T.J. McCants Earns SEC Freshman of the Week Honors
OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss freshman T.J. McCants helped the Rebels earn the sweep over Alabama this past weekend and has been named SEC Freshman of the Week by the league office as announced Monday.
McCants hit .364 in the series against the Tide, with a team-high five runs scored, a double, a home run and three RBI.
In Game 1, the Cantonment, Fla. native got the rally started as he led things off with a HBP. He scored the first run in the eight-run comeback and drove in the final run for the Rebs with an RBI groundout as Ole Miss came from behind to win 9-6.
McCants was a part of both the Rebels’ runs in the 2-0 win in Game 2 — hitting a solo home run in the fifth and, in the eighth, scoring on an RBI single from Kevin Graham after McCants had reached base on a hit of his own.
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In Game 3, he went 2-for-5 with two more runs scored and an RBI. He recorded an RBI single in the sixth and later scored on an RBI double from John Rhys Plumlee. In the ninth, McCants hit a double off the right-center wall that was almost a home run. He later scored on a hit from Justin Bench.
Rebels earning accolades
McCants is the third Ole Miss player to earn SEC honors as Peyton Chatagnier and Tim Elko were named Player of the Week in Weeks 1 and 3.
McCants is the first Rebel to win Freshman of the Week this year. The last time Ole Miss had a player win that ward was when catcher Hayden Dunhurst did so in the last week of the COVID-interrupted 2020 season.
(TJ McCants feature image courtesy of Billy Schuerman)
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.