One of the best defensive players in West Virginia history is up for enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame. Former Mountaineer defensive back Aaron Beasley is on the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame ballot for the second year in a row.
Beasley (47), a 1995 consensus All-American, played defensive back in Morgantown from 1992-95. In four seasons he totaled 19 interceptions, three touchdowns and 38 pass breakups. Beasley’s best season came in 1994, when he intercepted 10 passes and broke up 15 more.
In those four years under Don Nehlen, Beasley was also a two-time All-Big East player. The Mountaineers went 28-17-2, including an 11-1 record in 1993. WVU made the Sugar Bowl in 1993 and the Carquest Bowl in 1994. Beasley was inducted into the WVU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.
Beasley went on to be selected in the third round of the 1996 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and spent nine seasons in the league. He intercepted 24 passes between years with the Jaguars, Jets and Falcons.
There are 12 former Mountaineers currently enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, including quarterback legend Major Harris, Pro Football Hall of Famer Sam Huff and coaches Bobby Bowden and Don Nehlen. There are 78 former players on the 2022 ballot.