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Drake to honor College Football Hall of Fame inductee The newly remodeled field at Drake University will be named after 1984 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Bright, the university annou
Published: 2/27/2006 3:24:04 PM

Drake to honor College Football Hall of Fame inductee

The newly remodeled field at Drake University will be named after 1984 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Bright, the university announced last week. Bright led the nation in total offense in 1949 and 1950 and at the time of his retirement held the NCAA career total offense record with 5,903 yards. He was responsible for 64 career touchdowns, 39 of which came on the ground, as the main back in Drake’s single-wing formation. Bright died in 1983.

Hall of Fame rivals team up for political campaign

Barry Switzer and Tom Osborne coached on opposite sides of the classic match-ups between the Oklahoma Sooners and Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 1970s and 1980s, but both College Football Hall of Fame coaches are now on the same team as Osborne begins his gubernatorial campaign in Nebraska. Switzer starred as the main attraction at a fundraiser last week for Osborne, the Hall of Fame coach turned three-term congressman who looks to ascend to the top post in the state where he led the Cornhuskers to three national championships.

Swink receives Doak Walker recognition

1980 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Jim Swink will receive the 2005 Doak Walker Legends Award during the Doak Walker Awards dinner on February 27 in Dallas. Swink dominated Southwest Conference opponents from 1954-1956 as the tailback for powerhouse Texas Christian University, leading the Horned Frogs to consecutive Cotton Bowl appearances in 1955 and 1956. The two-time All-American finished second to Hopalong Cassady in the 1955 Heisman Trophy balloting.

College Football pioneers among NCAA’s “Defining Moments”

Ernie Davis’s Heisman trophy win and Prentice Gautt’s breaking the color barrier in the South were among the “25 Most Defining Momenets in NCAA history” released earlier this year. Davis, a 1979 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, became the first African-American to capture the Heisman Trophy in 1961and led the Syracuse Orange to the national championship in 1959. Gautt suited up and played for the Oklahoma Sooners in 1956, marking the first time an African-American student-athlete played for an NCAA school in the Jim Crow states of the South and Southwest. He posthumously received The National Football Foundation’s Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football award in 2005.

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