Three Penn State greats earned spots Monday on the national ballot for the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame class — including two players who weren’t on the list last year.
Offensive lineman Steve Wisniewski, a two-time All-American in 1986 and 1987, returned to the ballot for the 10th straight time. He was joined by wideout Bobby Engram, who won the first-ever Biletnikoff Award in 1994, and two-time All-American (1994, 1995) offensive lineman Jeff Hartings.
The trio were among the 76 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision to appear on the national ballot. Penn State legend Glenn Killinger, a 1921 All-American who was inducted as a player in 1966, is also on the ballot for the divisional coach Class of 2019.
Killinger coached on and off for smaller programs between 1922 and 1959, compiling a career record of 176–72–16.
The last HOF class had 13 inductees, including former Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins. The 2019 class will be announced on Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif., before the College Football Playoff National Championship. Those players will officially be inducted during an awards dinner on Dec. 10, 2019, at the New York Hilton Midtown.
The Big Ten boasted 25 overall player nominees, the most of any conference on the ballot.
Others on ballot: Former Pitt QB Matt Cavanaugh and former Pitt fullback Craig Heyward are also on the ballot.
Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer and Vince Young will make their first appearances on the ballot.
Among the other players making their first appearance in the FBS hall ballot are Syracuse wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, a two-time Heisman finalist.
The late Rashaan Salaam, who won the Heisman in 1994 for Colorado, and 2001 Heisman winner Eric Crouch on Nebraska are back on the Hall of Fame ballot, along with SMU running back Eric Dickerson, Miami linebacker Ray Lewis and Notre Dame receiver Raghib Ismail.
PSU defensive lineman to transfer: A Penn State defensive lineman who redshirted last season has announced he will transfer from the program.
Corey Bolds, who was part of the 2017 recruiting class, announced his decision on Twitter. He no longer is listed on Penn State’s 2018 roster.
Bolds, from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High, was a three-star recruit, according to Rivals and 247Sports. He participated on Penn State’s scout team last season.
Mark Wogenrich of the (Allentown) Morning Call contributed to this story.