JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - From Special Reports:
Mississippi State senior offensive tackle Martinas Rankin was named the 2017 Entergy Kent Hull Trophy winner.
Presented by Entergy and the Kent Hull Foundation, the award is presented annually to Mississippi's top offensive lineman as voted upon by a panel of professional scouts.
The trophy is named for Hull, a former Mississippi State standout (1979-82) who played 11 years at center for the Buffalo of the National Football League, anchoring an offensive line that helped the Bills to four, consecutive Super Bowls (1991-94). Hull died in 2011.
"Offensive linemen are the unsung heroes of any football team," said Bill Blackwell, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. "Kent was the ultimate example of what linemen should be. He opened holes for the running backs and protected quarterback without much recognition. His teammates knew the selflessness and determination that he exemplified."
Rankin will receive the trophy Nov. 28 at the C-Spire Conerly Trophy presentation at the Hilton-Jackson.
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Rankin played at Mendenall High School and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College before arriving in Starkville. A team captain, Rankin is a member of an offensive line that has allowed just eight sacks this season, the fewest given up any Power 5 football team.
Rankin, a three-time Southeastern Conference Honor Roll honoree, hold a 3.13 grade-point average working a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a focus in physiology.