Wallace wins Conerly Trophy

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace has been named the winner of the Conerly Trophy, which goes to Mississippi’s top college football player.

Wallace completed 63.4 percent of his pass attempts for 2,843 yards, 19 touchdowns, 15 interceptions this season.

Some voted early, but I held my vote waiting to see the head-t0-head results of the Egg Bowl with Wallace against MSU cornerback Johnthan Banks.

Clearly Wallace had the edge. He threw two picks, neither by Banks, but also threw five touchdown passes, and Ole Miss receiver Donte Moncrief had a career night.

Wallace came a long way to win the award. He didn’t join the program until January, had a couple of off-field incidents and had to survive a close competition with Barry Brunetti before locking down the job.

He is the first Conerly winner for Ole Miss since Patrick Willis in 2006.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Wow. I think this is a surprise. I would have thought Johnathan Banks wins this hands down.

  • Parrish Alford

    I held my vote until the Egg Bowl to see how the top two candidates, Wallace and Banks, did head-to-head. Apparently, a lot of other voters did the same thing.

  • George Moore

    The Conerly is for the best college football player not for the best player in one game. And if you think throwing 2 int and fumbling once is a great game then you are mistaking. Moncrief was the difference maker in Egg Bowl not Wallace. If Banks is one of the top three CB’s and projected 1st or 2nd round picks in NFL draft he is better than Wallace.

    • So, if we should determine the Conerly winner by the highest rated draft pick, you admit that Dexter McCluster should have won it over Anthony Dixon? Johnthan Banks is a great corner, but he had a disappointing year. A lot of that has to do with poor defensive coaching that MS State will most likely address this offseason.

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