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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)

Football Signees Report for Summer Classes

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Although they will not begin competing for the Rebels until the fall, several members of the 2015 signing class have arrived at Ole Miss to begin their college journey this summer.

The first of two summer sessions offered at the University of Mississippi began Wednesday.

Among the players who made up the top-20 nationally ranked 2015 Ole Miss signing class and have arrived on campus are prep All-American wide receivers Van Jefferson and DaMarkus Lodge, as well as highly rated running back Eric Swinney and tight end Willie Hibbler. On the other side of the ball, signees like DBs Montrell Custis, Armani Linton and Cameron Ordway look to make an impact for the Landshark defense.

Fall classes begin August 24.

Below are the 2015 newcomers who have enrolled in the first summer session. There could be additions to this list within the next week.

Montrell Custis
Ross Donelly
Alex Givens
Willie Hibbler
Michael Howard
Van Jefferson
Armani Linton
DaMarkus Lodge
Cameron Ordway
Jason Pellerin
Austrian Robinson
Eric Swinney
Zedrick Woods

Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review

April 28-May 4, 2015

Baseball

- The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history of the Mayor's Trophy/Governor's Cup between the two archrivals. Ole Miss re-claimed the Governor's Cup for the first time since 2012 behind a veteran arm out of the Rebels' bullpen.

- In the first start of his four-year career, senior Scott Weathersby was brilliant, tossing seven scoreless innings. The senior right-hander allowed just six hits and walked one, while striking out three. For his outstanding performance, Weathersby was named the Governor's Cup Most Valuable Player. 

- Ole Miss recorded 15 hits paced once again by leadoff hitter Connor Cloyd. The junior went 3-for-6 with a career-high four RBI. Cloyd also produced his seventh-straight multi-hit game. Four more Rebels provided multi-hit games as Colby Bortles, Cameron Dishon, Austin Knight and Sikes Orvis all recorded two hits apiece.

- Kicking off the weekend at nationally ranked Missouri, the Rebels fell 4-2 to the Tigers. Junior Christian Trent tossed a complete game, allowing four runs on nine hits. The southpaw struck out six Tigers without surrendering a walk as he pitched 8.0 innings for the second consecutive game. 

- After a loss on Saturday afternoon, Ole Miss bounced back on Sunday for a 4-3 victory. With the win over the nationally-ranked Tigers, the Rebels now have eight wins against ranked opponents. 

- Orvis blasted a pair of solo home runs to help lead Ole Miss to the win. The multi-homer game was the second of Orvis' career. The two home runs gave Orvis a team-leading 11 for the season and 29 for his career. 

- Cloyd went 3-for-3, reaching base all four times he stepped to the plate and recording his eighth multi-hit game in the past 10 contests. 

- In his first career start and playing in his home state, freshman Nic Perkins recorded his second straight multi-hit game with a pair of singles. Perkins, a St. Charles, Mo. native, finished the weekend going 4-for-4 in his return to his home state. 

- Working on a pitch count due to throwing seven innings in Tuesday's victory over Mississippi State, Weathersby lasted 3.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks to earn his second victory in as many appearances. Jacob Waguespack tossed 3.1 innings of relief, and sophomore Wyatt Short pitched the final two innings to earn his seventh save of the season. 

- Behind the bullpen, Ole Miss is now 20-0 when leading after the eighth inning. 

- In both of the Rebels' victories throughout the week, Weathersby earned the win and Cloyd recorded a three-hit game. Cloyd now has eight multi-hit games over the past 10 contests. Weathersby has allowed just two runs over the past 20.1 innings

Track & Field

- In its final weekend of the regular season, Ole Miss was phenomenal with a number of elite national marks and a pair of school records at the LSU Invitational and Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational.

- The 4x100-meter relay squad of freshman Nicole Henderson, freshman Shannon Ray, junior Khadijah Suleman and senior Jhorden Hunter shattered their own school record with a scintillating 43.80 to place third behind top NCAA squads Florida and LSU. They broke their previous record of 44.11 from the Virginia Challenge and rank eighth in the nation this year.

- Freshman Brooke Feldmeier took her own 800-meter school record to another level Saturday, running 2:03.86 to break her own mark of 2:05.29 from Virginia. She placed second in the race and moved up to No. 12 in the nation this year with her sensational time.

- Sophomore Craig Engels stole the show in the men's 800 meters, running a time of 1:46.13 that is second in school history and No. 4 in the nation this year. He also ranks ninth nationally in the 1500.

