IRVING, Texas – Former All-American cornerback, NFL veteran and current Mississippi State cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley was one of 13 players and two standout coaches elected to the 2019 induction class for the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation announced on Monday.
The inductees were selected from the national ballot of 76 All-America players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and the 100 players and 32 coaches from the divisional ranks.
The announcement of the 2019 Class was made live on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” in Santa Clara, California, the site of the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Buckley was a two-year starter and three-year letterman as a cornerback and return specialist at Florida State from 1989-91. In 2003, he was inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame and his jersey No. 27 retired in 2011. Buckley earned consensus All-America honors as a junior in 1991 and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. That same season, he finished seventh in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.
Buckley left FSU as the program’s all-time leader in interceptions (21) and interception return yards (501). He tied school records for touchdowns off interceptions (4) and punt returns (3). His interception return yardage still stands as an NCAA FBS record.
Following his FSU career, he was taken fifth overall in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers to start a 14-year NFL career that included 50 interceptions and a win in Super Bowl XXXVI with the New England Patriots.
A Mississippian through and through, Buckley was one of the most dynamic players in Mississippi history, guiding Pascagoula High School to a 1987 football state championship and undefeated season. He was inducted into the Pascagoula Athletic Hall of Fame in June. Buckley was born in Columbia, Mississippi, and spent most of his childhood in Gautier.
In 2016, Buckley returned to his home state as an assistant coach at MSU. He recently finished his third season overseeing a very talented group of cornerbacks that did not allow a touchdown during the regular season.
Buckley’s 2018 cornerbacks unit was part of arguably the most dominant defense in MSU history and in all of college football this season. The Bulldogs led the country in scoring defense during the regular season (12.0), and they finished the year allowing just 13.2 points per game which currently ranks second. State currently leads the nation in total defense (263.1) and fewest touchdowns allowed (15).
To be eligible for College Football Hall of Fame consideration, players must have received first-team All-America honors and completed their final collegiate season between 10 and 50 years ago. Additionally, the committee weighs a player’s post-football record as a citizen and gives consideration to academic honors.
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