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Zach Wiegert on 2022 CFHOF Ballot

CO4NU

Travel Squad
5 Year Member
Didn't he only have one holding call against him his entire career at NU?
 

HuskerWeatherman

Feral Cat
20 Year Member
This is actually Wiegert's 7th time on the ballot.

Zach won the Outland Trophy in '94, as well as first-team All-American and UPI lineman of the year. An integral piece of the "Unfinished Business" season that brought Osborne his first national title.

I don't know why he shouldn't be in the College Football HOF.

I suppose the fact that this thread has been on the football forum for a week with very little commentary says it all -- offensive linemen don't get nearly the respect and attention they should.
 
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Frosty1980

Scout Team
2 Year Member
This is actually Wiegert's 7th time on the ballot.

Zach won the Outland Trophy in '94, as well as first-team All-American and UPI lineman of the year. An integral piece of the "Unfinished Business" season that brought Osborne his first national title.

I don't know why he shouldn't be in the College Football HOF.

I suppose the fact that this thread has been on the football forum for a week with very little commentary says it all -- offensive linemen don't get nearly the respect and attention they should.
Agree and that’s why I think this year is improved. I’m really confident in this young offensive line.
 

wcbsas

All Big 10
15 Year Member
Look at this list … how would you narrow it down? There are 21 guys on this list who’ve won a major award like Weigert. Also don’t discount politics because guys like Troy Vincent or Ron Rivera will garner votes.

Flozell Adams, Michigan State-Offensive Tackle-1997
Shaun Alexander, Alabama-Running Back-1999
Morten Andersen, Michigan State-Placekicker-1981
LaVar Arrington, Penn State-Linebacker-1999 ***
Champ Bailey, Georgia-Defensive Back-1998 ****
Mark Bavaro, Notre Dame-Tight End-1984
Aaron Beasley, West Virginia-Defensive Back-1995
Eric Berry, Tennessee-Defensive Back
Michael Bishop, Kansas State-Quarterback-1998 ****
Jeff Bregel, USC-Offensive Guard
Brandon Burlsworth, Arkansas
Larry Burton, Purdue-Split End
Reggie Bush, USC-Running Back ****
Mark Carrier, USC-Safety ****
Matt Cavanaugh, Pittsburgh-Quarterback-1977
Dallas Clark, Iowa-Tight End-2002 ****
Tim Couch, Kentucky-Quarterback-1998
Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech-Wide Receiver-(2007-08)
Sylvester Croom, Alabama-Center-1974
Brad Culpepper, Florida-Defensive Tackle-
Jarett Dillard, Rice-Wide Receiver-2008
Ken Dorsey, Miami (FL)-Quarterback-2002
Mike Doss, Ohio State-Defensive Back
Warrick Dunn, Florida State-Running Back-1996 ****
Nick Eyre, BYU-Offensive Tackle-1980
Kevin Faulk, LSU-Running Back-1996
Dwight Freeney, Syracuse-Defensive End-2001
Robert Gallery, Iowa-Offensive Tackle-2003 ****
Moe Gardner, Illinois-Defensive Tackle
Joe Garten, Colorado-Offensive Guard
Willie Gault, Tennessee-Wide Receiver/Kick Returner-1982
Toby Gerhart, Stanford-Running Back ****
Tony Gonzalez, California-Tight End-1996
Dan Hampton, Arkansas-Defensive Tackle-1978
Kevin Hardy, Illinois-Linebacker-1995 ****
Graham Harrell, Texas Tech-Quarterback-2008
Al Harris, Arizona State-Defensive End ****
Marvin Harrison, Syracuse-Kick Returner/Wide Receiver-1995
Mike Hass, Oregon State-Wide Receiver-2005 ****
Garrison Hearst, Georgia-Running Back-1998 ****
Josh Heupel, Oklahoma-Quarterback-20000
Craig Heyward, Pittsburgh-Running Back-1987
Chris Hudson, Colorado-Defensive Back-1994 ****
Ken Huff, North Carolina-Offensive Guard-1974
Steve Hutchinson, Michigan-Offensive Lineman-2000
Bradie James, LSU-Linebacker-2002
Marvin Jones, Florida State-Linebacker-1992
Levon Kirkland, Clemson-Linebacker-1991
James Laurinaitis, Ohio State-Linebacker-2008
John Lee, UCLA-Placekicker-1985
Andrew Luck, Stanford-Quarterback-2011 ****
Todd Lyght, Notre Dame-Defensive Back-1985
Marshawn Lynch, California-Running Back-2006
Jeremy Maclin, Missouri-Wide Receiver/Returner
Bryant McKinnie, Miami (FL)-Offensive Tackle ****
Mark Messner, Michigan-Defensive Tackle-1988
Terry Miller, Oklahoma State-Running Back
Pete Mitchell, Boston College-Tight End-1994
Corey Moore, Virginia Tech-Defensive Lineman-1999 ****
Herman Moore, Virginia-Wide Receiver-1990
Kellen Moore, Boise State-Quarterback-2010
Dan Neil, Texas-Offensive Lineman
Ken Norton Jr., UCLA-Linebacker-1987
Julius Peppers, North Carolina-Defensive End-2001 ****
Paul Posluszny, Penn State-Linebacker ****
Antwaan Randle El, Indiana-Quarterback-2001
Errict Rhett, Florida-Running Back-1993
Simeon Rice, Illinois-Linebacker
Ron Rivera, California-Linebacker-1983
Rashaan Salaam, Colorado-Tailback-1994 ****
Larry Seivers, Tennessee-Wide Receiver-1976
Kevin Smith, Texas A&M-Cornerback-1991
Troy Vincent, Wisconsin-Defensive Back-1991 ****
Peter Warrick, Florida State-Wide Receiver 1998
Zach Wiegert, Nebraska-Offensive Tackle-1994 *****
Roy Williams, Oklahoma-Defensive Back-2001 ****
Steve Wisniewski, Penn State-Offensive Guard-1988
Luis Zendejas, Arizona State-Placekicker
 

