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ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. The event will be nationally telecast on ESPNU on Saturday, Aug. 1 in a one-hour special starting at 2 p.m. CT.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge features the top coaches from around the nation partnered with celebrity alumni in two-man teams competing for a charity and scholarship purse of $520,000. Team Ole Miss split its winnings between the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children and an endowed scholarship at the University of Mississippi.

"We've got a great lineup of coaches and celebrities representing the top programs from around the country," said Gary Stokan, President & CEO of Peach Bowl, Inc. "This event is so special because it not only provides an inside look into these coaches' personalities and level of competition, but an opportunity for these teams to give back to their universities and charities."

ESPN college football play-by-play announcer Dave Neal and analyst Andre Ware serve as commentators for the golf action that includes 26 NCAA head football coaches and celebrities.

The show will also feature exclusive interviews with the participating coaches and highlights from the Long Drive and Closest to the Pin competitions that took place prior to the golf tournament.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge is the country's premier head coach and celebrity charity golf event featuring NCAA head coaches and former athletes and celebrities from the same school competing against their rivals for a share of a $520,000 scholarship purse.

In addition to the $520,000 charity and scholarship purse, another $113,305 was generated for charitable organizations including the American Diabetes Association. Over the last nine years, the event has contributed a total of $5.3 million in scholarship and charity, helping make the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football's most charitable bowl game.

For more information on the event, visit www.Chick-fil-APeachBowlChallenge.com.

Coach Freeze and Sean Tuohy - Peach Bowl Challenge
Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to five different award watch lists last week. The honors continued this week with four national watch lists released to the public that featured Rebels making the cut.

Junior DB Tony Conner kicked off the week by being selected to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, an honor given to the best defensive back in college football. Starting in the Ole Miss secondary during his first two seasons as a Rebel, Conner recorded 135 tackles, 14 TFLs, two sacks and two interceptions. Along with his second team All-SEC accolades last year, the Batesville, Mississippi native has high expectations heading into 2015; he will be one of the leaders in the secondary after the unit lost Senquez Golson and Cody Prewitt to graduation.

Ole Miss had Rebels on both sides of the ball named to the Lombardi Award Watch List on Tuesday. Juniors Robert Nkemdiche (DT) and Laremy Tunsil (OT), a pair of two-year starters, found themselves on the watch list. Already named preseason All-America by various media outlets along with being added to multiple watch lists, there is no doubt both Rebels will apply pressure on opposing linemen this season. Nkemdiche is on five watch lists to lead all Rebels.

He may be somewhat new to the position, but that didn't stop senior linebacker C.J. Johnson to being named to the Butkus Award Watch List for the nation's top linebacker. Johnson isn't entirely new to playing linebacker, taking snaps there as a freshman in 2011; however, he has spent the rest of his Ole Miss career at defensive end. Overall, the senior Rebel has 137 career tackles, including 24.0 for loss and 11.5 sacks, to be an anchor for the Landshark defense.

Closing out the watch lists, junior wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was selected to the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List today. Treadwell has received numerous preseason honors this summer, including the Maxwell Award watch list and All-America first team accolades from Athlon and Lindy's. After missing the final four games of the season due to injury, Treadwell has made progress throughout the spring and summer in hopes of returning to top form. Head Coach Hugh Freeze even spoke at SEC Media Days about Treadwell being ready to go for the fall, noting that he "feels more explosive."

Also with SEC Media Days finishing yesterday, six Rebels were named Preseason All-SEC by the media earlier today. Nkemdiche, Treadwell, Tunsil and tight end Evan Engram all made the first team. Conner was named to the second team, and sophomore Marquis Haynes was chosen on the third team. The entire release can be found here.

Below, you can find all of the Rebels that are featured on watch lists heading into the 2015 season.

Rebels on Watch Lists
- Tony Conner - Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Jim Thorpe Award
- Evan Engram - John Mackey Award
- Hugh Freeze - Dodd Trophy
- Will Gleeson - Ray Guy Award
- C.J. Johnson - Butkus Award
- Robert Nkemdiche - Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award, Chuck Bednarik Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy
- Laquon Treadwell - Maxwell Award
- Laremy Tunsil - Outland Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award
- Jaylen Walton - Paul Hornung Award

The Ole Miss football team also collected an ESPY this week, winning the Best Upset category at the annual sports awards show for the victory over Alabama last season. Senquez Golson and Bo Wallace were in attendance to accept the award on behalf of the Rebels. 

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As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to keep an eye on throughout the 2015 campaign. In case you were on vacation, soaking in the sun on a beach with your mind thinking ahead to Saturdays in The Grove, let's take a look at which Rebels made the various watch lists.

Starting the week off, senior RB Jaylen Walton was named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List. The Hornung Award goes to the most versatile player in college football, and Walton definitely has shown his versatility throughout his Ole Miss career. He ranks sixth in program history with 3,354 all-purpose yards and will continue to climb the charts as a senior. Speaking of records, Walton already holds the school standard in kick return yards with 1,542.

