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Michael Bishop, Martin Gramatica among college football hall finalists

Kansas State kicker Martin Gramatica celebrates after kicking a field goal againt Colorado on Nov. 15, 1997.
Kansas State kicker Martin Gramatica celebrates after kicking a field goal againt Colorado on Nov. 15, 1997. AP file photo

Two Kansas State football greats are among the 75 finalists for College Football Hall of Fame, announced on Thursday.

Quarterback Michael Bishop and kicker Martin Gramatica were teammates on some of the Wildcats’ greatest teams of the late 1990s.

Bishop was the Heisman Trophy runner-up Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback in 1998.

Gramatica was the 1997 Lou Groza Award winner as the nation’s top placekicker. A year later, he kicked a 65-yard field goal, the longest in college football without a tee.

Among other players nominated: Nebraska quarterback and 2001 Heisman winner Eric Crouch, Cornhuskers offensive linemen Aaron Taylor and Zach Wiegert and Oklahoma defensive back Rickey Dixon.

Major college coaches among the nominees include Mack Brown of Texas and Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech.

First-team All-America recognition is the minimum requirement for Hall of Fame consideration. Last year, 14 players and two coaches were inducted.

Among players and coaches from NCAA Divisions II, III and NAIA ranks are Emporia State wide receiver Bruce Cerone, Truman State quarterback Chris Hegg, Missouri Southern offensive tackle Terron Jackson, Northwest Missouri State wide receiver Tony Miles and Northwest Missouri State coach Mel Tjeerdsma and Lincoln University coach Dwight Reed.

The class will be announced on Jan. 8, 2018 in Atlanta, site of the College Football Playoff championship game.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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