Four Ole Miss Players Earn Preseason Coaches All-SEC Honors
OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss has been well-represented on several of the preseason award watch lists.
Now the Southeastern Conference head coaches have taken notice of the Rebels. Tuesday, Ole Miss had four players in six positions receive honors from the league.
Across the state, Mississippi State was only able to place one player on the preseason team.
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Matt Corral and Jerrion Ealy were named to the Preseason Coaches’ All-SEC first team, while Mac Brown garnered second-team honors and Nick Broecker was voted to the third team.
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Corral is the top returning SEC quarterback and he outpaced Georgia’s J.T. Daniels for the first-team slot.
Ealy made the first team as an all-purpose player and as a return specialist. He received third-team accolades as a running back.
Brown was the second-team punter while Broeker was selected as an offensive lineman on the third team.
Corral threw for 3,337 yards last season and 29 touchdowns. Ealy had 900 all-purpose yards in 2020 and scored ten touchdowns. He also averaged 28.90 yards per kick return and took one back 100 yards for a score against LSU.
Brown averaged 46.63 yards per punt a year ago on 27 kicks. Broecker helped the offensive line lead the way for a conference best 210.6 rushing yards per game.
The SEC West dominated the first-team selections. Teams from the division were named first team in all but two positions on the offense and took nine spots on defense and special teams.
Ole Miss opens its 2021 season Labor Day evening against Louisville in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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.