May 9, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Austin Davis and Chastity Riggien were named the Southern Miss Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year at the department's recent year-end Student Academic Honors program at the Thad Cochran Center.
Davis, a member of the Golden Eagle football team, holds or has tied 21 school records, including career touchdown passes in which he overtook Brett Favre and Lee Roberts last December in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl with his 53rd scoring strike.
The Meridian, Miss., native was a second-team All-Conference USA selection at quarterback last fall and was named the Rivals.com C-USA Player of the Week twice during the season. In addition, he was nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, which awards a player that ascends from a walk-on to an outstanding player, as well as a two-time Manning Award nominee for top quarterback in the country.
In addition to his prowess off the field, Davis was recently inducted into the University's Hall of Fame and was chosen as last fall's Conference USA Spirit of Service Award. Davis was also named to the C-USA All-Academic team last fall for the second time as well as awarded a C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition.
Riggien, a member of the school's track and field squad, was a second-team All-American during the indoor season as she broke the school record yet again for the eighth time. Her final time of 7.26 for 60m was achieved at the national meet. In the 100 meters this spring during the outdoor season, Riggien has posted a time of 11.13 which ranks in the Top 10 in the NCAA and first in C-USA.
Last season, Riggien was the 200 meter C-USA outdoor champion and was a first-team all-conference in that event as well as a second-team selection in the 100 meters.
She has been named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll four years and is a four-time Dean's List Scholar and Academic Director's Honor Roll honoree.
From Montgomery, Ala., she garnered the C-USA Spirit of Service Award during the winter as she has served as a volunteer in several community service activities, including the United Way Canned Food Drive, Camp Shelby's Camp Challenge Program and the Eagles Helping Eagles fund. Riggien also took a trip with the New York School of Urban Ministries to help the New York Homeless Mission.
In other awards, the Southern Miss women's cross country team captured the Team Academic Award by sporting the highest grade point average of any team with a 3.54.
A total of 33 student-athletes also were recognized as C-USA Medalists (3.75-4.00 GPA) over the last year, while 130 earned C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (3.0-3.749 GPA) accolades.