BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Malcolm Tatum of Moss Point has been selected as the first inductee into the Mississippi Bowl Hall of Fame. The 6-foot-3, 265 pound defensive end played for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in the inaugural bowl in 2008.
Tatum will be recognized at Friday's banquet and during halftime activities of the Mississippi Bowl game on Sunday. In 2008 he was named the defensive MVP in the Gulf Coast Bulldogs win over Georgia Military College. He went on to play at the University of Louisville and had 73 tackles in two seasons. Tatum later signed a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers in 2011 and was a member of the Louisiana Swashbucklers in 2012.
He received a bachelor's degree at Louisiana in three semesters and now resides on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The Mississippi Bowl press conference will be held Friday at 5:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Hospitality and Resort Management Center across from the Jeff Davis Campus on Debuys Road in Biloxi.
Following the press conference with coaches from both East Mississippi and Iowa Western, the Kickoff Dinner gets underway. Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn will be the guest speaker and Malcolm Tatum will be recognized.