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12/10/18 - (OT) - Greg Little, Jr, 6-5, 325
OL Greg Little announced Monday that he would enter the NFL Draft. The left tackle is physical, demonstrates a strong hand punch and covers a lot of ground with his kick-slide. He's No. 9 in the initial mock draft of NFLDraftScout.com analyst Ric Serritella.


12/05/18 - (WR) - A.J. Brown, Jr, 6-1, 230
Mississippi receiver A.J. Brown has announced that he will skip his senior season and enter this spring's NFL draft. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Brown had a stellar three-year career for the Rebels, and was recently named an AP All-Southeastern Conference selection this season after catching 85 passes for 1,320 yards and six touchdowns. He is the school's all-time leading receiver with 189 career receptions for 2,984 yards and 19 touchdowns. Brown's decision was expected. He's widely considered one of this year's best NFL prospects at receiver. The Ole Miss football program posted Brown's decision on social media Tuesday. Brown thanked Ole Miss in a statement, saying "I'll never forget the place that turned me into a man." - AP College Football


12/04/18 - (WR) - A.J. Brown, Jr, 6-1, 230
WR A.J. Brown announced on social media that he will forego his senior college season and make himself available for the 2019 NFL Draft. Since the Rebels did not qualify for a postseason game, Brown does not have to decide whether he would play in a bowl game. NFLDraftScout.com projects in its mock draft that Brown will be the 20th overall selection in the first round of the upcoming draft.


11/24/18 - (WR) - D.K. Metcalf, rSo, 6-3, 230
WR D.K. Metcalf is planning on taking his game to the next level. Metcalf announced via social media that he will forgo the final two years of his college eligibility and will enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Metcalf opened the 2018 campaign with a touchdown reception in each of his first four games but saw his season come to an end after suffering a neck injury in mid-October. He finished the season with 26 catches for 569 yards and five touchdowns in seven games, averaging a stellar 21.9 yards per reception.


11/06/18 - (RB) - Scottie Phillips, rJr, 5-10, 211
RB Scottie Phillips gained his 141 yards on a career-high 21 carries vs. South Carolina. His three rushing touchdowns were a career-high. Phillips is tied for fifth in single-season rushing touchdowns with 12. He has scored 14 total touchdowns, which ties him with running back Kayo Dottley and quarterback Archie Manning for third in a season.


11/06/18 - (QB) - Jordan Taamu, Sr, 6-2, 210
QB Jordan Ta'amu tied a career-high with 46 passing attempts against South Carolina. He also attempted 46 passes against Auburn in the previous game. With little more than a season as the starter, Ta'amu ranks 10th in school history with 4,683 career passing yards. He has 3,001 yards for the season, just the sixth time an Ole Miss quarterback has thrown for at least 3,000 yards. Eli Manning and Bo Wallace did it twice in their careers.


11/06/18 - (WR) - A.J. Brown, Jr, 6-1, 230
WR A.J. Brown continues to climb Ole Miss receiving lists. He's fourth in career receptions with 170 and third in receiving yards with 2,584. He needs just 63 yards at Texas A&M this week to become the school's all-time leading receiver.


11/06/18 - (WR) - A.J. Brown, Jr, 6-1, 230
WR A.J. Brown is projected as an early first-round draft pick. Ole Miss coaches have liked him in the slot as a matchup advantage, due to the coverage he's likely to draw there. The plan often works. His move last week to the outside, though, is a chance for Brown to further showcase his skills and versatility. He got off to a good start against South Carolina, with six catches for 115 yards, his 10th 100-yard game.


10/15/18 - (WR) - D.K. Metcalf, rSo, 6-3, 230
Mississippi receiver D.K. Metcalf is out for the season after suffering a neck injury against Arkansas. Coach Matt Luke said on Monday that Metcalf was hurt early in the Arkansas game on Saturday, which Ole Miss won 37-33. Luke said the injury wasn't initially thought to be serious, but tests revealed the damage. Luke says that "long-term he's going to be fine but I think it's going to require surgery." The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Metcalf currently ranks third in the Southeastern Conference with 569 yards receiving. He's caught 26 passes, including five touchdowns, which leads the team. The explosive receiver was part of a productive Ole Miss trio that includes A.J. Brown and DaMarkus Lodge. Luke says receivers Braylon Sanders and Elijah Moore could see an expanded role in Metcalf's absence. - AP College Football


10/15/18 - (QB) - Jordan Taamu, Sr, 6-2, 210
OCT 15 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jordan Ta'amu, QB, Ole Miss,...Accounted for 528 offensive yards and three TDs in leading Ole Miss to a comeback road win over Arkansas...Engineered the game-winning, 97-yard touchdown drive over the final two minutes of the fourth quarter...Completed 26-of-35 passes for 387 yards and two TDs...Also ran for a career-high 141 yards and a score, and finished just 37 yards shy of the single-game rushing record by a Rebel QB...The 528 total yards is the second-most in school history, behind only Archie Manning's historic 540-yard performance against Alabama in 1969. - SEC Football


10/14/18 - (QB) - Jordan Taamu, Sr, 6-2, 210
Jordan Ta'amu might have only started 12 games under center for Mississippi, but he's helped guide one of the top offenses in the country during that stretch. The Rebels senior added yet another dramatic late comeback to his growing resume on Saturday night, helping Ole Miss (5-2, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) rally for a 37-33 win over Arkansas. Ta'amu accounted for 528 yards of total offense in the win, 387 yards through air and another 141 on the ground. It was his play on a game-winning 97-yard drive in the closing minutes, however, that helped the Rebels overcome a 17-point deficit once and for all - much like a year ago in a late victory at Kentucky. After starting the drive at its own 3 with 2:02 remaining, Ta'amu quickly completed passes of 20 and 48 yards to move Ole Miss into Arkansas territory. He then rushed for 15 yards, and Scottie Phillips followed with a pair of runs - including the game-winning 5-yard run - to cap the comeback. "It was so similar to Kentucky last year," Ta'amu said. ". The clock is just a clock, and our offense is fast. As soon as we stepped on the field, I had confidence in myself and my team."

Ta'amu's single-game total yardage is the second most in Ole Miss history, trailing only a 540-yard effort by Archie Manning. Not bad company for the former junior college quarterback who has quickly vaulted himself among the SEC's best in his first full year as the starter. Ta'amu completed 26 of 35 passes and a pair of touchdowns in the win, and he needed 17 rushes on his way to a career-best effort on the ground. "For him to lead a comeback this year and have that many yards rushing and passing, that's a pretty special night," Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said. - AP College Football

10/08/18 - (WR) - A.J. Brown, Jr, 6-1, 230
Mississippi came within 7 yards of the Southeastern Conference record with its national season-high 826 yards of total offense against Louisiana-Monroe. It was the biggest output nationally since Oklahoma and Texas Tech each amassed 854 yards against each other in October 2016, and in the SEC since Paul "Bear" Bryant's Alabama Crimson Tide piled up 833 yards against Virginia Tech in 1973. The Rebels went over 500 yards for the fourth time this season and rank seventh in the country at 540.8 per game. They had 517 yards passing and 309 rushing and scored on their first nine possessions against ULM. DaMarkus Lodge, A.J. Brown and DK Metcalf each had more than 100 yards receiving in the 70-21 win. Ole Miss' 49 first-half points were its most since it had 42 in two quarters against Houston in 1958, and its 536 yards in the first half were most by an SEC team in at least 15 years. The only other team to generate 800 total yards this season was Boise State, which had 818 against Connecticut on Sept. 8. ULM, it should be noted, went into the game 112th in the nation in total defense, at 471.8 yards per game. The onslaught left ULM's defensive average to 530.8, which ranks 127th out of 129 teams. - AP College Football


10/06/18 - (QB) - Jordan Taamu, Sr, 6-2, 210
Jordan Ta'amu passed for 374 yards and accounted for five touchdowns as Mississippi opened with nine consecutive touchdown drives in a 70-21 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. Ta'amu was 21-of-24 passing, including first-half touchdown passes to A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and DaMarkus Lodge for 20, 62 and 16 yards, respectively. Ta'amu added touchdown runs of 1 and 39 yards, individually accounting for 437 yards of total offense before sitting out the second half. The Rebels (4-2) scored on drives of 78, 61, 97, 66, 72 and 74 yards to build an insurmountable 49-7 halftime lead. "I'm very, very proud of Jordan," Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said. "We had shown flashes of being really good offensively even in our losses. Today we were really consistent. Am I excited about the way we started offensively? Absolutely I am." Scottie Phillips capped drives with scoring runs of 1 and 2 yards to complete a nearly flawless offensive performance in the first half. - AP College Football


10/03/18 - (SS) - Armani Linton, rJr, 6-2, 223
RB Armani Linton, a former defensive back, will return to the secondary to provide depth at safety.


