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Pascagoula, FSU football legend Buckley up for College Hall of Fame

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 Florida State football player Terrell Buckley poses with his Jim Thorpe award in King's Mill, Ohio, Dec. 7, 1991.
DAVID KOHL/ASSOCIATED PRESS Florida State football player Terrell Buckley poses with his Jim Thorpe award in King's Mill, Ohio, Dec. 7, 1991. AP

Former Pascagoula football star Terrell Buckley was named Wednesday as a candidate for the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.

Buckley, who played his college football at Florida State, is currently the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Mississippi State.

As an FSU standout, Buckley was a unanimous first team All-American and the winner of the Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive back, in 1991. He led the nation in interceptions (12) and return yards (501) as a junior before entering the NFL Draft.

Buckley still ranks as the Seminoles' all-time leader in career interceptions (21). He returned four interceptions and three punts for touchdowns in his career.

Buckley was the fifth overall selection in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He also played for Miami, Denver, New England, the New York Jets and New York Giants during his NFL career.

Buckley was a member of the 1987 state championship football team at Pascagoula. He picked off 13 passes that season as a junior.

Former Mississippi Valley State linebacker Vincent Brown was also listed among the Divisional Player candidates on Wednesday. He was a first team All-American in 1987. He set an NCAA all-divisions record with 570 career tackles.

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