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ACC College Football Hall of Fame Players

by Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com

The College Football Hall of Fame recently announced their 2006 inductees, and the list included former Virginia Tech All-American defensive lineman Bruce Smith. Smith is just the fourth Virginia Tech football player to be named to the College Football Hall of Fame, and he is definitely the biggest name of all the Hokies on the HOF list.

The first Virginia Tech Hall of Famer was running back Hunter Carpenter. Carpenter played for Tech from 1900-03, and again in 1905. He was a big part of the 9-1 campaign in 1905 that saw the Hokies knock off Army, North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina.

Carpenter was one of the greatest athletes of his day. He weighed in at 197 pounds, and he was clocked in the 100-yard dash at 10.4 seconds. Carpenter hated UVA with a passion, and returned to Virginia Tech in 1905 for the sole purpose of defeating the Wahoos for the first time. He succeeded. Not only did he lead the Hokies to victory that day, he was also ejected for slugging a UVA player in the head and throwing the ball into the crowd.

Carroll Dale was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. He started 39 consecutive games for the Hokies at receiver from 1956-59. The only game he didnít start during his four year career was the first game of his freshman season. He finished his Tech career with 67 receptions and 15 touchdowns.

Dale went on to the NFL, where he played for the Los Angeles Rams, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.

Frank Loria was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. Loria started at free safety for Virginia Tech from 1965-67 and played in the same secondary as Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. Loria was a two-time All-American at Tech, as well as an academic All-American. He was also a great punt returner, returning four punts for touchdowns during his career. One went for a school record 95 yards.

Unfortunately, Loriaís life ended shortly after his career at Tech was over. He was an assistant coach at Marshall University in 1970 when the team plane crashed, killing everyone aboard. Loria was just 23 years old.

The ACCís three most historical programs are probably Florida State, Miami and Clemson. The Hokies have put more players in the Hall of Fame than any of those schools.

The Clemson Tigers have just two former players in the Hall of Fame, Terry Kinard and Banks McFadden. Florida Stateís Fred Biletnikoff, Ron Sellers and Charlie Ward are members of the Hall, while Miamiís Don Bosseler, Ted Hendricks and Bennie Blades are the Hurricanesí only inductees among former players.

NC State and Virginia also have three inductees apiece, headlined by Roman Gabriel and Bill Dudley, respectively. However there are some other ACC schools that have quite a few members of the College Football Hall of Fame, and they are schools that arenít exactly known for their prowess on the gridiron.

The Duke Blue Devils have a total of eight former players in the College Football Hall of Fame. Six of Dukeís eight inductees played college football during the 1930s. A quick scan of past college football seasons shows that Duke was one of the top programs in the country during the 1930s, regularly winning seven, eight or nine games per season. The 1938 team finished 9-1, with their only loss coming to Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl. The seven points they surrendered to the Trojans in the Rose Bowl, a 7-3 defeat, were the only points the Duke defense gave up all season.

The Maryland Terrapins have six players who have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The majority of them played football in College Park at the same time in the early 1950s. In fact, four of them were on Marylandís 1951 national championship team that went undefeated and beat Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl. Three of those players played on the offensive line.

Georgia Tech has put an amazing 11 players into the College Football Hall of Fame, the most of any ACC school. The Yellow Jackets also have two coaches in the Hall of Fame, including John Heisman of Heisman Trophy fame, and Bobby Dodd. Georgia Techís stadium is named after Dodd. Interestingly, Dodd was born in Galax, Virginia.

The only school in the ACC that has no players in the College Football Hall of Fame is Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have been playing football since 1908, and have yet to have a player elected to the Hall. That doesnít look like itís going to change anytime soon.

ACC College Football Hall of Fame Players
Boston College (5) Chet Gladchuk
Gene Goodreault
Mike Holovak
George Kerr
Charlie O'Rourke
Clemson (2) Terry Kindard
Banks McFadden
Duke (8) Fred Crawford
Al DeRogatis
Dan Hill
Steve Lach
George McAfee
Mike McGee
Ace Parker
Eric Tipton
Florida State (3) Fred Biletnikoff
Ron Sellers
Charlie Ward
Georgia Tech (11) Maxie Baughan
Ray Beck
Bobby Davis
Bill Fincher
Buck Flowers
Joe Guyon
George Morris
Larry Morris
Peter Pund
Randy Rhino
Everett Strupper
Maryland (6) Stan Jones
Dick Modzelewski
Bob Pellegrini
Jack Scarbath
Bob Ward
Randy White
Miami (3) Don Bosseler
Ted Hendricks
Bennie Blades
North Carolina (4) Charlie Justice
Don McCauley
Barney Poole
Art Weiner
NC State (3) Roman Gabriel
Jack McDowall
Jim Ritcher
Virginia (3) Bill Dudley
Joe Palumbo
Tom Scott
Virginia Tech (4) Hunter Carpenter
Carroll Dale
Frank Loria
Bruce Smith



