Heisman winners Wuerffel, Dayne and Frazier top College Football Hall of Fame Class

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NEW YORK — Heisman Trophy winners Danny Wuerffel, of Florida, and Ron Dayne, of Wisconsin, along with two-time national champion Tommie Frazier, of Nebraska, were selected Tuesday for the College Football Hall of Fame.

The only time Wuerffel and Frazier shared the field during their brilliant college careers, Frazier’s Nebraska team trampled Wuerffel and Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl to win the national championship.

Wuerffel and the Gators bounced back from that record-breaking 62-24 smackdown to take the title the next season.

The ex-quarter­backs will cross paths again in December, when they are inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Wuerffel and Frazier, along with Dayne, highlighted the latest class of 12 players and two coaches announced by the National Football Foundation on Tuesday.

The rest of the players to be inducted in Manhattan are: Miami Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde; Ted Brown, of North Carolina State; Tedy Bruschi, of Arizona; Jerry Gray, of Texas; Steve Meilinger, of Kentucky; Orlando Pace, of Ohio State; Rod Shoate, of Oklahoma; Percy Snow, of Michigan State; and Don Trull, of Baylor.

The new Hall of Fame coaches are
Wayne Hardin, who led Navy and Temp­le, and Bill McCartney of Colorado.

Wuerffel won the Heisman in 1996, when he led the Gators to the national championship, throwing for 3,625 yards and 39 touchdowns in coach Steve Spurrier’s Fun-n-Gun offense.

“I’m thankful for what college football has meant in my life … and how it allowed me to help other people,” Wuerffel said.

Wuerffel finished his career as one of the most prolific passers in major college football history with 10,875 yards and 114 touchdown passes.

After a short NFL career, he retired to dedicate himself to ministry work in New Orleans.

Frazier was a four-year starter at Nebraska, running coach Tom Osborne’s option attack, and helped the Huskers to national titles in 1994 and ’95. His famous tackling-breaking 75-yard touchdown run put an exclamation point on Nebraska’s victory over Wuerffel and Florida.

“You never play the game and think you are going to be in the Hall of Fame one day,” Frazier said. “You just go out and try to be the best you can and whatever happens, happens. I was fortunate good things happened.”

Dayne is the NCAA’s career rushing leader with 6,397 yards rushing, though his bowl game yards would boost his career total past 7,000 yards. The burly tailback won the Heisman in 1999.

GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets first game against Georgia Southern has been moved up one year to 2014.

The schedule change was made to fill a vacancy in the Yellow Jackets’ schedule.

LOUISIANA STATE: Running back Jeremy Hill has met with a judge and received more restrictive conditions for his probation in the wake of his recent arrest in a bar fight.

Hill was already on probation from a past plea deal when he was arrested on April 27. Hillar Moore, East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney, says under new conditions set Tuesday by Judge Bonnie Jackson, Hill must stay out of bars, seek substance abuse counseling and adhere to a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Hill was LSU’s leading rusher as a freshman in 2012. His arrest came after he was caught on a mobile phone video punching a man outside a bar.

Defense lawyer Marci Blaize says there is more to what happened than what is on the video.


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