- Sophomore Jalen Miller had a sensational day in three events against the star-studded field of sprinters. He won the 100 meters with a season-best 10.24 (19th in NCAA), clocked a season-best 21.01 in the 200 and anchored the 4x100 relay to a season-best time of 39.82 (17th in NCAA, 5th in school history).

- Senior Phillip Young won the triple jump (tied season best of 52-8.75 that ranks 11th in NCAA) and finished runner-up in the long jump (personal-best 25-0.75, 23rd in NCAA).

- With the SEC Championships next (May 14-16 in Starkville), Ole Miss men who rank among the league's top eight in their event include Miller in the 100 (5th, 10.24), Engels in the 800 (2nd, 1:46.13) and 1500 (1st, 3:40.28), Sean Tobin in the 1500 (2nd, 3:42.17), Robert Domanic in the 1500 (5th, 3:43.75), Trevor Gilley in the 5000 (6th, 14:03.49), the 4x100 relay (7th, 39.82), Branden Greene in the high jump (2nd, 7-1), Adam Aguirre in the high jump (6th, 6-11.75), Young in the long jump (4th, 25-0.75) and triple jump (6th, 52-8.75), Dempsey McGuigan in the hammer (4th, 215-1), Nathan Loe in the hammer (8th, 206-5) and Peyton Moss in the decathlon (8th, 6311).

- Ole Miss women who rank top eight in the SEC are Ray in the 100 (8th, 11.41), Feldmeier in the 800 (4th, 2:03.86), the 4x100 relay (5th, 43.80) and Fabia McDonald in the heptathlon (5th, 5736).

Softball

- Ole Miss grabbed its 30th win of the season at Mississippi Valley State, tying the school record for wins in a season. The 9-0 win tied the mark of 30 wins set in the 2005 season.

- Ole Miss finished in 11th place in the SEC standings and will open SEC Tournament play Wednesday against No. 6 seed Georgia. It's the Rebels' first appearance in the SEC Tournament since the 2008 season. 

- Ole Miss has set new records for offense this season with runs (298), triples (13), home runs (46), walks (164) and steals (88).

Ole Miss added to its already strong NFL presence with the selection of All-America cornerback Senquez Golson, who was drafted in the second round (56th overall selection) by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday night.

He became the second player drafted under head coach Hugh Freeze and the highest Ole Miss draft pick since Dexter McCluster was drafted in the second round (36th overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010.

Golson, the Rebels' first consensus and unanimous All-American since 2008, led the SEC and finished second nationally with a school record-tying 10 interceptions. ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper called it one of the best picks of the first and second rounds. 

"That's one of the best picks of the second round," Kiper said. "Senquez Golson is an interception supreme. He had 16 career picks. He's a kid who's pound for pound one of the best football players in this draft. He has wide receiver hands. 

"This kid is a heck of a football player. He's spunky, he will hit you, and when there's an opportunity to get a turnover, he's not going to drop the football. He's going to come away with the interception and get you the turnover and get you possession of the football."

Kiper's colleague's, fellow ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay, shared high praise for Golson.

"For a smaller corner, he will support the run," McShay said. "He's tough, he's physical, he's aggressive, he's everything you look for. You wish he was bigger and longer, but he plays to his potential and ability, and he's not afraid to mix it up."

Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake noted his "unusual ball skills" and toughness, among attributes that met the criteria to become a second-round pick.

"He is a ball-hawking type of corner," Lake said. "He has very good quickness, very good anticipation and awareness, and we are looking forward to having him in the building."

Looking ahead to tomorrow, fellow All-America defensive back Cody Prewitt, a projected third or fourth-round pick by NFL.com before the draft, is the fourth-best safety available, according to McShay, and the 10th-best safety available, according to Kiper.

Here's more on Golson:

Here's more draft analysis from NFL Media draft expert Mike Mayock, who rated Golson as the No. 8 cornerback and No. 62 overall prospect in the draft:

"Golson is a corner who is only 5-foot-8 and 176 pounds, but what separates him is his ball skills. He played minor league baseball. The question is, how much does size matter? Golson is one of the best pure zone corners I've seen." 

Here's what ESPN had to say about Golson on their draft tracker:

What he brings: He's a much better run defender than you'd expect given his small stature, and is fearless in attacking ball carriers. His cover skills are excellent, with his explosiveness and quickness, but he can get exposed by bigger receivers at times.

How he fits: The Steelers fill another big need on defense with Golson. After notching just 11 interceptions last season, they needed to find a playmaker in the back end. Golson, who has excellent anticipation skills and production (9 INTs in 2014), will help upgrade them in that department.

