Berry on Ballot for College Football Hall of Fame
Tuesday, March 3, 2:00 p.m. PT
Bob Berry, who quarterbacked the Ducks from 1962-64, is one of 76 former players on the 2009 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot released by the National Football Foundation.
By the conclusion of his three varsity seasons, Berry had set virtually every meaningful passing record at Oregon. The first UO quarterback to pass for double-digit touchdowns twice in a career, he still ranks 10th on the school's career list for total offense with 4,543 yards.
From the NFF official release:
"It's an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 4.6 million people have played college football," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "The Hall's requirement of being a First Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,900 individuals who are even eligible to be on the ballot, so being in today's group of 76 names means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are proud to announce their names today."
The FBS Hall of Fame Class will be announced live on ESPNEWS at a noon press conference in New York City on April 30 and inducted at The National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner on December 8, 2009 at the landmark Waldorf=Astoria Hotel also in New York City. They will be officially enshrined at the Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. in the summer of 2010.
To put some of his offensive numbers in perspective, Berry accounted for more touchdowns in an Oregon uniform (52 total, 37 pass, 15 rush) than Dennis Dixon (50), Dan Fouts (41), Chris Miller (49) or Akili Smith (51).
Berry became the ninth Oregon player to earn All-America accolades when he guided the Ducks to a third consecutive winning season in 1964. As a junior, he led UO to its first bowl victory (Sun Bowl vs. SMU) in 46 seasons. That bowl appearance would be Oregon's last until the '89 Independence Bowl.
Seven former Ducks are in the college HOF, including Berry's teammate Mel Renfro (1961-63), his coach Len Casanova (1951-66) and a player whose records he broke - Norm Van Brocklin (1947-48). John Robinson, a former UO letterwinner (1957) and assistant coach (1960-71) during the Berry era, is also on this year's ballot for his time spent as a head coach at USC and UNLV.
Ducks in the College Hall of Fame
J.W. Beckett (1913-16)
Hugo Bezdek, HC (1906, 1913-17)
John Kitzmiller (1928-30)
Norm Van Brocklin (1947-48)
Len Casanova, HC (1951-66)
Mel Renfro (1961-63)
Ahmad Rashad (fka Bobby Moore, 1969-71)
UNGER TO THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPS?
Max Unger continues to be projected as the top player among Ducks eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft. As of this post, Scout.com has him going 32nd overall to Pittsburgh with the final pick of the first round. According to my crack blog research, the defending Super Bowl champions are expected to draft a center or offensive lineman at No. 32, and would likely snap up Unger or fellow Pac-10 snapper Alex Mack of Cal if either were still on the board.
Patrick Chung and Jairus Byrd appear locked in as second-round picks according to most mock drafts. Scout has Dallas taking Chung with the 51st overall pick and Byrd to Baltimore with the 57th. Yahoo! rates both players a little higher, pegging Chung for New England at No. 47 and Byrd to Minnesota at No. 54.
HARRIS CAMP REMINDER
The free youth football camp hosted by Ra'Shon Harris is this Saturday at Autzen Stadium. You can read and print out the sign-up form by clicking here. Bring the form with you on Saturday. Registration/Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. and the camp begins at 10.