BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Southern Miss redshirt senior Austin Davis became the Golden Eagles all-time leader in touchdown passes in 2010, surpassing Brett Favre and Lee Roberts.
He's one of 38 of the nation's top quarterbacks selected for the Davey O'Brien Award, based on his performance in 2010 and expectations for the 2011 season.
Coach Larry Fedora says he's lucky to have the caliber of quarterback that Davis gives Southern Miss each and every time he enters the football field.
"Austin Davis first of all is a great person and that's probably the most important thing." Fedora added, "He's a great quarterback also. He has all the intangibles, a tremendous leader and he's the kind of guy going into his fourth year as a starter excited about having him back and leading this football team in 2011."
After three years behind center, Austin Davis has thrown for 7-thousand-396 yards, 299 yards shy of Brett Favre's Southern Miss career record of 7-thousand-695 yards. He already holds the Golden Eagles record of 53 career passing touchdowns and will add to that total this season.
Mississippi State's Chris Relf enters the Bulldogs 2011 season as a double threat. In 2010, he helped guide Mississippi State to 9 wins and 4 losses, including a big win over Michigan in the Gator Bowl.
Coach Dan Mullen says Relf is expected to provide leadership to a very young Mississippi State football team.
"It's great having that, a senior quarterback with experience and leadership coming back. You know we have some great leaders in this senior class and they need to really step up."
In 2010, Relf completed 129 of 220 passes for 17-hundred-89 yards and 15 touchdowns. He completed 58.6 percent of his passes.
Relf can also tuck the ball in and take off running. Last season he added 713 yards rushing with 5 touchdowns.