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Three Rebels Named AP All-SEC

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Chad Kelly
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The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference teams released Thursday included the exact same Ole Miss players and positions as Tuesday’s All-SEC coaches teams.

Evan Engram was a unanimous selection as the first team tight end, while quarterback Chad Kelly and kicker Gary Wunderlich were voted to the second team.

Engram, from Powder Springs, Georgia, is the first player in Ole Miss football history to be named All-SEC four times. He was a second-team selection in 2013 and 2015 and first-team in 2014 and 2016. He has hauled in numerous postseason honors, including first team All-America (Sporting News, USA Today), the Ozzie Newsome Award for the nation’s best tight end, and the Pop Warner College Football Award.

Engram started all 11 games as a team captain before missing the Egg Bowl with a hamstring injury. The 2016 Conerly Trophy winner is the nation’s leading tight end with 5.9 catches per game and 84.2 receiving yards per game. He ranks top three among all SEC players of any position in both catches and yards per game. His eight touchdowns are tied for second nationally among tight ends. He set or tied Ole Miss records for most catches, yards and touchdowns in a season and a career by a tight end. In 2016, he racked up 65 catches for 926 yards and eight TDs.

Kelly started nine games before going down with a season-ending knee injury against Georgia Southern. The Buffalo, New York, native finished the season ranked first among SEC players with 343.3 total yards per game (seventh nationally) and 306.4 passing yards per outing (ninth in nation). A semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award and finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, he threw for 19 touchdowns with eight interceptions and rushed for another five TDs in nine games.

Kelly was also a second team All-SEC quarterback in 2015.

Engram and Kelly have both accepted invitations to the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl, which will be held Jan. 28 in Mobile, Alabama. Engram is expected to play, while Kelly will be unable to play as he recovers from knee surgery.

Wunderlich, from Memphis, Tennessee, is an all-conference kicker for the first time in his college career. He leads the nation with a 95.7 field-goal percentage, connecting on 22 of 23 attempts and only missing a 55-yarder all season. He finished fifth nationally with 1.83 field goals per game and 27th in the country with 8.9 points scored per outing.

Other All-SEC teams released so far this week have included ESPN.com (Engram, first team), Gridiron Now (Engram, first team) and Pro Football Focus (Kelly, first team; Engram, second team).

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Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports


Ole Miss’ Engram Wins Pop Warner College Football Award

Through the first half, Evan Engram had run for 82 yards on 4 receptions and one touchdown as the Rebels take on the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday at Vaught-Hemmingway stadium.
Through the first half, Evan Engram had run for 82 yards on 4 receptions and one touchdown as the Rebels take on the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday at Vaught-Hemmingway stadium.
Evan Engram, the all-time Ole Miss leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches by a tight end and two-time SEC Community Service Team member, has been named the winner of the 2016 Pop Warner Little Scholars College Football Award. The award was presented during the 60th Annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex on Thursday.

The award, established in 2010, recognizes a senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community, all attributes Pop Warner emphasizes with its young scholar athletes. Last year’s winner was former Wake Forest University and current Detroit Lions linebacker Brandon Chubb.

The other 2016 finalists included University of Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis, Wake Forest University safety Ryan Janvion, Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith and Duke University defensive tackle AJ Wolf.

“It is truly an honor to represent an organization like Pop Warner that has such a rich tradition of positively influencing young people,” said Engram. “I would like to thank the organization for selecting me among the many outstanding candidates. I also thank my family for their loving support as well as my coaches and teammates for putting me in a position to be successful. I accept this award on their behalf.”

“Evan is an exceptional representative of our great sport, his university and his community, and we’re extremely proud to present him with the Pop Warner Little Scholars College Football Award,” said Jon Butler, Executive Director of Pop Warner Little Scholars. “As the only national youth sports organization that requires its athletes to perform in the classroom, we created the award to honor a college student-athlete who demonstrates commitment to academics, and whose actions on and off the field serve as a positive example for our young athletes. Evan represents those ideals.”

Engram, a native of Powder Springs, Georgia, is a two-time SEC Community Service Team member and a two-time AFCA Good Works Team nominee. He has volunteered with the Special Olympics, has participated in Reading with the Rebels and made several appearances at community centers and local schools, stressing to students the importance of good health and education. He’s been a camp counselor, has helped needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and visited patients at children’s hospitals in Jackson, Mississippi, and New Orleans. He is an integrated marketing communications major with intentions on pursuing a career in broadcast journalism or marketing when his playing career is over. He is also the nation’s leader among tight ends with 5.9 catches per game and 84.2 receiving yards per game.

Engram, who has been named first team All-SEC by the Southeastern Conference coaches and first team All-America by Sporting News, is the nation’s active leader among tight ends with 2,320 career receiving yards. In 2016, he racked up 65 catches for 926 yards and eight TDs.

In addition to the Pop Warner Award, his postseason honors also include the Ozzie Newsome Award for the nation’s best tight end, the C Spire Conerly Trophy, SEC Community Service Team and an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Follow Ole Miss Football on Twitter (@OleMissFB), Facebook and Instagram. For more information, visit www.OleMissSports.com.

About Pop Warner National College Football Award:

The Pop Warner National College Football Award recognizes a college graduating senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community, and serves as a role model to Pop Warner’s young student athletes. Pop Warner created the award in 2010 to honor a college player who has continued to demonstrate Pop Warner’s fundamental values of sportsmanship, academics and community service at the next level. Previous recipients have included Prince Amukamara (Nebraska), Chase Minnifield (Virginia), Sean Renfree (Duke), Gary Bush (Purdue), Jordan Richards (Stanford) and Brandon Chubb (Wake Forest). The award is presented during the annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL.

About Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.

Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, PA, Pop Warner Little Scholars is the nation’s oldest youth football, cheerleading and dance organization and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes academics as a prerequisite for participation. Pop Warner participants enjoy the opportunity to learn and compete in their sports in an atmosphere that emphasizes fun, safety, academics and character. For more information on Pop Warner and its programs visit www.popwarner.com or follow Pop Warner on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Pop_Warner.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

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