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The Jackson State Tigers are the college football team representing the Jackson State University. The Tigers play in NCAA Division I Football Championship as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Jackson State Tigers football
2019 Jackson State Tigers football team
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First season1911
Athletic directorAshley Robinson
Head coachJohn Hendrick
1 season, 2–1 (.667)
StadiumMississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 60,492)
Field surfaceNatural grass
LocationJackson, Mississippi
ConferenceSWAC (Since 1958)
DivisionEast
All-time record477–331–22 (.588)
Bowl record2–1 (.667)
Claimed nat'l titles3 (Black College National Championships 1962, 1985, 1996)
Conference titles16 (SWAC: Championships 1961, 1962, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982,1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2007)
Division titles7 (SWAC East: 1999, 2007, 2008, 2010*, 2011*, 2012, 2013)
ColorsBlue, White, and Gray[1]
              
Fight songCheer Boys for Jackson
Marching bandSonic Boom of the South
Websitewww.gojsutigers.com

HistoryEdit

The Jackson State Tigers football program is one of the most storied in the nation among HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Shortly after becoming the school’s first African American president, Dr. Zachary T. Hubert began to develop Jackson College’s athletics program. The football team was first organized in 1911 by Coach John Pinkett. Jubie Bragg served as the team's second coach from 1913 to 1915. Other coaches who helped to shape the program in its early days include Earnest Richards, Belford Lawson Jr., Charles Clark, John H Young.

Following World War II, T.B. Ellis became coach and athletics director at Jackson College. Ellis only served as football coach from 1946-1951, but his impact on JSU's overall athletics program and institution is far-reaching. John Merritt was named head coach in 1952, ushering in the era that would elevate Jackson College into a championship program.

After joining the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in 1958, the program exploded into national prominence. Since 1958, Jackson State has won 26% of the conference’s football championships (16) and is a perennial powerhouse program among HBCUs. The Tigers have produced 93 pro football players and 4 NFL Hall of Famers - Only 13 college football teams (at any level) have produced more NFL Hall of Famers than JSU.

ClassificationsEdit

  • 1958–1969: NAIA
  • 1970–1982: NAIA Division I
  • 1956–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1973–1976: NCAA Division II
  • 1977: NCAA Division I
  • 1978–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference membershipsEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

National ChampionshipsEdit

Conference ChampionshipsEdit

Jackson State has earned a total of eighteen (18) conference championships and has won the SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) title sixteen (16 ) times since joining in 1958. Conference championships include:

Year Coach Conference Overall record Conference record
1920 Earnest Richards Mississippi-Louisiana Conference Champions
1957 John Merritt Midwest Athletic Association 6-2 6-2
1961 John Merritt Southwestern Athletic Conference 9–2 6–1
1962 John Merritt Southwestern Athletic Conference 10–1 6–1
1972 Robert "Bob" Hill Southwestern Athletic Conference 8–3 5–1
1973 Robert "Bob" Hill Southwestern Athletic Conference 9–2 5–1
1975 Robert "Bob" Hill Southwestern Athletic Conference 7–3 4–2
1980 W. C. Gorden Southwestern Athletic Conference 8–3 5–1
1981 W. C. Gorden Southwestern Athletic Conference 9–2–1 5–1
1982 W. C. Gorden Southwestern Athletic Conference 9–3 6–0
1985 W. C. Gorden Southwestern Athletic Conference 8–3 6–1
1986 W. C. Gorden Southwestern Athletic Conference 9–3 7–0
1987 W. C. Gorden Southwestern Athletic Conference 8–3–1 7–0
1988 W. C. Gorden Southwestern Athletic Conference 8–1–2 7–0
1990 W. C. Gorden Southwestern Athletic Conference 8–4 5–1
1995 James Carson Southwestern Athletic Conference 9–3 7–0
1996 James Carson Southwestern Athletic Conference 10–2 6–1
2007 Rick Comegy Southwestern Athletic Conference 8–4 8–2

Division championshipsEdit

The Southwestern Athletic Conference instituted a divisional system for football in 1999. Jackson State plays in the Eastern Division of the conference along with Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Alcorn State, and Mississippi Valley. The SWAC Western Division includes the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Grambling, Prairie View A&M, Southern U, and Texas Southern. Each season, the SWAC East and SWAC West divisional champions face off in the SWAC Championship Game. Jackson State University claims seven (7) SWAC Eastern Division Championships: 1999, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and has won five (5) outright to advance to the title game.

