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).
— 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)