Former Alabama linebacker E.J. Junior is among 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision placed on the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot, the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Football Hall of Fame announced today.

The SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 1980, Junior earned consensus All-America honors and was a Lombardi Award finalist in his final campaign for the Tide. A member of Bear Bryant’s final two national championship squads, Junior ended his career with 39.0 tackles for loss, which was the Alabama career record at that time.

To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams, played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior, played within the last 50 years and cannot currently be playing professional football.

The announcement of the 2018 Class will be made Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. The city is serving as the host for the CFP National Championship, which will be played later that day at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The class will officially be inducted during the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 4, 2018, at the New York Hilton Midtown. The inductees will be permanently enshrined at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta later that December and honored on the field during the 14th Annual National Hall of Fame Salute during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. They will also be honored at their respective schools at an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the 2018 season.