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   TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week

Nosal's Recruitment Gaining Momentum

May 26, 2006
Kellam (Virginia Beach, VA) tight end Greg Nosal landed an offer from Virginia Tech back in February and he had to wait a while for the next one to come in. But now, four more Division 1A programs Ė including the University of Virginia - have extended official scholarship offers to the 6-7, 255-pound standout.
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St. Anne's Star Lands Offers
May 26, 2006
College coaches have taken notice of St. Anneís-Belfield (Charlottesville, VA) tight end Brian Linthicum here in recent months. A very athletic player, the 6-4, 220-pound prospect has received close to double-digit offers and is drawing serious interest from a number of Division 1A programs.
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Cloy Schedules Unofficial Visits
May 25, 2006
Scholarship offers from Kentucky and Louisville, respectively, give Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.) tight end/center recruit Mason Cloy a total of 13 official offers. Cloy will get a chance to check out these two programs and more in the coming few weeks, as he has set up a round of unofficial visits.
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The Road to Signing Day 2007: The Importance of Tyrod
May 24, 2006
Usually, I'm the kind of person who doesn't get worked up over any single recruit. Recruiting success is built not on the back of one player, not even on any one class, but on the strength of good classes strung together. And putting all your eggs in one recruiting basket isn't a wise move, whether you're a coach doing the recruiting or just a fan following the drama. Having said all that, it is becoming apparent to me as time goes by that the biggest recruit on the board in 2007 is Hampton quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Getting an early commitment from Tyrod could boost VT's recruiting class and recruiting profile through Signing Day 2007.
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DeChristopher Adds Two Offers
May 24, 2006
Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) standout offensive lineman Blake DeChristopher had a breakout performance at the Norfolk combine earlier this month. There, the 6-5, 290-pound recruit posted consecutive 40-yard dash times of 5.0, ran a 4.5 time in the 20-yard shuttle, posted a 31-inch vertical leap and benched 185 pounds 28 times. Since the combine, DeChristopher has added two more Division 1A offers and has seen his recruitment increase in intensity.
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Building a Two-Deep Through Recruiting
May 23, 2006
In modern-day college football, building a team that has depth at every position is difficult at best, even for a program builder like Frank Beamer. The 85 scholarship rule, player transfers, legal issues and players not panning out are some of the things that get in the way. A position can go from very deep one year to very thin the next. Schools have to project their depth chart for future seasons, and that isn't an easy task. The tried (but not always true) method for keeping a deep team is to recruit a two-deep at every position over the course of two recruiting years.
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Tech in Contention for OL Roberts
May 22, 2006
OL Desmond Roberts has seen his stock take off over the last several weeks and has now approached a half dozen scholarship offers with the May evaluation period winding down. The 6-5, 265 pounder was on hand for the adidas Elite Camp at NC State this past Saturday and performed well in front of several college coaches.
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Taliaferro to Announce on Tuesday
May 21, 2006
Aaron Taliaferro, a top linebacker/defensive end prospect out of Gloucester High School (VA), will make a verbal commitment on Tuesday, May 23rd, according to a statement from head coach Tommy Reamon. The press conference will take place in the school's main office at 3:00 p.m.
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Hokies Bombarded by Vols, Cardinals; Season Over
May 20, 2006
After winning a 12-inning marathon Friday, the Hokie softball team didn't have anything left and got blasted twice Saturday in NCAA action. 6th-ranked Tennessee throttled Tech 9-1 in five innings, knocking the Hokies into the loser's bracket, where they were eliminated by 19th-ranked Louisville 10-1. The Hokies finish the season 39-21.
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Hokie Softball Team Advances With Win Over Louisville
May 20, 2006
Knoxville, TN -- ACC Pitcher of the Year Angela Tincher pitched 12 shutout innings and struck out 19 batters to lead the Virginia Tech softball team to a first-round win over Louisville, 1-0 on Friday. The Hokies advance in the winners' bracket and face 6th-ranked Tennessee today at 1:30 pm. Tech's Callie Rhodes singled with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning to knock in the winning run.
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Offer List Soars for Hylton's Alvarez
May 19, 2006
6-5, 310-pound Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) offensive line recruit William Alvarez has seen his recruitment explode during the month of May. He entered the evaluation period with single-digit offers, but has since seen his offer list easily reach double-digits and the number keeps growing.
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Recruiting Classes of the Past: 1988
May 19, 2006
During the middle of the 1987 football season, first year head football coach Frank Beamer got some bad news. Virginia Tech's football program was being put on probation for violations stemming from the Bill Dooley era. Not even a year into his new job, Beamer was already playing from behind.
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