The National Football Foundation (NFF) released its ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame, containing 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) who are eligible to be voted into the Hall of Fame.
The class will be announced on Friday, January 7, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. Raymond James Stadium is the site of this season's College Football Playoff Final.
Three of the names on the list have ties to UConn: one player and two current coaches. John Dorsey (1980-1983) was a four year starter at UConn. Co-defensive coordinators Anthony Poindexter, the current defensive coordinator, who played at Virginia from 1995-1998 and Vincent Brown, who starred at Mississippi Valley State and was an All-Pro with the Patriots in the NFL.
Dorsey played linebacker at UConn from 1980-1983, when the Huskies were still in Division 1-AA, in the Yankee Conference. He was two-time Yankee Conference Player of the Year in 1982 and 1983, as well as earning all Yankee Conference honors in 1982 and 1983. He served as team captain his senior year and was also a first-team All-America selection.
He was drafted 99th overall, in the fourth round, by the Green Bay Packers and played five seasons for Green Bay before a knee injury ended his playing days. From 1991-1996 he served as a scout for the Packers before he was promoted to Director of College Scouting, a post he held from 1997-2011, except for a one year break in 1999 when he held the same position for the Seattle Seahawks. In 2012 he was promoted to Director of Football Operations, after which he was hired as the General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, where he currently sits today.
Poindexter was a standout at the University of Virginia, playing safety from 1995-1998. In his sophomore season, he set a school record for tackles, with 98. The following season, in 1997, he was named to the All-America team by The Sporting News. In his senior season, he tore multiple ligaments in his knee in a game against NC State, almost ruining his professional career. His jersey was retired by Virginia on October 3, 2009.
He was drafted in the seventh round by the Baltimore Ravens, with the 216th overall pick. He was on injured reserve his rookie season, but in his second season, he played in 10 games on special teams, forcing a fumble. From 2003-2013, he was a position coach for Virginia, coaching defensive backs and running backs. In January of 2014, he was hired as the defensive coordinator for UConn.
Brown was an All-American as a senior at Mississippi Valley State, and an AP second team All-American as a junior. He was all-conference three times and holds the Devils' career record for tackles. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 2nd round of the 1988 draft and enjoyed a productive and successful playing his entire career with the Patriots until 1995.
Brown coached at the high school level until 2006, when he spent a year with the Dallas Cowboys coaching linebackers. From there he spent a year as a graduate assistant at UVA before a two-year stint as linebackers coach at the University of Richmond, who won the FCS Championship in 2009. He re-joined the Virginia staff in 2010 which is where he stayed until Bob Diaco hired him to be co-defensive coordinator.