Randle El, Dunbar included on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Antwaan Randle El has been on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot since 2013.

The former Indiana quarterback returned to the ballot on Monday, receiving some Hoosier company in the process.

Both Randle El and former IU running back Vaughn Dunbar appear on the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, The National Football Foundation announced. The ballot was emailed to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts, which will deliberate and select the class.

Randle El and Dunbar are two of the 76 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 100 players and 32 coaches from the divisional ranks that are included. The announcement of the 2019 Class will be made Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

Randle El earned All-Big Ten distinction in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1998. The Big Ten MVP and a first team All-American in 2001, Randle El was also sixth in Heisman Trophy balloting after he finished 13th in 2000.

The Riverdale, Ill., native was the first player in NCAA history to score 40 touchdowns (45) and throw for 40 TDs (42), the first to record over 2,500 total yards in four seasons, and the first to both pass for over 6,000 yards and rush for over 3,000 yards.

He played in the NFL for 10 years with Pittsburgh and Washington, and was a member of the 2005 Super Bowl champion Steelers.

Dunbar closed his two-year IU career with 3,029 rushing yards, 25 rushing touchdowns, 4,041 all-purpose yards and 25 total TDs. He still ranks in the top 10 in each category on the Hoosiers’ all-time lists.

In 1991, Dunbar finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting and was a consensus All-American. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native finished second in the nation in rushing yardage (1,805) and all-purpose yardage (2,330). Both totals currently rank second in IU single-season history.

Dunbar was drafted in the first round of the 1992 NFL Draft by New Orleans. He played the Saints from 1992-95 and with Jacksonville in 1995.

8 comments

  1. When you consider what he had to work with and the defenses IU had while he was in Bloomington, Randle El was the best college quarterback I’ve ever seen. He did more with less than anyone who ever played that position in college football. Can you imagine what he would have accomplished and how far he’d have taken IU if he’d played for a coach that knew how to even spell the word defense? Not only was Randle El the most gifted athlete to play QB, he was tough and resilient.

  2. Randle El was definitively one of the most talented athlete IUFB has had but several others can claim that title too if you go back in time to see George T. and others. Randle El did do more with less and it would have been amazing to see him with Mallory’s defenses of the late 80s or Allen’s current defenses.

  3. Randle El: EXCITING? YES!, RESILIENT AND TOUGH? YES! GIFTED? YES! GREAT RUNNER AND SCRABBLER? YES! TALENTED? YES! PASSER? TOOK A LOT OF PUNISHMENT ONLY TO GET UP AND TAKE MORE? YES! GREAT INTERVIEW? YES! GREAT ATTITUDE AND LEADER? YES! AVERAGE TO ABOVE AVERAGE PASSER? YES! CONSIDERING WHAT HE HAD TO WORK WITH AS BEST QB EVER SEEN? NO!

    1. ^^^That’s more dominance by CAPITALS than last night’s hockey game.

    2. John Elway was once asked to compare himself to Dan Marino.

      Relay replied, “Dan is the best quarterback in the league. I’m a football player.”

      Randle El was a football player.

      1. …and he added proof to his IU credentials with a very successful NFL run…

  4. Speaking of QB’S…IU QB’S are not listed in top 5 of big ten. A ways, in fact a long ways to go in QB position for IU.

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