Former Ashland University All-American defensive end Bill Royce is among 76 players on the 2016 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, whose latest class will be announced on Friday (Jan. 8) at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.
Royce's 71 career sacks not only are an NCAA Division II record, but they are an NCAA record for any level. He has the top three single-season sack marks in Ashland football history (20½ in 1993, 20 in 1992 and 18½ in 1991), and the program's single-game sack record (3½ at Wayne State on Oct. 2, 1993).
Royce, a two-time All-American, the 1993 Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference Player of the Year, two-time MIFC Defensive Player of the Year and two-time MIFC Defensive Lineman of the Year, also ranks in a tie for ninth on AU's all-time rolls in career tackles with 366.
Fourteen players and two coaches will be selected for the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame class.
For the complete list of names on the 2016 ballot with bios, go to http://www.footballfoundation.org/tabid/567/Article/55305/2016-College-Football-Hall-of-Fame-Ballot-Released.aspx.