Keith Byars, 1983, OSU football

Keith Byars, David Fulcher among locals on College Football HOF ballot

The 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot includes a pair of Dayton natives and several former Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Bengals.

Two of the four Ohio State representatives are from the Gem City: Running back Keith Byars was a star at Roth High School while offensive lineman Chris Ward is a Patterson graduate.

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Running back Jim Otis (Celina) is also on the ballot along with Rudy Hubbard, who was a player and an assistant coach at Ohio State.

Hubbard became the first African-American assistant football coach at Ohio State when Woody Hayes hired him in 1968 and is nominated for his time as head coach at Florida A&M.

Also on the ballot are former Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs David Fulcher (Arizona State), Rickey Dixon (Oklahoma) and Ashley Ambrose (Mississippi Valley State) along with linebacker Bill Bergey (Arkansas State).

USC defensive back Mark Carrier, a former Bengals assistant coach, is also on the ballot.

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