Year Coach Division Overall record Conference record Opponent CG result
1999 Robert "Judge" Hughes SWAC East 8–4 8–2 Southern L 30–31
2007 Rick Comegy SWAC East 8–4 8–2 Grambling State W 42–31
2008 Rick Comegy SWAC East 7–5 6–1 Grambling State L 9–41
2010 Rick Comegy SWAC East 8–3 6–3 N/A lost tiebreaker to Alabama State
2011 Rick Comegy SWAC East 9–2 7–2 N/A lost tiebreaker to Alabama A&M ^
2012 Rick Comegy SWAC East 7–5 7–2 Arkansas–Pine Bluff L 21–24OT
2013 Rick Comegy SWAC East 8–4 8–1 Southern L 27–342OT (win vacated by Southern^)

† Co–champions

^ win vacated by Southern University due to NCAA violations

NCAA I-AA/FCS Playoff ResultsEdit

The Tigers have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs 12 times with a record of 0–12.

Year Round Opponent Result
1978 Semifinals Florida A&M L 10–15
1981 Quarterfinals Boise State L 7–19
1982 First Round Eastern Illinois L 13–16
1985 First Round Georgia Southern L 0–27
1986 First Round Tennessee State L 23–32
1987 First Round Arkansas State L 32–35
1988 First Round Stephen F. Austin L 0–24
1989 First Round Montana L 7–48
1990 First Round Middle Tennessee L 7–28
1995 First Round Marshall L 8–38
1996 First Round William & Mary L 6–45
1997 First Round Western Illinois L 24–31

Bowl gamesEdit

Season Bowl Location Opponent Result
1961 Orange Blossom Classic Miami, FL Florida A&M L 8–14
1962 Orange Blossom Classic Miami, FL Florida A&M W 22–6
1971 Azalea Bowl Mobile, AL Alabama A&M W 40–21

Head coachesEdit

Tenure Coach Overall record Conference record Pct.
1911–1912 John R. Pinkett 0–3 .000
1913–1915 Jubie Bragg 3–4 .429
1920, 1923 Earnest Richards 3–3 .500
1924–1928 Belford Lawson Jr. 2–8 .200
1929–1936 Charles Clark 6–24–5 .243
1937–1939 John H. Young 3–5–2 .400
1939–1951 T. B. Ellis 32–24–1 .570
1952–1962 John Merritt 63–37–5 20–8 .624
1963 Edward Clemons 4–5 2–5 .444
1964–1968 Rod Paige 25–19–2 15–18–2 .565
1969–1970 Ulysses S. McPherson 6–13 2–11 .316
1971–1975 Robert "Bob" Hill 40–12–1 22–7–1 .764
1976–1991 W. C. Gorden 119–48–5 79–21 .706
1992–1998 James "Big Daddy" Carson 54–25–1 38–12–1 .681
1999–2002 Robert "Judge" Hughes 32–13 20–5 .711
2003–2005 James Bell 8–23 7–16 .258
2006–2013 Rick Comegy 55–35 49–19 .611
2014–2015 Harold Jackson 6–11 4–8 .353
2016–2018 Tony Hughes 9–20 8–12 .310
2018– John Hendrick 2–2 2–1 .667

