USM Quarterback Austin Davis wins the 2011 Conerly Trophy

AP Sports Writer

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis has won the 2011 Conerly Trophy Presented by C Spire Wireless on Tuesday night, an award given to the state's top college football player.

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound senior from Meridian, Miss., is a former walk-on who became a 4-year starter for the Golden Eagles. He's thrown for 3,052 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season, leading Southern Miss to a No. 24 national ranking, Conference USA Eastern Division title and the program's first 10-win season since 1988.

Southern Miss plays No. 7 Houston in the Conference USA championship game on Saturday.

The other four finalists were Delta State quarterback Micah Davis, Jackson State quarterback Casey Therriault, Mississippi State cornerback Jonathan Banks and Mississippi safety Charles Sawyer.

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