Berry, Robinson Up for Honors

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Byline: The Register-Guard

Former Oregon quarterback Bob Berry along with John Robinson, who played for the Ducks and then served as an assistant coach, are among 83 nominees listed Monday for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Also on this year's ballot is former Oregon State defensive tackle Jess Lewis.

The ballot was mailed this week to the more than 12,000 National Football Foundation members and current College Hall of Fame members, whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF's Honors Court, which deliberates and selects the class.

Only 829 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, along with 178 coaches.

Berry guided the Ducks to three consecutive winning seasons, including a Sun Bowl appearance in 1963. He was the first Oregon quarterback to surpass 1,000 yards in two different seasons and his 16 touchdown passes in 1963 and 39 career touchdowns passes were school records for 20 years.

After playing and coaching at Oregon, Robinson went on to become the head coach at USC, first from 1976 through 1982 and then from 1993 through `97. He was also the head coach at Nevada-Las Vegas from 1999 through 2004.

Robinson led USC to the 1978 national championship and three Pac-10 titles. He ranks first in highest bowl-winning percentage (.890) among coaches with at least five bowl appearances and was the 1979 national coach of the year, two-time Pac-10 coach of the year and the 2000 Mountain West coach of the year.

Lewis was a first team all-American in 1967, then missed the 1968 season while competing in wrestling at the Olympic Games in Mexico City. After his an all-conference season in 1969, Lewis played in the College All-Star Game, East-West Shrine Game and Coaches All-America Bowl.

This year's inductees will be announced on May 1 and inducted at The National Football Foundation's awards dinner on Dec. 9,

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