Coach of the Year HonorsEdit

Year Coach Honor
1961 John Merritt SWAC Coach of the Year
1961 John Merritt National Black College Coach of the Year
1962 John Merritt SWAC Coach of the Year
1962 John Merritt National Black College Coach of the Year
1971 Robert "Bob" Hill SWAC Coach of the Year
1982 W. C. Gorden SWAC Coach of the Year
1985 W.C. Gorden SWAC Coach of the Year
1986 W.C. Gorden SWAC Coach of the Year
1987 W.C. Gorden SWAC Coach of the Year
1988 W.C. Gorden SWAC Coach of the Year
1995 James Carson SWAC Coach of the Year
2007 Rick Comegy SWAC Coach of the Year

All-Time SWAC RecordsEdit

This table reflects the results of SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) match-ups when both Jackson State and its opponent were members of the conference. Jackson State began SWAC play in 1958. Examples of excluded results are Grambling 1937-1957, Alabama A&M contest (1948-1995), and 1910s/1950s contests vs Alabama State. See the College Football Data Warehouse for more complete series records.

Updated through December 31, 2018 of the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season[2].

Team SWAC
Wins
SWAC
Losses
SWAC
Ties
Winning
Percentage
Streak First SWAC
Meeting
Last
Meeting
Alabama A&M Bulldogs 10 10 0 .500 Lost 1 1999 2018
Alabama State Hornet 25 12 0 .676 Won 1 1982 2018
Alcorn State Braves 34 21 1 .616 Lost 1 1962 2018
UAPB Golden Lions 22 12 0 .647 Won 1 1959 2018
Grambling State Tigers 22 40 0 .355 Lost 4 1958 2017
Mississippi Valley Delta Devils 45 5 1 .892 Won 4 1968 2018
Prairie View Panthers 38 14 2 .722 Won 1 1958 2018
Southern Jaguars 29 34 0 .460 Lost 6 1958 2018
Texas College 3 0 0 1.000 Won 3 1959 1961
Texas Southern Tigers 42 15 1 .733 Won 6 1958 2016
Wiley College Wildcats 10 1 0 .909 Won 1 1958 1968
258 164 5 .637

RivalriesEdit

During the early years of Jackson State’s football history, rivalries were established with in-State foes like Rust College and Tougaloo. Stillman College of Alabama was also a common opponent which brought excitement to games played at the Mississippi Fairgrounds and later at Alumni Field on the campus of Jackson State. Since then, JSU has formed several traditional rivalries with long-time foes.

"The Soul Bowl" - Jackson State vs. Alcorn State[3]

The Soul Bowl is an American college football rivalry between Jackson State and Alcorn State. Mississippi's two largest historically black colleges and universities have played over 80 times in the game dating back to the late 1920s. The game has carried the unofficial moniker "the Soul Bowl" since the late 1970s. has JSU holds a 45-36-2 lead in the series which has included some of the greatest names in college football. From 1993-2011, the game was dubbed the "Capital City Classic" and held in Jackson annually. The following series data reflects only those games played in the post-World War II era:

