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  05/25/21 - *Elijah MooreJr/2021, Mississippi, 5-10, 178 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  Ole Miss and Mississippi State took home the top hardware at the C Spire Awards on Monday. The C Spire Awards, given to the top college athletes in Mississippi, were given out to the best football, basketball and baseball players in Mississippi for 2020-21. These awards are usually given out at the end of each sport's respective season but were given out all in one Monday in a virtual ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore was given the Conerly Trophy, awarded to the top college football player in Mississippi. Moore was a first-team All-America receiver in 2020. He caught 86 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games and in April was picked in the second round of the NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Additionally, the Kent Hull Offensive Lineman of the Year award was given to Moore's Ole Miss teammate Royce Newman. Newman started 10 games for Ole Miss in 2020, was a Senior Bowl selection and was picked by the Green Bay Packers in the draft. - Clarion Ledger


(DS#5 WR) Jr/2021 WR *Elijah MooreMississippi
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  05/18/21 - Matt CorralrJr/2023, Mississippi, 6-1, 205 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  The first Ole Miss football game of the 2021 season will be played in primetime on national TV for the entire college football world to see. Ole Miss' season opener against Louisville will be played at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, Sept. 6 in Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta and will be televised on ESPN. The Ole Miss-Louisville game will be the only FBS game played on Labor Day, giving the Rebels and the Cardinals a timeslot all to their own. The Rebels are guaranteed to play a minimum two games on ESPN this fall. The Egg Bowl against Mississippi State will be broadcast on ESPN on Thanksgiving night at 7:30 p.m. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#6 QB) rJr/2023 QB Matt CorralMississippi
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  It's hard to find a backup quarterback anywhere in college football with better name recognition than John Rhys Plumlee. There's good reason for that. Not many backup quarterbacks ran for 1,000 yards as true freshmen, are key cogs for top-10 baseball programs or have their piano-playing past referenced on nearly every game broadcast. And, perhaps most crucially at this point, not many backup quarterbacks led their team to bowl wins by making crucial plays at wide receiver. Plumlee made it clear after the Outback Bowl that he sees himself as a quarterback.

He's started eight games at quarterback and scored 17 touchdowns in two years. But in the 2021 Outback Bowl Plumlee subbed in as a slot receiver and caught five passes for 73 yards. That included three catches for 55 yards on the Rebels' game-winning touchdown drive with less than five minutes remaining. That performance has led to speculation about whether Ole Miss views Plumlee as a receiver or quarterback. That speculation can't really go anywhere this spring since Plumlee is playing baseball. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin said Plumlee has dropped in for a few quarterback meetings this spring when he's had spare time. - The Clarion Ledger


(DS#42 QB) Jr/2023 QB John Rhys PlumleeMississippi
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  04/13/21 - Jake SpringerrSr/2022, Mississippi, 6-1, 205 (DS#29 SS) + More +

  A 6-foot, 205-pound transfer defensive back from Navy, Jake Springer sat out last season but is working with the first-team defense at safety and nickelback this spring. Springer told the media he's comfortable at those positions and thinks his versatility is a major asset, which is something Jones agreed with. "He really could play everywhere," Jones said. "He's a guy that could play the run, could cover and be a ball hawk. He's definitely a vital piece in this defense. I look forward to playing with him this year." It's hard to separate the two junior college defensive line transfers from one another. Both missed time early in camp. But returned to make impressive sacks in two-minute drills in last Saturday's scrimmage. Both, according to Kiffin, are rotating between inside and outside positions. "Obviously everybody was wondering about the new cats that came in," Springer said. "They've been getting after it. I think all of our defensive line really has a confidence. We've got them on the back end, and they can go do those things." - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#29 SS) rSr/2022 SS Jake SpringerMississippi
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  04/06/21 - Lakia HenryrSr/2022, Mississippi, 5-11, 235 (DS#5 ILB) + More +

  As high as the expectations are for Ole Miss football in 2021, senior linebacker Lakia Henry believes they should be higher. "It bothers me," Henry said. "We should be at the top 10, top 5 in my opinion. And we've got the people to do it. We just have to do it." There are no official rankings of football teams five months before the start of the season, of course. But after Ole Miss won four of its last five games to end 2020, including an Outback Bowl victory over a top-10 opponent, the Rebels' program is engulfed by hype. Or at the very least, intrigue. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#5 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Lakia HenryMississippi
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  03/26/21 - *Elijah MooreJr/2021, Mississippi, 5-10, 178 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore showed off his athleticism at his pro day Thursday. Moore ran his 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds on his only attempt. He also ran his short shuttle in 4.00 seconds and finished the three-cone drill in 6.65 seconds. Moore's 40-yard dash time would've been the third-fastest at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine and his three-cone time would've been the fastest of any wide receiver since 2018. "I did well," Moore said. "I wanted to do more on the bench. But the 40 was around the area I wanted and the routes, I felt like I was very efficient. I'm just thankful. I can't thank God enough." Moore also ran routes and caught passes from former Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly. Moore also participated in running back drills and in punt return drills to show off the diversity of his skill set.

In 2020, Moore was voted first-team All-America by the Associated Press after catching 86 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games. Draft analysts widely vary on Moore's stock, ranking him anywhere between a first- and fourth-round pick. "Of course I have dreams and aspirations to go in the first round," Moore said. "Of course I want to go to the right position. But I've been praying a lot on top of that that whatever position I do fall into is the right position. I let God lead me. You can't go wrong whenever you do that." - The Clarion Ledger


(DS#5 WR) Jr/2021 WR *Elijah MooreMississippi
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  03/24/21 - Jerrion EalyJr/2023, Mississippi, 5-08, 190 (DS#14 RB) + More +

  Starting running back Jerrion Ealy is one of four Ole Miss football players who coach Lane Kiffin does not expect to practice at all this spring because of injury. Ole Miss held its first spring practice Tuesday, after which Kiffin addressed the media for the first time since National Signing Day in February. Tight end Casey Kelly, safety Daylen Gill and defensive back Demarko Williams are the other three players who will be absent because of injuries. "Obviously there are a bunch of other guys who will be limited or will be back at some point," Kiffin said. "But we expect everybody else to be available at some point this spring."

