic Janowicz, Howard Cassady, Archie Griffin, Randy Gradishar, Jack Tatum, Rex Kern, Chris Spielman and–most recently–2012 inductee Eddie George.

Could OSU soon add to that total? There’s an unwritten rule that would seem to prohibit that, as the Hall discourages voters from selecting players from the same school in back-to-back years, and–as mentioned–George was inducted in 2012.

However, we’ll find out for sure this morning at 11:30, when the National Football Foundation is set to announce the next Hall of Fame Class.

Three Buckeyes were included on this year’s ballot…

Tom Cousineau, Ohio State-Linebacker: He’s a two-time consensus First Team All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten performer. Cousineau led the Buckeyes in tackles in 1976 and 1978, recording a total of 572 in his career, which ranks him second all-time in OSU history. The 1979 first round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills held nine school records at the end of his college career end, still holding six of those.

Jim Otis, Ohio State-Fullback:
He led the Buckeyes in rushing for three straight seasons, including the 1968 National Title campaign. Otis was named consensus First Team All-America in 1969, when he ran for 1,027 yards. His career average of 94.1 yards/game trails only OSU’s Archie Griffin and his 121.5 yards/game.

Orlando Pace, Ohio State-Offensive Tackle: Pace was a two-time unanimous First Team All-American and was the first player in history to win Lombardi Trophy twice, which he accomplished in 1995 and 1996. In 1996, he also captured the Outland Trophy winner and led the Buckeyes to a share of the Big Ten title. Pace did not allow a sack during his last two seasons, and subsequently, the Rams made him their first-round draft pick in 1997.

All told, there were 77 players nominated, 12 of whom will have their name called at today’s ceremony. Former Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde is in. Nebraska’s Tommie Frazier is reportedly in.

You can watch the announcement HERE.

*There are also ten Buckeye coaches represented.

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