Mississippi’s top college football player to be named from among 10 finalists for the 2014 C Spire Conerly Trophy

Fans will

be able to vote by Facebook, Twitter and via text messaging. Just as the media voters do, fans will

vote for a first place, second place and third place winner. C Spire has sponsored

the outstanding player awards program for all major college sports in

Mississippi since 1998.

The 2014 Conerly Trophy finalists include:

JACKSON, Miss.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson, one of five finalists for the Bronco

Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player, and Mississippi

State quarterback Dak Prescott, a likely Heisman Trophy finalist, lead a

list of 10 nominees for the 2014 C Spire Conerly Trophy, which annually

honors the top college football player in the Magnolia State.

The other eight finalists are quarterbacks John Gibbs Jr.

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The C Spire Conerly Trophy banquet is nearing a sellout, but still has

limited seating for the Dec. 2 program at the Mississippi Sports Hall of

Fame and Museum. Fan voting will begin tomorrow (Nov. A 5:30 p.m.

For the second time in the award’s history, fan voting will count for 10

percent of the award and a panel of statewide media will make up the

remaining 90 percent. He has

broken up a team-high seven passes and his interception in the final

seconds sealed Ole Miss’ victory over No. 1 ranked Alabama. He also returned 26

kickoffs for 407 yards.

Bell, a senior from Metairie, La., was a pre-season All-America

candidate for Millsaps. He also broke up six passes, forced a

fumble and recovered a fumble that he returned for 60 yards.

Golson, who would be the first defensive back ever to win the trophy,

and Prescott, who is currently ranked 5th on the Heisman

Trophy watch list, join finalists from eight other schools vying for the

coveted award, which is named after College Football Hall of Famer

Charlie Conerly, who also starred for the New York Giants.

Now in its 19th year, the Conerly Trophy presented by C Spire

is named after the late Charlie Conerly – the only football inductee in

the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame who was an All-American at a

Mississippi university, an NFL rookie of the year and NFL All-Pro member

and quarterbacked a team to a world championship. He completed 164 of 294 passes

for 2,237 yards and ran for 874 yards on 119 carries to help Alcorn

score an average of 44.5 points per game.

Stafford, a senior from Memphis, Tenn., lead Mississippi Valley

State and the SWAC in every receiving category, including receptions

(67), receiving yards (1,037) and touchdowns (9).

His TD to interception ratio is 24-12 and he has seven rushing


McCullum, a senior from Hebron, Miss., leads USM with 4.5 sacks

and four forced fumbles. He has passed for

2,714 yards and 24 touchdowns and run for 891 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Livingston, a senior from Houston, Miss., has averaged 122

receiving yards per game with 117 catches for 1,341 yards and eight

touchdowns for the Blazers.

Klibert, a senior from LaPlace, La., intercepted two passes and

was in on 48 tackles, including seven for lost yardage, for the


Sullivan, a redshirt freshman from Louisville, Miss., has led

Delta State to a 9-1 record and a first-round bye in the NCAA Division

II college football playoffs. For his career with the Golden Eagles, he has

7.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups, five fumble

recoveries and two blocked kicks.

Williams, a sophomore from East St.

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entry rules and qualifications on fan voting, go to www.cspire.com/conerly

beginning tomorrow.

Golson, a junior from Pascagoula, Miss., leads the Southeastern

Conference and ranks second nationally in pass interceptions with

nine. He recorded a team-high 17.5 tackles for loss

and 9.5 sacks in nine games. He has personally accounted for 31

touchdowns in leading one of the nation’s most productive offenses. 25) at 8 a.m. We are excited to give fans

the ability once again to help influence who wins the C Spire Conerly

Trophy,” said Jim Richmond, vice president of Corporate Communications

for C Spire.

Past winners of the C Spire Conerly Trophy have included such prominent

future NFL standouts as Deuce McAllister, Eli Manning, Jerious Norwood,

Michael Boley, Patrick Willis, Anthony Dixon and many others. dinner

program. Golson also has been in on 35 tackles, three for losses. reception will be followed by the 6:30 p.m. The second annual Kent Hull Trophy also will be

presented to the top college offensive lineman in Mississippi at the

event. Coaches and finalists from all the schools are expected to

attend. Louis, Ill., had 63 catches

for 909 yards and eight touchdowns for Jackson State and ranks third

in the SWAC with 82.6 yards per game.

Gibbs, a junior from Houston, Texas, guided Alcorn to a 9-2

record and a SWAC Eastern Division title. He accounted for 29 Braves

touchdowns, 18 passing and 11 rushing. Fans may

submit up to three votes per day during the voting period; however, only

one entry is allowed per day for each of the social media methods. 1 at 8 a.m.

This news release and other announcements are available at www.cspire.com/news. of Alcorn

State and Tyler Sullivan of Delta State; wide receivers Julian Stafford

of Mississippi Valley State, Greg Livingston of Belhaven and Daniel

Williams of Jackson State; defensive back Dylan Klibert of Mississippi

College and defensive ends Zach Bell of Millsaps College and Dasmon

McCullum of Southern Miss.

