Former University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch was among three former athletes or coaches with ties to the commonwealth whose names appear on the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.
The ballot, which was announced Thursday, includes 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 98 players and 31 coaches from the lower-division ranks.
Former Eastern Kentucky tailback Markus Thomas and ex-Western Kentucky head coach Jimmy Feix are also on the 2018 ballot.
The Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. The ballot was emailed Thursday to the more than 12,000 members of the National Football Foundation and current Hall of Famers. Their votes will be submitted to the NFF’s honors court, which will select the class.
Couch first appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2014. If voted in, Couch would become Kentucky’s sixth College Football Hall of Famer, joining Bob Gain, Steve Meilinger, Lou Michaels, Babe Parilli and Art Still.
Couch, who was born in Hyden and played high school football at Leslie County, played for UK from 1996-98. An All-America selection after his junior season, Couch became the No. 1 pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
Couch, a Heisman Trophy finalist, set several school records. He completed 795 of 1,184 career passes for 8,435 yards and 74 touchdowns.
Thomas finished his EKU career ranked third all-time in Football Championship Subdivision history in rushing (5,149 yards) and scored 52 career touchdowns. He was a two-time Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year and led the Colonels to two conference titles.
Feix is the winningest coach in WKU history. He was named Kodak College Coach of the Year for Division II in 1973 and 1975. His teams won or shared six conference titles, and Feix was a three-time conference Coach of the Year (1973, 1978, 1980.