Austin Davis passed for 277 yards and two scores, and ran for another as Southern Mississippi…
Davis, who has led the Golden Eagles to a 10-2 record this season and the Conference USA championship game this weekend at Houston, is the fourth Southern Miss player to win this award since its inception in 1996.
Linebacker Rod Davis was the first Golden Eagle to capture the award in 2002, while fellow linebacker Michael Boley won the accolade in 2004 and running back Damion Fletcher garnered the trophy in 2007.
Davis, from Meridian, Miss., is the all-time leader in most of the school's career passing categories including yards (10,448), touchdown passes (77), completions (898), attempts (1,453) and total offense (11,756). His accomplishments have not been limited to the field as he was named a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, recognizing a former walk-on who has gone on to excel for his team.
In addition, he is one of 10 finalists for both the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as well as the ARA National Sportsmanship Award.
A member of the school's Hall of Fame as a student, Davis was the 2010 Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while also earning his degree in Business Administration in December of last year.
He currently is pursuing a masters degree in Coaching at the University and is expected to complete his postgraduate work this spring.