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West Virginia Native Randy Moss Headlines CFB Hall of Fame Ballot; WVU’s Beasley, Carlen Also on List



Randy Moss at Marshall
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West Virginia native and football legend Randy Moss headlines the 2024 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, with a WVU player and coach joining him on extensive list.

Moss is finally on the official ballot (he was nominated by Marshall on May 26) and being recognized for his time at Marshall. Moss then followed up his illustrious college career by becoming one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history. Joining Moss, and other big names like Michael Vick and Larry Fitzgerald, is former Mountaineer Aaron Beasley.

There are 78 players and nine coaches from the FBS and a further 101 players and 32 coaches from the remaining Divisions that are on the 2024 ballot.

“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot considering more than 5.62 million people have played college football and only 1,074 players have been inducted,” NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell said. “Being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to have ever played the game.”

Before catching the NFL by storm in 1998, the Rand, West Virginia native caught 174 passes for 3,529 yards and 54 touchdowns in two seasons at Marshall. He set several national and school records during his time in college football.

Marshall Nominates WR Legend Randy Moss for College Football Hall of Fame

Moss won the 1997 Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation’s best wide receiver. He 26 touchdowns set an FBS (Division-I) record. Overall, Moss recorded 96 receptions for 1,820 yards that season.

As for Beasley, he played at WVU from 1992-1995 and is already a member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame. He was a conscious All-American in 1995, leading the nation in interceptions. Beasley also hold the West Virginia record for interceptions in a season.

After leaving college, Beasley was drafted in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and totaled 427 tackles in his professional career.

Former WVU coach Jim Carlen has been nominated as a coach. Carlen, who coached 16 college football seasons at West Virginia, Texas Tech and South Carolina from 1966-81.

In his final season at WVU in 1969, he led the Mountaineers to 10 wins, defeating South Carolina in the Peach Bowl.

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