Football notes: Nebraska’s Eric Crouch, Larry Jacobson and Zach Wiegert on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Football notes: Nebraska’s Eric Crouch, Larry Jacobson and Zach Wiegert on College Football Hall of Fame ballot
Nebraska Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch finished his college career with 4,481 passing yards, 3,434 rushing yards and 84 combined touchdowns. (World-Herald News Service)

Former Huskers Eric Crouch, Larry Jacobson and Zach Wiegert are on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Crouch, a Millard North graduate and the 2001 Heisman Trophy winner, finished his career as the NCAA record holder for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. His teams went 42-9, including a trip to the 2001 national championship. Crouch is ranked No. 30 on The Nebraska 100. This is Crouch’s eighth consecutive appearance on the ballot.

Jacobson, a new addition to the ballot, was part of back-to-back national championship teams. The Huskers went 33-2-1 during his career and claimed three consecutive conference titles. His Outland Trophy was the first major award won by a Nebraska player. His No. 75 jersey is retired by NU.

Wiegert, a unanimous All-American and the Outland Trophy winner in 1994, led Nebraska to conference titles in each of his seasons. The Fremont Bergan graduate is ranked No. 59 on The Nebraska 100. Wiegert is making his fourth ballot appearance.

Also on the list is former Kearney coach Allen Zikmund, an NAIA Hall of Fame member, who won 11 conference titles from 1955 to 1971.

The announcement of the 2019 class will be made Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, California.

Former UNO star Zach Miller gets one-year deal with Chicago Bears after leg injury

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have re-signed veteran tight end Zach Miller to a one-year contract, clearing the way for him to return from a gruesome injury last October that nearly cost him his left leg.

Miller tore an artery while dislocating his knee trying to make a touchdown catch during the Week 8 game at New Orleans. He has undergone at least eight surgeries since then, but was walking on his own by late December.

Miller has spent the past three seasons with the Bears, starting 28 of 33 games while making 101 receptions for 1,161 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also spent three seasons with Jacksonville.

The Bears have signed versatile Trey Burton at tight end. He threw a touchdown to quarterback Nick Foles in Philadelphia’s Super Bowl win over New England.