HuskerWeatherman

Feral Cat
20 Year Member
Look at this list … how would you narrow it down? There are 21 guys on this list who’ve won a major award like Weigert. Also don’t discount politics because guys like Troy Vincent or Ron Rivera will garner votes.

Flozell Adams, Michigan State-Offensive Tackle-1997
Shaun Alexander, Alabama-Running Back-1999
Morten Andersen, Michigan State-Placekicker-1981
LaVar Arrington, Penn State-Linebacker-1999 ***
Champ Bailey, Georgia-Defensive Back-1998 ****
Mark Bavaro, Notre Dame-Tight End-1984
Aaron Beasley, West Virginia-Defensive Back-1995
Eric Berry, Tennessee-Defensive Back
Michael Bishop, Kansas State-Quarterback-1998 ****
Jeff Bregel, USC-Offensive Guard
Brandon Burlsworth, Arkansas
Larry Burton, Purdue-Split End
Reggie Bush, USC-Running Back ****
Mark Carrier, USC-Safety ****
Matt Cavanaugh, Pittsburgh-Quarterback-1977
Dallas Clark, Iowa-Tight End-2002 ****
Tim Couch, Kentucky-Quarterback-1998
Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech-Wide Receiver-(2007-08)
Sylvester Croom, Alabama-Center-1974
Brad Culpepper, Florida-Defensive Tackle-
Jarett Dillard, Rice-Wide Receiver-2008
Ken Dorsey, Miami (FL)-Quarterback-2002
Mike Doss, Ohio State-Defensive Back
Warrick Dunn, Florida State-Running Back-1996 ****
Nick Eyre, BYU-Offensive Tackle-1980
Kevin Faulk, LSU-Running Back-1996
Dwight Freeney, Syracuse-Defensive End-2001
Robert Gallery, Iowa-Offensive Tackle-2003 ****
Moe Gardner, Illinois-Defensive Tackle
Joe Garten, Colorado-Offensive Guard
Willie Gault, Tennessee-Wide Receiver/Kick Returner-1982
Toby Gerhart, Stanford-Running Back ****
Tony Gonzalez, California-Tight End-1996
Dan Hampton, Arkansas-Defensive Tackle-1978
Kevin Hardy, Illinois-Linebacker-1995 ****
Graham Harrell, Texas Tech-Quarterback-2008
Al Harris, Arizona State-Defensive End ****
Marvin Harrison, Syracuse-Kick Returner/Wide Receiver-1995
Mike Hass, Oregon State-Wide Receiver-2005 ****
Garrison Hearst, Georgia-Running Back-1998 ****
Josh Heupel, Oklahoma-Quarterback-20000
Craig Heyward, Pittsburgh-Running Back-1987
Chris Hudson, Colorado-Defensive Back-1994 ****
Ken Huff, North Carolina-Offensive Guard-1974
Steve Hutchinson, Michigan-Offensive Lineman-2000
Bradie James, LSU-Linebacker-2002
Marvin Jones, Florida State-Linebacker-1992
Levon Kirkland, Clemson-Linebacker-1991
James Laurinaitis, Ohio State-Linebacker-2008
John Lee, UCLA-Placekicker-1985
Andrew Luck, Stanford-Quarterback-2011 ****
Todd Lyght, Notre Dame-Defensive Back-1985
Marshawn Lynch, California-Running Back-2006
Jeremy Maclin, Missouri-Wide Receiver/Returner
Bryant McKinnie, Miami (FL)-Offensive Tackle ****
Mark Messner, Michigan-Defensive Tackle-1988
Terry Miller, Oklahoma State-Running Back
Pete Mitchell, Boston College-Tight End-1994
Corey Moore, Virginia Tech-Defensive Lineman-1999 ****
Herman Moore, Virginia-Wide Receiver-1990
Kellen Moore, Boise State-Quarterback-2010
Dan Neil, Texas-Offensive Lineman
Ken Norton Jr., UCLA-Linebacker-1987
Julius Peppers, North Carolina-Defensive End-2001 ****
Paul Posluszny, Penn State-Linebacker ****
Antwaan Randle El, Indiana-Quarterback-2001
Errict Rhett, Florida-Running Back-1993
Simeon Rice, Illinois-Linebacker
Ron Rivera, California-Linebacker-1983
Rashaan Salaam, Colorado-Tailback-1994 ****
Larry Seivers, Tennessee-Wide Receiver-1976
Kevin Smith, Texas A&M-Cornerback-1991
Troy Vincent, Wisconsin-Defensive Back-1991 ****
Peter Warrick, Florida State-Wide Receiver 1998
Zach Wiegert, Nebraska-Offensive Tackle-1994 *****
Roy Williams, Oklahoma-Defensive Back-2001 ****
Steve Wisniewski, Penn State-Offensive Guard-1988
Luis Zendejas, Arizona State-Placekicker

