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Mike Doss joins James Laurinaitis, Chris Ward on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Safety Mike Doss will be on the ballot for the first time while linebacker James Laurinaitis is in his second year and offensive lineman Chris Ward his fourth.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Three former Ohio State Buckeyes are among the nominees on the ballot this year for the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

Safety Mike Doss will be on the ballot for the first time while linebacker James Laurinaitis is in his second year and offensive lineman Chris Ward his fourth.

Doss and Laurinaitis are two of eight players at Ohio State to earn first-team All-American honors three times in their careers.

Doss was named the 2002 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

In his career, Laurinaitis won both the Bronko Nagurski Award and Butkkus Award and was twice the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year.

Ward was a two-time All-American and a first-time All-Big Ten selection in his three years as a starter.

Each school is allowed a maximum of three nominees on the national ballot. Minimum requirements include earning first-team All-American honors during his career, being at least 10 years removed from his college career and no longer actively playing professionally.

A total of 26 Buckeyes have been selected for the College Football Hall of Fame. Recently running back Keith Byars was announced as part of the Class of 2020.