MVSU’s Totten Enshrined In College Football Hall Of Fame

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: August 15, 2005

ITTA BENA, Ms. — Mississippi Valley State University head football coach and former standout quarterback Willie Totten was enshrined in The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame last weekend in a ceremony in South Bend, IN.

Totten, who was selected earlier this spring for enshrinement into the 10th Divisional Class since the election process expanded in 1996 to include players from all divisions, joined 19 other former players and coaches that include names such as Tony Casillas, Andre Ware, George Welsh and Jack Tatum.

“It’s always good to know that people remember your accomplishments when you played, it’s been twenty years. It’s just remarkable,” said Totten. “To be considered by the NCAA College Football Hall of Fame lets me know that I really accomplished something as a student-athlete, it makes me feel very, very good.” During his playing days at Valley, Totten first earned All-American status in 1984 after leading the nation and setting the all-time single-season touchdown passes mark (56) for all divisions. The four time All-Conference selectee, is only the eleventh member of the SWAC to receive this honor.

With 139 career touchdown passes, Totten is Division I-AA’s all-time leader and ranks second in career passing yards (12,711) and single-season passing yards (4,557 in 1984). Owning numerous MVSU passing and total offense records, he twice led the nation in passing efficiency.

Four times in Totten’s career he passed for more than 530 yards in a single game, including a 599-yard performance in 1984 vs. Prairie View – the third best single-game performance in Division I-AA history.

“Valley gave me my start and anytime you can come back and have Mississippi Valley receive national recognition its good,” said Totten. “I love Mississippi Valley. I will always be a part of Mississippi Valley and Mississippi Valley will always be a part of me.”