Former Michigan offensive tackle Jumbo Elliott and Michigan State wide receiver Kirk Gibson are among the local names on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.
Elliott was a consensus first team All-American in 1987, one of two times he made the team. Gibson — who went on to fame as a major-league baseball player and manager — led the Big Ten in receiving in 1978, when the Spartans won a share of the conference championship and finished No. 12 in the rankings.
The inductees will be announced Jan. 9 and inducted on Dec. 8. A look at some of the nominees with ties to Michigan:
Dick Jauron, former Lions assistant and head coach: Was a first team All-America running back for Yale in 1972 and left as the school's rushing leader (2,947 yards).
Clinton Jones, halfback, Michigan State: Two-time first team All-American and All-Big Ten.
Robert Lytle, running back, Michigan: Consensus All-American and Big Ten MVP in 1976.
Mark Messner, defensive tackle, Michigan: First team All-American, Lombardi Award finalist, 1988 Big Ten Player of the Year, 1985 Fiesta Bowl MVP.
Lorenzo White, running back, Michigan State: Two-time first team All-American, led the nation in rushing in 1985 and was the first Spartan to lead the team in rushing for four straight seasons.
Darryl Rogers, coach, Michigan State (1976-79): Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1977 and National Coach of the Year by the Sporting News in 1978. Won the Big Ten title in 1978.
Jerry Woods, defensive back, Northern Michigan: Two-time first team All-American selection. Returned 89 punts for 1,129 yards and his kickoffs returns for 1,475 yards (24.9-yard average) is still a school record.