Kevin Faulk spent his career at LSU running past the opposition.
Now the former Tigers great is in the running for a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Faulk’s name was placed on the ballot for induction into the Class of 2019 for the hall of fame, headlining a list of players and coaches with Louisiana ties under consideration this year. The ballot was released Monday morning.
More than 12,000 members of the National Football Foundation, which administers the College Football Hall of Fame, and current hall of famers will vote on a ballot that includes 176 players and 38 coaches. The Class of 2019 will be announced Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California, site of the College Football Playoff national championship game later that day at Levi’s Stadium.
“It’s an enormous honor just to be on the ballot when you think that more than 5.26 million people have played college football and only 997 players have been inducted,” said Steve Hatchell, president and CEO of the National Football Foundation. “The hall’s requirement of being a first-team All-American creates a much smaller pool of about 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. Being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to have ever played the game.”
The Class of 2019 will coincide with next year’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of college football.
Faulk, a Carencro High School standout and former coach who is now LSU football’s director of player development, was a 1996 all-purpose All-American and a three-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection. When he left LSU he ranked fourth in NCAA history in all-purpose yards with 6,833 and was the first LSU back to average 100 yards per game during his career.
Also on the ballot is former New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans of Bloomsburg University. Evans played for the Saints from 2006-16 before going to the Green Bay Packers last season.
Former Saints running backs Craig “Ironhead” Heyward of Pittsburgh and Vaughn Dunbar of Indiana also have been nominated. Heyward played for the Saints from 1988-92, Dunbar from 1992-95. Other former Saints on the ballot are fullback Jim Otis (Ohio State), cornerback Ashley Ambrose (Mississippi Valley State), wide receiver Larry Burton (Purdue), cornerback Terry Schmidt (Ball State) and center John Hill of Lehigh, a member of the Saints Hall of Fame.
Former New Orleans Saints place-kicker Morten Andersen, a 2017 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was among those who fell off this year’s ballot. Andersen was an All-American kicker at Michigan State.
Former Louisiana Tech coach Maxie Lambright is again on the ballot. Lambright coached in Ruston from 1967-78, leading Tech to three straight NCAA Division II titles from 1972-74 and seven conference championships.
Other prominent names on this year’s ballot include 2005 Heisman Trophy winner Vince Young (Texas), 2002 Heisman winner Carson Palmer (Southern California), Alcorn State quarterback Steve McNair, Miami (Florida) linebacker Ray Lewis, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis and Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera (California, linebacker).