One vote for Manziel

Notes, quotes and an opinion or two. . . I can’t vote for the C Spire Conerly Trophy any more, but do still have a vote in the Heisman Trophy. That vote was cast for Johnny Manziel. And, yes, I know he is a freshman, but the Heisman doesn’t go to the best upperclassmen in the nation, it goes to the most outstanding football player in the nation. Manziel was the most outstanding I saw this year and may wind up being the best we’ve ever seen. . . ....

C Spire Conerly? Glad you asked

The sun rose today, even in Starkville and Hattiesburg ... and now to answer a few questions folks are asking about the C Spire Conerly Trophy: Q. Who votes? A. A panel of more than 50 media members who cover college football in the state. Q. Who selects the nominees? A. The schools themselves. It's the head coach's final decision. Q. Donte Moncrief is not a nominee. Can voters write him in? A. No. You can only vote for the nominees on the ballot. Q. When is the deadline for...

Moncrief monstrous in Rebs' Egg Bowl win

OXFORD — Hugh Freeze was the winning coach, the man of the hour, but Dan Mullen was the coach on the Ole Miss jumbotron as the final seconds ticked down. What goes round, comes round. And, boy, this came around and came around and came around again. "We will never lose to this team again," Mullen was telling his players in a clip from two years ago, and the Ole Miss jumbotron folks replayed it multiple times. Final score this night: Ole Miss 41, Mississippi State 24, and it was...

D.D. Lewis: 'What's the fuss?'

D.D. Lewis, one of the greatest players in Misissippi State football history, laughs when asked his favorite Egg Bowl memory. Says D.D., "I don't really have one." "We played 'em three times, lost to 'em three times," D.D. says. "You want to know what I remember about Ole Miss. Here's what I remember: They all had big ol' legs, big ol' shoulders and small waists. They were fast and they were good. They reminded me of LSU. They were really, really good." So was D.D. Lewis. Lewis, you should know,...

So many Eggs, so many memories

(Writer’s note: Happy Thanksgiving. Today I am thankful for family and also thankful newspapers paid me for more than 40 years to go cover games like the Egg Bowl. I am also thankful to help preserve the legends of Egg Bowls past in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. What follows is a piece I wrote on Egg Bowl history back in 2003 for The Clarion-Ledger. It was the 100th anniversary of the Mississippi State-Ole Miss rivalry.)   THEY'VE clashed in snow, in a flood, in bitter cold...

Jerious Norwood remembers a prized Egg from 10 years ago

Jerious Norwood — J-Rock to his fans and friends — doesn’t have to think more than a split second when asked his best Egg Bowl memory. “It was the one we won,” Norwood said from Atlanta Tuesday. “That’s the easiest question I’ve ever answered.” It was Nov. 26, 2005, at Scott Field, and it was a performance to behold. Norwood, the former Brandon star, ran for 204 yards and and scored four touchdowns against a Patrick Willis-led Ole Miss defense in a surprising 35-14 State victory. “I knew that was...

Archie Manning had to choose two favorite Egg Bowls

When it comes to picking his most memorable Egg Bowl, Archie Manning can't choose just one. No, he has to pick one as a player and another as a father. Interestingly, both were played in Starkville. And both games were played in rain. “In 1969, my junior year, we had to beat Mississippi State to go to the Sugar Bowl,” Archie says. “I remember we played on Thanksgiving Day and I remember that it rained pretty steadily all game long. If you look, I think you'll see we were tied...

Glen Collins and 'that quarterback'

 This is the second of a series of Egg Bowl memories of Ole Miss and State greats from yesteryear. Jackson's own Glen Collins, one of Mississippi State's all-time great defensive linemen, played in four Egg Bowls, all in Jackson. “Seems like we always played them on a dreary or rainy day,” Collins says. “It was always gray.” And the games, says Collins, always were competitive. His favorite? “That's a tough one, but it's got to be my junior year (1980),” Collins says. “That was the year we beat Alabama and...

Egg Bowl memories: Deuce leads off

Today we'll begin a week-long Egg Bowl series, involving former players on both sides of the rivalry, and their favorite memories from Egg Bowls past.  We begin with Deuce McAllister, who almost became a Mississippi State Bulldog before he went to Ole Miss.  "My cousin, Michael Davis, was a great player at Mississippi State, and I had a good relationship with Coach Sherrill," McAllister said Sunday. "I probably visited Mississippi State and spent more time of their campus than I did Ole Miss."  But McAllister chose Ole Miss and became...

C Spire Conerly nominees shine

Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks: All American candidate Banks had another outstanding game in State's 45-14 crushing of Arkansas. In man-to-man coverage, he gave up only one catch for five yards and that was to Biletnikoff semifinalist Cobi Hamilton. (Hamilton had six catches for 83 yards and a touchdown otherwise.) Banks was also a force against the run, recording five tackles.  Alcorn State offensive lineman Cornelius Brown: “Had another really solid game for us,” said Alcorn coach Jay Hopson said after the Braves' 37-11 loss to Jackson State. “Our staff...