Iowa State Cyclones football: Former running back star Troy Davis receives College Football Hall of Fame nomination


Considered one of the best running backs in college football history, former Iowa State Cyclones football star Troy Davis is on the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

Oct 19, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; The Iowa State Cyclones mascot roots for the Cyclones during the game between the Baylor Bears and the Cyclones at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cyclones 71-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


"Two-time All-American and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Troy Davis is one of 75 FBS players on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame, announced today by the National Football Foundation (NFF).Members of the NFF will vote and select the inductees of the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class announced in May.To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football."

Davis played on the Cyclone football team from 1993 to 1996. He played for three total seasons with Iowa State, and set numerous records on the football team. Here are some highlights:

  • Most career rushing yards: 4,382
  • Most rushing yards in a season: 2,185
  • Most rushing yards in a game: 378 (vs. Missouri)
  • Most 100-yard rushing games in a season (11) and career (21).
  • Most 200-yard rushing games in a season (5) and career (9).
  • Most career rushing touchdowns: 36
  • Tied for most career touchdown scores: 38

Some of Davis’ awards include being the 1996 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and was named in the 1995 and 1996 consensus All-American first team. Davis was nearly a Heisman Trophy winner, losing out to Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel in 1996.

According to Wikipedia, Southern voters were critical of Davis playing on lousy team which hurt his Heisman chances and becoming a Doak Walker Award winner.

"In 1996, Davis won three Heisman regions, but lost badly in the South region. He was nosed out for the 1996 Doak Walker Award by another Big 12 running back, Byron Hanspard of Texas Tech. In both cases, he was largely hampered by the fact that he played on a losing team."

Even so, it’s great to see Davis getting nominated for the CFB Hall of Fame. We wish him luck!