Another electric Rebel selected to a watch list was WR Laquon Treadwell. The junior made the Maxwell Award Watch List, an award presented to America's College Player of the Year. With 120 catches in two seasons, Treadwell is looking to bounce back from his heartbreaking injury he suffered against Auburn. People across the country believe he will return better than ever as the Ole Miss receiver has been chosen for the Maxwell Award Watch List along with other preseason honors.

Junior TE Evan Engram is on the John Mackey Award Watch List for the nation's best tight end. In 2014, Engram was a second team All-America pick by Sports Illustrated and a unanimous All-SEC first team selection after he led SEC tight ends with 662 receiving yards, an Ole Miss TE record, and led the nation's tight ends with 17.4 yards per catch.

Since being  top national recruit coming out of high school in 2013, junior DT Robert Nkemdiche has continued to live up to the hype. The Loganville, Georgia, native earned second team All-America and first team All-SEC accolades as a sophomore, leading to a plethora of preseason honors as well as his name on four award watch lists this week. Nkemdiche found himself on the watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the college football defensive player of the year, and the Lott IMPACT Trophy. The recognition doubled earlier today as Nkemdiche was named to two more watch lists: the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, also awarded to the nation's defensive player of the year, and the Outland Trophy, given to the top interior lineman in the country.

Nkemdiche wasn't the only Rebel on watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy and the Outland Trophy. Junior DB Tony Conner made the Nagurski Trophy Watch List, while junior OT Laremy Tunsil was listed as a player to watch to claim the Outland Trophy at the end of the year. Conner, who has 135 tackles over two seasons, returns as a veteran in the secondary after Ole Miss lost Senquez Golson and Cody Prewitt to graduation. Meanwhile, Tunsil will anchor the Rebels' offensive line with two seasons under his belt as a starter. Check out today's release here.

Ole Miss has top talent in all phases of football. Along with multiple Rebels highlighted on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, we can't forget about special teams. Don't worry, sophomore punter Will Gleeson has the Rebels covered on the Ray Guy Award Watch List. Gleeson averaged 42.9 yards per punt as a freshman last season, which ranked 28th in the country. Getting a more in-depth look at his stats, he pinned 41.4 percent of his punts inside the 20 and booted 12 punts of 50+ yards.

Next week will feature more watch list releases, and OleMissSports.com will have you covered all week long. You can also follow Ole Miss Football on Twitter (@OleMissFB) for the latest information on the 2015 Rebels.

A list of the Rebels on award watch lists can be found below. Also, scroll through this page to check out the other preseason accolades by Ole Miss football players.
 
Rebels on Watch Lists
- Tony Conner - Bronko Nagurski Trophy
- Evan Engram - John Mackey Award
- Will Gleeson - Ray Guy Award
- Robert Nkemdiche - Chuck Bednarik Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy
- Laquon Treadwell - Maxwell Award
- Laremy Tunsil - Outland Trophy
- Jaylen Walton - Paul Hornung Award
Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end, will join seniors Mike Hilton and C.J. Johnson on the final day of the conference event Thursday, July 16.

The 2015 SEC Football Media Days will take place July 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama. Ole Miss is paired with LSU and Georgia on the final day.

Engram, Hilton and Johnson are three Rebels that have been leaders of the football program; their leadership gave them the opportunity to represent Ole Miss in front of the national media.

In his career, Engram ranks top four in Ole Miss history in receptions (59), receiving yards (930) and receiving touchdowns (5) by a tight end. Aside from the Mackey Award Watch List, other preseason honors for him this summer include All-America first team (Phil Steele, Lindy's, The Kickoff, CFB Matrix) and second team (Sporting News, Athlon), as well as All-SEC first team (Phil Steele, CFB Matrix, Lindy's).

Hilton, who will wear the No. 38 jersey this season as the 2015 Chucky Mullins Courage Award recipient, has started at least one game at every defensive backfield position throughout his Rebel career. Last season, he led Ole Miss with 71 tackles and also tied for 10th in the SEC with three interceptions.

Johnson, one of the anchors of the Landshark D that led the nation in scoring defense, was a game captain for all 13 games during the 2014 campaign. He moved from defensive end to linebacker in the spring, but could still see reps at both positions this fall.

SEC Network will cover the event live throughout the week, and ESPN will be on site as well. Complete coverage can be found here.

For the entire SEC Football Media Days schedule, click here.

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Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the 69th annual AL.com/Birmingham News SEC Preseason Football Report, and five Rebels were tabbed worthy of all-conference accolades.

S Tony Conner, TE Evan Engram, DL Robert Nkemdiche and OT Laremy Tunsil were on the preseason All-SEC First Team, while WR Laquon Treadwell was on the second team. In addition to being named to the first team all-conference list, Conner was predicted to be the best safety in the league. The media relations directors also believed Tunsil will turn out to be the top offensive lineman in the SEC. On defense, Nkemdiche claimed runner-up as the SEC's best defensive lineman.

