JSU athletics to induct 23 members into Jackson State Hall of Fame

Jackson State athletics will enshrine 23 standouts into the Jackson State Hall of Fame at 6 p.m., Friday at the Walter Payton Center Center. The ceremony will include members of the 2020 and 2021 classes.

Here are the latest inductees:

Class of 2020

Paul Cooper, baseball: Cooper helped lead the Tigers to a 42-16 record and a SWAC championship in 1977. He batted .278 with 31 RBIs. Cooper was drafted in the ninth round by the Houston Astros in 1977.

Clinton "Trey" Johnson, men's basketball: The Jackson native was named SWAC Player of the Year in 2007 after averaging 27.1 points per game as a senior. Johnson went on to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, and the 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 McJulien, football: McJulien was the first JSU punter to kick in the NFL. in 1985, McJulien punted 66 times for 2,599 yards for an average of 39.4 yards per punt. He went on to play for the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams.

Carolyn Mitchell-Wilson, women's basketball: Mitchell-Wilson had four winning seasons from 1980-84 and led the team in steals during the 1981-82 season.

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 champion for JSU athletics was the founder of Porter's Insurance Inc. and was once described as one of the truest supporters of Jackson State.

Roosevelt Reynolds Jr., track and field: Reynolds Jr. received All-SWAC honors and All-NAIA Honors in 1975-77. He helped JSU went the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championship for three consecutive years.

Gloster Richardson, football: The two-time All-SWAC selection was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFL Draft. Richardson was a part of the Chiefs’ 1970 Super Bowl IV championship.

Mark Rowe, track and field: Rowe set an indoor record in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:01.6 in 1983.

Jimmy Smith Jr., football: Smith finished his college 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 a sack as a senior and was named SWAC Defensive Player of the Year in 1985. Walker was drafted in the second round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 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 went on to coach at Provine for 20 years and finished with a 167-98 record.

Carmen Jackson, track and field: During her career at JSU (1975-79), Jackson was the co-holder of the SWAC 60-yard dash record. She was named National Coach of the Year in 2015 at Miami Northwestern High School by the NHSCA.

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

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James McBride, baseball: McBride helped lead the Tigers to three consecutive SWAC championships from 1975-78.

Dave Melton, track and field: Melton competed in the 800 meters, 1500 meters, steeplechase, and cross-country events. He was a part of several JSU NAIA Track and Field National Championships.

Carl Roberts, football: The three-year starter went on to be an offensive line coach at Grambling State and Texas Southern.

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

Gwen Washington, contributor: Washington was one of the founding members of the JSU Football Booster Club during James Carson's tenure as football coach.

Larry Werts, 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 Associated Press in 1980.

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