Jackson State victoriesAlcorn State victoriesVacated wins
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 1946 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Jackson State 6–0
2 1947 Vicksburg, MS (King Field) Alcorn State 13–0
3 1948 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Jackson State 12–0
4 1949 Vicksburg, MS (City Park) Alcorn State 6–0
5 1950 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Alcorn State 19–14
6 1951 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Alcorn State 18–6
7 1952 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Alcorn State 13–0
8 1953 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Jackson State 19–0
9 1954 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Alcorn State 19–13
10 1955 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Jackson State 14–0
11 1956 Lorman, MS Jackson State 37–20
12 1957 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Jackson State 40–0
13 1958 Lorman, MS Jackson State 69–6
14 1959 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Jackson State21–12
15 1960 Lorman, MS Jackson State 26–0
16 1961 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Jackson State28–20
17 1962 Lorman, MS Jackson State 34–0
18 1963 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Jackson State 22–13
19 1964 Lorman, MS Alcorn State 27–8
20 1965 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Jackson State21–6
21 1966 Lorman, MS Tie25–25
22 1967 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Jackson State7–6
23 1968 Lorman, MS Alcorn State 30–6
24 1969 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 50–8
25 1970 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 30–11
26 1971 Jackson, MS Jackson State 35–29
27 1972 Jackson, MS Jackson State 28–14
28 1973 Jackson, MS Jackson State 21–7
29 1974 Lorman, MS Jackson State 19–13
30 1975 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 12–6
31 1976 Lorman, MS Alcorn State 19–7
32 1977 Jackson, MS Jackson State 23–16
33 1978 Lorman, MS Jackson State36–8
34 1979 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 9–7
35 1980 Lorman, MS Jackson State 37–16
36 1981 Jackson, MS Jackson State13–10
37 1982 Lorman, MS Jackson State 20–16
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
38 1983 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 24–17
39 1984 Lorman, MS Alcorn State 17–13
40 1985 Jackson, MS Jackson State 31–20
41 1986 Jackson, MS Jackson State23–17
42 1987 Jackson, MS Jackson State 19–10
43 1988 Jackson, MS Jackson State7–0
44 1989 Jackson, MS Jackson State 23–20
45 1990 Jackson, MS Jackson State 38–20
46 1991 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 18–16
47 1992 Lorman, MS Alcorn State 42–35
48 1993 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 31–22
49 1994 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 52–34
50 1995 Jackson, MS Jackson State 28–7
51 1996 Jackson, MS Jackson State27–17
52 1997 Jackson, MS Jackson State 54–15
53 1998 Jackson, MS Jackson State 56–26
54 1999 Jackson, MS Jackson State 58–6
55 2000 Jackson, MS Jackson State 30–14
56 2001 Jackson, MS Jackson State52–28
57 2002 Jackson, MS Jackson State 34–20
58 2003 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 49–25
59 2004 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 16–14
60 2005 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 31–14
61 2006 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 32–31
62 2007 Jackson, MS Jackson State31–19
63 2008 Jackson, MS Jackson State 26–21
64 2009 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 14–7
65 2010 Jackson, MS Jackson State 27–14
66 2011 Jackson, MS Jackson State51–7
67 2012 Lorman, MS Jackson State 37–11
68 2013 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 48–33
69 2014 Lorman, MS Jackson State 34–31
70 2015 Jackson, MS Alcorn State 14–10
71 2016 Lorman, MS Alcorn State 35–16
72 2017 Jackson, MS Jackson State 7–3
73 2018 Lorman, MS Alcorn State 24–3
Series: Jackson State leads 44–28–1

(All games listed in Jackson, MS were played at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium unless otherwise noted)

"The BoomBox Classic" - Jackson State vs. Southern

Jackson State's annual meeting with rival Southern University, is informally called the "BoomBox Classic" - a portmanteau of the two schools' marching bands (Jackson State's "Sonic Boom of the South" and Southern's "Human Jukebox"). The heated contest between the teams is matched only by the battle between the celebrated marching bands. Southern holds a 33-29 lead in the series.

The Southern Heritage Classic - Jackson State vs. Tennessee State[4]

Jackson State's series with Tennessee State dates back more than 70 years. Most recently, the rivalry matchup has been held annually in Memphis, Tennessee and is officially named the Southern Heritage Classic. The following series data reflects only those games played in the post-World War II era:

