Eight Rebels named to 2022 Senior Bowl Watch List
OXFORD, Miss. — As several Ole Miss players are receiving pre-season accolades, eight Rebels are now in consideration for another postseason honor.
Ben Brown, Lakia Henry, Jalen Knox, Otis Reese, Tavius Robinson, Keidron Smith, Tariqious Tisdale and Sam WIlliams have each been listed on the 2022 Senior Bowl Watch List.
Each team in the Southeastern Conference had at least one player on the list. Georgia led the way with 11 selections. LSU and Auburn each had nine, while Texas A&M, Florida and Ole Miss tallied eight. Alabama had seven, and Arkansas and South Carolina six. Kentucky had five on the list, Missouri and Tennessee four, with Mississippi State notching three and Vanderbilt one.
“The Senior Bowl and Ole Miss are synonymous with college football each in their own right. Most recently, Royce Newman and Kenny Yeboah played, and they joined such Rebel greats as Dexter McCluster, Michael Oher, Patrick Willis and Terrence Metcalf in our game on their way to the NFL.”
Jim Nagy, executive director of the Senior Bowl
Rebel legend Terrence Metcalf joins scouting staff
With the motto of “The draft starts in Mobile,” the Senior Bowl will rely on a staff of seven scouts who have 120 years of combined NFL experience.
The scouting staff announced on Thursday includes a name familiar to Rebel fans, Terrence Metcalf.
Metcalf played in the 2001 game and has been named an area scout covering the northwest for the postseason game. His son, former Ole Miss star D.K. Metcalf, currently stars for the Seattle Seahawks.
Rebels in the Senior Bowl
Since the inaugural game in 1950, 93 former Rebels have been invited to play. The first game was held in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., and the next year moved to Mobile, Ala., where it remains today.
Ole Miss has sent multiple players to the game on 31 occasions, sending four players four times. The most-recent occasion was in 2009 when the Rebels were represented by Oher, Peria Jerry, Ashee Palmer and Michael Wallace.
“The excitement Lane Kiffin has brought to Oxford certainly makes the talent at Ole Miss entertaining to watch. Not only for the fans, but also it has been attractive to NFL scouts.”
The Senior Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 5, 2022, at Hancock-Whitney Stadium. The game will be broadcast by the NFL Network.
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.