Evan Engram earns First-Team All-America Honors
The awards are piling up for Ole Miss senior Evan Engram as the tight end was named a first team All-America selection by Sporting News on Wednesday. Engram becomes the 58th first team All-American in the Rebels’ history and the seventh Ole Miss tight end to earn first-team honors.
Earlier in the day, Engram was named the winner of the 2016 Ozzie Newsome Award given to college football’s best tight end. On Tuesday of this week, the Powder Springs, Georgia native was selected as a first team All-SEC selection. That, too, is an historic award, as Engram becomes the first player in Ole Miss football history to be named All-SEC all four years as a Rebel.
Last week, Engram was named the winner of the C Spire Conerly Trophy which goes to the best collegiate football player in the state of Mississippi.
Engram’s 2016 statistics
Engram’s 2016 numbers are staggering: He leads the nation’s tight ends with 5.9 catches per game and an average of 84.2 receiving yards per game.
In the Southeastern Conference, Engram ranks in the top three among players at any position–not just tight end–in both catches per game and yards per game. Engram did not play in the Egg Bowl, his final college game, due to a hamstring injury. Nevertheless, he finished the season with 65 catches for 926 yards and eight TDs. His eight TDs are second in the nation among tight ends.
A player for the record books
Engram’s 2016 season was spectacular as was his career as a Rebel. He leaves his mark on the record books at Ole Miss, having set or tied records for tight ends at all of the following:
- catches in a season by a tight end (65)
- yards receiving in a season by a tight end (926)
- touchdowns in a season by a tight end (8)
- catches in a career by a tight end (162)
- yards receiving in a career by a tight end (2,320)
- touchdowns in a career by a tight end (15)
If you’re scoring at home….
Following are Engram’s awards thus far this season:
- C Spire Conerly Trophy
- Ozzie Newsome Award
- All-America first team (Sporting News)
- All-SEC first team (SEC Coaches, ESPN)
- All-SEC second team (PFF)
- Senior Bowl Invitee
- SEC Community Service Team
- Senior CLASS Award finalist
(Feature image credit: Dan Anderson, The Rebel Walk)
Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.