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BYU Quarterbacks online photo gallery Ty Detmer and Cougar cast get the word that he's won the most coveted award in college football. (Associated Press) Search words: Brigham Young University

Former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer is just hours away from officially being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Tuesday morning at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, Detmer was introduced as one of 17 players and coaches who will be enshrined in the evening.

"I'm definitely very proud to be here," Detmer said. "To me, there's nothing better than college football and all that goes along with it. I'm proud to be here and accept this award. It's really representative of the team you played on and the coaches you played for. I'm proud to be representing that group."

Detmer, the 1990 Heisman Trophy winner, set 59 NCAA records during his time at BYU. He is now a high school coach in Texas.

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The 2012 Hall of Fame class also features Charles Alexander (LSU), Otis Armstrong (Purdue), Steve Bartkowski (California), Hal Bedsole (Southern California), Dave Casper (Notre Dame), Tommy Kramer (Rice), Art Monk (Syracuse), Greg Myers (Colorado State), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), Gabe Rivera (Texas Tech), Mark Simoneau (Kansas State), Scott Thomas (Air Force), John Wooten (Colorado), and coaches Phillip Fullmer (Tennessee), Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State, Miami [Fla.]) and R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M).

Detmer is the seventh Cougar to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, along with legendary coach LaVell Edwards; quarterbacks Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon and Steve Young; and tight end Gordon Hudson.