Three Rebels Named To Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Team
Aug. 23, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. - A trio of Ole Miss Rebels were selected to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams as voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Senior defensive end Marquis Haynes was named to the first team defense. Sophomore Greg Little was a second-team pick on the offensive line, and senior kicker Gary Wunderlich was also a second-team choice.

Haynes, a two-time All-SEC pick as a sophomore and junior, has been a consistent threat in opposing teams' backfields since his freshman year in 2014 when he helped Ole Miss finish as the nation's No. 1 scoring defense. The Jacksonville, Florida, native ranks third in school history with 24.5 career sacks and fourth with 36.5 tackles for loss and has led the Rebels in sacks all three years (7.5 in 2014, 10 in 2015, 7 in 2016). This offseason, he has already been named to watch lists for the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy, which go to the nation’s best defensive player. He is a third-team preseason All-America pick by Athlon and rated the No. 4 defensive end in the country by Lindy’s.

Little, who was named to the Outland Trophy watch list earlier this year, played in every game, while making five starts at left tackle as a freshman last year. Throughout the 2016 campaign, he helped protect the Ole Miss quarterbacks that led the SEC and ranked 13th nationally in passing as a unit (314.9 ypg). The strong season earned him Freshman All-America honors by, and the coaches voted the Allen, Texas, native Freshman All-SEC.

The nation’s most accurate kicker in 2016, Wunderlich has already been named to the Lou Groza Award watch list and preseason All-America teams by Lindy’s (second team) and Athlon (third team). Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Wunderlich made 22 of 23 field goals last year for an SEC-record 95.7 percent success rate. He ranked fifth nationally with 1.83 field goals per game and 26th overall with 8.9 points scored per outing. His 39-yarder with 37 seconds left won the game for the Rebels on the road at No. 8 Texas A&M.



Ole Miss kicks off its 2017 season at home against South Alabama on Sept. 2. Game time is 6:30 p.m. CT, televised by ESPNU.

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2017 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Team (* - ties)

First Team Preseason All-SEC


TE        Hayden Hurst, South Carolina

OL        Braden Smith, Auburn

Martez Ivey, Florida

Jonah Williams, Alabama

            Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama

C          Fran Ragnow, Arkansas

WR       Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

Calvin Ridley, Alabama

QB       Jalen Hurts, Alabama

RB       Derrius Guice, LSU

Nick Chubb, Georgia

AP        Christian Kirk, Texas A&M   


DL        Da'Shawn Hand, Alabama

Da'Ron Payne, Alabama

Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss

Trenton Thompson, Georgia

LB        Arden Key, LSU

Skai Moore, South Carolina

Roquan Smith, Georgia

DB       Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Armani Watts, Texas A&M

Duke Dawson, Florida

Ronnie Harrison, Alabama


PK        Daniel Carlson, Auburn 

P          JK Scott, Alabama

RS        Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

Second Team Preseason All-SEC


TE        Isaac Nauta, Georgia

OL        Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State

K.J. Malone, LSU

Koda Martin, Texas A&M

Paul Adams, Missouri*

Greg Little, Ole Miss

Isaiah Wynn, Georgia*

C          Will Clapp, LSU

WR      J’Mon Moore, Missouri

Antonio Callaway, Florida

QB       Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State

RB       Kamryn Pettway, Auburn

Bo Scarbrough, Alabama

AP        Derrius Guice, LSU


DL        Cece Jefferson, Florida

Marlon Davidson, Auburn

Jabari Zuniga, Florida

Denzil Ware, Kentucky*

Dontavius Russell, Auburn*

LB        Jordan Jones, Kentucky          

Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Tre' Williams, Auburn

DB       Donte Jackson, LSU

Dominick Sanders, Georgia

Carlton Davis, Auburn

Tray Matthews, Auburn


PK        Gary Wunderlich, Ole Miss

P          Johnny Townsend, Florida

RS        Evan Berry, Tennessee

Third Team Preseason All-SEC


TE        C.J. Conrad, Kentucky*

DeAndre Goolsby, Florida*

OL        Jashon Robertson, Tennessee

Jawaan Taylor, Florida

Zack Bailey, South Carolina

Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas  

C          Bradley Bozeman, Alabama

WR      Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

Jauan Jennings, Tennessee

QB       Austin Allen, Arkansas

RB       Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt

Benny Snell, Kentucky

AP        Brandon Powell, Florida*

Deebo Samuel, South Carolina*

Kerryon Johnson, Auburn*

Trevon Diggs, Alabama*


DL        Terry Beckner, Jr., Missouri

Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia

Christian LaCouture, LSU

Marcell Frazier, Missouri

LB        Oren Burks, Vanderbilt

Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama

Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

DB       Anthony Averett, Alabama

Mike Edwards, Kentucky

Chauncey Gardner, Florida

Ryan Pulley, Arkansas


PK        Austin MacGinnis, Kentucky*

Eddy Piniero, Florida*

P          Trevor Daniel, Tennessee

RS        Antonio Callaway, Florida




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