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Open The Boxx

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Rebel senior Kristi Boxx remembers the day she stepped on campus and had her first meeting as part of the Ole Miss women's tennis team.  She remembers then senior Mimi Renaudin telling her and the other freshmen to savor every moment that it goes by fast.  Fast forward three years later, and Boxx is about to conclude a stellar career for the Red and Blue.

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Boxx didn't have to go far to achieve a high level of success team-wise or individually.  The Grenada, Miss., native has led the Rebels to three straight NCAA appearances--with a fourth on the way--the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, and an SEC Western Division Championship.  Individually, she just became the second player in program history to earn All-SEC first team honors all four years in addition to being an All-American.   She has been nationally ranked in singles and doubles her entire career and currently is ranked No. 10 in singles and No. 6 in doubles.  Boxx also became the second second player in program history to achieve 200 combined wins in singles and doubles.  Last week Clarion-Ledger beat writer Hugh Kellenberger caught up with the Mississippi native for a feature. 

Chasing A Title

NFL & Beyond Part 4: Eli Manning

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Today, Ole Miss Athletics is welcoming back four former Rebels who went on play professional football for a panel discussion entitled NFL & Beyond. The event will take place on the Grove stage at 11 a.m. prior to the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl at 1 p.m. The attendees include two current players (two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and Stacy Andrews) and former pros Ronnie Heard and Tre' Stallings, who have both gone on to careers in college athletics.

Following one of the most prolific careers ever by a Rebel, Eli Manning today is regarded as one of the NFL's top quarterbacks.  Just this past February, Manning led the New York Giants to their second Super Bowl win in the past four years, while also capturing his second Super Bowl MVP trophy. 

Over the course of Manning's eight-year NFL career, he has been a two-time Pro Bowl selection and this past season set an NFL record for most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a season with 15. 

Off the field, Manning, along with his brother Peyton, assisted in the delivery of 30,000 pounds of water, Gatorade, baby formula, pumice and pillows to the people of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.   

After touring the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, Manning undertook a five-year campaign in 2007 to raise $2.5 million for the construction of "The Eli Manning Children's Clinics" at the hospital.

During the offseason, Manning resides in Oxford with his wife Abby and their daughter Ava Frances. 

 

ELI MANNING BIOGRAPHY

INTERVIEW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN

PART II INTERVIEW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN

 

NFL & Beyond Part 3: Tre' Stallings

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This Saturday, Ole Miss Athletics is welcoming back four former Rebels who went on play professional football for a panel discussion entitled NFL & Beyond. The event will take place on the Grove stage at 11 a.m. prior to the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl at 1 p.m. The attendees include two current players (two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and Stacy Andrews) and former pros Ronnie Heard and Tre' Stallings, who have both gone on to careers in college athletics.

A four-year starting offensive tackle during his Rebel career, Tre' Stallings was a sixth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2006 NFL Draft.

A native of Magnolia, Stallings played in the NFL Europe League with the Amsterdam Admirals in 2007 before joining the Baltimore Ravens in 2008.

Stallings helped lead the Ravens to the playoffs and AFC Championship game in '08, but chose to leave the NFL following the conclusion of training camp in 2009.    

In 2010, he was an Administrative Fellow with the previously known Pacific-10 Conference Championship Department, while today he is the Assistant Director of Championships for the Southeastern Conference, administering competition and championships for track and field and cross country.  He also provides support for all other conference championships.

FEATURE: Tre' Stallings Life After Football 

VIDEO:Be A Missionary- Everyday




NFL & Beyond Part 2: Ronnie Heard

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This Saturday, Ole Miss Athletics is welcoming back four former Rebels who went on play professional football for a panel discussion entitled NFL & Beyond. The event will take place on the Grove stage at 11 a.m. prior to the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl at 1 p.m. The attendees include two current players (two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and Stacy Andrews) and former pros Ronnie Heard and Tre' Stallings, who have both gone on to careers in college athletics.

Thumbnail image for rheard_101699.JPGRonnie Heard compiled an outstanding career with the Rebel football program from 1995-99 and was named the Chucky Mullins Courage Award recipient his senior year.  As a rookie in 1996, Heard was a member of the SEC All-Freshman team.

