Ute legends Alex Smith, Eric Weddle on Hall of Fame ballot

Vick, Fitzgerald and Suggs among stars on College Football Hall of Fame ballot for 1st time.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Eric Weddle, an inductee of the 2022 University of Utah Athletics Hall of Fame Class and Super Bowl LVI champion speaks to members of the media Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, before Utah's game against Southern Utah University at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Former University of Utah football stars Alex Smith and Eric Weddle are back on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame.

The National Football Foundation released Monday a list of 78 players and nine coaches from major college football who are on the Hall of Fame ballot. There also are 101 players and 32 coaches from lower divisions of college football up for consideration.

Smith, who quarterbacked the Utes to a 12-0 season and a Fiesta Bowl victory in 2005, and Weddle, a consensus First Team All-American in 2006, were first put on the ballot for induction into the hall of fame last year.

Michael Vick, Larry Fitzgerald and Terrell Suggs are among the college football stars who will be considered for induction to the Hall of Fame for the first time this year.

Vick, who led Virginia Tech to the BCS championship game against Florida State as a redshirt freshman in 1999, is among the most notable players appearing on the ballot in his first year of eligibility.

Vick finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1999. He played one season of college football before being drafted No. 1 overall by the Atlanta Falcons in 2001. Vick’s professional career was interrupted when he served 21 months in prison for his involvement in dog fighting.

Fitzgerald was the Heisman runner-up in 2003 to Oklahoma quarterback Jason White. He scored 34 touchdowns in just two seasons at Pitt.

Suggs led the nation in sacks with 24 in 2002 for Arizona State.

The 2024 Hall of Fame class will be chosen by the National Football Foundation’s Honors Court and announced in January. Induction into the Atlanta-based hall is the following December.