Sunday, February 5, 2023

HottyToddy.com’s Daily Ole Miss Sports Roundup

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HottyToddy.com is giving readers a roundup of all the commentary and information about the Ole Miss Rebels from various publications around the Web.

Readers will be able to check out the latest information in a single post every day throughout the year. Here at HottyToddy.com, we are doing all the leg work to find the information that people may want to hear about Ole Miss sports.

Today’s roundup features Ole Miss Sports and the Red Cup Rebellion.


Ole Miss Letterwinner Walk Update

Photo by Jeff McVay
Photo by Jeff McVay

As announced in August, Ole Miss Athletics is excited to add the Letterwinner Walk to its new plaza outside the north end zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium this coming fall.

A series of columns lining the Walk will feature the names of every student-athlete who has earned a varsity letter at the University of Mississippi, dating back to the first football team in 1893. The Letterwinner Walk will be named in honor of legendary Rebel athlete and coach Jake Gibbs.

“All 7,000 letterwinners will be featured name by name, sport by sport, along a continued Walk of Champions as you lead into Vaught-Hemingway Stadium,” said Athletics Director Ross Bjork when the project was announced. “That is who we are. Our history, our legacy, the ones who have come before – we need to do a better job of showcasing them.”

An official unveiling event is slated to happen during the football season. Further details will be announced later.

Ole Miss is asking all former letterwinners in a varsity sport to check for their name at the following website: http://olemissmclub.org/letterwinners. While official letters are issued in the modern era, the names from teams in the early 20th century are based on data from the Ole Miss yearbooks, which is often incomplete. Please note that club sports are not represented.

Ole Miss and the M-Club Alumni Chapter look forward to showcasing those individuals who built Ole Miss Athletics into what it is today.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports


NFL Draft 2016: Which NFL team is the best fit for Laquon Treadwell?

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

Much has been made of Laquon Treadwell’s 40-yard dash at the Ole Miss pro day, which clocked at 4.63. Certainly, that’s not an ideal time for a wide receiver, particularly one who is just 6’2 with a generally average vertical. It’s tough to gauge too much based around which receivers have been successful at similar speeds. To list just a few though, Plaxico Buress ran a 4.59, Larry Fitzgerald a 4.63. Anquan Boldin and Keenan Allen each ran 4.71s. Kelvin Benjamin ran a 4.61 and Mohamed Sanu a 4.67.

There have been many, many more failures with speeds over 4.6 though than there have been successes. In order to truly overcome his speed limitations and be worth the top 15 selection Treadwell is flirting with, he’ll have to carry his strengths into the NFL. He has to be able to be physically dominant with the ball in his hands after the catch. He has to be a tenacious blocker in the running game. He has to make circus plays and be a reliable chain mover. That type of play is why the guys like Fitzgerald and Boldin have succeeded.

Treadwell isn’t ever going to be a burner, but he does have to make sure that he doesn’t waste any time in and out of breaks. He’s a good route runner but not an elite one. He’ll have to hone that craft in the NFL.

I can say with certainty that wherever Treadwell ends up on draft day, I’ll be cheering for that team (unless it’s the Patriots). For it to be truly enjoyable, however, Treadwell needs to flourish. With that in mind, here are a few teams I think he could fit in with.

Ravens, pick 6

Baltimore is starting Steve Smith and Mike Wallace at the moment. Smith is getting old, and Wallace is a speed-based receiver. Treadwell could really benefit from having that type of receiver opposite him. Plus, it would be fun to cheer for a team with a pair of starting receivers from Ole Miss.

Courtesy of Juco All-American and the Red Cup Rebellion 


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