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Ole Miss’ Haynes Makes Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

One of 42 Top Defensive Players up for Annual Award

2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss senior defensive end Marquis Haynes has been selected to the watch list for the 2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation recently announced.

Haynes is one of 42 of the nation’s top defensive players on the watch list, including 17 linebackers, 14 defensive linemen, and 11 defensive backs. To date, the Lott IMPACT Trophy has donated more than $1.3 million for various charities throughout the country, including more than $500,000 to universities.

The winner of the 14th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy will be announced at a banquet Dec.… Read more...

A Sneak Peek Inside the May/June Issue Coming Soon

The May/June issue of Rebel Nation Magazine™ is in production and will mail out to subscribers later this month and hit stores the week of May 1st. Here’s a taste of what you can expect! Don’t miss it! It’s ALL Ole Miss from Cover to Cover!

Photo by Angie Ledbetter for Rebel Nation Magazine™

Freeze Approach – A Model for College Athletics

By Special Guest Columnist, Mike Biggs of Norman, OK via Jackson, MS  – Ole Miss Class of ‘81

These days, the wide world of sports is often fraught more with controversy and political drama than with events on the field.… Read more...

STOREY WAS THE STORY: Ole Miss vs. Notre Dame 1977

James Storey scores on a 9-yard pass from Bobby Garner just before the end of the first half to give Ole Miss a 10-7 lead en route to a 20-13 upset of Notre Dame in Jackson – Ole Miss File Photo

The Ripley Native Helped Lift Ole Miss to One of Its Biggest Victories in Program History

By Jeff Roberson
As published in the July/August 2016 Football Preview
Photos courtesy Ole Miss Athletics

Back in the fall of 1977, almost four decades ago now, Ole Miss beat Notre Dame 20-13 in football. The headliner was in Jackson, Miss., because that was back in the era when Ole Miss played most of its biggest games away from campus, either in the capital city or nearby Memphis, Tenn.… Read more...

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...