Results for the fan vote, which accounts for 10% of the total, were announced on Monday afternoon after a validation of the e-mail address. The award program was curtailed last year by co-sponsors C Spire and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame after a public health crisis led to some sports being discontinued and others being rescheduled due to health restrictions and concerns.
A total of 37,988 votes were cast for the 19 nominees from public state colleges and universities in Magnolia via electronic voting during the six-day voting period for fans sponsored by C Spire and MSHOF. Overall winners of the four prizes will be announced on it Monday, May 24th at noon during a special virtual program online at www.msfame.com. Veteran CBS NFL TV analyst Charles davis becomes the special master of ceremonies.
Top-chosen nominees and the votes they received for the C Spire Outstanding Players Awards in 2021:
- Football: Conerly Trophy (chosen by the schools that played football last fall and this spring): Mississippi Valley State University linebacker Jerry garner 3,435 votes; Mississippi State cornerback Emmanuel Forbes with 3061 votes, Jackson State wide receiver Daylen Baldwin, 2148 votes; Southern Miss lineman offensive Arvin fletcher1,929 Hours; Miss Ole wide receiver Elijah moore1,663; Belhaven runs back Brad foley, 572; Millsaps defensive back Christian roberts, 192 and Mississippi College Running back Cole fagan by 17 votes.
- Men’s Basketball: Howell Trophy (selected by state media) Jackson State guard Tristan jarrett received 6,481 votes while Mississippi State vakt DJ Stewart Jr. received 2772 votes and Miss Ole guard Devontae Shuler drawn by 1446 votes.
- Women’s Basketball: Gillom Trophy (selected by state media) Jackson State guard Dayzsha Rogan edged fellow teammate, center Ameshya Williams, with 3,591 votes against 3,158 votes. Miss Ole forward Shakira Austin harvested 2170 votes.
- Baseball: Ferriss Trophy (selected by Major League Baseball professional scouts and coaches): Mississippi State outside player Tanner Allen were top votes with 2,612 votes followed by teammate and jug Landon Sims with 903. A trio of Miss Ole led players of boxes Doug nikhazy (699 votes) and Gunnar hoglund (573 votes) and outfielder Kevin Graham (566 votes) rounded the baseball number.
This is the ninth time in the award’s 25-year history that fan voting has been allowed for the prestigious awards. “We have some of the most passionate college sports fans in the country, and this gives them a way to make their voices heard when they choose. Mississippi best players, “he said Jim richmond, Vice President of Marketing for C Spire.
The prices are named after someone Mississippi sports legends, including former college and NFL star Charlie conerly, Boston Celtics basketball great Bailey Howell, Ole Miss’ best versatile basketball player for women Peggy Gillom-Granderson and longtime coach and former college and Major League Baseball star Dave “Boo” Ferriss. All four have had college and professional careers in football, baseball and basketball.
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