Six Ole Miss Rebels have been named to the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football first and second teams, the AP announced Monday.
Laquon Treadwell was named a first-team wide receiver, while five Rebels were voted to the second team: quarterback Chad Kelly, defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, defensive end Marquis Haynes, defensive back Trae Elston and defensive back Mike Hilton.
The Rebels’ six selections were tied with Florida and Tennessee for second-most among league teams behind SEC Champion Alabama. Ole Miss also had six selections on last year’s AP All-SEC teams.
Last week, seven Rebels were voted All-SEC by the league coaches, and all but tight end Evan Engram were repeats on the AP teams.
On Sunday, the AP included three Rebels on its All-America teams – Elston, Nkemdiche and Treadwell.
Ole Miss (9-3, 6-2 SEC) finished second in the SEC West and defeated Alabama, Auburn and LSU in the same season for the first time in school history. It’s the second straight year that Ole Miss won nine regular-season games and was the only team to take down the Crimson Tide in the regular season. Ole Miss rose as high as No. 3 in the national rankings (again, for the second straight year) and finished the regular season with school records for points, touchdowns, total yards and passing yards.
The Rebels earned a second straight berth to a New Year’s Six Bowl and will square off against Oklahoma State in the Jan. 1Allstate Sugar Bowl as the SEC’s highest ranked team outside the College Football Playoff.
Treadwell, a Biletnikoff Award finalist for the nation’s outstanding receiver, is the only SEC receiver with 1,000 receiving yards this year (1,082) and is poised to set numerous school records with a good bowl game appearance.
Kelly tops the league in passing (3,740 yards) and total offense (4,167 yards), breaking single-season school records in both categories, as well as touchdowns responsible for (37) and 300-yard passing games (seven).
Nkemdiche has anchored a defensive line that helps Ole Miss rank top three in the SEC and top 22 nationally in tackles for loss, interceptions and takeaways.
Haynes was a three-time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week in 2015 and ranks third in the SEC and 15th nationally with 9.5 sacks.
Elston has four interceptions this season, including a pair that he returned for touchdowns. He ranks second among SEC players and 117th nationally with 16 passes defended.
Hilton, a jack-of-all-trades player in the defensive backfield, tops all SEC DBs with 11.0 tackles for loss and ranks third among league players with 13 passes defended.
Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports