In the late 1980s Terrell Buckley was a standout high school football player at Pascagoula High School. He played on offense and defense, but cornerback was where he shined. He also excelled on special teams, an exception open field runner. He was a member of the Pascagoula Panthers 1987 State Championship team that was quarterbacked by Shane Matthews who went on to a long career in the NFL as a backup.
On Monday Buckley was listed on the 2018 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
In 1991 as a member of the Florida State Seminoles, Buckley was the Jim Thorpe award after setting a school-record 12 interceptions. He was a three-year standout and still holds the career record for interceptions with 21 and 501 career interception return yards, which is still an NCAA record.
In 38 years of covering high school football on the coast, I rate Buckley as the most exciting all-around player. He could take a punt return or kickoff return and take it to the house with cat-quick moves and blazing speed.
The announcement of the 2018 Class for the College Football Hall of Fame will be made on January 8, 2018.
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