Aug. 10, 2003
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Former Georgia Tech football standout Randy Rhino was among 24 individuals enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame Saturday in South Bend, Ind.
Other inductees along with Rhino include Terry Beasley (Auburn), Ronnie Lott (Southern California), Napolean McCallum (Navy), Dan Marino (Pittsburgh), Reggie White (Tennessee), and Kellen Winslow (Missouri). The class was originally honored last December in New York, N.Y.
Along with Saturday’s festivities, the inductees signed autographs, played a game of flag football and held a skills clinic for youngsters.
The only three-time, first-team all-America in Tech history, Rhino is the 16th Georgia Tech individual to be honored by the College Football Hall of Fame, including 11 players, former coaches John Heisman, William Alexander and Bobby Dodd, and two former players who were honored as college football officials. Tech’s 11 Hall of Fame players also include Maxie Baughan, Ray Beck, Bobby Davis, Bill Fincher, Buck Flowers, Joe Guyon, George Morris, Larry Morris, Peter Pund and Everett Strupper.
Thumbnail sketches of the College Football Hall of Fame inductees:
Terry Beasley, split end, Auburn, 1969-71. Auburn’s career leader in career receiving yards (2,507), touchdowns receptions (29), career 100-yard receiving games (12). Also ranks first and second in touchdowns caught in a season with 12 and 11. Finished eighth in Heisman voting in 1971, when teammate Pat Sullivan won.
Earle Bruce, coach, Tampa, Iowa State, Ohio State, Northern Iowa, Colorado State, 1972-92. Led Ohio State to eight seasons with at least nine victories, eight postseason appearances and at least a share of four Big Ten titles. He was 81-26-1 at Ohio State, 154-90-2 overall.
Brad Calip, quarterback, East Central of Oklahoma, 1981-84. Set 21 school records, including 16 as a senior as ECU qualified for NAIA playoffs for the first time. Became first player in school history to run and pass for more than 1,000 yards each in one season.
Marino Casem, coach, Alabama State, Alcorn State, Southern. Combined record of 159-93-8. Was 139-70-8 at Alcorn State from 1964-85, leading the Braves to seven Southwestern Athletic Conference championships. Led Alcorn State to a 9-0 mark and a No. 1 ranking in the NCAA Division I-AA poll, the first time a black college finished the regular season atop the poll.
Carm Cozza, coach, Yale, 1965-96. Winningest coach in Ivy League history with a career record of 179-119-5. Led Bulldogs to 10 league championships and 19 winning seasons. All but seven of his players graduated.
George “Sonny” Franck, tailback, Minnesota, 1938-40. Member of 1940 national champions; third in Heisman voting that year. In addition to playing tailback, played quarterback, safety, kick and punt returner and punter. Shared tailback role with College Football Hall of FAME member Bruce Smith.
Cosmo Iacavazzi, running back, Princeton, 1962-64. Led nation in scoring in 1963. Led Princeton to a 9-0 season his senior season, rushing for 909 yards and 14 touchdowns.
John Jefferson, wide receiver, Arizona State, 1974-77. Had 52 catches for 921 yards as Arizona State went 12-0 in 1975. Concluded his career with an NCAA record 42 consecutive games with a catch. Remains Arizona State’s career leader in catches (188) and yards receiving (2,993).
Roy Kidd, coach, Eastern Kentucky, 1964-02. Led Colonels to a 315-123-8 overall record, retiring sixth in career victories among NCAA Division I-A and I-AA coaches. Led Colonels to 17 Division I-AA playoff appearances and national titles in 1979 and 1982.
Ronnie Lott, safety, Southern California, 1979-82. Led nation in interceptions in 1980 with eight. Twice led team in interceptions, pass deflections and fumble recoveries. Career totals: 250 tackles, 14 interceptions, 37 pass deflections, 10 fumble recoveries and two touchdowns. Played on 12-1 national championship team in 1978.
Dan Marino, quarterback, Pittsburgh, 1979-82. A four-year starter, led Panthers to three consecutive 11-1 seasons. In 1981, set single-season school records with 2,876 passing yards and 37 touchdown passes.
Napoleon McCallum, tailback, Navy, 1981-85. Set 26 school rushing and return records, including single season yards rushing (1,587) and career marks for yards rushing (4,179), kick return yards (2,197) and punt return yards (858). Ranks second with 7,172 career all-purpose yards in Division I-A. Finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1983, eighth in 1985.
Reggie McKenzie, offensive guard, Michigan, 1969-71. During his three seasons, Michigan broke nearly all team rushing records. The 3,978 rushing yards in 1971 is still the second best total in school history. Played alongside fellow College Football Hall of FAME member Dan Dierdorf for two seasons.
Dwayne Nix, tight end, Texas A&M-Kingsville, 1965-68. Member of The Associated Press Little All-America first team for three consecutive seasons. Set school records for most receptions (121), most receiving yards in a career (1,613) and most pass receptions in a season (39).
Harold “Tubby” Raymond. coach, Delaware, 1966-01. When he retired, ranked ninth on college football’s victory list with a 300-119-3 record. Fourth college football coach to record 300 wins at a single school. Led the Hens to three national titles – in 1971, 1972 and 1979.
Scott Reppert, running back, Lawrence, 1979-82. Led nation in rushing for three consecutive seasons from 1980-82. Finished his career with 807 carries for 4,442 yards, a 5.5-yard per carry average. Vikings went 33-5 during his four years.
Randy Rhino, defensive back, Georgia Tech, 1972-74. Three-time all-America. Twice led team in interceptions and is tied for second in school history with 14. Also ranks 13th in career tackles by a defensive back with 203, which includes a team-best 11 touchdown-saving tackles during the 1973 season. On special teams, Rhino averaged 17.6 yards per punt return in 1972 to lead nation.
Willie Richardson, end, Jackson State, 1959-62. Broke single-season NCAA record for receiving yards in 1962 with 1,229 yards. Led the conference in receiving four straight years. Finished with 3,616 receiving yards and 36 TD catches.
Calvin Roberts, tackle, Gustavus Adolphus, 1949-52. Played on an offensive line in 1952 that helped school score 442 points and led the defense in tackles as the Golden Gusties held opponents to 106 points. Helped lead the school to three straight unbeaten seasons in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Jerry Sisemore, Texas, offensive tackle, 1970-72. In the three seasons Sisemore started at offensive tackle for Texas, the Longhorns went 28-5 and lost only one Southwest Conference game en route to three consecutive conference titles and three Cotton Bowl appearances. Helped Texas to a 10-1 record in 1970.
Gary Spani, linebacker, Kansas State, 1974-77. First player from Kansas State to be inducted into the College Football Hall of FAME. Led the Wildcats in tackles three seasons. He is the team’s leader in career tackles (543), career assists (343) and assists in a season (110).
Ben Stevenson, running back, Tuskegee Institute, 1924-30. Selected to seven consecutive Black College All-America teams by the Pittsburgh Courier. In 1924, he led the team to a 9-0 record and the school’s first Black National Championship. In 1925, Tuskegee outscored their opponents 224-6 for their second straight perfect season and another national title. In all, Stevenson led the school to six Black National Championships and a 69-1-6 record in seven seasons.
Reggie White, defensive tackle, Tennessee, 1980-83. White holds Tennessee records for most sacks in a single game (four), season (15) and career (32). SEC Player of the Year in 1983.
Kellen Winslow, tight end, Missouri, 1976-78. Helped guide the Tigers to three winning seasons and a Liberty Bowl victory his senior year. He had 28 catches for 479 yards and six touchdowns his senior year. For his career, Winslow had 71 catches for 1,089 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.