Ole Miss’ Dontario Drummond Accepts Invitation to Play in Reese’s Senior Bowl
OXFORD, Miss. – At the conclusion of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Ole Miss equipment managers will be collecting the players’ pads for refurbishing in the offseason. But Dontario Drummond will still need to hold onto his pads for a bit longer.
The Rebels’ receiver has accepted an invitation to play in the 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
— Reese's Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) December 8, 2021
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Lauren native was easily the most productive Ole Miss receiver, picking up his game after Braylon Sanders and Jonathan Mingo each lost time to injuries. Drummond, who also played at East Mississippi Community College, caught 67 passes for 924 yards and eight touchdowns.
He averaged 13.79 yards per catch and 84 yards per game in helping the Rebels to a 10-2 record, the first 10-win season in school history.
Have a night Dontario!!
• 8 catches
• 168 yards
• 1 TD
The best Drummond in all of sports 😬 pic.twitter.com/tORo97TOUf
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) September 7, 2021
Drummond ran the ball three times for 24 yards and scored once and he completed his only pass attempt for 19 yards.
“Dontario is a guy that played his way into the Senior Bowl roster this fall. His talent translated onto the field more consistently this year. He is a 220-pound man that can do things with the ball in his hands and every team in the NFL is looking for that type of guy. We’re excited that Dontario is coming to Mobile.“
Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy on Dontario Drummond
He joins Tennessee’s Velus Jones, Jr., as the only SEC receivers to officially be named to play in the game.
So far, the other receivers committed are Kahlil Shakir (Boise State), Alec Pierce (Cincinnati), Calvin Austin, III (Memphis), Romeo Daubs (Nevada), Jahan Dotson (Penn State), Bo Melton (Rutgers), Reggie Roberson, Jr., and Danny Gray (SMU), Jaylon Tolbert (South Alabama) and Tre Turner (Virginia Tech).
Drummond may not be the only Rebel playing in the game. Sam Williams, Tariqious Tisdale, Lakia Henry, Otis Reese, Tavius Robinson and Keidron Smith are also on the Senior Bowl’s watch list. Two other Rebels appear on the list but cannot play. Ben Brown was lost for the season with an arm injury and Jalen Knox had to sit out the season after transferring from Missouri.
Senior Bowl Game Info
The Reese’s Senior Bowl will be played Feb. 5 at Hancock-Whitney Stadium on the campus of the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. and can be seen on the NFL Network.
(Feature image credit: Josh McCoy, Ole Miss)
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.