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 voted unanimously he was our most outstanding player for the season.”
Southern Miss defensive end Jamie Collins: Make seven solo tackles, one assist, two tackles for losses and one quarterback sack in USM’s 34-33 loss to UTEP. Collins continues to lead C-USA in both sacks and tackles for losses.
Jackson State wide receiver Rico Richardson: Caught four passes for 54 yards and a touchdown and recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown in JSU’s 37-11 victory over arch-rival Alcorn State.
Mississippi Valley State defensive tackle Robert Simpson: Had six tackles, two for losses and 1.5 sacks in Valley’s 34-3 victory over Texas Southern.
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace: Ran 11 times for 54 yards and two touchdowns and completed 15 of 35 passes (three intercepted) for 310 yards and two touchdowns in Rebels’ 41-35 loss to LSU.
The other four C Spire Conerly nominees — Delta State offensive tackle Kendall Hunter, Millsaps quarterback Garrett Pinciotti, Missisisippi College defensive back Keith Villafranco and Belhaven cornerback/kick returner Isiah Wiley — were off Saturday.
Ballots will go out early this week to a panel of more than 50 statewide media members. The C Spire Conerly Trophy Awards Banquet will be held Nov. 27 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. For tickets, call 601 982-8264. Banquet tickets are $100. Mezzanine seating will be available for $25.