Nominating Wake Forest Players For The SB Nation College Football Hall Of Fame

PALO ALTO CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Grobe of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons watches his team play the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 18 2010 in Palo Alto California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SB Nation is starting a college football Hall of Fame. About time, ammirite? And naturally, we're all invited. Now, the rules are pretty simple -- any former players (and coaches) are eligible from the following categories: QB, RB, WR, TE, OL, DL, LB, DB, ST, Coach. The only caveat -- you have to have seen said player (or coach). That means we can't nominate Peahead Walker, I don't think.

To start everyone off, I've got a list of five for now that I think definitely could make it in there. We get five entries as a community, and while I'm pretty sure that three of them (Phonz, Grobe and AC) are must-adds, I am open to the final two. Some other possibilites are Tyson Clabo, Kenny Moore, Riley Skinner, Ricky Proehl and Ovie Mughelli.

The way I read it, the nominees should be honored for their on-field work during college, so professional success, although nice, is probably not relevant here.

Here are my picks for the five Deacs to be nominated:

Coach Jim Grobe -- Brought Wake to established respectability and an ACC Championship in 2006.

CB Alphonso Smith -- Freshman All-American, junior second-team All-American, junior year All-ACC, senior year All-ACC, first-team All-American, ACC career interceptions leader

LB Aaron Curry -- Sporting News Freshman All-ACC 2005), Sporting News Freshman All-American (2005), Second-team All-ACC (2007), First-team All-ACC (2008), First-team All-American (2008), Butkus Award (2008)

RB Chris Barclay -- Three-time All-ACC selection, 2005 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Wake Forest all-time leading rusher

ST Ryan Plackemeier -- Three-time All-ACC selection, first team All-American in 2005, Ray Guy award winner

Comments, as always, are welcomed and encouraged as we start to narrow the field. We have until Tuesday, June 26 to get this thing hammered out.
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