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2015 Ole Miss Football Preseason Honors

 Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications
Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications

With college football only a week and a half away, most of the preseason awards and honors have been dished out.

Ole Miss, which finished in the top 25 and played in one of the inaugural “New Year’s Six” bowl games a year ago, has a major presence in all of the prognostications that have been released.

Hugh Freeze’s Rebels are a unanimous top-25 selection, predicted as high as 10th by NFL.com and as low as 19th by College Football News. The two major polls, the Amway Coaches Poll and Associated Press Poll, placed Ole Miss at No. 15 and 17, respectively.

Individual Rebels have garnered loads of attention, including preseason first team All-America selections Tony Conner (DB), Evan Engram (TE), Robert Nkemdiche (DL), Laquon Treadwell (WR) and Laremy Tunsil (OL).

In addition to that quintet, Rebels who have received preseason All-SEC recognition include Trae Elston (DB), Will Gleeson (P), Issac Gross (DL), Marquis Haynes (DL), Mike Hilton (DB), C.J. Johnson (LB), Aaron Morris (OL), Denzel Nkemdiche (LB), Markell Pack (PR) and Javon Patterson (OL).

Ole Miss players have appeared on preseason watch list for many of the nation’s top individual awards, such as the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell Award, Outland Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy, Butkus Award, Jim Thorpe Award, John Mackey Award, Ray Guy Award and Paul Hornung Award.

Ole Miss opens the season next Saturday, Sept. 5, against UT Martin. Kickoff is 11 a.m. CT from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Follow Ole Miss Football on Twitter (@OleMissFB) and Facebook (Facebook.com/OleMissFootball), in addition to www.OleMissSports.com.

Full list of 2015 preseason honors for the Ole Miss Rebels:

Top 25

No. 10 (NFL.com)

No. 11 (Athlon)

No. 13 (Sports Ilustrated)

No. 14 (ESPN)

No. 14 (CBS Sports)

No. 15 (USA TODAY COACHES)

No. 15 (ESPN FPI)

No. 16 (Sporting News)

No. 17 (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

No. 19 (College Football News)

 

Nation’s No. 5 WR Unit (CFB Matrix)

Nation’s No. 2 DL Unit (CFB Matrix)

Nation’s No. 10 DB Unit (CFB Matrix)

 

Hugh Freeze

Dodd Trophy watch list

 

Tony Conner

All-America 1st team (Athlon)

All-America 2nd team (The Kickoff, CFB Matrix)

All-America 3rd team (College Sports Madness)

All-SEC 1st team (Athlon, Sporting News, ESPN, CBS Sports, Birmingham News, College Sports Madness, CFB Matrix)

All-SEC 2nd team (League Media, Coaches, Lindy’s, Phil Steele)

Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list

Jim Thorpe Award watch list

No. 2 most physical player in the nation (NFL.com)

No. 63 player in the nation (ESPN.com)

No. 7 DB in the nation (Sporting News)

No. 1 safety in the SEC (Birmingham News)

No. 18 player in the SEC (ESPN.com)

 

Trae Elston

All-SEC 3rd team (Coaches)

 

Evan Engram

All-America 1st team (Phil Steele, Lindy’s, CBS Sports, The Kickoff, CFB Matrix)

All-America 2nd team (Sporting News, Athlon)

All-America 3rd team (College Sports Madness)

All-SEC 1st team (League Media, Coaches, CBS Sports, Lindy’s, Sporting News, Phil Steele, Birmingham News, CFB Matrix)

All-SEC 2nd team (Athlon, College Sports Madness)

John Mackey Award watch list

AFCA Good Works Team nominee

No. 1 TE in the nation (Lindy’s)

No. 77 player in the nation (ESPN.com)

 

Will Gleeson

All-SEC 3rd team (Phil Steele)

Ray Guy Award watch list

 

Issac Gross

All-SEC 4th team (Athlon)

 

Marquis Haynes

All-SEC 3rd team (League Media, Athlon, Lindy’s, College Sports Madness, CFB Matrix)

All-SEC 4th team (Phil Steele)

 

Mike Hilton

All-SEC 3rd team (Athlon)

 

C.J. Johnson

All-SEC 3rd team (Phil Steele)

Butkus Award watch list

 

D.J. Jones

No. 14 strongest player in the nation (NFL.com)

 

Aaron Morris

All-SEC 3rd team (Phil Steele)

 

Denzel Nkemdiche

All-SEC 3rd team (Lindy’s, Phil Steele)

All-SEC 4th team (Athlon)

 

Robert Nkemdiche

All-America 1st team (Sporting News, ESPN, Athlon, CBS Sports, The Kickoff, College Sports Madness, CFB Matrix)

All-America 2nd team (Lindy’s, Phil Steele)

All-SEC 1st team (League Media, Coaches, ESPN, CBS Sports, Athlon, Lindy’s, Sporting News, Phil Steele, Birmingham News, College Sports Madness, CFB Matrix)

Chuck Bednarik Award watch list

Outland Trophy watch list

Rotary Lombardi Award watch list

Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list

Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list

No. 13 player in the nation (ESPN.com)

No. 17 player in the nation (Sporting News)

No. 7 front seven player in the nation (Sporting News)

No. 2 DT in the nation (Lindy’s)

No. 5 player in the SEC (ESPN.com)

No. 2 DL in the SEC (Birmingham News)

No. 7 most freakish athlete in the nation (NFL.com)

No. 11 scariest player in the nation (NFL.com)

 

Markell Pack

All-SEC 4th team (Phil Steele)

 

Javon Patterson

All-SEC 3rd team (CFB Matrix)

 

Laquon Treadwell

All-America 1st team (Athlon, Lindy’s, CBS Sports)

All-America 2nd team (Sporting News, Phil Steele, The Kickoff, College Sports Madness)

All-SEC 1st team (League Media, Coaches, ESPN, CBS Sports, Athlon, Lindy’s, Sporting News, Phil Steele, College Sports Madness, CFB Matrix)

All-SEC 2nd team (Birmingham News)

Maxwell Award watch list

Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list

No. 14 player in the nation (Sporting News)

No. 25 player in the nation (ESPN.com)

No. 2 WR in the nation (Sporting News, Lindy’s)

No. 11 player in the SEC (ESPN.com)

 

Laremy Tunsil

All-America 1st team (Sporting News, ESPN, Athlon, Lindy’s, Phil Steele, CBS Sports, The Kickoff, College Sports Madness, CFB Matrix)

All-SEC 1st team (League Media, Coaches, ESPN, CBS Sports, Athlon, Lindy’s, Sporting News, Phil Steele, Birmingham News, College Sports Madness, CFB Matrix)

Outland Trophy watch list

Rotary Lombardi Award watch list

No. 9 player in the nation (ESPN.com)

No. 36 player in the nation (Sporting News)

No. 4 OT in the nation (Lindy’s)

No. 4 player in the SEC (ESPN.com)

No. 1 OL in the SEC (Birmingham News)

 

Jaylen Walton

Paul Hornung Award watch list

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

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