JSU is set to induct 23 members into the Jackson State Hall of Fame

Jackson State athletics will induct 23 outstanding athletes into the Jackson State Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Friday in the Walter Payton Center. This ceremony will include members of the classes of 2020 and 2021.

Here are the most recent inductees:

Class of 2020

Paul Cooper, Baseball: Cooper helped lead the Tigers to a 42-16 record and the 1977 SWAC Championship. He hit .278 with 31 RBI. Cooper was drafted in the ninth round by the Houston Astros in 1977.

Clinton “Terry” Johnson, Men’s Basketball: The Jackson native was named SWAC Player of the Year in 2007 after averaging 27.1 points per game. Johnson went on to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Hornets.

Derek McClanahan, Football: McClanahan was a cornerback from 1979-82 and was named to the All-SWAC team in 1979. He had 33 tackles and two interceptions in 1982.

Paul McGullin, Football: McGolin was the first JSU player to punt in the NFL. In 1985, McGillin punted 66 times for 2,599 yards, averaging 39.4 yards per punt. He went on to play for the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams.

Caroline Mitchell Wilson, women’s basketball: Mitchell Wilson had four championship seasons from 1980-84 and led the team in steals in 1981-82.

Ricky Patton, Football: Patton was at his best in 1975 when he led the SWAC with 800 yards and three TDs and was named All-SWAC and All-American. He went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers.

Andrew Pennington, Coach: Pennington had a 171-162 record as the women’s basketball coach from 1989-2001. He was named SWAC Coach of the Year in 1994-95 and 1995-96.

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Richard Porter, Contributor: The JSU Athletics champion was the founder of Porters Insurance and was once described as one of Jackson State’s true sponsors.

Roosevelt Reynolds Jr., track and field: Reynolds Jr. earned All-SWAC honors and All-NAIA honors in 1975-77. He helped JSU to three consecutive NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Gloucester Richardson, Football: The two-time All-SWAC selection was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFL draft. Richardson was part of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl IV championship run in 1970.

Mark Rowe, Athletics: Rowe set the indoor record in the 500 meters in 1983 with a time of 1:01.6.

Jimmy Smith Jr., Football: Smith finished his collegiate career with 110 catches for 2,073 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was selected in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft.

Jackie Walker, Football: Walker had 131 tackles, 12 pass breakups, and one sack as a senior and was named SWAC Defensive Player of the Year in 1985. Walker was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 1986 draft.

Class of 2021

Otis Brown, football: Brown rushed for 1,390 yards and 10 touchdowns from 1979-83.

Willie Collins, Football: The JSU offensive guard coached at Provine for 20 years, finishing with a 167-98 record.

Carmen Jackson, track and field: During his career at JSU (1975-1979), Jackson was one of the SWAC 60-yard rushing records. In 2015, he was named National Coach of the Year by the NHSCA at Miami Northwest High School.

Jenna Johnson, women’s basketball: Johnson is a member of JSU’s 1,000-point club and is in the top ten in program history in blocked shots, free throw percentage and three-point field goals.

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James McBride, Baseball: McBride led the Tigers to three consecutive SWAC championships from 1975-78.

Dave Melton, Athletics: Melton competed in the 800m, 1500m, sprinter, and cross country. He was a part of multiple JSU NAIA track and field national championships.

Carl Roberts, Football: The three-year starter served as the offensive line coach at Grambling State and Texas Southern.

Alphonso Smith, men’s basketball: Smith averaged 20.2 points per game as a senior in 1977. Smith was a fifth-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1977.

Gwen Washington, Associate: Washington was a founding member of the JSU Football Booster Club during James Carson’s tenure as head football coach.

Larry Wertz, Football: The standout linebacker had 350 tackles and four interceptions in his career from 1976-80. He was named an All-American by Kodak and the Associated Press in 1980.

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