Southern Miss recognizes student-athletes at annual Talon Awards
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss student-athletes from all 16 varsity sports dressed to the nines on Monday night at the Venture Church's Hunt Club campus, celebrating the end of the school year with the annual Talon Awards, presented by Cintas.
The university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the event, as representatives from each sport took votes on each award and spoke to the packed house.
The banquet also featured several talent exhibitions with song performances by football's Tyler Flathau and Raymond Smith and softball's Karley Nichols. All spring and summer graduates were also invited on stage, where they received gold stoles.
Team GPA (male): Golf, 3.3
Team GPA (female): Cross Country, 3.5
Most community service: Softball
Newcomer of the Year: Chandler Marshall, volleyball
Comeback Player of the Year: Kwadra Griggs, football
Performance of the Year: Natalie Druhan and Kylie Grandy, volleyball
Male Athlete of the Year: Ito Smith, football
Female Athlete of the Year: Kate Mattox, cross country