Prescott aims for second-straight Conerly Trophy

By JOEL COLEMAN

sports@starkvilledailynews.com

 

Dak Prescott didn’t get to hoist the Egg Bowl trophy on Saturday, but Mississippi State’s illustrious senior quarterback will have the chance to hoist some hardware on Tuesday.

Prescott, along with nine other players from around the state, will be in Jackson Tuesday for the presentation of the 2015 C Spire Conerly Trophy. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will host the ceremony which begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. before the banquet at 6:30 p.m.

The Conerly Trophy is presented annually to Mississippi’s most outstanding college football player.

In addition to Prescott, Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens, Mississippi Valley State safety Marquis Green, Mississippi College wide receiver Marcel Newson, Alcorn State running back Darryan Ragsdale, Millsaps College linebacker Hector Sandoval, Belhaven University cornerback Isaiah Swopes, Jackson State defensive end Javancy Jones and Delta State wide receiver Jarvis York are also in the running for the honor.

Prescott is seeking to become just the second two-time winner of the Conerly. Eli Manning of Ole Miss won the trophy in 2001 and 2003.

Prescott gets such an opportunity on the heels of a season in which he passed for 3,413 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also ran for 541 yards and 10 scores.

Still with a bowl game looming to close out his collegiate career, Prescott has already set 38 school records at Mississippi State.

“Dak has accomplished so many amazing things for this program,” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said. “He has been very unique.”

 

Staley to play basketball

One of Prescott’s backups this season is headed to the hardwood.

Mississippi State announced on Monday that quarterback Elijah Staley will be a part of the MSU basketball team for the remainder of the season.

Staley, who saw his first football action for the Bulldogs in 2015 after redshirting in his first season on campus, was a two-sport star during his prep career at Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia.

Staley’s basketball success earned him a First-Team All-State selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Sportswriters Association as a junior at Wheeler.

In July 2013, Staley was named as one of the nation’s top 25 most dynamic high school athletes by MaxPreps and Reebok.

 

Weatherspoon wins weekly award

Mississippi State basketball’s Quinndary Weatherspoon, fresh off of perhaps the best performance of his young Bulldog career, was named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Week on Monday.

The freshman guard scored a career-high 16 points during MSU’s 76-51 victory over UT Martin on Saturday, shooting 6-of-6 from the field including a 2-for-2 mark from 3-point range.

“I’m honored to get this award, but all credit goes to my teammates and to my coaches,” Weatherspoon said. “I just do what (head coach Ben Howland) tells me to do, and I play within the offense. My shot was falling on Saturday, and I was happy that it helped out the team.”

Weatherspoon’s honor is the second weekly award won by an MSU player this season. Former Starkville High Yellowjacket Gavin Ware was named SEC Player of the Week after the season’s opening game.

Weatherspoon is the first Bulldog to earn Freshman of the Week accolades from the league since Craig Sword in March of 2013.

 

Women’s hoops ranked No. 9

After a perfect 5-0 start to the season, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team is ranked inside the Associated Press’ Top 10 for the third-straight week.

On the heels of three wins last week, the Bulldogs came in at No. 9 in the latest poll released on Monday.

MSU has now been in the poll for 22 consecutive weeks dating back to last season.

The Bulldogs travel to face No. 6 Texas on Wednesday. The game tips at 7 p.m. on the Longhorn Network and ESPN3.

 

Warren named Player of the Week

Mississippi State volleyball’s Alex Warren has closed out her career in style. The senior was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after a pair of dominant performances last week.

Warren totaled 43 kills, five blocks and an ace in victories against LSU and Ole Miss.

Warren tallied 25 kills and 27 points against the Rebels to set new career highs and help MSU clinch its first winning season since 2006.

Warren’s Bulldog career concludes with 889 kills, 25 aces, 232 blocks and 1,052 total points.

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