Bolden, Sowell Sign NFL Deals
Brandon Bolden (Photograph by Nathan Latil, UM Brand Photography Services)

May 10, 2012

OXFORD, Miss. – Two more Ole Miss Rebels have joined draft pick Bobby Massie as NFL rookies, as Brandon Bolden and Bradley Sowell have officially signed free-agent contracts with New England and Tampa Bay, respectively.

A running back from Baton Rouge, La., Bolden finished his Rebel career ranked second in school history in both total (33) and rushing touchdowns (27), third in all-purpose yards (3,681) and fourth in rushing yards (2,604). His best season came in 2010 when he tied the school single-season records for TDs scored (17) and rushing TDs (14) en route to All-SEC honors.

Sowell was a two-time all-conference tackle on the Ole Miss offensive line. The Hernando, Miss., native started 36 of his final 37 games and blocked for 17 individual 100-yard rushing performances, including a pair of 200-yard outbursts.

Massie was a fourth-round selection of Arizona last month, becoming the 10th Ole Miss draftee in the last four years.

This trio continues a rich tradition of Rebels in the NFL, which includes 279 all-time draft picks and 19 first-round selections. A total of 24 former players finished the 2011 campaign on league rosters, and 16 started games for their respective clubs.






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