Monday, September 28, 2020

A Trio of Rebels Named to the 247Sports’ True Freshman All-American Team

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor
adam.brown@hottytoddyarchive.com

A trio of Ole Miss football players were tabbed to the 247Sports’ True Freshman All-American team on Monday.

John Rhys Plumlee named to the 247Sports True Freshman All-American Team. Photo courtesy of Joshua McCoy / Ole Miss Athletics.

The three are quarterback John Rhys Plumlee, running back Jerrion Ealy and offensive lineman Nick Broeker.

Plumlee, who earned all-purpose honors, finished his freshman campaign with 1,023 rushing yards, a single-season Ole Miss record by a freshman and the fifth-most by any SEC quarterback. Plumlee, who took over the starting quarterback role in Week 5, currently leads the SEC and ranks 11th in the NCAA with 113.7 rushing yards per game.

This season, the Hattiesburg native finished the 2019 campaign with 12 rushing touchdowns that ranked second in the league, Plumlee also finished with the school freshman rushing touchdown record (12), as well as his freshman overall TD record (16).

Ealy, who shared the all-purpose spot with Plumlee, rushed for 722 yards in his true freshman campaign, the second-most rushing yards by an Ole Miss freshman. His six rushing and eight total touchdowns also ranked second on Ole Miss’ freshman single-season record book.

The Walnut Grove, Mississippi, native ranked second in the SEC and No. 5 nationally in all-purpose yardage per game amongst freshmen (100.9 ypg). Ealy registered a PFF elusive rating of 145.1, the second-highest by any freshman in the country.

Broeker, a true freshman from Springfield, Illinois, appeared in 12 games at left tackle for the Rebels, logging 474 total snaps. Broeker, the highest-graded freshman left tackle in the SEC according to PFF, allowed just one sack in 213 pass-blocking snaps.