Classes begin today for Ole Miss athletes; football Rebels making the grade on, off the field
OXFORD, Miss. — When Ole Miss takes to the Mercedes-Benz turf against Louisville in two weeks, the Rebels will field a team of student-athletes…with an emphasis on student-athletes.
Considering the athletic ability the players at Ole Miss possess, it is sometimes easy to forget these young men are also students at The University of Mississippi.
Today, it is easier to remember that fact as classes began for the fall semester at Ole Miss. And as school starts, a number of current players have already received an undergraduate degree and will be working towards additional degrees.
- Ben Brown – December 2020 – Exercise Science
- Peyton Cox – May 2021 – Sport and Recreation Admin
- Sincere David – May 2021 – Multi-Disciplinary Studies
- Jamar Richardson – August 2021 – Criminal Justice
- Chase Rogers – May 2021 – Multi-Disciplinary Studies
- Braylon Sanders – May 2021 – Multi-Disciplinary Studies
- Momo Sanogo – August 2021 – Masters of Business Administration
- Tariqious Tisdale – May 2021 – Multi-Disciplinary Studies
- Sam Williams – May 2021 – Multi-Disciplinary Studies
- Isaiah Woullard – August 2021 – Social Work
Linebacker MoMo Sanogo graduated last May, 2020 with a degree in managerial finance and has since graduated with his MBA (Master’s degree in Business Administration).
MBA Graduation Day! #HottyToddy pic.twitter.com/sziNZHPNHQ
— S A N O G O (@_momosanogo) April 30, 2021
Although he has shown his talents on the football field, the Plano, Texas, native has been equally impressive in the classroom. Sanogo has appeared on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll three times, has been named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll three times and made an appearance on the Dean’s Honor Roll.
He is not alone in the Rebels’ academic success.
Offensive lineman Ben Brown been named to the Chancellor’s Honor Roll on three occasions, while Sellers Shy and John Rhys Plumlee have been so honored twice each.
Another impressive Rebel in academia has been Amani Johnson. The senior from Abbeville, Miss., has not only earned his way onto the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll twice, he was also named a Freshman Scholar Athlete by the National Football Federation. And it is not like Johnson is taking basket-weaving classes – he is an electrical engineering major.
In all, the Ole Miss roster boast five players who have made the Chancellor’s list and eight who have been named to the SEC honor roll, where punter Mac Brown joins Ben Brown and Johnson as two-time honorees.
Nine Rebels have also made their respective dean’s honor rolls.
The Ole Miss players are also quite diverse in their academic endeavors. There are 25 majors represented on this season’s roster. The list runs the gamut from art to geological engineering.
The Rebels will put their books away temporarily on Labor Day when they take on Louisville in the season opener.
(Feature image courtesy of Ole Miss Football)
Steve Barnes joins The Rebel Walk staff as a senior writer and brings a trifecta of journalistic experience. As a writer, he has covered college sports for Rivals.com, Football.com and SaturdayDownSouth.com as well as served as a beat writer for various traditional newspapers.
He has been a broadcaster for arena football and several national tournament events for the National Junior College Athletic Association as well as hosting various shows on radio.
A former sports information director at Albany (Ga.) State University and an assistant at Troy and West Florida, he has helped host many NCAA conference, regional and national events, including serving five years on the media committee of the NCAA Division II World Series.
Barnes, a native of Pensacola, Fla., attended Ole Miss in 1983-84, where his first journalism teacher was David Kellum. The duo has come a long way since that time.
He will bring a proven journalistic track record, along with a knack for finding the out-of-the-ordinary story angles to The Rebel Walk.
Barnes continues to reside in Pensacola a mere ten minutes from the beach because he does have taste and a brain.