Who on that list has been on the ballot 7 years or longer? That's how I'd start to narrow it down. Also, I'd separate the offensive linemen from the rest -- and vote for 3-5. I won't compare Wiegert to Reggie Bush -- because it's too easy to allow the highlight makers influence your votes, while offensive linemen almost never appear in a highlight.

Generally, 15-20 get inducted most years. There's obviously a larger pool of CFB players/coaches than the NFL for the Pro Football HOF.
 

Porkchopexpress

Junior Varsity
5 Year Member
I'm not sure how many total ballots are cast each year, but through my job I get a ballot. So if I get one, there have to be easily hundreds of ballots. It's really tough to decide on which 12 FBS level candidates to choose from, and nothing against Wiegert, but offensive lineman don't jump off the ballot like some of the other names do. My ballot:
Zach Wiegert
LaVar Arrington
Reggie Bush
Robert Gallery
Julius Peppers
Rashaan Salaam
Roy Williams
Champ Bailey
Eric Berry
Paul Posluzny
Dwight Freeney
Tony Gonzalez

The FBS Coaches section was really weak, but I voted for Gary Pinkel and Larry Blakeney.
 

TFrazier

Scout Team
10 Year Member
I'm not sure how many total ballots are cast each year, but through my job I get a ballot. So if I get one, there have to be easily hundreds of ballots. It's really tough to decide on which 12 FBS level candidates to choose from, and nothing against Wiegert, but offensive lineman don't jump off the ballot like some of the other names do. My ballot:
Zach Wiegert
LaVar Arrington
Reggie Bush
Robert Gallery
Julius Peppers
Rashaan Salaam
Roy Williams
Champ Bailey
Eric Berry
Paul Posluzny
Dwight Freeney
Tony Gonzalez

The FBS Coaches section was really weak, but I voted for Gary Pinkel and Larry Blakeney.

Those are some serious player names. Hard to believe many of those players on your ballot aren’t already in the hall of fame.
 
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Porkchopexpress

Junior Varsity
5 Year Member
Those are some serious player names. Hard to believe many of those players on your ballot aren’t already in the hall of fame.
For me, those 12 were pretty rock solid. I think the only questionable one for me was Dwight Freeney, but if he played for a more established program than Syracuse, he would have gotten more accolades.
 

HuskerWeatherman

Feral Cat
20 Year Member
I'm not sure how many total ballots are cast each year, but through my job I get a ballot. So if I get one, there have to be easily hundreds of ballots. It's really tough to decide on which 12 FBS level candidates to choose from, and nothing against Wiegert, but offensive lineman don't jump off the ballot like some of the other names do. My ballot:
Zach Wiegert
LaVar Arrington
Reggie Bush
Robert Gallery
Julius Peppers
Rashaan Salaam
Roy Williams
Champ Bailey
Eric Berry
Paul Posluzny
Dwight Freeney
Tony Gonzalez

The FBS Coaches section was really weak, but I voted for Gary Pinkel and Larry Blakeney.

Exactly as I expressed.

The issue is offensive linemen don't make the highlight reel. And unless you are a fan of the team with the offensive lineman on the ballot you probably don't even recognize the name. The best chance an offensive lineman has with name recognition is if he becomes NFL All-Pro (which should have no bearing on the college Hall of Fame).

Was Rashaan Salaam a better running back than Zach Wiegert was an offensive tackle? I doubt it. Salaam was a nobody until his Heisman year. But it's likely at least ten times as many fans know who Salaam is compared to Wiegert.
 
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