JACKSON, Miss., Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram, one of eight semifinalists for the Mackey Award honoring the nation's top tight end, and Mississippi State wide receiver Fred Ross, one of the top wide outs in the country, lead a list of 10 nominees for the 2016 C Spire Conerly Trophy, which annually honors the best college football player in the Magnolia State.
Engram, the leading tight end in college football with 926 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, and Ross, who leads the SEC in touchdown catches, join finalists from eight other schools vying for the coveted award, which is named after College Football Hall of Famer Charlie Conerly, who also starred for the New York Giants.
The other eight finalists are Southern Miss running back Ito Smith, Mississippi Valley State quarterback Austin Bray, Mississippi College wide receiver Marcel Newson, Alcorn State linebacker Darien Anderson, Millsaps College defensive lineman Alex Foust, Belhaven University quarterback Hunter McEachern, Jackson State defensive end Javancy Jones and Delta State running back Chris Robinson.
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