'Miracle' Finalist For ESPY Award; Fans to Decide Online
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BATON ROUGE -- LSU's Devery Henderson, the player on the receiving end of last year's "Bluegrass Miracle" goes to Hollywood this week to participate in the 11th annual ESPY Awards and Tiger fans from across the country can have a say-so in who wins the award.
The ESPY Award show will be televised live on ESPN starting at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16 from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Henderson has been nominated along with five other athletes for the "Best Play" category. ESPN will announce the five other nominees for the "Best Play" category on Monday.
A new twist to this year's Best Play Award is that fans will determine the winner. Voting for the Best Play Award begins on the Internet at ESPN.com in the morning of the 16th and will continue through the telecast with the winner being announced in the final segment of the show.
LSU fans can log on to ESPN.com anytime on Wednesday to cast a vote for Henderson and "The Bluegrass Miracle" as the best play in all of athletics year.
Henderson is nominated for his participation LSU's last-second 33-30 win over Kentucky in Lexington last season. Henderson caught a 75-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass from quarterback Marcus Randall that lifted LSU to an unlikely 33-30 win over the Wildcats.
Henderson caught the pass after it was tipped twice by a pair of Kentucky defenders, first by Morris Lane at the 24-yard line and then by Earven Flowers at the 21-yard line. Henderson got his hands on the ball for the first time at the 19-yard line and then bobbled it for four yards before finally gaining control at the 15-yard line. Henderson then broke a tackle at the 10-yard line and then raced the final 10 yards untouched into the endzone.
Henderson will attempt to become the second LSU student-athlete to win an ESPY as former Tiger Warren Morris was honored in 1997 with the Showstopper of the Year award for his ninth-inning game-winning home run against Miami in the championship game of the 1996 College World Series.