Shegog was named Mississippi’s top college football player during the C Spire Conerly Trophy Presentation at Country Club of Jackson on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023
Named after Hall of Fame and Ole Miss great Charlie Conerly, this was the 28th presentation of the C Spire Conerly Trophy and the third winner from Delta State. Each four-year school in the state that plays football nominates one player as their Most Outstanding Player and a panel of media and scouts vote from those nominees to select the finalists and winner.
It was a great season for Coach Todd Cooley and his star quarterback. Patrick Shegog led the Statesmen to a 10-2 overall record and into the playoffs where DSU fell to Valdosta State 38-31 this past Saturday. Shegog completed over 62% of his passes, threw 32 touchdowns and ran for 12 more. He attempted 300 passes and only threw two interceptions.
Shegog is a graduate student from Batesville, Mississippi and South Panola High School. Previous winners from Delta State to take home the top player trophy were Tregnal Thomas in the first year of the award (1996) and Josh Bright four seasons later (2000).
The top three finalist for this year’s award were Shegog, last year’s recipient Quinshon Judkins of Ole Miss and Mississippi State linebacker Nathaniel Watson. CBS college football analyst Charles Davis was the master of ceremonies for the event.
“We are honored to partner with the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame for 25 years on awards given to the top-performing college athletes in the state,” said Jim Richmond, vice president of corporate communications and marketing operations. “We are proud to present the C Spire Conerly Trophy to the best college football player, an esteemed group that counts star quarterbacks Eli Manning and Dak Prescott as former winners. Congratulations to Patrick and Delta State University as well as all of the nominees!"
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Deane | Smith