Jackson State victoriesTennessee State victoriesVacated wins
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 1949 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Tennessee State 49–13
2 1950 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Tennessee State 34–0
3 1951 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Tennessee State 25–0
4 1958 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Jackson State 18–13
5 1959 Nashville, TN Tennessee State 26–6
6 1960 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Tennessee State 25–22
7 1961 Nashville, TN Jackson State 12–6
8 1962 Jackson, MS (Alumni Field) Jackson State 36–6
9 1975 Jackson, MS Jackson State 43–0
10 1976 Nashville, TN Tennessee State 23–20
11 1977 Jackson, MS Tennessee State 17–7
12 1978 Nashville, TN Jackson State 35–24
13 1979 Jackson, MS Jackson State 27–21
14 1980 Nashville, TN Tennessee State 20–0
15 1981 Jackson, MS Jackson State 31–23
16 1982 Nashville, TN Tennessee State 21–0
17 1983 Jackson, MS Jackson State 35–31
18 1984 Jackson, MS Tennessee State 34–14
19 1985 Jackson, MS Tennessee State 44–31
20 1986 Nashville, TN Tennessee State 20–10
21 1986 Jackson, MS 1 Tennessee State 32–23
22 1987 Memphis, TN Tie17–17
23 1988 Nashville, TN Tie26–26
24 1989 Jackson, MS Jackson State 33–7
25 1990 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 23–14
26 1991 Birmingham, AL Jackson State 41–19
27 1992 Memphis, TN Jackson State 38–18
28 1993 Chicago, IL Jackson State 24–18
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
29 1994 Memphis, TN Jackson State 31–12
30 1995 Memphis, TN Jackson State 24–19
31 1996 Memphis, TN Jackson State21–14
32 1997 Memphis, TN Jackson State 31–28
33 1998 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 33–21
34 1999 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 48–33
35 2000 Memphis, TN Jackson State 42–39
36 2001 Memphis, TN 2 Tennessee State 64–33
37 2002 Memphis, TN Jackson State 31–28
38 2003 Chicago, IL Tennessee State 44–14
39 2004 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 21–20
40 2005 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 20–14
41 2006 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 31–30
42 2007 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 16–13
43 2008 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 41–18
44 2009 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 14–7
45 2010 Memphis, TN Jackson State 33–26
46 2011 Memphis, TN Jackson State 35–29
47 2012 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 38–12
48 2013 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 26–16
49 2014 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 35–7
50 2015 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 35–25
51 2016 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 40–26
52 2017 Memphis, TN Tennessee State 17–15
53 2018 Memphis, TN TieDNP–DNP
54 2019 Memphis, TN Jackson State 49–43
Series: Tennessee State leads 30–21–3

1 I-AA Playoffs
2 Postponed following 9/11

All-Time All-Americans (50)Edit

Year Position Player Honor
1962 WR Willie Richardson AP Little All-American
1971 WR Jerome Barkum AP Little All-American
1973 RB Walter Payton Chevrolet - Mutual Black Network All-American
1974 RB Walter Payton Chevrolet - Mutual Black Network All-American
1974 LB Robert Brazile Chevrolet - Mutual Black Network All-American
1975 RB Walter Payton Chevrolet - Mutual Black Network All-American
1975 LB Robert Brazile Chevrolet - Mutual Black Network All-American
1976 WR Leon Sherrod Mutual Black Network All-American Team
1977 OL Louis Bullard Mutual Black Network All-American Team
1977 RB Ricky Patton Mutual Black Network All-American Team
1977 CB Charles Williams Mutual Black Network All-American Team
1979 RB Perry Harrington Sheridan All-American Team
1980 C Tom Rice Sheridan All-American Team
1980 G Larry Werts Sheridan All-American Team
1981 G Michael Field Sheridan All-American Team
1981 RB Larry Cowan Sheridan All-American Team
1989 OL Tim Brown Sheridan All-American Team
1989 -- Ike Ayozie Sheridan All-American Team
1989 LB Darion Conner Div. I-AA First Team All-American
1989 -- Fred McCrae Sheridan All-American Team
1991 OL Deitrich Lockridge Div. I-AA First Team All-American
1991 TE Harold Heath Div. I-AA All-American
1991 DB Isaac Morehouse Div. I-AA All-American
1991 LB Charles Ray Davis Sheridan All-American Team
1992 OL Lester Holmes Div. I-AA First Team All-American
1992 TE Isiah Bliss Sheridan All-American Team
1992 OL Lester Holmes Sheridan All-American Team
1992 LB Mario Perry Sheridan All-American Team
1993 LB Fernando Smith Div. I-AA All-American
1995 DB Picasso Nelson Sheridan All-American
1996 DB Sean Woodson Div. I-AA First Team All-American
1996 LB Otha Evans Div. I-AA All-American
1999 RB Destry Wright Div. I-AA All-American
1999 WR Sylvester Morris Div. I-AA All-American
1999 DL Eric Chandler Div. I-AA All-American
2011 DL Joseph Lebeau FCS All-American
2011 DL Joseph Lebeau Boxtorow All-American
2011 QB Casey Therriault Boxtorow All-American
2011 TE Renty Rollins Boxtorow All-American
2012 WR Rico Richardson Sheridan All-American Team
2012 WR Rico Richardson Boxtorow All-American
2012 DL Joseph LeBeau Sheridan All-American Team
2012 DL Joseph LeBeau Boxtorow All-American
2012 DB Qua Cox Boxtorow All-American
2013 OL Jordan Arthur Boxtorow All-American
2013 DB Qua Cox Boxtorow All-American
2015 PK Ryan Deising Sheridan All-American Team
2015 DL Javancy Jones Sheridan All-American Team
2015 DL Javancy Jones Boxtorow All-American
2016 DL Javancy Jones Sheridan All-American Team

