The Chompions League Hall of Fame

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  1. Spayer419

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    Many players can say they were great. Few can say they transcended the game. The Chompions League Hall of Fame was constructed to remember those unique athletes, the ones that achieved beyond the range of what were thought to be natural limits. Without further ado, your Class of CL '13.

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    Ray Hall Spayer419
    Few players have began their careers with expectations like the ones Buckeye nation had for Ray Hall. The five-star prospect was the top athlete in the class, and thought to be the perfect player for coach Meyer's spread offense. With Hall the Buckeyes could transform into a high-powered offensive juggernaut. Yes, Hall enrolled to Ohio State with high expectations. But no one could expect that he would turn into one of the greatest college football players of all time.

    As a freshman Hall played mostly running back, but was moved around to the slot from time-to-time. There he shined, displaying an ability to make the first man miss and fly toward the endzone once in the open field. As a sophomore he was moved to receiver full time, and there he flourished. Hall was a Heisman finalist his sophomore and junior seasons, but fell short of the award. As a freshman and a sophomore Hall also played an integral role in Ohio State's back-to-back appearances in the national title game. But just like with the Heisman Trophy, Hall's teams fell short of their ultimate goal on both occasions, as Texas beat the Bucks with a last-second field goal to win the title in 2013, and Florida mounted a last minute drive to steal the crystal ball away from Columbus the following year. Though he would have likely been a first-day draft selection, Hall returned for his senior season, declaring that he and his team had unfinished business. Buckeye Nation will forever be grateful that he did.

    In his fourth and final year as a Buckeye, Hall had one of the greatest individual seasons ever, scoring 39 total touchdowns. The quantity was great. The quality was better. During OSU's 14-0 championship season Hall scored three walk-off touchdowns. The first came in week 2 against Georgia, on a 60-yard reception as time expired to give the Buckeyes a seven-point win. In the Big Ten Championship Game Hall made an even bigger catch, a 7-yard strike that propelled the Buckeyes over Notre Dame for a 1-point victory as time expired. The catch put OSU in the national title game, where Hall scored perhaps the most memorable touchdown of his career. In double overtime, on third-and-nine, Hall caught a pass over the middle, dashed toward the pile-on and into the endzone giving the Buckeyes the national championship.

    Hall graduated as the record-holder of every OSU receiving record, and also captured the NCAA records for most total touchdowns (106), receiving touchdowns (62) and receiving yards (5881). He won just about every individual award a player can win.

    Said coach Meyer "To lose the way we lost when he was a freshmen and a sophomore...and then coming one game short of going to the title when he was a junior...that really motivated him. It motivated him to come back. It motivated him to become the player we knew he always could be. In that final year he single-handedly won games for us. You can't script a season like that any better...to catch three game-winning touchdowns as time expires en route to a national title that has eluded you for three years. He's the greatest player I've ever coached, and possibly the greatest player this school has ever seen."


    Vince Woods cmassey13

    Vince Woods, aka V-Dub, came to the Texas Longhorns from Rosenberg, TX as a four-star athlete. Woods was rated as the #16 athlete in the class and the 52nd ranked player on the ESPNU Top 150. Every coach on the staff was vying to get Woods at their respective position due to his top flight speed and great ball skills, but Coach Massey saw his potential as do-it-all QB. Unfortnately he wasn't put in the lineup immediately, as there was a logjam of talented upperclassmen quarterbacks on the Longhorn roster. That time on the bench served him well though, as Woods was able to improve his throwing accuracy and be ready to compete for the starting job as a redshirt sophomore.

    Once the gameday lights came on, Woods left little doubt that he was ready for primetime. On his second play as starter, Woods broke loose for a 51-yard touchdown run, the first of what would be many. In that first start, Woods went 14 of 16 for 214 yards and 3 TD passes, while adding 147 yards and 3 rushing scores on just 5 carries. Statlines like this became the norm for Woods as he formed a unique chemistry with WR Terrence Dorsey that is rarely seen in college football. This duo would go on to rewrite nearly every record in Texas football history.

    The National Championship eluded Woods in his time at Texas, but he did lead the Horns to multiple conference championships, including the SEC Championship in Texas' first year in the SEC. Woods also racked up many individual awards including The Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and O'Brien Award.

    "Vince had the skill set to be an immediate standout at running back, receiver, or even corner, but he trusted us as a staff to take the time to learn and develop as a true game changer at QB," Coach Massey said. "He's the kind of player that most guys will never get a chance to coach. V-Dub will always have a special place in Austin and in my mind. He was truly an all-time great."


    JR Gant cyhiphopp
    JR Gant was recruited by the previous coach at Notre Dame. He could have been a superstar cornerback with a bright NFL future, but coach MNorthface had the wisdom to put him at QB. When coach Hopp took over he had another year with Everett Golson and had Gunner Keil behind him. Gant had to wait until his Junior season to see the field. As soon as he did, coach Hopp smacked himself on the forehead and instantly regretted not playing him immediately. Golson was very athletic but Gant's elusiveness and acceleration were simply deadly.

    His first play from scrimmage in the 2017 season, was a 76 yard touchdown. In his 2 seasons as starter all he did was win the 2017 Heisman trophy and Walter Camp trophy, and get edged out for the same awards in 2018 by Texas phenom QB Vince Woods. Gant would still have bragging rights because he led the Fighting Irish to back to back NCAA National Titles in 2017 over Vince Woods’ Texas Longhorns, and in 2018 over Alabama.

    Gant set Notre Dame school records for Rushing Yards (1526) and Rushing TDs (23) in 2017 and nearly eclipsed those records in 2018. Notre Dame was a run first, run second, run third team so he didn’t touch any of Brady Quinn’s gaudy passing records. Because he only played 2 years, he didn’t break any career records either but his impact on the Notre Dame football program was not about records, but about the titles and bringing Notre Dame back to the utmost heights of college football. Even when his days at Notre Dame were over, Gant's imprint remained on South Bend as the Irish would make it back to the title game in 2020, only to lose to Jandy’s Alabama team.

    When asked about Gant, coach HipHopp said the following: “JR was a guy who would do anything for his team. He waited patiently while upperclassmen came so close to winning titles for Notre Dame but falling short. He didn’t demand playing time and he didn’t insist that he could do it better. When he got his turn, he became the most explosive playmaker I’ve ever seen at quarterback and a true winner on and off the field. He was close to leaving for the NFL after the 2017 season, but he told me he had unfinished business and he knew we had the talent to win it all again in 2018.”
     
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    I know first-hand how dominate Gant and Woods were. One of the years I had to play them back to back weeks in the SEC Championship and then the National Championship. Truly the definition of dual threat, world class speed and a couple of the best arms in the country.
     
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    It's too bad we couldn't keep going in CL '13. I have no doubt that Heisman Trophy winning Sophomore QB John Anderson from Alabama would be another white boy on this list if he had the chance to play another season or two
     
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    Taylor Martinez should get a look. Won BIG title first year under coach ssuwr86
     
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    The HoF is for recruited players only and the ones from this years league will be determined after CL 14 is done
     

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