CLARKSDALE, Miss. (WJTV) – Evan Engram made a little bit of history on Tuesday night in Clarksdale.
The Ole Miss senior tight end became the first at his position to ever win the C Spire Conerly Trophy. It’s annually given to the most outstanding college football player in Mississippi.
It is the seventh time a Rebel has taken home the state’s top individual football honor and the first time an Ole Miss player has won it since Bo Wallace was given the award in 2012.
Engram established himself nationally as one of the best at his position in 2016. He is the active leader in the country for tight ends in career receiving yards with 2,320. For the season, he’s the nation’s leading tight end with 5.9 catches per game and 84.2 receiving yards per game. He is also tied for second in the country at his position in touchdowns with eight. He added on 65 catches for 926 yards to finish out the year.
In addition to being a national leader, the senior statistically established himself as the best to ever play tight end at Ole Miss. He holds the program records for most catches, yards, and touchdowns in a season and a career by a tight end.
The other nominees for the award were Alcorn State linebacker Darien Anderson, Belhaven quarterback Hunter McEachern, Delta State running back Chris Robinson, Jackson State defensive end/linebacker Javancy Jones, Millsaps defensive lineman Alex Foust, Mississippi College wide receiver/kick returner Marcel Newson, Mississippi State wide receiver Fred Ross, Mississippi Valley State quarterback Austin Bray and Southern Miss running back Ito Smith.