All-Time Player of the Year Honors (35)Edit

Year Position Player Honor
1971 Sylvester Collins QB SWAC Offensive Player of the Year
1973 Walter Payton RB SWAC Player of the Year
1973 Walter Payton RB Chevrolet - Mutual Black Network Player of the Year
1974 Walter Payton RB Chevrolet - Mutual Black Network Player of the Year
1977 Jessie Griffin LB SWAC Defensive Player of the Year
1979 Perry Harrington RB SWAC Offensive Player of the Year
1980 Larry Werts LB SWAC Defensive Player of the Year
1981 Keith Taylor QB SWAC Offensive Player of the Year
1982 Mario Kirksey LB SWAC Defensive Player of the Year
1985 Jackie Walker LB SWAC Defensive Player of the Year
1985 Daryl Jones RB SWAC Newcomer of the Year
1986 Kevin Dent DB SWAC Defensive Player of the Year
1987 Lewis Tillman RB SWAC Offensive Player of the Year
1987 Andre Lloyd LB SWAC Defensive Player of the Year
1988 Kevin Dent DB SWAC Defensive Player of the Year
1988 Lewis Tillman RB SWAC Offensive Player of the Year
1989 Darion Conner LB SWAC Defensive Player of the Year
1989 Ike Ayozie K SWAC Newcomer of the Year
1990 Marlo Perry LB SWAC Freshman of the Year
1995 Picasso Nelson LB SWAC Newcomer of the Year
1996 Sean Woodson DB SWAC Offensive Player of the Year
1997 Corey Bradford WR SWAC Newcomer of the Year
1998 Sylvester Morris WR SWAC Offensive Player of the Year
1999 Tommy Head LB SWAC Defensive Player of the Year
2000 Robert Kent QB SWAC Newcomer of the Year
2002 Terry Ross WR SWAC Freshman of the Year
2008 Marcellus Speaks DL SWAC Defensive Player of the Year
2008 Marcellus Speaks DL Boxtorow National Defensive Player of the Year
2010 Casey Therriault QB SWAC Newcomer of the Year
2010 Casey Therriault QB Boxtorow National Newcomer of the Year
2011 Casey Therriault QB SWAC Offensive Player of the Year
2011 Casey Therriault QB Boxtorow National Player of the Year
2011 Joseph LeBeau DE SWAC Newcomer of the Year
2012 Rico Richardson WR SWAC Offensive Player of the Year
2013 Javancy Jones DL SWAC Freshman of the Year

College Football Hall of Fame membersEdit

Pro Football Alumni (94)Edit

As of 2017, Jackson State has produced 94 pro football players including four who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and 16 who have been selected to play in the Pro Bowl. .[5] Notable players include:

