Mississippi State's Gabe Jackson wins C Spire Conerly Trophy as best college football player in Magnolia State during 2013
All American offensive lineman Gabe Jackson, a four-year starter at Mississippi State who helped lead the Bulldogs to their fourth Egg Bowl victory in five years over in-state arch rival Ole Miss, won the C Spire Conerly Trophy on Tuesday night as the Magnolia State's top college football player in 2013.
The fifth-year senior and Liberty, Miss. native also won the first Ken Hull Trophy as the state's best offensive lineman. Jackson is coming off a spectacular season this year as he was named the SEC's Lineman of the Week on three separate occasions. He did not allow a sack all season and is expected to be among the first offensive linemen taken in the 2014 NFL draft.
Jackson received the trophy during a special awards program Tuesday night in Jackson at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum from master of ceremonies Rick Cleveland, MSHOF executive director, and Jim Richmond, vice president of Corporate Communications for C Spire Wireless, title sponsor of the award since 1998.
He edged out four other finalists, including Ole Miss junior quarterback Bo Wallace, the 2012 C Spire Conerly winner, along with Alcorn State running back Arnold Walker, Millsaps College running back Mike Barthelemy and Jackson State quarterback Clayton Moore vying for the coveted award, which is named after College Football Hall of Famer Charlie Conerly, who also starred for the New York Giants.
Jackson becomes the first offensive lineman to win the top award in the Conerly Trophy's 18-year history. He joins four other Mississippi State Bulldogs as former winners of the coveted award, including running backs J.J. Johnson (1998), Jerious Norwood (2005) and Anthony Dixon (2009) and linebacker Chris White (2010).