ATLANTA – (Wire Service Report by Sports Xchange) – Former Michigan Heisman Trophy winning cornerback Charles Woodson and former Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson are among the first-time candidates on the ballot for the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class.
Safety Ed Reed (Miami) and receiver Ed McCaffrey (Stanford) are also on the ballot for the first time. Among the other 75 major-college football players under consideration are defensive tackle Warren Sapp (Miami), linebacker Ray Lewis (Miami), running back Eric Dickerson (SMU) and former Heisman winning quarterback Eric Crouch (Nebraska).
Mack Brown (Texas was his last stop) and Frank Beamer (long-time coach at Virginia Tech) are among the six major-college football coaches on the ballot.
A total of 98 players and 31 coaches from the lower divisions are also under consideration.
The 2018 class will be inducted on Dec. 4 and honored Jan. 8 in Atlanta on the night of the College Football Playoff national championship game