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Panama Trip Photo Gallery

Group_Panama.jpgTwo weeks ago, I wrote about a group of six Ole Miss football players who went on a mission trip to Panama over spring break.

They have since returned to Oxford and been knee-deep in schoolwork and football practices, but I was able to catch up with senior linebacker D.T. Shackelford, who shared his thoughts on the experience:

"It was life changing. To be able to influence others, it's just a blessing that God enabled us to use our platform to affect others in a positive way. That's something Coach Freeze stresses a lot - use your life for something positive and not anything negative. There are a lot of people in this town that look up to us."

I asked D.T. after this past Wednesday's practice what lessons he and the other guys learned from the trip.

"Gratefulness. I don't think it's a coincidence that I went. Being away from the game for two years, I have to be grateful that I don't struggle like some people in the places that we went. Gratefulness that I don't miss meals. Your perspective on life changes.

"We just finished practice and we're about to go eat a full breakfast and get a free education. Everything's basically free. All of us have cars. We're not missing meals. It's the little things you can take for granted that a lot of people around the world don't get on a daily basis."


Rebel Run Recieves National Coverage

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Ole Miss Signee Shines At World XC Championships

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Michaela Quinn, a member of the 2013 Ole Miss track & field signing class, turned in a great performance at the World Junior Cross Country Championships over the weekend.

Competing as a member of Team Australia, Quinn placed 25th in the girls' 6K race with an impressive time of 19:39. She crossed the line ahead of 61 other competitors, including four of the best American female high school distance runners.

As a point of reference, 19:39 would have been the best 6K time of an SEC cross country runner in 2012 and would have placed her fifth at the 2012 NCAA Championships.

What made Quinn's race even more impressive was that she and her teammates traveled from the heat of the summer in Australia to below-freezing temperatures in Bydgoszcz, Poland, for the meet.

Looks like the Rebels found a great addition for next year's team!

Wesley Walls' Son Among Spring Walk-Ons

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Thumbnail image for Walls_Tulane_1988.jpgColton Walls, a sophomore linebacker who started his career at Clemson, is among the non-scholarship players to join the Ole Miss football team this spring.

Rebel fans will be quite familiar with his last name. Colton's father, Wesley Walls, was an All-America tight end/linebacker for the Rebels in 1988 and went on to a successful 14-year NFL career that included five Pro Bowl appearances. Just last week, Wesley was one of 77 players named to the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Colton is the next in a long line of father/son combos to play for Ole Miss through the years. Names like Archie, Cooper and Eli Manning come to mind. And others, like Poole, Luke, Shows, Kinard. Current Rebel wide receiver Jordan Holder is the son of two-time Ole Miss captain Jamie Holder.

Spring practice starts this Sunday at 3 p.m. All practices are open to the public. Here's a link to the full spring schedule.

The up-to-date 2013 roster entering spring practice is online at OleMissSports.com. Other walk-ons joining the team this spring include DB Josh Gregory, OL Tyler Mt. Joy, RB Darryan Ragsdale and OL Park Stevens.

A long list of ex-Rebels are planning to work out for the NFL scouts at Ole Miss Pro Day on Thursday. Of the 21 former players putting their talents on display, 16 concluded their Rebel careers in the fall, while five wrapped up their time in the Red and Blue in a previous class. A reminder that the event is closed to the public, but we will have complete coverage on the official site. Also on Thursday, RebelVision subscribers can catch Coach Hugh Freeze's pre-spring press conference at 1 p.m.

2012 Seniors
Ferbia Allen
Jim Broadway
Terrell Brown
E.J. Epperson
Uriah Grant
H.R. Greer
A.J. Hawkins
Jason Jones
Joel Kight
Randall Mackey
Jamal Mosley
Ivan Nicholas
Gilbert Pena
Wesley Pendleton
Bryson Rose
Devin Thomas

Other Former Players
Enrique Davis
Derrick Herman
Jared Mitchell
Gerald Rivers
Justin Smith

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It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating a bowl win in Birmingham. Now that that and an historic signing day are in the rear view mirror, it's time to gear up for spring drills. The Rebels take to the practice field on Sunday, March 17, and a tentative practice schedule can be viewed here. Practices will be open to the public, but you'll need to skip work to make them. Weekday practices are planned for an 8 a.m. start, and outside of the first and last practices (BancorpSouth Grove Bowl on April 13, 1 p.m.). there is is only one other weekend practice planned (April 6, time TBA). This year's BancorpSouth Grove Bowl has free admission, so we hope to have our biggest crowd yet.

Fans have asked about our Pro Day, which is scheduled for March 7. The event is closed to the public, but we will have full coverage of the day on the official site. Among the events you will be able to attend this spring is the Rebels' Choice Awards, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Ford Center. The show has moved to a Wednesday this year, and we will have more details in the coming weeks. Also changing days is the Chucky Mullins Courage Award banquet, which will now be a Saturday breakfast on the morning of the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl. Please make your plans to attend both events.

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