Cade McNown, Ken Norton Jr. on College Football HOF ballot

UCLA quarterback Cade McNown was named to the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot on Tuesday. AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian

Former UCLA quarterback Cade McNown and linebacker Ken Norton Jr. landed on the ballot for the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class on Thursday.

McNown (1995-98) was a consensus All-American in 1998 while winning the Johnny Unitas Award. He was third in the Heisman voting and a finalist for the Davey O-Brien Award after setting UCLA season records for passing yards (3,470), touchdown passes (25) and total offense (3,652), all marks that have since been broken. He is still the school leader in passing yards (10,708) and ranks second in total offense (11,285). The West Linn, Ore., native led the Bruins to a school-record 20 consecutive wins during his junior and senior years.

Norton (1984-87) was an All-American in 1987 and was a finalist for the Butkus Award. He led the Bruins in tackling during his junior and senior years and ranks eighth on UCLA’s all-time tackles list with 339. The Westchester High alumnus helped the Bruins to four consecutive bowl wins and the conference championship in 1985. After he was picked in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft, Norton became the first player in NFL history to win three consecutive Super Bowls (1993, 1994 with Dallas, 1995 with San Francisco).

The National Football Foundation announced the ballot that includes 75 players and six coaches from the FBS level and 98 players and 31 coaches from the FCS level and below. After votes are counted, the 2018 class will be announced Jan, 8, 2018 and inducted on Dec. 4, 2018.

  • Sas

    I would like to hear the thoughts from some of you if Cade McNown should be in the HOF?

    • 88 Straight

      McNown was a great college QB. Ask John Robinson!! LOL

      4-0 against the condoms. Not bad.

      • Sas

        Ouch. That was obvious, but I meant what you all thought besides USC/UCLA.

        • 88 Straight

          I think the guy won 20 games in a row with a questionable D. I mentioned Robinson because he was highly complimentary towards McNown. I would say he is worthy.

          • Sas

            Fair enough.

          • Sas

            USC should get two DB’s in with Mark Carrier and Troy Polamalu

          • 88 Straight

            Possibly. Polamalu definitely.

          • Sas

            Carrier was a Thorpe winner so that is usually good enough for them.

          • Richard

            If Carrier deserves to get in (ha) so does Nate Shaw.
            Looks it up. he was our B___.

          • Richard

            U hip that a 330lb 6′ 6″ Miami OL grad transfer is on campus now visiting? He’s been tweeting favorable stuff about us

          • Richard

            He surely can’t be worse than Malcolm Bunche, our prev Miami OL grad transfer

          • 88 Straight

            He also has a history with Fisch. Plus, he’s an excellent student. Sounds promising.

          • Richard

            Very. He’s huge. Did u read what I also wrote re Malcombe Bunche ?

            So, JR wants to go on Wall St. An honor student in Econ, if a UCLA MBA is acceptable AND if OL improves 100% this year and project to be better year after, maybe he stays (20%). These things r decided in advance, somewhat. Modster & DTR prob wouldn’t have committed if not assured to some extent it’s 3 done for JR

          • 88 Straight

            I think it’s difficult to predict what Rosen may do. I certainly don’t think it’s 100%. If he feels he could use another year with Fisch, he may opt to stay. His circumstances aren’t typical.

    • Pete

      Hi Sam. This is what I think of Cade “The Handicap Sticker Thief” McNown.

      12/05/1998
      Miami 49 UCLA 45. Huge upset pulled by the Canes on the #3 ranked bruins to keep them out of the National Title Game. Edgerrin James had a career day with 39 carries for 299 yards and 3 TD’s.

      • 88 Straight

        I guess McNown should have played D. And Melsby’s knee wasn’t down.

        You may want to review McNown’s stats that day. Did SC lose to Texas because of Leinart?

        • Pete

          USC vs Texas was a team loss, but USC gets to and wins National Championships. McNown had a chance to lead his team late in the game and failed. I would rather lose in the title game then never get to one.

      • Sas

        Miami and Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl…

        He didn’t get the job done.

        • Pete

          Yup.