Former Michigan State All-Americans Morten Andersen and Lorenzo White, as well as ex-Spartans coach Darryl Rogers, appear on the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.
All three are previous nominees. Andersen and White account for two of the 22 nominees from the Big Ten on the list.
The ballot now heads to the members of the National Football Foundation, whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts, which will deliberate and select the class. The Hall of Fame selections will be announced Jan. 8, 2018, the day of the national championship game in Atlanta.
Andersen, a placekicker from Denmark, finished his career as Michigan State’s all-time scoring leader with 45 field goals and 126 extra points while handling kicking duties from 1978-81. His records have since been passed. He hit a Big Ten-record 63-yard field goal against Ohio State as a senior, a year in which he earned both First Team and Academic All-American honors.
White, a star running back for Michigan State from 1984-87, led the Spartans in rushing all four years. He twice earned First Team All-Big Ten and First Team All-American honors. As a sophomore, he rushed for a school-record 2,066 yards and 17 touchdowns. And as a senior, he led the Spartans to a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl victory.
Rogers, who celebrated his 82nd birthday on May 28, coached Michigan State from 1976-79. In 1978, he led the Spartans to an 8-3 (7-1 Big Ten) record and a conference title. That squad set a program record by averaging 37.4 points per game and scoring 411 points.