JACKSON – Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott was named the winner of the 20th annual C Spire Conerly Trophy, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum announced Tuesday night. Prescott is the first player in history to win the award in back-to-back seasons, while MSU is the first school to win the award seven times.
“I am humbled to be named the winner of this year’s Conerly Trophy,” Prescott said. “This trophy represents the hard work and dedication of my teammates, coaches and people around me and I am grateful for them.”
Given annually to the best college football player in Mississippi, Prescott earned the honor after being the only player in the Southeastern Conference to lead his team in both passing yards (3,413) and rushing yards (541) on the season. The Haughton, Louisiana, native broke his own single-season school records for completion percentage (66.9 in 2015; 61.6 in 2014) and yards per game (284.4 in 2015; 265.3 in 2014) and has a chance to break several more in the bowl game.
In conference games, Prescott led the SEC in completions (226), completion percentage (67.1), passing yards (2,528), touchdown-to-interception ratio (17:4), passing yards per game (316.2) and total offense (363.2). In games vs. ranked teams, Prescott led the SEC in completions (87), completion percentage (63.5), passing yards (889) and yards per game (296.3).
With current Oakland Raiders’ star offensive lineman Gabe Jackson capturing the award in 2013, Tuesday marked the first time in history one school won the trophy in three straight years. Prescott is the second player ever to win the honor twice (Eli Manning, 2001 and 2003).
Mississippi State Conerly Trophy Winners
2015 – Dak Prescott, Quraterback
2014 – Dak Prescott, Quarterback
2013 – Gabe Jackson, Offensive Lineman
2010 – Chris White, Linebacker
2009 – Anthony Dixon, Running Back
2005 – Jerious Norwood, Running Back
1998 – J.J. Johnson, Running Back
(From MSU Media Relations)