Ole Miss’ Damore’ea Stringfellow declares for 2017 NFL Draft
Ole Miss wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow will not return to the Rebels for his senior year and will enter the upcoming NFL Draft, according to the university in an announcement made on Monday.
Here is Stringfellow’s statement:
“I cannot begin to express to Rebel Nation what an honor and privilege these last three years have been putting on the Ole Miss jersey each Saturday. The fans’ endless support, both on and off the field, has allowed me to grow and develop into the athlete and man that I am today. In that light, after much reflection and prayer, it pleases and saddens me to announce that I have decided to forego my senior year and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft to pursue my dream of playing on Sundays. I would like to thank my family, coaches, professors and most of all the fans that have given me the love, courage and much needed prayer to go out and make Oxford proud. I truly would not have this amazing opportunity without you.”
Stringfellow’s career in Oxford
Stringfellow transferred to Ole Miss from Washington in 2014 and sat out the season due to NCAA transfer rules. In 2015, the Perris, Calif. native played in 12 games with five starts at wide receiver. He was fifth on the team that season with 36 catches, fourth with 503 receiving yards.
In 2016, Stringfellow entered the season as a preseason All-SEC second teamer (Athlon). He started 12 games for the Rebels and caught 46 passes and scored 6 touchdowns. He finished with 716 yards, second on the team, and averaged 15.6 yards per reception.
In two seasons, the 6-foot-2, 219-pound receiver amassed 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns for Ole Miss. “I’m grateful to Damore’ea for his commitment to our program,” said Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze. “He has a tremendous opportunity, and we are excited for him to enter the next phase of his life. We look forward to seeing another Rebel receiver in the NFL.”
Stringfellow hopes to join four NFL receivers from Ole Miss
Current Ole Miss Rebels receivers in the NFL include: Cody Core (Cincinnati), Donte Moncrief (Indianapolis), Laquon Treadwell (Minnesota) and Mike Wallace (Baltimore).
#WRU looking to put a fifth on an NFL roster (Core, Moncrief, Treadwell & Wallace). #HottyToddy https://t.co/PAn5acNewU
— Kyle Campbell (@CampbellKyle) December 5, 2016
The 2017 NFL Draft will take place on April 27-29, 2017.
Stringfellow in action
Here are some of our favorite pictures of Damore’ea during his time as an Ole Miss Rebel. (Gallery images credit: Dan Anderson, Mario Parham)
(Feature image credit: Amanda Swain, 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.