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    Darnell Autry
    Darnell Autry

    Contemporary Era:
    2007 Inductee



    One of the names synonymous with Northwestern's magical football run in the mid-1990s was running back Darnell Autry. A Heisman Trophy finalist in 1995 and a Doak Walker Award finalist in 1996, Autry ran for 3,000-plus yards in 1995 and '96, while leading the Wildcats to back-to-back Big Ten championships, the school's first titles since 1931.

    Prior to beginning a professional career in 1997, Autry left Northwestern as the school's all-time leading rusher 3,793 yards and its all-time leading scorer (222 points). He rushed for a career-best 240 yards vs. Iowa in 1996. Autry is also one of several players in NU history to rush for four touchdowns in a game. His 1,785 rushing yards in 1995 (a Big Ten-best that year) and his 1,452 yards in 1996 are the second and third best rushing seasons in school history.

    In 1996, Autry was named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. He earned second-team All-American honors from Football News. Autry was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection in both 1995 and '96.

    Autry was named the Wildcats' MVP in 1995 when Northwestern went 10-1 and won the outright Big Ten title with a perfect 8-0 record. He helped Northwestern make its first Rose Bowl appearance since the 1948 season.