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Three Nittany Lions Listed On 2023 College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot

Three former Penn State football players have made the ballot to be inducted into the 2023 College Football Hall of Fame, the committee announced on Monday.

Ki-Jana Carter, D.J. Dozier, and Paul Posluszny will represent Penn State on the ballot. They are joined by former Penn State student-athlete Glenn Killinger, who is on the ballot as a coach after already reaching the Hall of Fame as a player in 1971. Current wide receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield is also on the ballot for his career with the Purdue Boilermakers.

Carter enjoyed three years as a Penn State running back, capped off by a notable junior season in which he led the Big Ten in rushing yards, points, and all-purpose yards. He finished as a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1994, a finalist for the Maxwell Award, and completed his college career with the second-most rushing yards in Penn State history at that point in time.

After entering the NFL Draft, Carter became the first Nittany Lion to be selected as the first overall draft pick. He then spent six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, two seasons with the now-Washington Commanders, and two seasons with the New Orleans Saints before retiring in 2004.

Dozier left his mark on the Nittany Lions after leading the team in rushing for four consecutive years, the only Penn State football player to do so. He ranks fifth on the Penn State all-time rushing list, including a 1,000-yard season his freshman season and 811 yards during a 12-0 season in 1987.

The Norfolk, Virginia native was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in 1987 and spent four seasons in Minneapolis, as well as one season with the Detroit Lions. A former Penn State baseball player, he also spent time in the New York Mets’ farm system.

A Pennsylvania native, Posluszny holds his place as one of the most notable linebackers in Penn State history. He recorded three 100 tackle seasons between 2004 and 2006, leading the team in tackles all three seasons. In 2005, he won the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is presented to the nation’s best defender, and the Butkus Award, presented to the nation’s best linebacker. In 2006, he became just the second-ever player to win the Bednarik Award twice and was a finalist for the Butkus Award.

Posluszny was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 2007 Draft and spent four seasons with the Bills before spending the final seven seasons of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023 will be announced “in early 2023” and the class will be inducted at the 65th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 5, 2023.

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