Conerly Trophy

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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 Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Official website C Spire Conerly Trophy

The Conerly Trophy or Cellular South Conerly Trophy or C Spire 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]


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. Previously the top three vote-getters were listed on a second and final ballot but starting with the 2009 award each of the four year colleges and universities in Mississippi that field football teams are represented by one finalist.[2] In 2013 fans were allowed to vote on the award for the first time. Fan voting accounted for 10 percent of the total vote. [3]

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

The trophy[edit]

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.[4]


The award was begun in 1996 and has been sponsored by C Spire Wireless, formerly known as Cellular South, since 1998. 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[5][6]

Winners and finalists[edit]

1996: Tregnel Thomas (Delta State, running back)[7]

1997: Stewart Patridge (Ole Miss, quarterback)[8]

1998: J. J. Johnson (Mississippi State, running back)[9]

1999: Deuce McAllister (Ole Miss, running back)[10]

2000: Josh Bright (Delta State, quarterback)[11]

2001: Eli Manning (Ole Miss, quarterback)[12]

2002: Rod Davis (Southern Miss, linebacker)[13]

2003: Eli Manning (Ole Miss, quarterback)[15]

2004: Michael Boley (Southern Miss, linebacker)[17]

2005: Jerious Norwood (Mississippi State, running back)[19]

2006: Patrick Willis (Ole Miss, linebacker)[20]

2007: Damion Fletcher (University of Southern Mississippi, running back)[21]

2008: Juan Joseph (Millsaps, quarterback)[23]

2009: Anthony Dixon (Mississippi State, running back)[25]

2010: Chris White (Mississippi State, linebacker)[26]

2011: Austin Davis (Southern Miss, quarterback)[28]

2012: Bo Wallace (Ole Miss, quarterback)[30]

2013: Gabe Jackson (Mississippi State, offensive guard)[32]

2014: Dak Prescott (Mississippi State, quarterback) [34]

Trophies won by school[edit]

Rank School Trophies
T1 Mississippi State 6
T1 Mississippi 6
3 Southern Miss 4
4 Delta State 2
5 Millsaps 1
T6 Alcorn State 0
T6 Belhaven 0
T6 Jackson State 0
T6 Mississippi College 0
T6 Mississippi Valley State 0


  1. ^ "Cellular South Outstanding Player Awards". Cellular South Outstanding Player Awards. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ Dixon Wins Conerly
  3. ^ Fan voting opens for first time in Conerly Trophy history
  4. ^ College Football Awards: All National and Conference Winners Through 2010
  5. ^ College Football Awards: All National and Conference Winners Through 2010
  6. ^ Tribute to Charlie Conerly
  7. ^ The Best - and Worst - of 1996 Season
  8. ^ Mississippi House Concurrent Resolution 103
  9. ^ J.J. Johnson @
  10. ^ Deuce McAllister Bio
  11. ^ Delta State honors its student-athletes
  12. ^ Eli's College Stats
  13. ^ Davis Wins Conerly Trophy, "Mississippi's Heisman"
  14. ^ Davis Named Finalist For Conerly Trophy
  15. ^ Mississippi Senate Concurrent Resolution 542
  16. ^ Davis Named Finalist For Conerly Trophy
  17. ^ USM's Boley Wins Conerly Trophy
  18. ^ Boley Named Finalist For 2004 Cellular South Conerly Trophy
  19. ^ Mississippi House Resolution 19
  20. ^ Patrick Willis Honored with Conerly Trophy
  21. ^ Southern Miss' Fletcher Wins Conerly Trophy
  22. ^ Fletcher Named Finalist for 2007 Cellular South Conerly Trophy
  23. ^ Joseph Wins 2008 Cellular South Conerly Trophy
  24. ^ 2008 CellularSouth Conerly Trophy Finalists
  25. ^ State's Dixon Awarded Conerly Trophy As Best Collegiate Football Player In Mississippi
  26. ^ Miss St. LB Chris White wins Conerly Trophy
  27. ^ Therriault Among Top Three in Conerly Trophy
  28. ^ USM Quarterback Austin Davis Wins 2011 Conerly Trophy as Top College Football Player in Mississippi
  29. ^ Conerly trophy Nominees Gifted
  30. ^ Bo Wallace wins 2012 Conerly Trophy
  31. ^ 10 Nominees for 2012 Conerly Trophy
  32. ^ Gabe Jackson Wins 2013 Conerly Trophy
  33. ^ Ten Finalists Announced for C Spire Conerly Trophy
  34. ^ Dak Prescott Wins Conerly

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