Itawamba Community College sophomore wide receiver Demarius Howard (Calhoun City) was presented with the Bennie Abram LEGACY award during a special ceremony before ICC’s home opener against Southwest Mississippi Community College.
“Demarius embodies everything that Bennie was both as a student-athlete and as a person away from the game of football,” said ICC head football coach Jon Williams. “We are proud to have Demarius not only represent the memory of Bennie, but also represent our football team and the
The award is chosen by the ICC coaching staff and presented to a sophomore player they feel best reflects the life and legacy of former Indian defensive back Bennie Abram.
“Bennie was a young man that possessed a lot of great traits that you look for in athletes and people in general,” said Williams.
“He displayed a lot of leadership, effort, gratitude, a strong passion for academics, his character was impeccable, and in essence Bennie was a yeoman (a common man). If you were to spell those words out you have the acronym ‘legacy’ and that’s everything that’s why we chose to create the award and call it the Bennie Abram LEGACY Award.”
The award is given to a sophomore player that maintains a 3.0 or above GPA ad the recipient will serve as a team captain and wear a patch with Abram’s number “30” on his jersey throughout the season while his name will go on a plaque enshrined in the ICC football field house to help preserve the spirit Abram brought to Itawamba Community College.
The Indians defeated Southwest Mississippi Community College 22-10 to improve to 2-0 on the season. Howard had five catches for 43 yards and recorded a tackle in the win.
Past recipients of the award include Alex Thornton (2010, Shannon) and Canden Dallas (2011, Pontotoc).
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