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Five Rebels Featured in Postseason All-Star Games

Five Ole Miss seniors will compete in postseason showcases in the coming days to put their talents on display prior to prepping for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Free safety Chief Brown, offensive tackle Fahn Cooper, wide receiver Cody Core, cornerback Mike Hilton and offensive guard Aaron Morris are representing Ole Mis

Mike Hilton  Photo courtesy of Joshua McCoy / Ole Miss Athletics
Mike Hilton
Photo courtesy of Joshua McCoy / Ole Miss Athletics

s in three different senior games all across the country, with two kicking off this Saturday.

Brown competed in the 2016 College Gridiron Showcase, which was a four-day event in Bedford, Texas, ending in a scrimmage in front a host of NFL scouts. The game took place Jan. 13, with Brown competing alongside athletes from all NCAA divisions including five fellow SEC schools.

After redshirting his freshman year in 2011, Brown appeared in 43 games over the next four seasons. The Mississippi native recorded 83 tackles, recovered three fumbles and logged three interceptions. He earned his degree from the University in psychology this fall.

Cooper and Core will compete in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game will be televised on the NFL Network at 3 p.m. CT.

Cooper started every game for the Rebels in 2014 and 2015, seeing action at both left and right tackle. He earned a spot on the 2015 UMAA honor role and was the recipient of the 2015 Kent Hull trophy, given to the best offensive lineman in the state of Mississippi.

Core appeared in all 13 games in 2015, earning the start in nine at wide receiver for the Rebels. The Auburn, Alabama, native compiled 1,297 yards on 83 receptions with 10 touchdowns in his four years at Ole Miss. He played in all but one game in his career, and helped the team to four straight bowl appearances.

Hilton and Morris will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday at the StubHub Center on the campus of California State University outside of Los Angeles. The game will kick off at 5 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN2.

Hilton, the 2015 recipient of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award, earned at least one start at every position in the defensive secondary in his Ole Miss career. He appeared in 49 games, logging 226 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, 26 pass break-ups and six interceptions. Hilton was named to the All-SEC second team, was a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist and was named Ole Miss’ Most Valuable Senior by the Jackson Touchdown Club.

Morris appeared in 49 games for the Red and Blue over his five-year career in Oxford and has earned a degree in general studies. He suffered two ACL injuries, forcing him out of the majority of the 2013 season and the end of the 2014 season. Though suffering two tough injuries, the Jackson native worked hard to get back to playing a key role on the Rebels’ offensive line in 2015.

All five players were part of a record-breaking turn around of the Ole Miss program, going from two wins in 2011 to back-to-back New Year’s Six bowls and a win in the Allstate Sugar Bowl over Oklahoma State as seniors. The Rebels broke or tied 64 school records in 2015 while winning the most games since 2003.

The 2016 NFL Draft will take place at Auditorium Theater in Chicago on April 28-30. The three-day event can be seen on ESPN, NFL Network, Fox Sports 1 and NBCSN.

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Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

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