Player Position Draft Pick Team Seasons Notes
Lem Barney* DB 1967 2-34 Detroit Lions 11 Pro Football Hall of Fame*, 7× Pro Bowler, Defensive Rookie of the Year
Walter Payton* RB 1975 1-4 Chicago Bears 13 Pro Football Hall of Fame*, League MVP, number retired, 9× Pro Bowler, 1994 all-time NFL team
Robert Brazile* LB 1975 1-6 Houston Oilers 10 Pro Football Hall of Fame*, 7× Pro Bowler, Defensive Rookie of the Year
Jackie Slater* T-G 1976 3-86 Los Angeles Rams 20 Pro Football Hall of Fame*, 7× Pro Bowler, number retired
Jimmy Smith WR 1992 2-36 Dallas Cowboys 12 5× Pro Bowler
Harold Jackson WR-FL 1968 12-323 Los Angeles Rams 16 5× Pro Bowler
Leon Gray T-G 1973 3-78 Miami Dolphins 11 4× Pro Bowler
Leslie "Speedy" Duncan DB 1964 -- San Diego Chargers 11 3× AFL All-Star, 1x NFL Pro Bowler
Verlon Biggs DE 1965 3-20 New York Jets (AFL) 10 3× AFL All-Star
Rich Caster TE-WR 1970 2-46 New York Jets 13 3× Pro Bowler
Coy Bacon DE-DT 1964 Undrafted 14 3× Pro Bowler
Willie Richardson DE-DT 1963 3-19 New York Jets 9 2× Pro Bowler
Wilbert Montgomery RB 1977 6-154 Philadelphia Eagles 9 2× Pro Bowler, Eagles Hall of Fame
Ben McGee DE-DT 1964 4-51 Pittsburgh Steelers 9 2× Pro Bowler
Jerome Barkum TE-WR 1972 1-9 New York Jets 12 1x Pro Bowler (1973)
Sylvester Stamps RB-WR 1984 -- Atlanta Falcons 6 1x Pro Bowler (1987)
Al Greer E 1963 18-251 Detroit Lions 1
Roy Curry WR 1963 12-164 Pittsburgh Steelers 1
Gloster Richardson WR 1965 7-50 Kansas City Chiefs 1 2x Super Bowl Champion, 1x AFL Champion
Roy Hilton DE 1965 15-210 Baltimore Colts 11
Jim Hayes DT-DE 1965 -- Houston Oilers 2
Frank Molden DT 1965 5-34 Pittsburgh Steelers 1
Dan Pride LB 1966 10-90 Chicago Bears 1
Taft Reed DB 1966 -- Philadelphia Eagles 1
Robert "Judge" Hughes T 1967 6-153 Philadelphia Eagles 3
Claudis James WR-HB 1967 14-366 Green Bay Packers 2
Al Coleman DB 1967 4-87 Minnesota Vikings 6
Tom Funchess T 1968 2-32 Boston Patriots 7
John Outlaw DB 1968 10-249 New England Patriots 10
Jim Holifield DB 1968 12-314 New York Giants 2
Richard Harvey DB 1969 8-203 Los Angeles Rams 2
Tom Richardson WR 1969 -- Boston Patriots 2
Ed Hardy G 1972 7-175 San Francisco 49ers 1
Eddie Payton RB 1973 Undrafted 5 1980 NFL leader in kick returns
Don Reese DT-DE 1974 1-26 Miami Dolphins 7
Ernie Richardson TE 1974 -- Cleveland Browns 1
Roscoe Word DB 1974 3-74 New York Jets 3
Emanuel Zanders T 1974 -- New Orleans Saints 8
Bill Houston WR 1974 -- Dallas Cowboys 1
John Tate LB 1975 8-183 New York Giants 1
Rod Phillips RB 1975 -- Los Angeles Rams 6
Rickey Young RB 1975 7-164 San Diego Chargers 9 1978 NFL leader in receptions (88)
Oakley Dalton DT 1977 12-315 New Orleans Saints 1
Mike Jones LB 1977 -- Seattle Seahawks 1
Larry Franklin WR 1978 -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1
Louis Bullard T 1978 5-119 Seattle Seahawks 3
Charles Williams DB 1978 9-230 Philadelphia Eagles 1
Ricky Patton RB 1978 10-257 Atlanta Falcons 7
Larry Hardy TE 1978 12-309 New Orleans Saints 8
Jeff Moore RB 1979 12-319 Seattle Seahawks 6
Robert Hardy DT 1979 10-267 Seattle Seahawks 1
Vernon Perry DB 1979 -- Houston Oilers 5
Perry Harrington RB 1980 2-53 Philadelphia Eagles 6
James Marshall DB 1980 -- New Orleans Saints 1