10/03/18 - (OLB) - Victor Evans, rSr, 6-2, 234
DE Victor Evans sat out the LSU game with an undisclosed injury but is expected to play this week.


10/03/18 - (SS) - C.J. Moore, Sr, 5-11, 198
S C.J. Moore sustained a torn pectoral muscle last week. The Chucky Mullins Courage Award winner has been a steadying influence for a secondary that has already lost two key starters. Moore's injury is not believed to be season-ending, but he'll be out for an undetermined amount of time.


10/03/18 - (WR) - A.J. Brown, Jr, 6-1, 230
WR A.J. Brown had nine catches for 72 yards against LSU, not a good day by his standards, especially when you factor in the drops. Brown was in no danger of being held out of the game, but he played with a lingering hamstring issue and left the game with some assistance late, a hand on the hamstring.


10/03/18 - (DT) - Benito Jones, Fr, 6-2, 315
DT Benito Jones continues to play at less than full strength. When healthy he gives the Rebels a solid presence in the middle, but he managed just one tackle in Baton Rouge, and his biggest impact came when he was drawn off-sides on fourth-and-short. Jones bit on the hard count, and LSU kept a scoring drive alive.


10/03/18 - (ILB) - Mohamed Sanogo, So, 6-2, 224
LB Mohamed Sanogo had 12 tackles and forced a fumble against LSU. It's been a revolving door at linebacker as Ole Miss coaches have worked to find their best players at what has been their weakest position. Sanogo has brought a degree of stability to the position.


09/24/18 - (QB) - Jordan Taamu, Sr, 6-2, 210
QB Jordan Ta'amu will be limited during the week but is expected to play. Ta'amu took a hit on his non-throwing shoulder against Alabama then took one on his right shoulder -- his throwing one -- against Kent State. He stayed in the game and threw for 442 yards.


09/24/18 - (WR) - A.J. Brown, Jr, 6-1, 230
WR A.J. Brown is expected to play. Brown pulled a hamstring in camp, and the issue reappeared against Kent State causing him to miss some snaps. He'll be limited during the week.


09/24/18 - (DE) - Markel Winters, , 6-3, 250
DE Markel Winters has been a great find on an Ole Miss defense desperate for playmakers. Winters struggled to get on the field as a first-year junior college transfer in 2017, but his practice work ethic got him noticed, and he's started to show up on game days. He had three sacks, a pressure and four tackles for loss against Kent State to solidify a spot in the starting lineup against LSU.


09/24/18 - (WR) - D.K. Metcalf, rSo, 6-3, 230
WR DK Metcalf has a touchdown catch in every game this season, his most recent a 41-year one-handed grab against Kent State. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Metcalf has the size and speed to make him a matchup problem for most defensive backs, and QB Jordan Ta'amu will go to Metcalf in man coverage as soon as he spots it. Metcalf leads the Rebels in yards per catch (20.4) and touchdowns (four). He's second in receiving yards per game at 92.0, a shade behind A.J. Brown's 95.2.


09/24/18 - (OT) - Greg Little, Jr, 6-5, 325
OL Greg Little is a projected early first-round draft pick and the biggest piece in the picture of pass protection for quarterback Jordan Ta'amu. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound junior has started 21 straight games, but he was in and out of last week's Kent State game with unexplained injury issues. The Rebels need him on the field against an LSU team getting three sacks a game.


09/10/18 - (OT) - Greg Little, Jr, 6-5, 325
LT Greg Little, a junior, has gotten off to a good start protecting Jordan Ta'amu's back side for an offense that leads the SEC and ranks second nationally at 407.5 yards a game. Little has not allowed a sack and has made 19 straight starts.


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