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USD Hail Mary named play of the year by Sports Illustrated

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University of South Dakota

On Tuesday night, Sports Illustrated presented the University of South Dakota with its Smooth Play of the Year award. The Coyotes won a dramatic game off of a Hail Mary touchdown heave against rival South Dakota State University in mid-November.

That 57-yard heave from quarterback Carson Camp to wide receiver Jeremiah Webb quickly received national attention on its way to the Sports Illustrated awards banquet.

Camp and Webb were flown to Hollywood, Florida for Wednesday nightโ€™s ceremony. Both gave brief speeches when receiving the award.

โ€œGreat plays come from great teams and thatโ€™s what we have at the University of South Dakota,โ€ said Camp. โ€œOn behalf of USD, our coaches, and our teammates, we want to thank Sports Illustrated for honoring us for Play of the Year.โ€

For Webb, his Hail Mary reception was the first touchdown of his career.

โ€œEveryone dreams of scoring their first touchdown. Never in my dreams could I picture this,โ€ explained Webb. โ€œAs happy as I was to come down with that catch, I was even happier for the 11 seniors who walked off that field a winner on Senior Day.โ€

Shaquille Oโ€™Neal presented the Play of the Year award to Camp and Webb on Tuesday.

Nate Wek is currently the sports content producer and sports and rec beat reporter for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism Broadcasting and a minor in Leadership. From 2010-2013 Nate was the Director of Gameday Media for the Sioux Falls Storm (Indoor Football League) football team. He also spent 2012 and 2013 as the News and Sports Director of KSDJ Radio in Brookings, SD. Nate, his wife Sarah, and two kids Braxan and Jordy, live in Canton, SD.