7 Oct 1995: Offensive lineman Orlando Pace of Ohio State in action during the Buckeyes 28-25 win over Penn State at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
The College Football Hall of Fame 2012 class was announced Tuesday morning from the NASDAQ stock market. Amongst those excluded was Ohio State all-everything tackle and arguably one of the most dominate offensive linemen ever, Orlando Pace. In 1994, Pace became just the second true freshman to ever start for the Buckeyes. Pace won the Outland Trophy in 1996, an honor recognizing the nation's best offensive lineman, and became a two-time first-team All-American in the process. Perhaps most impressively of all, Pace finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1996 and received a trip to the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City for his troubles. No lineman (offensive nor defensive) had been bestowed with such an honor since Pittsburgh end Hugh Green finished second in 1980. He later would go on to be the first offensive lineman selected 1st overall in the NFL Draft in almost 30 years.
Former Buckeyes Dave Foley, offensive tackle, 1966-1968, Jim Otis, fullback, 1967-1969, and Pace were 3 of the 76 players and eight coaches nominated for the 2012 class. The class of 2012 was made up of Charles Alexander of LSU, Otis Armstrong of Purdue, Steve Bartkowski of Cal, Hal Bedsole of USC, Dave Casper of Notre Dame, Tommy Kramer of Rice, Art Monk of Syracuse, Greg Myers of Colorado State, Jonathan Ogden of UCLA, Gabe Rivera of Texas Tech, Mark Simoneau of Kansas State, Scott Thomas of Air Force, John Wooten of Colorado, Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer, Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum along with the previously announced Ty Detmer or BYU and Oklahoma State and Miami coach Jimmy Johnson.
With no Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier and no Orlando Pace, why even have a College Football Hall of Fame?