Southern Miss' Fletcher Wins Conerly Trophy
Nov. 28, 2007
Southern Miss sophomore running back Damion Fletcher (Biloxi, Miss.) received the 2007 Cellular South Conerly Trophy this evening as the state's top football player in an announcement made at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson.
The award, which represents the state of Mississippi's most prestigious individual football honor, was voted on by media voters representing radio, television and print outlets throughout the state which determined the finalists and the eventual recipient of the Cellular South Conerly Trophy in two rounds of voting.
This was the second-straight year that Fletcher earned a finalist spot for the award. He became only the third Southern Miss player to win the award. The others included Rod Davis in 2002 and Michael Boley in 2004.
Fletcher, one of only three Southern Miss players to ever rush for consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, tallied 1,431 yards in 12 games for the 7-5 Golden Eagles during the regular season with 15 touchdowns on 266 carries. He had eight of his 15-career, 100-yard rushing games this season, including a career-best 211 yards with a career-high tying three touchdowns. Southern Miss concludes its season Dec. 22, at the Papajohns.com Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, as the Golden Eagles play in their sixth straight bowl game and 10th over the last 11 seasons.
He moved into fifth-place on the Golden Eagles' career rushing yards list with 2,819, which also ranks as the highest rushing total for a Southern Miss running back in back-to-back seasons, as he also is one of just eight Southern Miss players to have rushed for over 2,500 yards in their career.
The list of three finalists included Mississippi State players Titus Brown, a senior defensive lineman from Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Anthony Dixon, a sophomore running back from Terry, Miss.
Southern Miss had a finalist for the ninth times in the 12-year history of the event. The previous finalists included Marchant Kenney (1996), Patrick Surtain (1997), Sherrod Gideon (1998), Adalius Thomas (1999), Davis (2002-2003), Boley (2004) and Fletcher (2006-2007).