OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss campus roared back to life over the weekend was filled with an influx of newcomers and returning upperclassmen on Monday with the first day of classes.
Included in that rush of students were 38 members of the Ole Miss baseball team who reported over the weekend and have begun getting acclimated to campus life and the demands of being a student-athlete in the Southeastern Conference.
“It’s always exciting this time of year when you get everyone back on the field for the first time, especially this year with one of the most talented recruiting classes we’ve had here,” said head coach Mike Bianco. “We had eight players in this recruiting class drafted and six of them chose to come be Rebels and that’s very exciting for us. It’s also exciting when you realize we had some of our returning players drafted and they elected to come back for another season as well.
“The new players are energized and ready to get back to work and that carries over to the returning players who have recharged over the summer and are looking forward to another season at Swayze Field.
The new players and returners alike are going through an orientation process that involves every aspect of the life of a student-athlete from academics, athletic competition, strength and conditioning and media training.
Athletes also participated in academic meetings, the annual two-mile run on Monday while finding their classes. A pair of newcomers won the timed trial as Mike Mayers won the overall competition with a time of 12:03 and Casey Greene led the position players with a time of 12:08 on the two-mile run.
The team will also go through their first weight training session in preparation for the 2011 season.
The team will hold their first scrimmage on Sunday, Sept. 19, to kick off fall practice.
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