|Given for||the best college football player in the state of Mississippi|
|Presented by||Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame|
|Most recent||Evan Engram, Ole Miss|
|Website||Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Events|
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.
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 2011 award, each of the four-year colleges and universities in Mississippi that field football teams are represented by one finalist. In 2013, fans were allowed to vote on the award for the first time. Fan voting accounted for 10 percent of the total vote.
Voters are instructed to evaluate a player's entire regular season performance and ignore post-season honors or professional potential.
The Conerly Trophy is a bronze casting, 19" high x 11" long x 7.5" wide, weighing 18.5 lbs. (8.4 kg). The trophy was sculpted by Bruce Holmes Brady, a Brookhaven, Mississippi native and graduate of the University of Mississippi. 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.
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 star for the New York Giants.
Winners and finalists
Trophies won by school
Kent Hull Trophy
|2013||Gabe Jackson||G||Mississippi State|||
|2014||Laremy Tunsil||T||Ole Miss|||
|2015||Fahn Cooper||T||Ole Miss|||
|2016||Justin Senior||T||Mississippi State|||
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