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SEC Media Days begin today in Hoover; Rebels take stage Thursday

SEC Media Days begin today in Hoover; Rebels take stage Thursday

When SEC Media Days begin, it’s a sign that another season of college football is quickly approaching. Media Days start off this Monday in Hoover, Ala. at the Wynfrey Hotel and conclude Thursday, July 13.

All of the SEC head coaches plus three student athletes from each program will be in attendance to give the media the latest on what lies ahead in what is expected to be another entertaining year of SEC football.

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze set to take the podium Thursday, July 13. (See below for full schedule.)

Joining Coach Freeze will be offensive lineman Javon Patterson; quarterback Shea Patterson; and defensive tackle Breeland Speaks.

Javon Patterson

The 6’3, 314-lb Patterson is a junior from Petal, Miss. He is the only Rebel lineman who started every game in 2016, earning three starts at center and nine at left guard, and helped Ole Miss rank 13th nationally in passing (314.9 yards per game) and fewest TFLs allowed (4.67 per game).

Shea Patterson

Patterson, a 6’2, 203-lb sophomore quarterback from Shreveport, La., played in and started the last three games of 2016, taking over after Chad Kelly suffered a torn ACL. Patterson is just the sixth true freshman to start at QB in Ole Miss history–and the first to start three games. In those three contests, he averaged 293.3 passing yards per game, totaling 880 yards and six touchdowns on 72 of 132 passing. Patterson also rushed for 169 yards on 41 carries.

Breeland Speaks

Speaks is a 6’3, 285-lb junior defensive tackle from Jackson, Miss. He played in every game in 2016 and started eight games at defensive tackle. Last season he tied for the team lead with eight QB hurries. He totaled 28 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1.0 sack and a pass breakup.


MONDAY, July 10
Arkansas – Bret Bielema
LSU – Ed Orgeron
Tennessee – Butch Jones

TUESDAY, July 11
Florida – Jim McElwain
Georgia – Kirby Smart
Vanderbilt – Derek Mason
Mississippi State – Dan Mullen

Alabama – Nick Saban
Kentucky – Mark Stoops
Missouri – Barry Odom
Texas A&M – Kevin Sumlin

Auburn – Gus Malzahn
Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze
South Carolina – Will Muschamp


Bradley Bozeman, Sr., OL
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jr., DB
Calvin Ridley, Jr., WR

Austin Allen, Sr., QB
Frank Ragnow, Sr., OL
Kevin Richardson II, Sr., DB

Daniel Carlson, Sr., K
Tray Matthews, Sr., DB
Braden Smith, Sr., OL

Duke Dawson, Sr., DB
Marcell Harris, Sr., DB
Martez Ivey, Jr., OL

Nick Chubb, Sr., RB
Sony Michel, Sr., RB
Roquan Smith, Jr., LB

Mike Edwards, Jr., S
Stephen Johnson, Sr., QB
Courtney Love, Sr., LB

D.J. Chark, Sr., WR
Derrius Guice, Jr., RB
Christian LaCouture, Sr., DE

Ole Miss
Javon Patterson, Jr., OL
Shea Patterson, So., QB
Breeland Speaks, Jr., DT

Mississippi State
Donald Gray, Sr., WR
Dez Harris, Sr., LB
Martinas Rankin, Sr., OL

Eric Beisel, Sr., LB
Drew Lock, Jr., QB
J’Mon Moore, Sr., WR

South Carolina
Jake Bentley, So., QB
Hayden Hurst, Jr., TE
Deebo Samuel, Jr., WR

Emmanuel Moseley, Sr., DB
Jashon Robertson, Sr., OL
Kendal Vickers, Sr., DL

Texas A&M
Christian Kirk, Jr., WR
Koda Martin, Jr., OL
Armani Watts, Sr., DB

Oren Burks, Sr., LB
Kyle Shurmur, Jr., QB
Ralph Webb, Sr., RB


About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

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--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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