BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College sophomore running back Jeremy Cannon (New Albany) continues to rack up the awards after becoming the college’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 1991.
Cannon garnered the Hubert Tucker Award as the North’s Most Valuable Offensive Player at the 36th Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) football all-star game on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Cannon rushed for 1,004 yards during the 2009 season for the Tigers breaking the 1,000-yard plateau during Northeast’s final game against Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Cannon led the Tigers in rushes (187), yards (1,004), yards per game (111.56) and rushing touchdowns with five. Cannon became the first Northeast running back to run for 1,000 yards since Ricky Andrews of Colquitt, Ga., turned the trick during the 1991 season when he broke loose for 138 yards in the season finale against East Central to lead the Region XXIII in rushing with 1,017 markers.
Following the 2009 season, Cannon was named to the MACJC All-State North team along with six of his fellow Tiger teammates.
The North’s Most Valuable Offensive Player award is named for former Northeast football coach Hubert Tucker who was killed in a two-vehicle automobile accident on February 20, 1995 in Philadelphia after attending a Northeast basketball game at the state tournament in Decatur. Tucker guided the Tiger football team for five seasons (1990-94) and to a 16-31 record during that time.
Other award winners at the MACJC All-Star Football Classic included Wes Mounger of Hinds Community College who took home the Keith Daniels Award as the South’s offensive most valuable player and Josh Evans (Holmes) and Marcus Pierce (Jones County) who captured the defensive most valuable player honors for their respective sides. Southwest Mississippi Community College quarterback Stanley Jennings was named the game’s most valuable player and awarded the James H. ‘Wookie’ Gray trophy.
The South tied the series at 17-17-2 after claiming a 28-0 victory in the 2009 contest.
NEMCC Media Relations