By Judson Scott
Oxford High School kicker Jack Tannehill has called Oxford home all his life. Now, he has the chance to retain his hometown pride after committing to the Rebels football team.
“I’ve been to every home game as far back as I can remember and having a chance to be a part of the (Ole Miss) team means a lot to me,” he said.
His commitment to Ole Miss did not come as a surprise to the community. Tannehill has long been an Ole Miss fan and his mother, Robyn, is currently the mayor of Oxford.
She said Jack originally excelled in soccer but in junior high school, he joined the special teams’ squad as a kicker.
“He immediately loved it,” Robyn said. “When he started kicking, he was a natural.”
She said as a parent it’s great to see his hard work pay off and see him succeed at something he’s passionate about.
“Jack’s determination and dedication have made him successful,” she said. “He is always setting goals and working towards them.”
With all the success Jack has had as a kicker/punter, he decided to try out for the U.S.A. Football Team earlier this season. His tryout, too, proved successful as he made the team. Jack and the U.S.A. Football team will play against Canada at AT&T stadium in January.
While Jack remains humble to his successes, his hard work does not go unnoticed by his peers.
“Jack’s work ethic separates him from so many,” said Chris Cutcliffe, head football coach for Oxford High School. “Jack is extremely dedicated to his craft and is willing to spend whatever time it takes to be great at what he does.”
Tannehill’s work ethic has produced several points on the field during Friday night football games. He scored 27 points after completing 12 PATs and five field goals so far on the early season.
“I think that the biggest way that I lead my team is by showing them when to play when to be serious and that you can do both but sometimes one outweighs the other,” he said.
Jack and the Chargers look to keep churning out wins as his time at Oxford High School draws to a close. Despite his limited time there, he said he looks forward to building his career at Ole Miss.