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Josh Heupel, 3 VFLs included on 2022 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

The National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame announced the names on the 2022 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 1:46 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -The National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame announced the names on the 2022 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The list includes 78 players and seven coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 99 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks.

The announcement of the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be made in early 2022. The 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted during the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6, 2022, and permanently immortalized at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

To be eligible for induction, a player must have played his last college season at least 10 years ago, no longer be playing and cannot have played his last college football more than 50 years ago.

The Vols made multiple appearances on the ballot with current Head Football Coach Josh Heupel and three former players named.

Tennessee football head coach Josh Heupel is among the names on the ballot. Heupel played quarterback at the University of Oklahoma in 2000. Heupel was the 2000 consensus First Team All-American and Walter Camp Player of the Year. Heupel was also the 2000 Heisman Trophy runner-up and led the Sooners to a national title at the 2001 Orange Bowl. He was named the Big 12 Player of the Year.

VFL Eric Berry was named among the 78 players on the hall of fame ballot. Berry was a two-time unanimous First Team All-American (2008-09) and winner of the 2009 Thorpe Award. He was named the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-SEC selection. Berry was the SEC’s all-time leader in career interception return yards (494) and single-season interception return yards (265 in 2008).

Willie Gault, a former Tennessee wide receiver and kick returner is on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. In 1982, Gault was named First Team All-American and led the Vols to three bowl berths. He set six conference and 12 school punt/kickoff return records.

Former Tennessee wide receiver Larry Seivers is featured on this year’s ballot. Seivers was a two-time consensus First Team All-American in 1975 and 1976, two-time first-team All-SEC selection and currently ranks sixth in Tennessee history in career reception yardage (1,924) and seventh in career receptions (117).

Other notable mentions on the 2022 ballot include Reggie Bush and Marshawn Lynch.

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