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Conerly Trophy

Conerly Trophy
Awarded for the best college football player in the state of Mississippi
Location Mississippi
Country United States
Presented by Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
First awarded 1996
Currently held by Austin Davis, Southern Miss QB
Official website http://www.msfame.com/sevents_conerly.html

The Conerly Trophy or Cellular South Conerly Trophy is an award given annually to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

Voting

Sixty media representatives from across Mississippi determine the Trophy recipient. All players at Mississippi's four-year college football programs are eligible on the first ballot. The top three vote-getters are listed in a second and final ballot.

Voters are instructed to evaluate a player's entire regular season performance and ignore post-season honors or professional potential

The trophy

The Conerly Trophy is a bronze casting, 19" high x 11" long x 7.5" wide, weighing 18.5 lbs. (8.4 kg). The original trophy is on permanent display at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. A replica of the trophy is presented to the winner each year at the announcement dinner.

History

The award was begun in 1996. Cellular South has sponsored since 1998, with a contract that extends to June 2010. Previous presentations have been held in Jackson, Clarksdale, Tunica and Biloxi. The namesake of the award is Mississippi-born Charlie Conerly who also starred as quarterback at the University of Mississippi, and was later a pro-bowler for the New York Giants

Winners and finalists

1996: Tregnel Thomas (Delta State, running back)

1997: Stewart Patridge (Ole Miss, quarterback)

1998: J. J. Johnson (Mississippi State, running back)

1999: Deuce McAllister (Ole Miss, running back)

2000: Josh Bright (Delta State, quarterback)

2001: Eli Manning (Ole Miss, quarterback)

2002: Rod Davis (Southern Miss, linebacker)

2003: Eli Manning (Ole Miss, quarterback)

2004: Michael Boley (Southern Miss, linebacker)

2005: Jerious Norwood (Mississippi State, running back)

2006: Patrick Willis (Ole Miss, linebacker)

2007: Damion Fletcher (University of Southern Mississippi, running back)

2008: Juan Joseph (Millsaps, quarterback)

2009: Anthony Dixon (Mississippi State, running back)

2010: Chris White (Mississippi State, linebacker)

2011: Austin Davis (Southern Miss, quarterback)

2012: Bo Wallace (Ole Miss, quarterback)

Trophies won by school

Rank School Trophies
1 Ole Miss 5*
2 (tie) Mississippi State 4
2 (tie) Southern Miss 4
4 Delta State 2
5 Millsaps 1
  • Eli Manning won 2; one in 2001 and the other in 2003.

References

External links

  • Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum - Conerly Trophy
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