“Football fans across Mississippi are very passionate about their

schools and the star players in their respective programs, especially

with the success of so many teams this year. He is also

a national semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarick and Jim Thorpe awards,

which honor the nation’s top college defensive player.

Prescott, a junior from Haughton, La., has led the Bulldogs to

three victories over teams that were unbeaten and ranked among the

nation’s Top 10 when they played Mississippi State. Last

year’s winner was Mississippi State offensive lineman Gabe Jackson, now

with the Oakland Raiders.

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Top 10 Sports Colleges

The Gators are also known for their strong contenders in football, men’s basketball, and women’s golf, soccer, football, tennis, and volleyball.

With a staff of over 100 coaches and assistants, 34 varsity sports, and about 300 athletic scholarships, it’s no wonder this school presented 49 athletes in the 2008 Beijing Winter Olympics and has over 9,000 students enrolled in intramural sports in any given semester.

College sports have captured the hearts of millions of Americans, from loyal students and alumni cheering on their schools to local businesses and fans. University of Georgia

With rigorous academic requirements for all athletes, Georgia is setting the pace for a new paradigm of scholarships among its top level football, baseball, gymnastics, tennis, and swim teams.

7. The school is also known for victories in men’s diving, swimming, golf, track, gymnastics, men’s and women’s fencing, and more.

3. 2. University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

One of the country’s most widely recognized sports schools, UCLA was the first university to win over 100 NCAA championships, making the Bruins a fixture among the top basketball schools. University of Southern California

Southern California is best known for its varsity football team, which has won 11 championships, but also excels in basketball and a host of other college athletics.

8. University of Florida

Florida is renowned in a number of varsity sports, notably excelling in women’s swimming and men’s track and field in the 2009-2010 season. Stanford has brought home the NACDA Director’s Cup award for Division I sports for the past 15 years, qualifying it as best overall for collegiate sports in the United States.

6. UCLA is also renowned for its women’s sports performances, with the softball, track, gymnastics, and rowing teams excelling in 2009-2010.

5. Ohio State University

Ohio State has brought home championship wins in all three of the biggest men’s sports: basketball, football, and baseball. Florida State University

Florida State is a top contender in a number of college athletics programs, including football, basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, and diving. Whether you follow college baseball, football, gymnastics, volleyball, soccer, or other varsity athletics, these are some of the top universities to beat:

1. Stanford University

With an impressive record in virtually every varsity sport, this Ivy League school holds the top ranking among sports colleges. University of Texas

This Texas school has won more titles than any other school in the Big 12 League since it was founded in 1996. They’re especially known for their excellence in football, as well as putting forward strong contenders in track and baseball.

With the widespread popularity of college sports teams, and the consistent successes of each of these colleges on the field and in the stadium, it’s no wonder these top 10 sports schools garner the support and spirit of students and fans all over the nation.

4. University of North Carolina

North Carolina has won 51 titles and 34 national championships in 6 different sports, making its mark as one of the top sports colleges in the United States. They finished 5th in the 2009-2010 NACDA reckoning of sports colleges, placing them in the top 5 for the first time.

9. University of Virginia

The Cavaliers raced to top positions in women’s rowing and men’s soccer in the past year, among the school’s other sporting achievements.. The university is known for its basketball team, as well as women’s soccer, women’s field hockey, and men’s lacrosse.


College Sports On The Internet

There’s no shortage of college sports in the United States. Some media players even allow schools to provide their fans with a variety of camera angles to choose from and allow for viewer participation with polls and surveys.

With these kinds of features as well as the ability to broadcast whatever sporting events they like, Universities may soon be giving fans their own virtual stadiums where seating is always front row and the weather is always clear.

Sports fans now have a more convenient way to watch sports and stay current with sports news. College sports are big business in the U.S. For example, College Sports Television which was the first 24-hour network devoted exclusively to collegiate athletics reaches more than 52 million homes nationwide.

For sports enthusiasts hoping to see the latest track and field or swimming event from their alma mater, the Internet provides a convenient way for not only watching these types of sporting events but also interacting with other fans, placing bets with sportsbooks, buying tickets or even customizing their viewing experiences. The Internet is providing sports enthusiasts with the means to stay informed and be entertained, in some cases, more than TV.

With so many people showing interest in college sports, football and basketball dominate the headlines, leaving other less popular sports, such as lacrosse and soccer, in the dust. The Internet is now becoming the new distribution platform for sports. With the ability to watch from anywhere and chat with others while watching, sports fans are going online more often to catch their favorite games.. At any given time on television, there’s likely to be some university playing another on the football field or basketball court. Colleges and Universities now have the opportunity to announce certain sporting events that hadn’t typically received as much exposure in the past. and they have the fan base to support it