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.
and conclude on Dec. For ticket availability or more information, call 601.982.8264.
entry rules and qualifications on fan voting, go to www.cspire.com/conerly
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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