Mississippi college baseball, football, men's and women's basketball players who are fan voting winners named for 2021 C Spire Outstanding Player Awards
JACKSON, Miss., May 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Mississippi State outfielder Tanner Allen, Jackson State guard Tristan Jarrett, Jackson State guard Dayzsha Rogan and Mississippi Valley State linebacker Jerry Garner were the top vote getters and winners of the fan voting segment for the 2021 C Spire Outstanding Player Awards, which annually honor Mississippi's top college baseball, football, men's and women's basketball players.
"We have some of the most passionate college sports fans in the country ..." - Jim Richmond, VP-Marketing, C Spire
Fan voting results, which count for 10% of the total, were announced Monday afternoon after an email address validation process. The awards program was curtailed last year by co-sponsors C Spire and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame after a public health crisis caused some sports to be discontinued and others to be rescheduled due to health restrictions and concerns.
A total of 37,988 votes were cast for the 19 nominees from Magnolia state public colleges and universities via online voting during the six-day long fan voting period sponsored by C Spire and the MSHOF. Overall winners of the four awards will be announced on Monday, May 24 at noon during a special virtual program online at www.msfame.com. Veteran CBS NFL television analyst Charles Davis will be the special master of ceremonies.
Top-polling nominees and the votes they received for the C Spire Outstanding Players Awards in 2021:
This is the ninth time in the award's 25-year history that fan voting has been allowed for the prestigious awards. "We have some of the most passionate college sports fans in the country and this gives them a way to have their voice heard in choosing Mississippi's best players," said Jim Richmond, vice president of Marketing for C Spire.
The awards are named after some Mississippi sports legends, including former college and NFL star Charlie Conerly, Boston Celtics basketball great Bailey Howell, Ole Miss' best all-round women's basketball player Peggy Gillom-Granderson and long-time coach and former college and Major League Baseball star Dave "Boo" Ferriss. All four have had storied college and professional careers in football, baseball and basketball.
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