VIDEO: Steelers.com's highlight reel of Golson

VIDEO: ESPN's Path to the Draft with some of the top plays by Golson


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Six men with ties to Ole Miss were part of the inaugural class of 25 athletes and coaches inducted into the Scott County Hall of Fame this past Saturday at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. It is believed that this was the creation of the first county-wide sports hall of fame in the state of Mississippi.

Forest's James (Jim) B. Harvey and Tom Stewart Lee, Jr., Lake's Freeman Horton and Morton's Andre Hollis, Deuce McAllister and Fred Roberts, all Ole Miss Rebels, whether they attended school or served as an assistant coach, were introduced and presented with plaques at the induction. 

"We are proud and blessed for the opportunity to make this new Scott County Sports Hall of Fame a reality," said Frank Edmondson, President of the Scott County Sports of Hall of Fame. 

"It is a means for the inductees to be honored and recognized in their home county for their hard work and success that made them eligible and worthy of this recognition. The selection of the first class was not an easy task as there are so many worthy individuals who are qualified and will be considered for future classes."

The Ole Miss team of head football coach Hugh Freeze and Sean Tuohy turned in a strong showing at the 2015 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament at Reynolds Plantation outside Atlanta on Tuesday.

The duo tied for for seventh place at 7-under par with the Ohio State team of Urban Meyer and Jeff Logan. They finished two shots back of the four teams that met in the playoff, including the eventual winners, the Georgia Tech team of Paul Johnson and Jon Barry, who won the tournament for the second straight year and the fourth time in the last five years.

With their seventh-place finish, Freeze and Tuohy won $30,000 in scholarships and charity. Freeze also won the long drive competition Monday, bringing their total winnings at the event to $35,000 to benefit the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson.

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.

Check out the official release and photos, both courtesy the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl:

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The Ole Miss men's and women's tennis team learned their postseason destinations, as the men's and women's NCAA Tournament fields were announced Tuesday.

The men, ranked No. 13 in the nation, are the No. 14 overall seed and will be hosting the first and second rounds, their 22nd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The women, ranked No. 20, are making their seventh straight appearance and will travel to Coral Gables, Florida, for the first and second rounds.

The men drew Alabama State in the first round, and the winner will play the winner of the other first-round match between No. 20-ranked Columbia and Georgia Tech.

Led by All-SEC first team selections Nik Scholtz and Stefan Lindmark, the Rebels finished 17-8 overall and 8-4 in SEC play, tied for fourth place in the league standings. They advanced to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament, where they fell to No. 7-ranked Georgia.

"The guys have been extremely good at handling being the favorite in some matches and also being the underdog in a couple of matches," head coach Toby Hansson said. "We have a group of guys who have been taking care of business."

Alabama State (SWAC) and Columbia (Ivy) earned the automatic bid in their respective leagues, while Georgia Tech made a run to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament to receive an at-large bid. Last year, Columbia won their first two NCAA Tournament matches in program history and advanced to the NCAA Final 16.

"When you get to this part of the season, there's not a bad team involved, so it doesn't matter who you are playing," Scholtz said. "You have to be ready and you have to be prepared. We know that, and for the younger guys, I'll make sure they know that. We're going to take it one match at a time and make sure that we can control what we control, which is to compete to the best of our abilities."

The women drew Denver in the first round, and the winner will face the winner of No. 15 seed Miami (FL) and North Florida in the second round.  

Led by senior Julia Jones, the No. 9 player in the nation, the Rebels finished 15-10 overall and 5-8 in SEC play, ninth place in the league standings. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament, where they fell to No. 5-ranked Florida.

"From a talent standpoint, this team has probably been the best team that I have had," said 14th-year head coach Mark Beyers. "Early on, we had to learn how to win some close matches, and when we finally did that, we started to hit our stride."

The Hurricanes, ranked No. 15 in the nation, finished 16-6 overall and 12-2 in ACC play, tied for second place in the league standings. They were upset by Florida State in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. Denver (Summit) and North Florida (Atlantic Sun) earned automatic bids out of their respective leagues.

"Miami has a great team," Beyers said. "They're ranked 15th in the country, but we have a great team, too. We have played a lot of good teams playing in the SEC throughout the year. I don't think our kids are going to be intimidated, and we're looking forward to the challenge."

Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review

April 21-27, 2015

Baseball

- During the five-game homestand, Ole Miss went 3-2 with a midweek win over Central Arkansas as well as claiming a weekend series over Alabama. 

- The Rebels recorded 68 hits throughout the week, improving their season batting average by 15 points. Three Rebels hit over .500 for the week, led by junior Connor Cloyd, who recorded five multi-hit games for a .565 week (13-for-23). 

