Darren McFadden selected for induction into College Football Hall of Fame

Darren McFadden selected for induction into College Football Hall of Fame (KATV photo)

Former Arkansas running back Darren McFadden will join Texas quarterback Vince Young, Notre Dame speedster Raghib Ismail, as well as 10 other players and two coaches for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

McFadden was a two-time Heisman runner-up, coming in second behind Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith in 2006 and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow in 2007.

"It's an honor [and a] blessing to be inducted," McFadden wrote on Twitter. "Big thanks to all my family, friends, teammates, coaches, teachers, fans and anyone that's [sic] supported me along the way. I'm really at a loss for words and so honored and excited."

Young was the Heisman Trophy runner-up and led the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship with a memorable performance in the Rose Bowl against Southern California. Ismail, better known as Rocket, was an electric receiver and kick returner for the Fighting Irish and the Heisman runner-up in 1990.

The rest of the players to be enshrined at the National Football Foundation's award banquet in December include Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, Oklahoma defensive back Rickey Dixon, John Carroll linebacker London Fletcher, Texas A&M defensive lineman Jacob Green, North Carolina State receiver Torry Holt, Arizona State quarterback Jake Plummer, USC defensive back Troy Polamalu, Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas, Michigan State running back Lorenzo White and Mississippi linebacker Patrick Willis.

Dennis Erickson, who coached Miami to two national championships, and Joe Taylor, who won 233 games at historically black colleges, were selected for induction as coaches.

The Goodyear Blimp was also named an honorary member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

The 2019 class will be recognized as part of the National Football Foundation's annual awards dinner in New York City on December 10.

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