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Former Towson kicker-punter Sean Landeta nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

Former Towson State kicker-punter Sean Landeta has been placed on the 2021 National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame ballot as a divisional candidate, announced by the foundation Tuesday.

The Loch Raven High School graduate is part of a group including 78 players and seven coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 99 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks. Landeta was on this ballot last season as well. The 2021 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be announced early next year.

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Landeta, a Towson Athletics Hall of Fame member, was one of the top special teams players in college football. He is a member of several Halls of Fame, including the Division II College Football Hall of Fame, the State of Maryland Sports Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Landeta played for the Tigers from 1979 to 1982, becoming the first punter to be a member of the Associated Press College Division All-America Team in 1982. He was also selected as an NCAA Division II Kodak All-American by the America Football Coaches Association that same year. He was a three-time first-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference honoree, leading the NCAA in each punting and field goals in the same year in 1980.

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He holds the Towson records with 225 career punts, 9452 punting yards and a career average of 42 yards per punt. He also converted 26 career field goals and was 70-for-74 (94.6%) on extra-point attempts.

Former Penn State receiver and current Ravens tight ends coach Bobby Engram, Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker and former Ravens star Ray Lewis and former Ravens linebackers coach and current Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio are also among the candidates. Engram won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver in 1994, Lewis was a first-team All-American and Butkus Award runner-up in 1995 at the University of Miami and Del Rio was a first-team All-American at Southern California in 1984. Former Ravens offensive coordinator Matt Cavanagh, a quarterback at Pittsburgh, also is among the nominees as is former Morgan State coach Eddie Hurt.

The NFF was founded in 1947 and, according to its mission statement, is non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. Its programs include the College Football Hall of Fame.

More college football: Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo is among a group of coaches, students and administrators named to serve on the American Athletic Conference’s Racial Equality Action Group.

Women’s college lacrosse: Brindi Griffin, who has helped lead Maryland to two national championships, three final fours and five conference championships, announced that she will return to the Terps for the 2021 season, taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA for student-athletes that had their season impacted by COVID-19.

Griffin,a McDonogh graduate, was a 2020 team captain and stars on Maryland’s attack, tallying 97 goals, 54 assists, 151 points and 54 groundballs over her three and a half seasons. The 2020 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year was key in Maryland’s 2019 National Championship run, scoring nine goals in the Final Four en route to a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament Team.

The Edgewater native was named an Inside Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American in 2020 after she led the Terps with 15 goals over the shortened six game season. Griffin will come back to a 2021 team that returns 10 of 12 starters from 2020 and two-time All-American Lizzie Colson who redshirted this past season back in the fold.

Women’s college basketball: Marlena Tremba was named to new head coach Tim Taylor’s staff at the Naval Academy. A four-year standout at William & Mary, Tremba most recently was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Chatham University in Pittsburgh.

Navy earlier announced that Jimmy Colloton will be returning as an assistant coach for his seventh season in Annapolis.

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