Prescott claims 2014 C Spire Conerly award
Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, a finalist for several national player of the year awards, Tuesday night accepted the C Spire Conerly Trophy, which goes to Mississippi’s most outstanding collegiate player.
Prescott accounted for 328 yards total offense per game and accounted for 37 touchdowns in leading State to a 10-2 record and the first 10-victory season in history of the university.
Prescott won over three other finalists: Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson, Delta State quarterback Tyler Sullivan and Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs, Jr.
Laremy Tunsil of Ole Miss was presented the second annual Kent Hull Trophy as Mississippi’s most outstanding offensive
All 10 four-year, football-playing universities and colleges were represented at Tuesday night’s banquet, attended by a sellout crowd at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
The other six nominees: Belhaven wide receiver Greg Livingston, Mississippi College defensive back Dylan Klibert, Southern Miss defensive end Dasman McCullum, Millsaps defensive end Zach Bell, Jackson State wide receiver Daniel Williams and Mississippi Valley State wide receiver Julian Stafford.
Prescott, a junior from Haughton, La., produced eye-popping statistics as well as victories for the Bulldogs. In the past seven seasons, only two college players have passed for as many as 240 yards per game, while running for at least 75 yards per game. Prescott is one. The other was Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
All during the past regular season Prescott has been mentioned prominently on Heisman Trophy candidate lists. He also has been named a finalist for the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top player and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. The winner of both those awards will be announced live on ESPN during an awards program in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 12.
Prescott follows such previous Conerly winners as Eli Manning, Jerious Norwood, J.J. Johnson, Deuce McAllister, Austin Davis, Michael Boley, Bo Wallace and Josh Bright. This past July, McAllister became the first Conerly Trophy winner inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.
Tunsil, a freshman All American at left tackle in 2013, was a preseason and mid-season All American. Gabe Jackson of Mississippi State won the first Hull Trophy.
C Spire has sponsored the outstanding player award program for all major college sports in Mississippi since 1998. “We’re very pleased with the caliber of players selected as nominees and finalists for the C Spire Conerly Trophy in 2014,” said Jim Richmond, vice president of Corporate Communications for C Spire. “This has been one of the strongest years in the award’s history in terms of individual and overall performance and leadership among all of the schools who submitted nominees for the award. Our winner is not only a great football player, but an outstanding young man with good character, a strong record of community involvement and a terrific work ethic.”
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.