The National Football Foundation released the list of candidates for the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Thursday, a list which features three Trojans: Tony Boselli, Mark Carrier and Keyshawn Johnson.
Carrier was a two-time first team All-American safety in 1988-89. Leading the conference in interceptions, he won the Jim Thorpe Award in his junior year before being selected by the Chicago Bears with the sixth pick in the 1990 NFL draft. He also happens to be USC’s best chance at being represented in the 2014 Hall of Fame class.
Some would argue he deserved to get in last year, his second year on the ballot, but the Hall of Fame avoids including players from the same school in consecutive classes. In 2012, Hal Bledsoe, a split end who played for the Trojans between 1961-63 was inducted.
Boselli was also a two-time first team All-American on the USC offensive line between 1991-94. The offensive tackle captained the Trojans and was awarded the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10’s top offensive lineman. He was drafted by the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars as the second overall pick in 1995.
This is Boselli’s second year on the ballot.
Johnson features on the ballot for the first time this year after a standout career at USC between 1994-95. A unanimous All-American first teamer in 1995, he broke USC and Pac-10 records for single-season receptions and set an NCAA record with 12 consecutive 100+ yards receiving. He also earned MVP honors in USC’s Cotton and Rose Bowl wins.
All three candidates are members of USC’s Athletic Hall of Fame.