IRVING, Texas — Former LSU quarterback Bert Jones is among the list of players on the ballot to be considered for the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016, it was announced Tuesday.
Jones is one of 76 players and five coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision on the ballot, while 92 players and 27 coaches from the divisional ranks will also be considered for induction in 2016.
Also on the 2016 ballot is former Louisiana Tech coach Maxie Lambright and eight players who went on to play with the New Orleans Saints — a list headed by kicker Morten Andersen.
The ballot was distributed to more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts — one for FBS schools and one for divisional schools — which deliberate and select the class.
Jones, who was nicknamed the “Ruston Rifle,” played for the Tigers from 1970-72 and was an All-Southeastern Conference and consensus first-team All-America pick in his senior season. He was selected in the first round of the 1973 draft, second overall, by the then-Baltimore Colts.
Jones finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1972 after leading the SEC in passing yards. The 1971 Sun Bowl MVP also led the league in passing in 1971 and left LSU as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards (3,255), completions (220) and touchdowns (28).
Lambright coached Louisiana Tech from 1967-78, leading the Bulldogs to three consecutive Division II national titles from 1972-74.
He won seven conference titles and was named 1970s Southland Conference Coach of the Decade after guiding Tech to two Independence Bowl berths. He also led the program into Division I in 1975.
In addition to Andersen, who played his college ball at Michigan State, the former Saints on the ballot are Larry Burton, Kerry Collins, Troy Davis, John Didion, John Hill, Jim Otis and Terry Schmidt.