March 31, 2014
BLOG: In Their Own Words: Rebels' Choice Awards
OXFORD, Miss. -- The Ole Miss football team took home several awards as Ole Miss athletics rolled out the red carpet and celebrated another successful year at the fourth annual Rebels' Choice Awards Monday night. The event kicks off a busy Grove Bowl week of events, highlighted by the Regions Bank Grove Bowl on Saturday.
The semi-formal event took place in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts and honored athletics achievements from the past year. The event, hosted by ESPN's Clay Matvick, began with a red carpet for student-athletes and athletic department staff before the awards program began.
In all, 19 different honors were handed out on the evening to Ole Miss student-athletes. Of the awards, the Ole Miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee selected 16, while three were selected via fan voting.
Football took home seven awards, including head coach Hugh Freeze, who was named men's coach of the year after leading Ole Miss to an 8-5 record and a Music City Bowl victory. Football also captured men's rookie of the year (Laquon Treadwell), men's student-athlete of the year (Andrew Ritter) and men's Hotty Toddy award (Deterrian Shackelford).
New this year, the Bennie Award was given to a walk-on student-athlete in memory of former Ole Miss football walk-on Bennie Abram, who passed away. Jordan Holder took home the men's award, while Rachael McLamore took home the women's award.
In the fan voting, Jeff Scott's game-wining touchdown run in the season opener at Vanderbilt was voted play of the year, while football's last-second win over LSU was voted game of the year. In the other fan vote, Marshall Henderson was named fan favorite.
Soccer took home three awards, including team of the year, after setting a school record with 16 wins and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Rafaelle Souza repeated as women's most valuable Rebel, while head coach Matthew Mott was named women's coach of the year.
Sam Kendricks and the track and field team were named men's most valuable Rebel and men's team of the year, respectively.
The complete list of awards is listed below.
2014 REBELS' CHOICE AWARDS
Men's Rookie of the Year: Laquon Treadwell, football
Women's Rookie of the Year: Asia Cooper, track and field
Men's Community Service Outreach: Scott Weathersby, baseball
Women's Community Service Outreach: Rachael McLamore, volleyball
Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Andrew Ritter, football
Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year: Caroline Rohde-Moe, women's tennis
Men's Hotty Toddy (Spirit) Award: Deterrian Shackelford, football
Women's Hotty Toddy (Spirit) Award: Skylar Johnson, volleyball
Men's Coach of the Year: Hugh Freeze, football
Women's Coach of the Year: Matthew Mott, soccer
Men's Most Valuable Player: Sam Kendricks, track and field
Women's Most Valuable Player: Rafaelle Souza, soccer
Men's Team of the Year: Track & Field
Women's Team of the Year: Soccer
Men's Bennie Abram Award: Jordan Holder, football
Women's Bennie Abram Award: Rachael McLamore, volleyball
Play of the Year: Jeff Scott's game-winning touchdown run at Vanderbilt
Game of the Year: Football's last-second win over LSU
Fan Favorite: Marshall Henderson