Conner, Treadwell, Tunsil Named Freshman All-America

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Laremy Tunsil (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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Laremy Tunsil (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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Dec. 13, 2013

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss players continue to rack up postseason honors. On Friday, Rebel rookies Tony Conner, Laquon Treadwell and Laremy Tunsil were tabbed Sporting News Freshman All-Americans.

Those three have already pulled in other honors this postseason, as they were previously named SEC All-Freshman by the league coaches, along with Robert Nkemdiche. Treadwell was voted SEC Freshman of the Year by the league coaches, and Tunsil received All-SEC second team honors from the Associated Press. Tunsil and Evan Engram, who also made the AP second team, became the first true freshmen in school history to be selected All-SEC.

Ole Miss tied with UCLA for the most members on the Sporting News Freshman All-America team.

The Rebel trio joins recent Freshman All-Americans and current team members Denzel Nkemdiche (2012), Issac Gross (2012) and Serderius Bryant (2011).

Conner, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety from Batesville, Miss., is tied for third on the Ole Miss defense with 59 tackles, while also posting 4.0 TFLs, a sack, an interception, six passes defended and four quarterback hurries. He has started 11 of 12 games at the Rebels' "huskie" position and ranks second among league freshmen with his 59 stops. He intercepted a pass on his first defensive snap in the season opener at Vanderbilt and has been one of the Rebels' top playmakers ever since.

A 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver from Crete, Ill., Treadwell was tabbed the SEC Freshman of the Year by the league coaches on Wednesday. He ranks third among SEC players with 5.6 receptions per game and has shattered the Ole Miss freshman records for receptions (67), receiving yards (557) and touchdown catches (5) in a season. He leads all SEC freshmen in catches, receiving yards and touchdown receptions, while he ranks fourth among freshmen nationally in receptions per game.

Tunsil, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle from Lake City, Fla., is one of two true freshmen in the nation to be his team's full-time starting left tackle and the only one in the SEC. He has surrendered only one sack all year while protecting Bo Wallace's blind side. He has played in every game and started nine. He was named to the Associated Press All-SEC second team on Monday, becoming the first true freshman in school history to receive All-SEC distinction (along with Engram).

Some other media outlets published their All-SEC teams on Friday. Cody Prewitt made the Sporting News All-SEC squad as a safety. College Sports Madness announced three All-SEC teams, with Prewitt (DB) making the first team, Engram (TE) on the second team and Tunsil (OL), Bryant (LB) and Denzel Nkemdiche (LB) on the third team.

Ole Miss will face Georgia Tech on Dec. 30 at 2:15 p.m. CT on ESPN in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The game will take place at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. Tickets, travel and other bowl information is available by visiting www.olemissfb.com.

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