After going undrafted, Heard signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000 and played with the team from 2000-2004, starting 24 of 69 games in five seasons.      

A native of Lake Jackson, Texas, Heard then spent the following season with the Atlanta Falcons before retiring in 2006.   

Today he serves as an Assistant Director of Development for the UMAA Foundation, while his brother, Grant, coaches the Ole Miss receivers.

FEATURE: 49ers' brother act is Heard and seen Grant, Ronnie trying to make impressions

NFL & Beyond Part 1: Stacy Andrews

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This Saturday, Ole Miss Athletics is welcoming back four former Rebels who went on play professional football for a panel discussion entitled NFL & Beyond. The event will take place on the Grove stage at 11 a.m. prior to the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl at 1 p.m. The attendees include two current players (two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and Stacy Andrews) and former pros Ronnie Heard and Tre' Stallings, who have both gone on to careers in college athletics.

Today we take a look at the career highlights of the man who will command the biggest presence (literally) on the Grove stage, Stacy Andrews.

Despite being a member of the Rebel football program for just one year (2003), Stacy Andrews was selected in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.  Before switching over to the gridiron, Andrews was a star thrower on the Rebel track team, earning All-America honors during the 2003 indoor (weight throw) and outdoor (discus) seasons.

Since his time in Oxford, Andrews has played for four NFL teams. He began his professional career with Cincinnati, playing in all of the Bengals' games during both the 2006 and 2007 seasons. In 2007, the 6-7, 340-pound lineman started three games at left tackle and eleven at right tackle. He started all 15 games in which he played in 2008. 

On Feb. 27, 2009, Andrews signed a six-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, which connected him with his brother Shawn, an offensive lineman for the Eagles at the time.    

In 2010, Andrews was traded to the Seattle Seahawks and was a full-time starter there for one year. 

Andrews signed with the New York Giants on Aug. 3, 2011 and played in nine games during the team's Super Bowl XLVI season.  His season was cut short, however, after he was hospitalized with pulmonary embolisms in both of his lungs in early December.    

FEATURE: Stacy Andrews found love for the game

T-Henry Improves Draft Stock At PIT

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Terrance Henry recently returned to Oxford after competing at the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament held in Portsmouth, Va., last week.  Henry helped lead his Roger Brown's squad to the tournament title defeating Portsmouth Sports Club 92-87 in the championship game.  Over the three games played, Henry averaged 10 ppg to go along with 5.3 rpg.

Henry's performance at the PIT appeared to increase his draft status, which Henry previously stated was one of his biggest goals heading into the tournament. NBADraft.net currently projects the 6-foot-9 Monroe, La., native as a mid-second round selection and called him one of the top five prospects at the PIT.

All of Rebel Nation wishes T-Henry the best of luck as he prepares to workout with several NBA clubs in the coming weeks.

Ole Miss added some offensive firepower to its roster this week with the signing of Marshall Henderson. The 6-2, 180-pound guard averaged 19.6 ppg and led South Plains College to the NJCAA National Championship, earning first-team All-America honors along the way. He has a good chance of being named the JUCO National Player of the Year in the coming days.

The Rebels also signed junior college transfer forward Jason Carter and prep school guard Derrick Millinghaus, each of whom has displayed offensive prowess on the court.

Here's a video of Henderson's signing press conference at South Plains, with some highlights mixed in.


Ole Miss Has Two of the World's Best Athletes

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The world leader in the high jump and another who ranks among the world's top five in the 100 and 200 meter dashes both currently compete for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Last weekend at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Ricky Robertson jumped a school-record 7-7.25 in the high jump to take over the top spot in the world this year. Isiah Young also set a school record when he ran a 20.35 in the 200 meters.

In the videos below, you can see Robertson talking about his record-setting jump, and you can watch Young's outstanding 200-meter race (fair warning - turn your speakers down because the wind was really loud that day).


Watch more video of 2012 Florida Relays on flotrack.org

Watch more video of 2012 Florida Relays on flotrack.org

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