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...

THE OXFORD BOOM! – Can the City Keep Its “Small Town” Charm?

The Courthouse on the Square.

By Collin Brister,
Featured Writer
– As published in the Sept/Oct. 2016 Issue of Rebel Nation Magazine™
Photos by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Oxford, for good or bad, isn’t what it once was. It never will be again. This cozy town filled with William Faulkner’s house, the historic square and one of the most beautiful universities in the nation has changed over the past 20 years. It’s changed over the past ten years. It’s changed over the past one.

Take a drive down Jackson Avenue on a Thursday during football season for a home game.… Read more...

Coach Derrick Nix Is A Survivor

With the help of his brother, Coach Derrick Nix is still in the Game

BY COLLIN BRISTER
Contributing Writer
Photos by Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics
(As published in the Sept/Oct 2016 issue of Rebel Nation Magazine™)

Derrick Nix was going to play football in the NFL until he didn’t. Derrick Nix was going to be a high NFL draft pick until he wasn’t.

Nix, now the running backs coach at Ole Miss heading into his ninth season in Oxford, spent his college years at Southern Mississippi,

“It was a great time. I got an opportunity to play with a lot of great players there.… Read more...

Who Is Ole Miss’ True Rival?

Tigers star running back Leonard Fournette had a decent day with 108 yards rushing on 25 carries, but his presence was mostly neutralized after LSU fell into an early hole and had to throw to try to score points quickly. Photo by Angie Ledbetter, Rebel Nation Magazine™

A rivalry that dates back to 1894, the Ole Miss vs. LSU match-up has always BEEN THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON

By Acey Roberts,
Contributing Writer
(As published in the current Sept/Oct issue)

Today’s college football fans are certainly spoiled. There are usually more bowl games than eligible teams; there are more televised games than you could watch and every game is a “rivalry” game.… Read more...

PETE BOONE: IT WAS A DIFFERENT ERA

Photo Courtesy Ole Miss Athletics

BY JOHN DAVIS
Contributing Writer – The Oxford Citizen
Photos COURTESY OLE MISS ATHLETICS

As published in the May/June 2016 Issue of Rebel Nation Magazine™

There was a time when money didn’t flow like a river at Ole Miss. Pete Boone, the athletics director during two different tenures, knows that as well as anyone. If he wanted to get something built, he had to raise all the money for the project first. That was a rule Chancellor Robert Khayat wanted him to follow.

“There was no money during those 15 years, with a four-year break in between,” Boone said.… Read more...

Staring Down a Different Opponent

Ole Miss Men’s Tennis vs Texas A&M on March 13, 2016 in Oxford, MS.
Photo by Ellen O’Nan/Ole Miss Athletics

Ole Miss Men’s Tennis Junior Ricardo Jorge Confronts Scoliosis Head on

By Kim Ling,
Associate Athletics Media Relations Director

OXFORD, Miss. — Junior Ole Miss men’s tennis player Ricardo Jorge grew up playing tennis in Portugal and always envisioned playing professionally one day. He was a national champion twice already at the age of 14 when suddenly his life changed.

Ranked No. 1 in Portugal at the time, Jorge was training in Lisbon, nearly three hours away from his hometown of Tavira.… Read more...

Throwback Thursday / EVAN ENGRAM: A New Attitude

Evan Engram – Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

As published in the Sept/Oct 2015 Issue
By John Davis – Oxford Citizen
Contributing Writer

It takes a lot for CJ Johnson to be impressed. The Philadelphia native has dealt with his share of injuries, and change during his Ole Miss career. He’s seen a lot, more than most players do, as he gets ready to play his fifth year in Oxford.

So when Johnson praises a teammate for their work ethic, and overall ability, it should be noted. He’s seen a lot of good, and he’s seen a lot of not so good.… Read more...

Ole Miss Football Signs Highest-Rated Class in Program History

Ranked as High as Fourth Nationally by ESPN.com

Signing Day Central | 2016 Signees | Press Conference (Video) | Press Conference Transcript

Ole Miss QB signee, Shae Patterson, has already enrolled at Ole Miss and will participate in Spring drills.

OXFORD, Miss. – Strong relationships built with recruits and their families, first-class academic and training facilities and a winning product on the field have helped Ole Miss significantly raise the level of talent within the football program since head coach Hugh Freeze arrived in 2012.

The Rebels took another step forward Wednesday by signing their highest-rated class on record, one Freeze characterizes as the “deepest” since he’s been the head coach.… Read more...

2015 Rebels Shatter School Records

Coach Hugh Freeze – Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Ole Miss Broke or Tied 64 Statistical School Records Among 2015 Achievements

OXFORD, Miss. – The 2015 season was one for the ages for the Ole Miss Rebels.

The culmination of a group of superbly talented players, Hugh Freeze and his staff’s up-tempo style of play, a renewed vigor in the Ole Miss fan base, and the opportunity for the highest levels of success in the Southeastern Conference Western Division produced a hallmark season in Oxford, Mississippi.

Ole Miss’ 48-20 victory over Oklahoma State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl capped the team’s first 10-win season since 2003 and the fourth straight season with a higher win total than the previous year.… Read more...

Ole Miss Football Cracks Top 10 in Final National Rankings

Photo by Rebel Nation Magazine™

Highest Final National Ranking since 1969

OXFORD, Miss. – The number 10 looks good for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Ole Miss is top 10 in the final national rankings, coming in at No. 9 in the Amway coaches poll and No. 10 in the Associated Press poll. It’s the Rebels’ first top-10 final ranking since the 1969 season (No. 8 AP).

The Rebels won 10 games for the first time since 2003, including major wins over eventual national champion Alabama and SEC West rivals Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State. Hugh Freeze’s squad capped the impressive campaign with a 48-20 win over then-No.… Read more...