Ealy, who was Ole Miss' leading rusher in 2020, had offseason surgery that is keeping him off the football field and the baseball diamond this spring. Kiffin did not disclose what the injuries keeping the other players out are. Gill made 18 tackles in nine games last season and Kelly caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Williams is a freshman who early enrolled from Westlake High School in Atlanta. Additionally, Ole Miss will be without quarterback John Rhys Plumlee this spring. Plumlee is an outfielder for the baseball team who has started three games and played in 13 this season. - The Clarion Ledger


(DS#14 RB) Jr/2023 RB Jerrion EalyMississippi
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  03/19/21 - Ben BrownrSr/2022, Mississippi, 6-4, 315 (DS#7 C) + More +

  Ole Miss has 35 seniors on the roster. Thirteen were seniors last season but opted to return for an extra season as allowed by the NCAA after the COVID-19 pandemic. Eight of those 13 were starters last season. No SEC West team returns more COVID seniors or brings back more returning starters among COVID seniors than Ole Miss. Throw in traditional seniors like Ben Brown, Jacquez Jones, MoMo Sanogo and Keidron Smith, who have three years of starting experience as well, and this team is loaded with veterans. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#7 C) rSr/2022 C Ben BrownMississippi
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  02/24/21 - Matt CorralrJr/2023, Mississippi, 6-1, 205 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Lane Kiffin will have his second chance at a first Grove Bowl on April 24. Ole Miss will host the Grove Bowl, its annual spring intrasquad scrimmage April 24 at 4 p.m. and will begin spring practice March 23. This will be the first spring practice session and Grove Bowl under Kiffin's tenure as the 2020 spring season had to be canceled because of COVID-19. The weekend of April 22-25 will be packed with Ole Miss sporting events. Ole Miss baseball will host LSU in a three-game series beginning Thursday and extending through Saturday. The Rebels' softball team hosts Auburn that weekend beginning on Friday and ending on Sunday. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#6 QB) rJr/2023 QB Matt CorralMississippi
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  Former Maryland inside linebacker Chance Campbell is transferring to the University of Mississippi, he announced Monday, reuniting with former Terps coach DJ Durkin. Campbell, a former three-star prospect in the Class of 2018 who was recruited by Durkin, announced in late January his intention to transfer. He was an All-Big Ten honorable mention this past fall after ranking second in the conference in tackles per game (11.0) and third in solo stops per game (5.7). In four starts, he led Maryland (2-3) in tackles (43) and tackles for loss (5 1/2), had 1 1/2 sacks and returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown in an upset win over Penn State. - Baltimore Sun

(DS#999 ILB) Sr/2022 ILB Chance CampbellMississippi
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  Middle linebacker Chance Campbell announced Monday that he is seeking to transfer from the Maryland football program. The junior made his decision public on social media, including Twitter. Campbell was an All-Big Ten honorable mention choice this past fall after ranking second in the conference in tackles per game (11.0) and third in solo stops per game (5.7). In four starts, he led Maryland (2-3) in tackles (43) and tackles for loss (5 1/2) and had 1 1/2 sacks. - Baltimore Sun

(DS#999 ILB) Sr/2022 ILB Chance CampbellMississippi
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  01/07/21 - *Elijah MooreJr/2021, Mississippi, 5-10, 178 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  2020 BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss,...Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore had 86 receptions in eight games for 8 touchdowns and averaged 149 yards in receptions per game, which led all FBS players. His 1,193 yards receiving rank second among FBS players. - Biletnikoff Award

(DS#5 WR) Jr/2021 WR *Elijah MooreMississippi
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  Wide receiver Braylon Sanders is returning for a fifth season at Ole Miss after catching 14 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns in 2020. Sanders came on late in the season, gaining 298 of his yards and three of his touchdowns against South Carolina, Mississippi State and LSU before missing the Outback Bowl with an injury. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#150 WR) rSr/2022 WR Braylon SandersMississippi
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  01/05/21 - Sam WilliamsrSr/2022, Mississippi, 6-3, 265 (DS#29 OLB) + More +

  Senior Sam Williams has led Ole Miss in sacks each of the last two seasons with four in 2020 and six in 2019. He also led Ole Miss with eight tackles for loss in 2020 and logged three quarterback hurries. The former junior college All-American tweeted on Monday that he has "unfinished business" and tagged a picture in the tweet of himself wearing his Ole Miss uniform captioned "Not Done Yet." - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#29 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Sam WilliamsMississippi
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  01/02/21 - Matt CorralrJr/2023, Mississippi, 6-1, 205 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Matt Corral threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, leading Mississippi to a 26-20 upset of seventh-ranked Indiana in the Outback Bowl on Saturday. Corral's 3-yard pass to Dontario Drummond put the Rebels (5-5) ahead for good with 4:12 remaining. The Ole Miss defense came through with one more stop to ensure the school's first non-losing record since going 6-6 in 2017. Coach Lane Kiffin was rewarded before the game with a new contract, even though he's just competing his first season with the Rebels. Drummond finished with six catches for 110 yards. Corral completed 30 of 44 passes without an interception, including a 5-yard TD throw to Casey Kelly that put Ole Miss up 13-3 midway through the second quarter. - AP College Football

(DS#6 QB) rJr/2023 QB Matt CorralMississippi
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