Matt Leinart, Mark Carrier and Dennis Thurman on Hall of Fame ballot

Matt Leinart, Mark Carrier and Dennis Thurman on Hall of Fame ballot

Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, Thorpe Award winner Mark Carrier and All-American Dennis Thurman of USC are on the ballot for the 2016 class of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Leinart, a quarterback, led USC to national titles in 2003 and 2004 and to the Bowl Championship Series title game in the 2005 season. He won the Heisman in 2004, and finished third in balloting behind teammate Reggie Bush and Texas quarterback Vince Young in 2005.

Carrier, a safety, played for the Trojans from 1987-89. He won the Thorpe Award, presented annually to college football’s top defensive back, in 1989 and remains the only USC player to do so.

Thurman was a two-time All-American safety who played for the Trojans from 1974-77 and was a member of the 1974 national championship team.

Ken Norton, an All-American linebacker for UCLA who coached at USC under Pete Carroll from 2004-09, also is among 76 former players on the ballot from Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

The 2016 class will be announced Jan. 8, 2016 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Induction will be Dec. 6, 2016 in New York.

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