- Sophomore Colby Bortles and senior Austin Knight smacked hits in half of their at bats; Bortles was 9-for-18 this week, while Knight went 8-for-16 that included the first two home runs of his career. 

- Scoring 14 runs in the first two innings, Ole Miss busted out the bats in a convincing 18-4 victory over Central Arkansas. The 18 runs were a season high for Ole Miss and every Rebel in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit, one run and one RBI, a feat accomplished for the first time in Ole Miss history. 

- In a loss to Memphis, sophomore Colby Bortles had another big night at the dish, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and one run. Bortles' three hits tied his career high total for a single game. 

- The Rebels got back on the winning track by sweeping Alabama in a doubleheader on Saturday, outscoring the Crimson Tide a combined 14-2. 

- In game one, the Rebels turned in a complete performance with 17 hits, eight innings from starting pitcher Christian Trent, and multiple outstanding defensive plays in a 10-2 victory. 

- Junior right fielder Cameron Dishon went 4-for-5, setting a career high for hits, and Bortles tied a career high with five RBI. In addition to a career high for hits, Dishon also set a career high with three stolen bases, giving him 15 for the season, to go along with two runs scored. 

- Bortles went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, a three-run shot in the fourth for his seventh of the season. 

- Trent worked a season-long 8.0 innings, giving up two runs -- one earned -- and scattering six hits with a walk and five strikeouts. 

- In front of 10,119 fans, the largest crowd of the season and sixth-most in Swayze Field history, sophomore Brady Bramlett and senior Scott Weathersby out-dueled Alabama, 4-0, to complete doubleheader sweep. 

- Bramlett went a career-long 7.1 innings, shutting out Alabama and limiting the Crimson Tide to just four hits. Bramlett also struck out nine batters with no walks, and he was one strikeout shy of recording his third double-digit strikeout game of the season. 

- Weathersby worked a perfect 1.2 innings of relief with two strikeouts to pick up the save. As a team, the Rebels struck out 11 batters compared to zero walks. 

- Cloyd (2-for-3) and Knight (2-for-4) each tallied a multi-hit game. Cloyd drove in what proved to be the game-winning run in the contest, while Knight and senior first baseman Sikes Orvis provided some insurance with a pair of home runs in the eighth.

- After 183 career at-bats without a home run, Knight belted two homers in back-to-back at-bats as the senior left the yard in his first plate appearance of Sunday's series finale.

Track & Field

- Ole Miss continued its rich tradition at the Drake Relays, which celebrated its 106th year of existence this week, with four event titles and two runner-up finishes in Des Moines, Iowa.

- The Rebels have now won at least one event title in 10 straight years and 25 overall dating back to 1983. The four titles this year are the most since they racked up five in 2010 and tied for second-most in school history.

- Despite cold temperatures and some less-than-ideal wind and rain for a track meet, Ole Miss strung together four titles, which included sophomore Jalen Miller in the men's 100 meters (season-best 10.29), senior Phillip Young in the men's triple jump (season-best 52-8.75), the women's 4x100-meter relay squad (44.80) and freshman Brooke Feldmeier in the women's 800 meters (2:05.96).

-  The women's 4x100-meter relay squad of Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Khadijah Suleman and Jhorden Hunter remained undefeated against college competition, placing first among college teams at all six meets this season and ranking seventh in the nation with a season-best time of 44.11.

- Runners-up in Iowa included redshirt-freshman Dempsey McGuigan in the men's hammer throw (214-0) and the women's 4x200-meter relay of Mercedes Mattix, Kiannah Alexander, Breanna Tate and Deanna Tate (1:36.80).

Softball

- Ole Miss locked up a berth in the SEC Tournament over the weekend with a win over South Carolina in the weekend series. The Rebels can finish the year as high as ninth in the SEC standings and no lower than 12th.

- The Rebels picked up the 29th win over the season, tying the mark for second most wins in a season and one shy of tying the school record for wins in a season with four games left in the regular season.

- Ole Miss has set new records for offense this season with runs (282), triples (13), home runs (43), walks (156) and steals (82).

Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze took home the long drive title at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament Monday. 

He won the competition with a 287-yard drive, besting Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez, who finished in second place with a drive of 273.3 yards. With the win, Freeze received $5,000 to benefit the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson.

Freeze will team with Sean Tuohy and compete in the tournament round Tuesday. The duo and the 12 other university teams will play for a share of $500,000 in scholarships and charity, including a $125,000 first-place prize.

The tournament will be broadcast on ESPNU in August and December. Specific air dates will be announced this summer.

Check out the official release and photos, both courtesy the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl:

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