Buster Barnett TE 1981 11-299 Buffalo Bills 4
Larry Cowan RB 1982 7-192 Miami Dolphins 1
Thomas Strauthers DE-DT 1983 10-258 Philadelphia Eagles 8
Cleo Simmons RB 1983 -- Dallas Cowboys 1
Dave Windham LB 1984 10-258 Washington Redskins 1
Chris Burkett WR 1985 2-42 Buffalo Bills 11
Jackie Walker LB-TE 1986 2-28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4
James Harvey G-T 1987 -- Kansas City Chiefs 2
Steve Martin DE 1987 -- Washington Redskins 1
Ladell Willis LB 1987 -- New York Jets 1
Frank Sutton T 1987 -- New York Giants 1
Leon Seals DE 1987 4-109 Buffalo Bills 6
Reggie Carr DE 1987 Undrafted 1
Stacey Mobley WR 1987 -- Los Angeles Rams 2
Fred Molden DT 1987 -- Minnesota Vikings 1
Bobby Curtis LB 1987 -- Washington Redskins 1
Roy Bennett DB 1988 -- San Diego Chargers 2
Houston Hoover G-T 1988 6-140 Atlanta Falcons 7
Lewis Tillman RB 1989 4-93 New York Giants 7
Darion Conner LB 1990 2-27 Atlanta Falcons 8
Tim Barnett WR 1991 3-77 Kansas City Chiefs 3
Paul McJulien P 1991 -- Green Bay Packers 3
Lester Holmes G 1993 1-19 Philadelphia Eagles 8
Fernando Smith DE 1994 2-55 Minnesota Vikings 7
Marlo Perry LB 1994 3-81 Buffalo Bills 6
Robert Staten RB 1996 -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1
Eric Austin DB 1996 4-104 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1
Toby Myles T 1998 5-147 New York Giants 4
Corey Bradford WR 1998 5-150 Green Bay Packers 9 25 career receiving TDs
Sylvester Morris WR 2000 1-21 Kansas City Chiefs 2
Rashard Anderson DB 2000 1-23 Carolina Panthers 2
Robert Kent QB 2004 -- Tennessee Titans --
Cletis Gordon DB/WR 2006 -- San Diego Chargers 5
Jaymar Johnson WR 2008 6th Round Minnesota Vikings 3
D.J. Johnson DB 2009 -- New York Giants 3
Marcus Benard LB 2009 Undrafted 5
Domonique Johnson DB 2009 Undrafted 4
Casey Therriault QB 2013 -- New Yorker Lions 5 2x EuroBowl MVP
Rico Richardson RB 2013 -- Kansas City Chiefs 4
Daniel Williams WR 2017 -- New York Jets --

FacilitiesEdit

Jackson State University owns and operates Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. The 60,492-seat venue has been the home field of Jackson State Football since 1970.

Tiger FansEdit

Jackson State's fanbase takes much pride in its football program. The Tigers' faithful following has crushed FCS (formerly NCAA I-AA) records repeatedly and helped make the program a major draw for neutral-site contests. JSU's average home attendance reached its peak in 1997 when the Tigers outdrew (38,873 fans per game) both of Mississippi's SEC teams (MSU 32,371, Ole Miss 34,799). JSU has averaged 24,000+ fans at home games from 1970-2018.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "JSU Color Scheme | Style Guide". Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  2. ^ https://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/j/jackson_state/opponents.php
  3. ^ https://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/j/jackson_state/opponents_records.php?teamid=111
  4. ^ https://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/j/jackson_state/opponents_records.php?teamid=3188
  5. ^ "Jackson St. Players/Alumni". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 17 Feb 2017.

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