Two former Oregon State Beavers have been named to the college football Hall of Fame ballot: running back Ken Simonton and wide receiver Mike Hass.
The ballot will be distributed to more the 12,000 members of the National Football Foundation and current Hall of Fame members this month after both individuals received enough votes by the district screening committee personnel to qualify.
Ken Simonton was a running back for Oregon State from 1998-2001. He played for two head coaches, mike Riley and Dennis Erickson. The All-time leading rusher at Oregon State with 5,044 total yards had an impeccable four-year in orange and black. He rushed for 100-plus yards in a game 26 times and had three performances of 200-plus yards in a contest.
FRESHMAN: Rushed for 1,028 yards on 224 attempts and 13 touchdowns
SOPHOMORE: Rushed for 1,486 yards on 294 attempts and 19 touchdowns
JUNIOR: Rushed for 1,559 yards on 284 attempts and 19 touchdowns
SENIOR: Rushed for 971 yards on 239 attempts and eight (rushing) touchdowns
Following his four-year career in Corvallis, Simonton signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent, but was shortly released thereafter. He signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2003 before getting sent to the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe. Sinomton apprised in two games for the Bills and rushed twice for four total yards.
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The 2005 Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's top receiver came to Oregon State as a walk-on in 2001. Hass was the first player in league history with three 1,000-yard receiving seasons and concluded his career with 3,924 yards.
SOPHOMORE: 44 receptions for 1,013 yards and seven touchdowns
JUNIOR: 86 receptions for 1,379 yards and seven touchdowns
SENIOR: 90 receptions for 1,532 yards and six touchdowns
Following his three-year career in Corvallis, Hass was drafted in the sixth round (No. 171 overall) by the New Orleans Saints in the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent limited time with the Saints, Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks before finishing his professional career with the Omaha Nighthawks.
Simonton and Hass would join former Beavers in the College Football Hall of Fame that include Heisman Trophy recipient Terry Baker, Bill Enyart, Tommy Prothro, and Dennis Erickson. The 2021 class will be announced early next year with the induction ceremony in New York City Dec. 7, 2021.
Ken Simonton, Mike Hass named to CFB Hall of Fame national ballot originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest