When one thinks of Cornerbacks at Florida State, Prime Time Deion Sanders is going to be the first name to be mentioned. But, Terrell Buckley should be right up there with Neon Deion. He was a great one.
A 2 time All State player at the 5A level in Mississippi, the Pascagoula native was a ball hawk like few others. As a high school player, Buckley had an incredible 30 interceptions. During his senior season alone, he had 10 picks. The incredible thing about his 10 interceptions was he returned 7 of
them for Touchdowns. That speaks volumes about his talent and his speed. It was said coming out of high school that Buckley could run a 4.2 or a 4.3 40 yard dash. That was obviously hand timed and would be hard to prove, but he was incredibly fast.
Buckley was also a gifted punt return guy and returned 4 for Touchdowns while averaging over 30 per return. Uh, I would not punt the ball anywhere near a guy this dangerous.
Not only a great Defensive Back and return man, Buckley was also a great field goal and punt blocker with his outstanding speed off the corner.
Deion Sanders was a two time consensus All American at Florida State in 1987 and 1988. Then, he was a 1st round pick by the Atlanta Falcons who had the 5th pick in round 1.
Buckley and Sanders did not overlap with Buckley coming in with the 1989 recruiting class. Just when Seminole opponents thought it was safe to go back into the forest with Sanders gone, along came Terrell Buckley.
Buckley was not listed as a starter as a true freshman, but he played enough to grab 3 interceptions which was second only to Leroy Butler who had 7. Buckley took over for Prime Time as main punt returner and averaged over 14 yards per return and scored a Touchdown.
Buckley also finished his freshman season with 24 total tackles.
When the 1990 season came, the talented Mr Buckley was now an All American with Florida State right in the middle of their Dynasty period. FSU Dynasty
While still averaging over 14 yards per punt return in 1990, Buckley doubled his scores with 2
Touchdown returns. He also doubled his interceptions with 6 total of which he returned 2 for Touchowns.
As a Cornerback and a return man, Buckley was 5th on the team in Touchdowns on a talented 10-2 squad.
Buckley was only 10th on the team in tackles with 43, but he was a shut down Corner, not the guy that should lead the team in tackles.
Terrell Buckley was a unanimous All American in 1991.
Buckley did not return any punts for scores in 1991 and his average dropped to 9.4 yards per return. But, then he led the nation in interceptions with 12 and he returned 2 of those for Touchdowns. This guy was just dangerous with the ball in his hands no matter how he got the ball.
From his Cornerback position, Buckley registered 36 total tackles during his junior season.
Buckley finished 7th in the Heisman race as a junior in 1991 after breaking the Florida State career interception record with 21. He also broke the record for interception return yardage, plus returns for Touchdowns.
It wasn’t quite as common back in those years, but Buckley declared for the NFL after his junior season.
The Green Bay Packers had the 5th pick of the 1st round of the draft and they selected Terrell
Buckley played for a number of teams and he intercepted 50 passes in 14 seasons. After football, Buckley got into coaching at the collegiate level and he started off for Bobby Bowden back at Florida State as a Graduate Assistant.
His first job as a member of a staff was at Toledo for Terry Bowden, the son of Bobby. He spent two seasons as the Cornerbacks coach at Toledo, and then two as the same position coach at Louisville. Before the 2016 season, Terrell Buckley got to go home to Mississippi State when he landed the job as the Safeties coach at Mississippi State.
Terrell Buckley was one of the better Cornerbacks to ever play the game at every level. Quarterbacks should have known to throw away from him and punters should have booted the ball away from him. He was a game breaker.