Female Collegiate Award Winner
Kennesaw State University softball player Jessie Mullen is our 2019 Female Collegiate Award winner. Jessie is a graduate of Niceville High School, where she was a three-time All-State selection for softball. Jessie tallied 25 home runs through the first three years of her prep career, and hit at least .375 in each of those seasons. Jessie led Niceville to the 5A state title in 2011.
Jessie was one of six Niceville High School seniors from her team who signed college softball scholarships. Jessie signed with Arkansas, where she appeared in 21 games as a Freshman, including 12 starts. Jessie connected for her first career home run against Mississippi State, and finished the season batting .242.
Jessie started seven games at second base as a Sophomore, then missed the remainder of the season. She took a Redshirt year and transferred to Kennesaw State University (KSU). KSU is part of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. KSU is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN), whose nine teams include three Florida schools: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, and University of North Florida.
Jessie is currently a Redshirt Senior at KSU. In 2018, she started all 56 games at shortstop, and was named to the ASUN Conference All-Academic Team. KSU won the ASUN Conference regular season and tournament titles, and concluded their season with the school’s first appearance in the NCAA Division I Softball tournament, where they faced Auburn and Jacksonville State in the Tallahassee Regional. The KSU Owls finished their season with a 39-17 record, the third-most wins since moving to the Division I level in 2006. Congratulations to Jessie Mullen, All Sports 2019 Female Collegiate Award winner.
Male Collegiate Award Winner
Tyre McCants, wide receiver from the University of South Florida, is the All Sports Association Male Collegiate winner for 2019. Tyre is a graduate of Niceville High School, where he played for Coach John Hicks. Tyre had an outstanding senior year at Niceville, with 818 receiving yards, 560 rushing yards, 540 return yards and 18 touchdowns. He helped lead Niceville to a 13-2 record and an appearance in the Class 7A state championship game. Tyre was named the Northwest Florida Daily News Large School Player of the Year and WEARTV3 Offensive Player of the Year for 2013.
Rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Tyre had offers from Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, Louisville, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, California, and Minnesota, ultimately signing with the University of South Florida. Tyre was recruited by Coach Stu Holt, signed with Head Coach Willie Taggart and finished his collegiate career under Head Coach Charlie Strong.
Tyre leaves USF as one of the most decorated wide receivers in school history. He played in 51 games and made 32 starts. He is fourth all-time in USF career receptions (127), third in receiving yards (1,856), and tied for second with 16 career touchdown receptions. Tyre’s 59 receptions in the 2018 season rank as the third-most receptions in a single season in USF history.
Tyre played in four collegiate bowl games, and he is USF’s career bowl game leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. He even threw a touchdown pass in the 2018 Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa. Tyre graduated from USF in May with a degree in Communications. Congratulations Tyre, and Go Bulls!