Archives for 2016

The Right Choice for Evan Engram

©2016 Rebel Nation Magazine – Photo by Greg Pevey

Passing on the 2016 NFL Draft paid huge dividends for Engram and the Rebels

By Parrish Alford – Daily Journal
As published in the November/December Issue of Rebel Nation Magazine™
Photos by Greg Pevey

Evan Engram announced his presence when he twisted his upper body to make a catch over the middle at Vanderbilt three years ago.

There were many in the Ole Miss signing class of 2013 that didn’t need to announce their presence. Their reputations arrived ahead of them, guys like Robert Nkemdiche, Laquon Treadwell, and Laremy Tunsil.

Engram was a three-star signee from Powder Springs, Georgia, attracting attention from the service academics, the MAC and some FCS schools, but there was scant notice from SEC schools or other FBS programs.… Read more...

Bortles Named a Preseason All-American

Third Baseman Lands on Collegiate Baseball’s Preseason All-America Third Team

TUCSON, Ariz. – Ole Miss third baseman Colby Bortles was named a third team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced Monday. One of two seniors on the 2017 Rebel baseball team, Bortles earned a preseason All-American honor for the first time in his career.

Entering the final year of his Ole Miss career, Bortles will be a team captain for the second consecutive season. From playing in 40 games and earning a start in the 2014 College World Series as a freshman to starting all 62 games last year, he has made his mark on the program.… Read more...

IT’S OFFICIAL: Ole Miss Announces New Offensive and Defensive Coordinators

Phil Longo from Sam Houston State as OC, Wesley McGriff from Auburn as DC

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze announced on Friday the new leaders of the Rebels’ offense and defense in offensive coordinator Phil Longo and defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff.

Longo will arrive in Oxford after directing the nation’s best FCS offense at Sam Houston State.

“We explored every name for this position, but Phil has been on my radar for a long time and it was clear that he is the man that can take our offense from good to great,” Freeze said. “Over the past three years, he has authored one of the most prolific and innovative offenses in all divisions of college football.… Read more...

Ole Miss Bolsters Defense on Wednesday

Defensive End Marquis Haynes will return for the 2017 season.

Marquis Haynes Announces Return, Junior College Players Sign

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss got a big boost to its 2017 defense on Wednesday when standout defensive end Marquis Haynes announced he would return for his senior year and the Rebels added three junior college defensive signees on the first day of the mid-year signing period.

“After talking with my parents and coach Freeze, it’s best that I return to school and play my senior season as an Ole Miss Rebel,” Haynes tweeted.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Haynes will enter his senior season with 24.5 sacks and 36.5 TFLs, top four in school history in both categories.… Read more...

Raven Sanders to Receive Bowerman Award Friday Night

Ole Miss Track at the Vanderbilt Invitational on January 30, 2016 in Nashville, TN.
Photo by Ellen O’Nan/Ole Miss Athletics

Ole Miss Thrower Raven Saunders a Finalist for College Track & Field’s Highest Honor

OXFORD, Miss. – It’s been a long wait, but the Bowerman Award ceremony recognizing the best college track & field man and woman of 2016 is almost here.

Raven Saunders had a sophomore season to remember in her first year as an Ole Miss Rebel, and she is one of three female finalists for the Bowerman, along with Texas sprinter Courtney Okolo and Georgia jumper Keturah Orji.… Read more...

Ole Miss’ Engram Makes More All-America First Teams

Evan Engram’s first TD of the season. – Photo by Angie Ledbetter, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Engram’s Second Straight Day with a First Team All-America Nod

2016 USA Today Sports All-America Teams

2016 SI All-America Teams

OXFORD, Miss. – For the second straight day, Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram has been included on an All-America first team, this time by both USA Today Sports and Sports Illustrated on Thursday.

Engram is the 58th first team All-American in Ole Miss football history.

Solidifying himself as one of the best tight ends in the country, the postseason accolades have piled up for the senior.… Read more...

Three Rebels Named AP All-SEC

Chad Kelly’s 41-yard Touchdown run put the Rebels up 45-0 in the 3rd quarter. Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Engram Makes First Team; Kelly, Wunderlich Second Team

2016 AP All-SEC Teams

OXFORD, Miss. – The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference teams released Thursday included the exact same Ole Miss players and positions as Tuesday’s All-SEC coaches teams.

Evan Engram was a unanimous selection as the first team tight end, while quarterback Chad Kelly and kicker Gary Wunderlich were voted to the second team.

Engram, from Powder Springs, Georgia, is the first player in Ole Miss football history to be named All-SEC four times.… Read more...

Ole Miss’ Engram Wins Pop Warner College Football Award

Honored for Excellence on the Field, in the Classroom and in the Community

ORLANDO, Fla. – Evan Engram, the all-time Ole Miss leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches by a tight end and two-time SEC Community Service Team member, has been named the winner of the 2016 Pop Warner Little Scholars College Football Award. The award was presented during the 60th Annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex on Thursday.

The award, established in 2010, recognizes a senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community, all attributes Pop Warner emphasizes with its young scholar athletes.… Read more...

Engram Earns First Team All-America Accolades

Ole Miss Tight End Becomes the 58th First Team All-American in School History   OXFORD, Miss. – The award-winning week continued for Ole Miss senior Evan Engram as he was named a first team All-America selection by Sporting News, the publication announced Wednesday afternoon. With the distinction, Engram becomes the 58th first team All-American in Ole Miss football history.   Solidifying himself as one of the best tight ends in the country, the postseason accolades have piled up for the senior. On Tuesday, the team captain was tabbed a first team All-SEC selection by the conference’s coaches to become the first Rebel in school history to earn all-conference honors all four years of his collegiate career.… Read more...

Honors Keep Rolling In for Evan Engram: SEC Community Service Team

Evan Engram takes it in for six vs. Alabama. Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Engram Makes SEC Community Service Team for Second Time

Senior Tight End Regularly Spends Time with Special Needs Children and Adults

OXFORD, Miss. – Not only is Evan Engram the best college football player in Mississippi, he’s also a role model and tireless volunteer in his community.

For the second straight year, Engram has been recognized as a member of the Southeastern Conference Football Community Service Team for his exemplary efforts off the field.

The Ole Miss senior, who leads all tight ends nationally with 5.9 catches per game and 84.2 receiving yards per outing this season, has also shown a special passion for physically and mentally handicapped people during his time in Oxford.… Read more...