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.