OXFORD, Miss. (Ole Miss Athletics/WTVA) - As part of the Nissan Grove Bowl festivities, Ole Miss handed out its annual spring football awards Saturday, headlined by senior defensive end Austrian Robinson being named the 2019 Chucky Mullins Courage Award winner.
A native of New York, New York, Robinson became the 29th recipient in the 30-year history of the award when it was revealed at Saturday's lunch ceremony, presented by the M-Club.
Robinson will wear Mullins' No. 38 jersey throughout the 2019 season.
The award, sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, honors the late Chucky Mullins, who had his Ole Miss career come to an end during the 1989 Homecoming game against Vanderbilt when he was paralyzed after making a tackle. After returning to his studies at Ole Miss, Mullins passed away May 6, 1991.
Robinson was selected from among several veteran defensive players by head coach Matt Luke and the Rebel coaching staff. The award is presented annually to an Ole Miss upperclassman defensive player that embodies the spirit of Mullins - courage, leadership, perseverance and determination.
In his three-year Ole Miss career, Robinson has appeared in 26 games on the Rebels' defensive line. Robinson, who played in 11 games last season at both defensive tackle and defensive end, has 52 career tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss.
Former Chucky Mullins Courage Award recipients are Chris Mitchell, Jeff Carter, Trea Southerland, Johnny Dixon, Alundis Brice, Michael Lowery, Derek Jones, Nate Wayne, Gary Thigpen, Ronnie Heard, Anthony Magee, Kevin Thomas, Lanier Goethie, Jamil Northcutt, Eric Oliver, Kelvin Robinson, Patrick Willis, Jeremy Garrett, Jamarca Sanford, Marcus Tillman, Kentrell Lockett, Deterrian Shackelford (twice), Jason Jones, Mike Marry, Mike Hilton, John Youngblood, Marquis Haynes and C.J. Moore.
The Rebel coaching staff will hand out a number of other awards prior to kickoff of the 2019 Grove Bowl, as listed below.
The Eli Manning Award – Tylan Knight
Presented to the most improved offensive football player based on spring practice performance in the area of spirit, leadership, hustle, determination and dependability.
The Jeff Hamm Memorial Award – Charles Wiley
Presented to the most improved defensive football player based on spring practice performance in the areas of spirit, leadership, hustle, determination and dependability.
The J. Richard Price Courage and Compassion Award – Alex Givens
This award is presented annually to the upperclassman lineman who, in the opinion of his coaches, has demonstrated extraordinary courage and unusual compassion in his dedication to his team and to Ole Miss.
Park Stevens Memorial Scholarship – Luke Logan
This award is presented annually to the top walk-on of the spring.
The John Howard Vaught Award of Excellence – Javon Patterson
Presented to a graduating senior athlete. Qualifications are dedication, scholastic ability, morale and performance.
Birmingham Alumni Club's annual Leadership Award – Zedrick Woods
This award is a portrait awarded in recognition of a graduating senior football player for his leadership qualities both on and off the field.
Clower-Walters Scholarship – Sean Rawlings
Established in 1974 by Jerry Clower to honor Carl Walters, a veteran Mississippi sportswriter. A plaque will be awarded to an outstanding graduating senior Ole Miss football player as selected by the coaching staff and a scholarship will be awarded in the name of the player selected.