/MSU’s Justin Senior wins Kent Hull Trophy

MSU’s Justin Senior wins Kent Hull Trophy

Since 2013, the Kent Hull Trophy has been awarded annually to an offensive lineman who exemplifies the qualities that allowed the former Mississippi State legend, to play in three Pro Bowls and four Super Bowls as well as become one of the most respected and influential linemen in the National Football League. Senior stated, “It’s an honour to accept this award. “Mr. Hull was an icon at Mississippi State. All who played here knew of his legacy and the significance of this award. I will do my best to uphold the values he represented. “I want to thank my coaches, particularly Coach (Dan), Mullen, and Coach (John), Hevesy, as well as the Hull families for this tremendous honor.” Senior is a three-year starter for the Bulldogs’ offensive lines and has been a catalyst for one the most successful senior classes in MSU History. Senior has participated in 47 career games, with a team record 37 starts. Senior was 36 at right tackle and one left tackle. John Hevesy, MSU offensive coordinator and coach of the offensive line, said that Justin has exemplified what Mississippi State football is all about. He’s been with us five years and has developed on and off the field. Senior earned his degree and has been a leader in our offensive line at right tackle since 2014. Senior played left tackle in all 11 games. He saw action on 877 snaps, with 27 knockdowns. Senior has been the anchor of a Bulldog line which allowed only the third-fewest total sacks in all of the Southeastern Conference. This helped to create an MSU rushing attack averaging 212.8 yards per match. The Bulldogs defeated No. 28 by 35 to 28. The Bulldogs ran for 365 yards on Nov. 5 against No. 4 Texas A&M, their highest total in an SEC match since 1994. Senior and the offensive line didn’t allow a sack despite facing one of the best defensive lines in the country. Senior was also a great success off the field. He earned his undergraduate degree as sociologist in the summer 2015. Senior is currently studying for a second degree, this time in political science. He is the only Canadian currently playing SEC football and is a three time member of SEC Academic Honor Roll. Dan Mullen, MSU head coach, said that Justin had an extraordinary journey from Canada to Mississippi State and was proud of the achievements he made over five years. His leadership of our offensive line was invaluable. Senior will be a success in any path he chooses after football. Senior joins Gabe Jackson as the second recipient of the Kent Hull Trophy. Jackson was the inaugural recipient. Jackson went on to have a successful career with Oakland Raiders. Fahn Cooper, Ole Miss’ winner in 2015, and Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss) won in 2014. All three of the NFL’s players are Jackson (Oakland Raiders), Tunsil, (Miami Dolphins), and Cooper (San Francisco 49ers). Senior will receive the Kent Hull Trophy on Tuesday, November 29th at Clarksdale Country Club. *** Rick Cleveland – Kent Hull was a solid rock.