Not only did the football media relations directors vote on individual accolades, but they also predicted how each team will finish in the conference standings. However, directors could not vote for their own team.

Ole Miss was predicted to finish third in the SEC West and sixth overall in the conference. Alabama and Auburn were ranked first and second in both the division and the overall conference standings.

And in case you were wondering, only 67 more days until kickoff! Robert Nkemdiche looks ready...are you?

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The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams.

Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were named preseason All-America and preseason First Team All-SEC by the media outlet, while another three collected all-conference honors as well.

TE Evan Engram, WR Laquon Treadwell and OT Laremy Tunsil were chosen on the All-America First Team. Lindy's called Engram the top tight end in the country, and Treadwell was picked as the nation's second-best wide receiver. Tunsil found himself listed as the No. 4 tackle nationally.

Junior DT Robert Nkemdiche was named Second Team All-America as well as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation.

Lindy's also selected DB Tony Conner as a Second Team All-SEC honoree. On the All-SEC Third Team, DE Marquis Haynes and LB Denzel Nkemdiche represented Ole Miss.

Check out other preseason accolades collected by the Rebels by clicking here.

There are 73 days until the 2015 season kicks off for Ole Miss...are you ready?

Football Entrance

With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five Rebels the All-America distinction.

Four Ole Miss Rebels were named First Team All-America, joining Ohio State as the only other school with four first team selections. WR Laquon Treadwell and OT Laremy Tunsil continued to be highly rated throughout the nation as the two found themselves on the first team offense. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, DT Robert Nkemdiche and S Tony Conner earned spots on the first team defense due to their play during the 2014 season.

Rounding out the All-America Rebels, TE Evan Engram can be found on the second team offense.

CFB Matrix, Phil Steele and the Sporting News also listed Rebels on their respective preseason All-America teams.

Ole Miss kicks off the 2015 campaign, Sept. 5, versus UT Martin. Kickoff is 11 a.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Hotty Toddy!

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Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.

Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.

OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert Nkemdiche both made the first team. WR Laquon Treadwell and TE Evan Engram were named to the second team.

All four had previously made preseason All-America teams, in addition to DB Tony Conner.

Other preseason awards so far:
- Athlon
- Phil Steele
- CFB Matrix

Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season.

Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine Rebels All-SEC for the upcoming season.

Four Rebels earned first team accolades with a pair on each side of the football. Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and tackle Laremy Tunsil represented Ole Miss on the first team offense, while safety Tony Conner and tackle Robert Nkemdiche were first team defensive honorees.

The complete list of Rebels on Athlon Sports' Preseason All-SEC teams can be found below. For the a list of previous preseason accolades by the 2015 Ole Miss Rebels, click here.

Athlon Sports All-SEC

1st team: Laquon Treadwell - WR
1st team: Laremy Tunsil - OL
1st team: Robert Nkemdiche - DT
1st team: Tony Conner - DB
2nd team: Evan Engram - TE
3rd team: Marquis Haynes - DE
3rd team: Mike Hilton - DB
4th team: Issac Gross - DT
4th team: Denzel Nkemdiche - LB

The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.

One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss representatives as any other school on his preseason All-America and All-SEC teams.

Leading the way are a quartet of Rebel juniors - TE Evan Engram, OT Laremy Tunsil, WR Laquon Treadwell and DT Robert Nkemdiche - on Phil Steele's All-America first or second teams.

A total of 11 Rebels dot Phil Steele's four All-SEC squads, including those four All-Americans on the first team.

The other preseason prognostications that have been released are from CFB Matrix, which similarly has four Rebels on its All-America squads (with Tony Conner instead of Treadwell).

See the full lists below.

Phil Steele All-Americans
1st team: Evan Engram - TE
1st team: Laremy Tunsil - OT
2nd team: Laquon Treadwell - WR
2nd team: Robert Nkemdiche - DT

Phil Steele All-SEC
1st team: Laquon Treadwell - WR
1st team: Evan Engram - TE
1st team: Laremy Tunsil - OL
1st team: Robert Nkemdiche - DT
2nd team: Tony Conner - DB
3rd team: Aaron Morris - OL
3rd team: Denzel Nkemdiche - LB
3rd team: C.J. Johnson - LB
3rd team: Will Gleeson - P
4th team: Marquis Haynes - DE
4th team: Markell Pack - PR

CFB Matrix All-Americans
1st team: Evan Engram - TE
1st team: Laremy Tunsil - OT
1st team: Robert Nkemdiche - DT
2nd team: Tony Conner - DB

CFB Matrix All-SEC
1st team: Laquon Treadwell - WR
1st team: Evan Engram - TE
1st team: Laremy Tunsil - OL
1st team: Robert Nkemdiche - DT
1st team: Tony Conner - DB
3rd team: Javon Patterson - OL
3rd team: Marquis Haynes - DE

Nation's No. 2 DL Unit (CFB Matrix)
Nation's No. 5 WR Unit (CFB Matrix)
Nation's No. 10 DB Unit (CFB Matrix)

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